Welcome to KFFL.com's Injury Roundup. Each week, we bring you the latest from around the diamond on key injury issues. Who are the latest players on the disabled list that could affect their team's production, which players may be headed to the disabled list soon and which players may be returning to the fold in the coming days or weeks?
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Randy Johnson (back) threw a bullpen session Monday and is set to make a final rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Tucson. Provided that goes well, Johnson will be making his season debut Tuesday, April 24.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano (hamstring) strained his left hamstring Monday and is expected to be out seven to 10 days. The team dodged a bullet on this one, as it was not serious enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez (wrist) was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist Friday; however, he was able to return after the weekend and appears to be alright.
Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley
Ramirez (hamstring) returned to game action Friday, going 2-for-4 with three
Florida Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera (oblique) left the team's game Thursday with an oblique injury. He is
listed as day-to-day.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim third baseman Chone Figgins (hand) took part in batting practice Tuesday and will likely need a few more days of that before he can begin a rehab assignment. Manager Mike Scioscia believes he will start his assignment early next week.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Vladimir Guerrero (wrist) was hit by a pitch and has flown back to Los Angeles to see a specialist. He will be back Friday at the earliest.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jason Schmidt (shoulder) underwent an MRI, which revealed shoulder inflammation. He is expected to take a few days off to see if the inflammation goes down. There has been no timeframe set for his return.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal (ankle) returned from the disabled list Friday and went 2-for-5 with one run and two RBI.
New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui (hamstring) will start a game for Class A Tampa Friday, and if that goes well, he will likely return to the team Monday.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Mike Mussina (hamstring) was scheduled to throw off a mound Thursday but will likely need a rehab start before he is ready to be activated off the disabled list.
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan
Howard (leg) will likely have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test prior
to the team's game Thursday. He injured his left leg Wednesday while stretching
to beat out a double-play. He is not in Thursday's starting lineup and is not
expected to be in Friday's either.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix
Hernandez (elbow) left his start Wednesday in the first inning with discomfort
in his pitching elbow. It was diagnosed as a flexor pronator strain, and he
is expected to be out 10-20 days.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (elbow), who has bone spurs in his elbow, is scheduled to resume throwing Thursday.
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen (illness) returned to the team's lineup Saturday, only to be knocked out by food poisoning Wednesday. It is unknown when he will return, although the illness shouldn't keep him out for long.
Toronto Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan (elbow) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Luckily, it is only with a strained ligament in his elbow (meaning he will avoid Tommy John surgery). He will not throw for four weeks and is expected to be back in six weeks at the earliest.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus (heel) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after being bothered by a sore heel for most of the month. He will be eligible to return at the end of the month.
AROUND THE DIAMOND
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Baltimore Orioles - Outfielder Jay Payton (hamstring) played six innings and took four at-bats in an extended spring training game Tuesday. He is set to play two games for Triple-A Norfolk before returning to the team Friday... Catcher Ramon Hernandez (oblique) reported to the park sore after a batting practice session Tuesday and will likely have to go on a rehab session before returning to the team... Outfielder Corey Patterson (personal) was activated from the bereavement list Wednesday and was available as a pinch-hitter later in the game.
Boston Red Sox - Starting pitcher Jon Lester (cancer) threw 75 pitches in a simulated game Monday. He will make one more start for Class A Greenville and another for Triple-A Pawtucket before he can rejoin the Red Sox.
New York Yankees - Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) will have a workout session Thursday and if he is able to make it through that OK, he will likely return Tuesday... Starting pitcher Jeffrey Karstens (elbow) threw a simulated game Wednesday and should be ready to start Saturday... Starting pitcher Carl Pavano (forearm) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with forearm stiffness. He has not yet been cleared to throw, but he should be in the next couple of days.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays - No injuries to report.
Toronto Blue Jays - Outfielder Reed Johnson (back) underwent back surgery and is not expected back until July. Outfielder Adam Lind has replaced him in the lineup.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago White Sox - Outfielder Scott Podsednik (groin) was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a right adductor pull. The move was retroactive to Monday. The team will use outfielders Pablo Ozuna and Rob Mackowiak in a platoon while he is out.
Cleveland Indians - Starting pitcher Cliff Lee (abdominal) threw three scoreless innings in an extended spring training game Monday. He threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will make a rehab outing Saturday. If that goes well, he could be one more outing from returning... Catcher Victor Martinez (hamstring) returned to the lineup Tuesday and went 0-for-4 with an RBI.
Detroit Tigers - No injuries to report.
Kansas City Royals - Closer Octavio Dotel (oblique) underwent an MRI Monday, which revealed only minor inflammation. He was scheduled to throw off the mound Wednesday; however, he is not expected back until the end of April.
Minnesota Twins - Outfielder Torii Hunter (shoulder) left the team's game Tuesday early with a jammed shoulder. He was also given Wednesday off... Third baseman Nick Punto (ankle) underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage to his ankle. He was expected to miss only one or two more games, but he has yet to return. He could be back by the weekend.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Starting pitcher Jered Weaver (biceps) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and started that day... Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (shoulder) threw seven innings for Triple-A Salt Lake Sunday and is ready to make his first start of the season. He is scheduled to take the mound this Saturday... Second baseman Howie Kendrick (finger) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a broken bone in his finger. He will not be placed in a cast, just a soft support, but no timetable has been set for his return... Starting pitcher Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) threw in the bullpen Wednesday and is expected to resume his spot in the rotation during the team's upcoming seven-game homestand next week, likely Wednesday.
Oakland Athletics - Outfielder Milton Bradley (hamstring) has missed six straight games with a strained left hamstring; however, he could return Friday... Starting pitcher Rich Harden (shoulder) left his start Sunday after six innings with shoulder tightness. An MRI revealed it was "nothing major" and he is expected to have his next start pushed back, likely to Tuesday... Starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza (shoulder, neck) has not been able to start throwing because of spasms in his trapezius caused by the bulging disk in his neck. He is likely three to six more weeks away from returning.
Seattle Mariners - No injuries to report.
Texas Rangers - Closer Eric Gagne (elbow) was activated off the disabled list Friday.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
Atlanta Braves - No injuries to report.
Florida Marlins - Outfielder Alejandro De Aza (ankle) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained right ankle... Relief pitcher Jorge Julio (calf) was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, only one day after allowing six runs and five hits in one inning of work.
New York Mets - Catcher Paul Lo Duca (finger) had his hand X-rayed after getting hit by a pitch Wednesday, but they came back negative and he played Wednesday.
Philadelphia Phillies - Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia (biceps) was activated from the disabled list Sunday and started Tuesday.
Washington Nationals - Outfielder Nook Logan (foot) also has yet to resume baseball-related activities and will be out a few more days.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs - Pitcher Kerry Wood (shoulder) will not undergo surgery after he was given a second opinion on his shoulder. He will begin throwing as soon as he is pain-free... Starting pitcher Mark Prior (shoulder) was forced out of an extended spring training start after just two innings Thursday because of shoulder discomfort. He is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews next week.
Cincinnati Reds - Outfielder Adam Dunn (back) sat out of the team's game Sunday with back spasms; however, he was able to return two days later.
Houston Astros - Starting pitcher Jason Jennings (elbow) is suffering from tendinitis in his right elbow and will miss at least two starts. He received a cortisone shot in his elbow Monday to reduce inflammation. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Milwaukee Brewers - No injuries to report.
Pittsburgh Pirates - Second baseman Freddy Sanchez (wrist) was held out of the lineup Tuesday because of a sore left wrist; however, he was able to return Wednesday... Relief pitcher John Grabow (elbow) threw a scoreless inning Sunday and Monday for Triple-A Indianapolis. He was scheduled to throw again Wednesday before having his situation reevaluated.
St. Louis Cardinals - No injuries to report.
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
Arizona Diamondbacks - Outfielder Carlos Quentin (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday and started in right field... Starting pitcher Micah Owings (hamstring) strained his hamstring running the bases Tuesday and could not make it back out to the mound in the top half of the fifth inning. He is still expected to make his next start.
Colorado Rockies - Second baseman Kazuo Matsui (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with lower back spasms. Reports say that he's making progress but nowhere close to returning.
Los Angeles Dodgers - Outfielder Matt Kemp (shoulder) began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas Wednesday and he should be ready to come off the disabled list next Wednesday... Pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo (shoulder) threw off the mound Sunday. He is scheduled to pitch a simulated game Friday and could begin a rehab assignment after that.
San Diego Padres - Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff (elbow) returned to the starting lineup Friday after he missed two games with a contusion on his left elbow... Catcher Josh Bard (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Thursday with a strained groin.
San Francisco Giants - No injuries to report.