MLB Injury Roundup

by Buck Davidson on April 27, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT


Welcome to'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) made his 2007 season debut Tuesday, April 24 against the San Diego Padres. The Big Unit worked five innings, allowing six earned runs, six hits and four walks (two intentional) in absorbing the loss in a 10-5 defeat. Johnson will eventually shake off the rust, but it appears as though his days as a dominant fantasy force have come to an end.

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano (hamstring) returned to the Cubs lineup April 22 against St. Louis, but was held out of the game against Milwaukee Wednesday April 25 due to cold and wet conditions. Soriano is an elite talent, and we expect that he'll be back producing big numbers before long. Keep an eye on Soriano's hammy woes, but the Cubs simply appear to be taking a cautious approach with their big-dollar bopper.

Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jim Thome (rib cage) sat out the Wednesday, April 25, game against the Detroit Tigers. Thome suffered a minor injury to his right rib cage Monday, April 23, and he hasn't played since. Though there is no timetable set for his return to the lineup, Thome took batting practice Wednesday April 25, so we'd expect that he'll be back this weekend or perhaps early next week.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye (back) sat out the Wednesday, April 25, game against the Detroit Tigers with a lower back strain. Dye was reportedly scheduled to return the next day, but a rainout washed away those plans. Consider the Chisox slugger day-to-day.

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. (colon) was held out of the Reds' game Thursday, April 26, because of an inflamed colon. This comes on the heels of Junior recently missing four starts due to diverticulitis. Griffey is considered day-to-day, but if Josh Hamilton is still available on your league's waiver wire, it would be a good idea to grab him - say, 10 minutes ago.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim third baseman Chone Figgins (hand) is slated to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday April 26 at Triple-A. Figgy may be back in the majors as soon as May 1, so scour your league waiver wire to see if someone dropped the speedy third baseman. Recall that Figgins fractured a bone in his hand, so give him some time to get his stick working again.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Vladimir Guerrero (wrist) was hit on the wrist by a pitch back on April 16. Vlad went 9-for-18 after returning to the lineup April 20. He is back in your fantasy lineup, right?

Angels starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (shoulder) returned to the field Saturday, April 21, for the time in almost nine months. He said the days of him throwing 99 or 100 miles an hour probably aren't there anymore but noted his mind is now stronger after the layoff. He allowed one run through seven innings and threw 55 of his 77 pitches for strikes, giving up seven hits and no walks. Colon injured his left ankle during the start, but made his next start April 26 against Tampa Bay, working seven innings while allowing just two earned runs and striking out 11.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jason Schmidt (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation Tuesday April 17. Though Schmidt has reported definite improvement, there is no timetable for his return. In any event, Schmidt's loss of velocity this season is cause for serious concern.

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Ben Sheets (groin) left his start Wednesday, April 28 after three innings with a strained right groin. Sheets appeared to have sustained the injury when he reached down in an attempt to tag Chicago Cubs infielder Ryan Theriot. Sheets had given up four hits and no runs before he exited the contest. Sheets was evaluated by the Brewers' team physician April 26, and an MRI showed nothing significant. The big righthander may be able to make his next scheduled start Tuesday, May 1.

Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter (head) left the game Thursday, April 26, after he was hit in the face by a pitch. Hunter was taken to a local hospital, where he received three stitches for facial lacerations, and figures to miss a couple of games. He started to charge the mound but quickly stopped. There could be disciplinary ramifications when he returns.

New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui (hamstring) returned to the Yanks' lineup Monday April 23, going 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and a RBI. It's time to get Matsui back into your fantasy lineup.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Mike Mussina (hamstring) threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, April 24, as he rehabilitates his strained right hamstring. Mussina is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday, April 27, for Double-A Trenton. If Mussina's rehab stays on course, he could pitch May 2 or 3 against the Texas Rangers.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (thigh) left the game April 24 after being hit on the thigh by a pitch. Jeter missed the next night's game, then was a late scratch from the Yanks' April 26 contest against Toronto - though he was reportedly available to pinch hit. This doesn't look serious, but when a player of Jeter's caliber is involved the situation bears watching.

Oakland Athletics starter Rich Harden (shoulder) left the game early Sunday, April 15, with tightness in his right shoulder. A subsequent MRI showed "nothing major" going on in his right shoulder, but Harden was placed on the 15-day DL Monday April 23. The A's have said that Harden will come off the DL as soon as he says he's ready, and he's eligible to return May 1. Though this doesn't sound serious, it's an all too familiar refrain for the brilliant but brittle Harden.

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (leg) returned to the Philadelphia lineup Sunday April 22 - and promptly launched a homer and knocked in three runs. Get the big guy back into your fantasy lineup if you haven't done so already.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (elbow) was placed on the 15-day DL Monday April 23, after leaving his start Wednesday April 18 after less than one inning with elbow pain. Hernandez's MRI was negative, and he threw intensely from 120 feet for 20 minutes Wednesday, April 25, pronouncing the workout a success afterward. Look for Hernandez to return to the mound as soon as May 4 against the New York Yankees. We'd recommend leaving Hernandez on your bench until it's clear that he's fully healthy - and the Yankees are a tough group to prove that against.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (elbow) played catch for the second consecutive day Wednesday, April 24, to rehabilitate his throwing elbow. Carpenter went on the 15-day DL April 9 with bone spurs in his pitching elbow and is not expected back until at least the second week of May.

Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira (knee) continues to get extensive work done on his right knee, which has bothered him since spring training. "I've been working hard to get it better and it's close to 100 percent," Teixeira said. "It's feeling pretty good. [Rangers conditioning coach] Jose Vazquez and I have been doing a lot of strengthening exercises, and I'm happy with the way it's responding." Sullivan reports the knee injury is not the reason for Texeira's lack of offensive output.

Texas Rangers closer Eric Gagne (strained right hip) had to leave early from the team's game Sunday, April 22, after recording just one out in the ninth. He was injured after landing awkwardly following a pitch. Gagne was able to limp off the field and was replaced by reliever Akinori Otsuka, who went on to notch the save. Gagne was placed on the 15-day DL April 23, and he is reportedly able to throw, but this should serve as a reminder of the former stud's fragility. Otsuka will handle the closer duties while Gagne's out - and the Rangers figure to take their time bringing him back.

Toronto Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan (elbow) was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL as he continues to rehab from strained ligaments in his left elbow. The move means that Ryan will not return to the Jays until mid-June at the earliest. Reliever Jason Frasor is currently the Blue Jays closer, and figures to be their top ninth inning option until Ryan returns.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Troy Glaus (heel) will join the team in New York Wednesday, April 25, and take part in batting practice and fielding drills. If everything goes well, the team would likely activate prior to their game Saturday, April 28, against the Texas Rangers. Glaus has been on the disabled list since April 16 due to pain in his left heel.



Baltimore Orioles - Reliever Scott Williamson (triceps) faced one batter Monday, April 23, before leaving with tightness in his right triceps tendon. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday April 24...Catcher Ramon Hernandez (oblique) was activated from the disabled list and started behind the plate Thursday, April 26... Starter Jaret Wright (shoulder) lasted into the fifth inning and allowed three hits and one earned run in a rehab start for Class A Frederick Tuesday, April 24. Wright could be activated in time for the Sunday, April 29, game with the Cleveland Indians... Outfielder Jay Payton (hamstring) was activated off the 15-day disabled list.

Boston Red Sox - Outfielder Coco Crisp (oblique) missed his fourth straight game Wednesday, April 28 with an oblique injury. He may be placed on the disabled list, but he could be backdated so a return to the lineup in the May 8-10 series against the Toronto Blue Jays might happen. Starting pitcher Matt Clement (shoulder) is throwing from 105 feet, however, he is still a long ways from returning... First baseman Kevin Youkilis (elbow/knee/toe) sat out Tuesday, April 24, to allow Eric Hinske a chance to start. Youkilis said he could have started even with the minor injuries... Starting pitcher Jon Lester (cancer) will throw a side session and have a meeting with manager Terry Francona, general manager Theo Epstein and pitching coach John Farrell Sunday, April 21. Lester will then make at least one start for Triple-A Pawtucket April 25 before he's ready to rejoin the Red Sox.

New York Yankees - Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (hamstring) pitched fairly well for six innings in his first start of the season after coming off the disabled list Tuesday, April 24. Wang, facing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field, went 6 1/3 innings in all and wound up yielding four runs on nine hits while fanning three. He had given up just two runs in the first six innings, but ran out of gas and got into trouble in the seventh inning... Pitcher Humberto Sanchez (elbow) underwent ligament replacement surgery on his elbow Wednesday, April 18, and will miss the rest of the season... Starting pitcher Carl Pavano (elbow/forearm) had an MRI on his right elbow Thursday, April 19, which revealed a mild strain. Pavano is expected to resume throwing on flat ground later in the week.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Third baseman Akinori Iwamura (oblique) will miss four to six weeks due to a right oblique strain. "This guy is a very good player, and he adds a lot to the team just based on his ability and charisma. We're going to miss him, but we're going to get him back," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. Ty Wigginton will assume Iwamura's role as the D-Rays' third baseman.

Toronto Blue Jays - Starter John Thomson (shoulder) allowed four runs on eight hits in his first rehab start for Class A Dunedin Monday, April 23. Thomson also struck out six while walking just one batter. Thomson will likely remain with Dunedin for a couple more outings before moving up to Double-A New Hampshire. It will be about six or seven more appearances before the club reevaluates him... The Jays placed catcher Gregg Zaun (thumb) on the 15-day disabled list after their game Tuesday night, April 24. Zaun has a non-displaced fracture in his right hand, and he will undergo surgery Thursday, April 26. Zaun is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Sal Fasano and Jason Phillips will share duty behind the plate while Zaun is out.


Chicago White Sox - Manager Ozzie Guillen has still not received any word on how outfielder Scott Podsednik's (groin) rehab is going, however, Podsednik will likely need to spend some time in the minors before coming off the disabled list. He is expected back before Friday, June 1... Catcher Toby Hall (shoulder) reported no pain after taking live batting practice Monday, April 23. Hall also caught a bullpen session and made 40 throws from 140 feet Tuesday, April 23. He was scheduled for batting practice but bad weather forced him to postpone it. Hall will undergo a medical evaluation Wednesday, April 25, and said all he needs to do now is rebuild his strength... Outfielder Rob Mackowiak (abdominal) left the game in the fifth inning after straining his lower abdominal on a leadoff double against the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, April 25.

Cleveland Indians - Outfielder David Dellucci (calf) missed his fourth straight start Wednesday, April 25, with a strained left calf. Manager Eric Wedge has stated that he does not believe Dellucci will land on the disabled list... Third baseman Andy Marte (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday April 23. First baseman Casey Blake will move across the diamond and man third base while Ryan Garko will handle the duties at first while Marte is sidelined... Starting pitcher Cliff Lee (abdominal) will make one more rehab start Friday, April 27, for Double-A Akron. Lee is expected to throw 80-85 pitches, and if that goes well he could start for the Indians next week.

Detroit Tigers - Second baseman Placido Polanco (back) did not start Tuesday, April 24, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a stiff back. "I'm not taking any chances in a day game after a night game early in the year," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He could play. I'm not going to do anything stupid." Reliever Fernando Rodney (neck) was checked out Sunday, April 22, and is suffering from a tight neck. He was held out of the team's game Sunday but threw a bullpen session with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez. He was able to get his velocity back up, however, he said his mechanics still didn't feel right... Reliever Jose Mesa (groin) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 17... Shortstop Carlos Guillen sat out the Wednesday, April 25, game against the Chicago White Sox. Tigers' manager Jim Leyland said that Guillen's shoulder and back were a little sore, and he thought it would be a good time to give him a rest.

Kansas City Royals - Closer Octavio Dotel (oblique) threw Thursday, April 19, and reported no pain. Royals manager Buddy Bell said he doesn't expect Dotel to return to the team until the middle of May... Starting pitcher Scott Elarton (shoulder) will make his third rehab start for Triple-A Omaha Thursday, April 26, and if it goes well, he would likely make one more rehab start before returning to the team's rotation next week... Outfielder David DeJesus (ankle) returned to the starting lineup Monday, April 23, after sitting out Sunday's game with a sore left ankle. DeJesus went 0-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored as the Royals lost to the Chicago White Sox 7-4... Starting pitcher Luke Hudson (shoulder) made his first rehab start for Double-A Wichita Friday, April 20. He pitched three innings and allowed three runs, two of which were earned runs. He also struck out five batters while allowing one walk.

Minnesota Twins - Outfielder Rondell White (calf), who is on the disabled list because of a strained right calf, suffered a setback during his rehab Wednesday, April 25. White re-injured his calf while doing some running in the outfield before Wednesday's game, and he'll likely miss another week or two... Shortstop Jason Bartlett (groin) continues to be bothered by a sore groin muscle that affects his first-step quickness. "It's like the nagging little brother who won't go away," Bartlett said. He is currently day-to-day... Third baseman Jeff Cirillo (knee) ran the bases and took some batting practice for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery, Wednesday, April 25... Second baseman Luis Castillo (quad) is listed as day-to-day with a sore left quad... Outfielder Torii Hunter (shoulder) returned to the lineup Friday, April 20... Infielder Nick Punto (ankle) returned to the team's starting lineup Thursday, April 19, after missing the last four games with a sprained ankle.


Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Starting pitcher Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list as expected Tuesday, April 24, according to Sports Network. Escobar went 5 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers the same day and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while fanning six... Second baseman Howie Kendrick (hand) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 18. Kendrick, who broke a bone in the back of his left hand when he was hit by a pitch, could be out for three to six weeks, depending on how fast the bone heals...The Halos transferred outfielder Juan Rivera (leg) to the 60-day disabled list - a move that opens up a roster spot for top prospect Brandon Wood.

Oakland Athletics - First baseman Dan Johnson (hip) went 1-for-2 with a single and two walks over seven innings in his first rehab game for Triple-A Sacramento Monday, April 23. Johnson was activated from the disabled list Thursday April 26... Outfielder Bobby Kielty (calf) has not played in about a week and a half because he is battling a calf strain... Outfielder Nick Swisher (hamstring) injured his hamstring while running the bases Tuesday, April 24, against the Baltimore Orioles. The extent of Swisher's injury is unknown... Outfielder Mark Kotsay (back) was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list... Outfielder Milton Bradley (left hamstring strain) departed in the sixth inning from the game Sunday, April 22. Bradley, who has been hampered by his left hamstring since April 11, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 23... Starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza (shoulder, neck) was cleared to begin a throwing program Wednesday, April 25. There is no timetable for his return, though a team source reported that Loaiza would likely need at least one month to get back in shape... Outfielder Bobby Kielty (calf) was held out Wednesday, April 25, due to a strained calf. Kielty usually starts against left-handed pitchers, but was absent from the lineup against Seattle Mariners southpaw starter Jarrod Washburn. "We're hoping he's ready by the weekend," Athletics manager Bob Geren said. "He's still day-to-day, but he's available to pinch-hit tonight."... Outfielder Nick Swisher (hamstring) will likely not play during the Athletics' five-game homestand because of a strained hamstring. Athletics manager Bob Geren said the injury was relatively minor, though he hasn't ruled out sending Swisher to the disabled list.

Seattle Mariners - Catcher Kenji Johjima (calf) feels better following a bruised calf suffered Saturday, April 21, and he should be able to play April 23 against the Texas Rangers... Reliever Arthur Rhodes (elbow) will have another test on his ailing left elbow Monday, April 23, in Southern California. Rhodes will have a CT scan at the urging of Dr. Lewis Yocum, an orthopedist and arm specialist.

Texas Rangers - Starting pitcher Jamey Wright (shoulder) said the inflammation in his shoulder hasn't gone down yet, and he won't throw until it has. He hopes to start tossing the ball by the middle of this week... Outfielder Brad Wilkerson (knee) has returned to the Rangers lineup.


Atlanta Braves - Reliever Mike Gonzalez (elbow) reported no discomfort in his left elbow after pitching the eighth inning Monday, April 23. Gonzalez hit 95 on the radar gun with a couple of fastballs during his appearance... Pitcher Lance Cormier (triceps) felt discomfort in his strained right triceps during his rehab start Sunday, April 22, for Class A Rome. Cormier still plans to pitch in a rehab start Friday, April 27, for Triple-A Richmond... Catcher Brian McCann (finger) was out of the lineup Monday, April 23, as expected, after being hit by a pitch that bruised his left ring finger the day before. McCann returned to the lineup Tuesday, April 24.

Florida Marlins - The Marlins transferred Pitcher Logan Kensing (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list... First baseman Mike Jacobs (thumb) plans to return to the lineup Friday, April 27, against the Philadelphia Phillies... Outfielder Alejandro De Aza (ankle) recently took batting practice, but has no timetable for when he will be able to run again on his sprained right ankle. De Aza is eligible to come off the disabled list May 1... Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (elbow) expects to make a four-inning minor-league rehab start Thursday, April 26, before returning to the parent club... Starter Sergio Mitre (finger) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18. Mitre threw a bullpen session Sunday, April 22, according to Joe Frisaro of He is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday, May 4... Outfielder Jeremy Hermida (knee) ran the bases for the first time in nearly six weeks in Jupiter on Wednesday, April 25, and his bruised right knee responded well. If there are no further problems, Hermida could take some at-bats as soon as April 27 as the designated hitter in an extended spring game... Reliever Jorge Julio (calf) is expected to pitch in a Gulf Coast League game, Thursday, April 26. On Sunday, April 29, the team is hoping he will be able to pitch two innings for Class A Jupiter... Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (calf/hamstring), who experienced cramping in his right calf and hamstring during the game, Saturday, April 21, expects to make his next start, Friday, April 27, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He was able to do his regular running and stretching routine in the morning, Sunday, April 22, and plans to drink more water to stay hydrated... Starter Josh Johnson (biceps) has been throwing off flat ground at a distance of 120 feet for several weeks and will throw off the mound Tuesday, May 1.

New York Mets - Reliever Duaner Sanchez (shoulder), who had shoulder surgery earlier this month, is due for a routine checkup this week. Sanchez reported no pain in his shoulder, but cannot begin a throwing program until his hairline fracture is healed. The right-hander has said that he will pitch again this season... Catcher Paul Lo Duca (finger) was hit on the back of his right hand by a foul tip Tuesday, April 17. X-rays were taken and they came back negative, but Lo Duca sat out the Thursday, April 19, game against the Florida Marlins. He returned the next night, but is still being bothered by the injury.

Philadelphia Phillies - There are no injuries to report.

Washington Nationals - Reliever Luis Ayala (elbow) pitched an inning at Vero Beach, Thursday, April 19, but his velocity only reached 85 miles per hour on the radar gun, according to Charlie Nobles, for Reliever Ray King (shoulder) threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session, Saturday, April 21, and is expected to throw a simulated game in Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 24, before being activated from the disabled list, according to Charlie Nobles, for Outfielder Alex Escobar (shoulder) has been cleared to begin a throwing program.


Chicago Cubs - Pitcher Kerry Wood (shoulder) will begin throwing the week of April 30 in Arizona.... Starting pitcher Mark Prior (shoulder) underwent exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday, April 24, and he will miss the remainder of the 2007 season...Second baseman Mark DeRosa (wrist) was hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chris Spurling Wednesday, April 25. However, DeRosa stayed in the game...The Cubs placed starter Wade Miller (back) on the 15-day disabled list with middle back spasms. General manager Jim Hendry stated that there is nothing wrong with Miller's arm. The Associated Press reports Miller has an uncertain future with the club, given the pitcher's recent injury-riddled past.

Cincinnati Reds - Reliever Eddie Guardado (elbow) will throw his first breaking pitches Thursday, April 26. Guardado has been throwing 40 pitches per session so far in his rehab, however, all pitches have been fastballs. He is targeting a return in late June.

Houston Astros - Starting pitcher Jason Jennings (elbow) threw on flat ground Tuesday, April 24, and is hoping to throw off the mound Wednesday, April 25. If that goes well, Jennings will take two days off before attempting to throw breaking balls on flat ground... Starting pitcher Brandon Backe (elbow) threw 25 pitches in live batting practice Tuesday, April 24, and reported feeling fine physically. Backe will throw another session Tuesday, May 1, and could be throwing simulated games by mid-May... Reliever Rick White (oblique) will go on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 26, with a left oblique strain.

Milwaukee Brewers - Milwaukee placed reliever Greg Aquino (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21... Catcher Johnny Estrada (knee) returned to the lineup Wednesday, April 25, after sitting out the previous day's game with a bruised knee.

Pittsburgh Pirates - Second baseman Freddy Sanchez (eye) was removed from the lineup before the team's game Wednesday, April 25, because of irritation in his left eye. The problem was not thought to be serious. Earlier in the day, Sanchez visited an eye doctor, who removed unidentified debris from Sanchez's eye. He returned the following day... Relief pitcher John Grabow (elbow) rejoined the team Tuesday, April 24, and got a save April 26... Outfielder Xavier Nady (hamstring) left the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 21, in the sixth inning, due to a strained hamstring. He is listed as day-to-day, according to the Associated Press... Catcher Humberto Cota (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday, April 23 due to a strained left shoulder.

St. Louis Cardinals - Outfielder Juan Encarnacion (wrist) began a rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Springfield on Monday, April 23. He batted leadoff as Springfield's designated hitter, going 0-3 in a 6-1 loss to Wichita... Starting pitcher Mark Mulder (shoulder) has been in St. Louis during this home stand for team doctors and trainers to get a look at his rehab from shoulder surgery in September. He is in the early stages of a throwing program and needed to throw from 120 feet on Wednesday, April 25.


Arizona Diamondbacks - Starting pitcher Micah Owings (hamstring) strained a hamstring while running the bases in the bottom half of the fourth inning Tuesday, April 17. Owings is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, April 25, before starting Friday, April 27, or Saturday, April 28, for Triple-A Tucson... First baseman Conor Jackson (hamstring) left the team's game Sunday, April 22, after the third inning because of tightness in his left hamstring. An MRI showed some inflammation on his hamstring but was otherwise negative. He'll be available to pinch-hit, but he will not start for a couple of days according to manager Bob Melvin... Pitcher Juan Cruz (muscle) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, because of a strained muscle below the back of his right shoulder, according to the Associated Press.

Colorado Rockies - Second baseman Kazuo Matsui (back), on the 15-day disabled list since April 15 with back spasms, has started to lightly throw in addition to walking on a treadmill. There is still no timetable for his return... The Rocks placed reliever LaTroy Hawkins (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, due to inflammation in his right elbow... Starting pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim (thumb) allowed one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday, April 22. He's on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right thumb... Reliever Ramon Ramirez (elbow) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, April 18, because of a sprained right elbow, according to the Associated Press... Starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez (elbow) has been sent to the 15-day disabled list with an inflammation in his right forearm.

Los Angeles Dodgers - Outfielder Matt Kemp (shoulder) felt a twinge in his shoulder after making a throw Wednesday, April 18, and returned to Los Angeles Friday, April 20, to get a second opinion on his shoulder. Kemp played five innings in the game Wednesday but it wasn't until Thursday, April 19, that he felt something was wrong. It is hoped he will be able to resume his rehab early next week... Pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Wednesday, April 25. If that goes well, he'll be ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment... Reliever Yhency Brazoban (elbow) retired the side in order Tuesday, April 17, in an appearance for Class A San Bernardino. Brazoban has reported no setbacks, and he is ahead of schedule as he returns from Tommy John surgery.

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) went 3-for-4 in an extended spring training game Tuesday, April 24, and he reported no pain afterwards. Bard is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Friday, April 27... Second baseman Marcus Giles (hip) did sit out Sunday, April 22, with a sore hip flexor, but has since returned to the Friars' lineup.

San Francisco Giants - There are no injuries to report.

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