Welcome to KFFL.com's MLB 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?
Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny
Ramirez (oblique) has missed several games due to his strained left oblique.
Ramirez has been taking batting practice but has not been able to swing the
bat without discomfort. He has also experienced discomfort when trying to run
Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek
Lee (knee) returned to the lineup Friday, Sept. 14, after missing the previous
game with a bruised knee.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken
Griffey Jr. (abdominal) left the team's game Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the
eighth inning with a lower abdominal strain. He returned to Cincinnati Sept.
20, and will be evaluated by Reds medical director
Dr. Timothy Kremcheck. It is unlikely Griffey will return to the lineup this
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jeremy
Bonderman (elbow) played catch Monday, Sept. 17, and left the session pain-free
in his elbow. Bonderman threw catch again the following day, and if that session
goes well, he could get in a start before the season ends.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael
Furcal (back) was not in the lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, due to back spasms.
He is considered day-to-day.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Ben
Sheets (hamstring) was scheduled to have an MRI exam Thursday, Sept. 20,
and be examined by team physician Dr. William Raasch. Sheets said his hamstring
felt tighter Sept. 19, after receiving treatment.
New York Mets first baseman Carlos
Delgado (hip) will hit in a simulated game session Sept. 20.
New York Yankees designated hitter Jason
Giambi (foot) is listed as day-to-day.
New York Yankees closer Mariano
Rivera (finger) was available to throw Monday, Sept. 17, after injuring
his pinkie finger the day before. Rivera bruised his finger Sunday, Sept. 16,
when an errant ball hit Rivera in the hand while he was warming up in the bullpen.
Rivera said the finger is still sore but should not affect his performance on
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole
Hamels (elbow) felt no pain in his elbow one day after his start Tuesday,
Sept. 18. Hamels said he is expecting to be much more effective in his next
start Sept. 23.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert
Pujols (calf) was out of the starting lineup Thursday, Sept. 20, and was
only available to pinch-hit. Pujols has a strained left calf and is listed as
doubtful to start this weekend.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Carl
Crawford (groin) will be examined Friday, Sept. 21, and could be shut down
for the rest of the season.
Texas Rangers third baseman Hank
Blalock (neck) was out of the lineup again Sept. 19. He has a sore neck,
but he returned to DH Thursday.
Toronto Blue Jays closer B.J.
Ryan (elbow) is throwing from 45 feet and will progress to 120 feet over
the course of the next month. Team officials are encouraged with his progress
so far and are confident he will be ready in time for spring training.
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Lyle
Overbay (hand) will have four screws removed from his right hand Sept. 25,
when the Blue Jays travel to face the Baltimore
Orioles. Overbay had the screws put in his hand in June when he broke his
right pinkie finger. After the procedure, Overbay is not expected to play for
the remainder of the season.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Troy
Glaus (foot) had season-ending foot surgery Monday, Sept. 17. He is expected
to be ready by spring training.
AROUND THE DIAMOND
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Baltimore Orioles - Starting pitcher Garrett
Olson (forearm) was cleared to throw from flat ground Monday, Sept. 17,
but is still not able to resume throwing from the mound... Outfielder Corey
Patterson (ankle) missed his 11th straight game Sept. 17, and he returned
to Baltimore to undergo an MRI on his sprained left ankle. Patterson was shut
down after trying to run the bases and was expected to miss the rest of the
team's road trip... Starter Jeremy Guthrie (strained
left oblique) said he was "90 percent" pain-free after playing catch Sept. 16.
However, if he does return this season, he would only be used as a starter...
Relief pitcher Danys Baez (elbow) has a partial
tear in his right elbow and will seek a second opinion before undergoing surgery.
Baez will be shut down for the rest of the season and could be out longer if
he requires surgery.
Boston Red Sox - Outfielder Coco
Crisp (back) could return Friday, Sept. 21... First baseman Kevin
Youkilis (wrist) missed several games while recovering from being hit by
a pitch on the wrist... Starter Matt Clement
(shoulder) threw a simulated game Sept. 14.
New York Yankees - Outfielder Shelley
Duncan started at designated hitter Wednesday, Sept. 19, his first start
since Sept. 5... Outfielder Hideki Matsui (knee)
will have his knee checked out at the end of the season. Matsui has been bothered
by his right knee, but hasn't had any X-rays or an MRI exam on it... Catcher
Jorge Posada (headache) went to a hospital following
the game against the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 15 for
precautionary reasons, after he had been involved in a collision at the plate
in the sixth inning... Pitcher Kyle Farnsworth
(neck) was unavailable Sept. 14, because of a sore neck.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Infielder Brendan
Harris (lat) was out of the starting lineup Wednesday, Sept. 19, after straining
his left lat muscle during batting practice Sept. 18. He is hoping to return
Toronto Blue Jays - Infielder John
McDonald (hip) was out of the starting lineup Wednesday, Sept. 19, for the
second consecutive game with a left hip flexor strain. The injury is not considered
serious, and he should return Sept. 21... Relief pitcher Scott
Downs (foot) was expected to miss a few games this week. Downs is believed
to have gout in his right foot.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago White Sox - There is no injury news
Cleveland Indians - First baseman Ryan
Garko (finger) returned to the lineup Sunday, Sept. 16, against the Kansas
City Royals, and he went 1-for-4 in his first game back.
Detroit Tigers - Other than Bonderman, there
is no injury news to report.
Kansas City Royals - Designated hitter Mike
Sweeney (knee) was out of the lineup for the fifth consecutive game Wednesday,
Sept. 19, but was available to pinch-hit. However, he indicated that he might
be ready for the Sept. 20 game... Third baseman Alex
Gordon (knee) returned to the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 19, after missing
one game due to a bruised right knee.
Minnesota Twins - Relief pitcher Pat
Neshek (shoulder) has been shelved with what the team is calling general
fatigue and weakness in his shoulder. He will be re-evaluated on Sept. 21, but
it's unclear if he will pitch again this season... Catcher Mike
Redmond (hand) saw hand specialist Dr. Tom Varecka Tuesday, Sept. 18. He
was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam to examine the strained ligaments in his
left middle finger.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Outfielder
Gary Matthews Jr. (ankle) expects to return from
his ankle injury by the beginning of the team's next road trip, which starts
Monday, Sept. 24. There is also an outside chance he could return over the weekend...
Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (back) was scratched
from his Sept. 19, start due to back stiffness. Colon could start a game in
the next week, although the team might not be able to make room for him as they
line up their postseason rotation.
Oakland Athletics - Shortstop Bobby
Crosby (hand) was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day
Seattle Mariners - Closer J.J.
Putz (triceps) was able to pitch a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday, Sept.
19, after missing the last two games with a triceps injury.
Texas Rangers - Catcher Gerald
Laird (knee) said he is feeling much better and could return to the lineup
as early as Sept. 20... Starting pitcher Kameron
Loe (elbow) threw 17 fastballs without issue Sept. 18. He is scheduled to
throw another session Sept. 20... Catcher Jarrod
Saltalamacchia (neck) was in the starting lineup Sept. 18, after missing
the day before with neck stiffness... Starter Kason
Gabbard (forearm) has been shut down for the rest of the season with stiffness
in his left forearm. The injury is not considered to be serious, but the team
does not want to push Gabbard at this point of the season.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
Atlanta Braves - Relief pitcher Octavio
Dotel (shoulder) was activated off the disabled list, and with Rafael
Soriano suspended four games, Dotel could fill in as the closer.
Florida Marlins - Outfielder Josh
Willingham (sore back) was out of the starting lineup Sept. 16... Pitcher
Renyel Pinto (shoulder) came off the 15-day disabled
New York Mets - Catcher Paul
Lo Duca (hand) left the team's game Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the eighth inning
after being hit on the hand by a pitch... Outfielder Moises
Alou (quadriceps) was able to return to the starting lineup Sept. 19, despite
suffering from a tight left quadriceps Sept. 18. Alou finished Wednesday's game
3-for-4 with one double, one RBI and two runs... Starting pitcher Orlando
Hernandez (foot) is still uncertain of whether or not he will be able to
return to the team for the remainder of the regular season. With Hernandez expected
to wear a protective boot for up to 10 days, it is even questionable if he will
be able to appear in the postseason, either.
Philadelphia Phillies - Relief pitcher Tom
Gordon (back) said his back feels fine after it tightened up Sunday, Sept.
16. Gordon was unavailable to pitch Sept. 17, but Gordon would not have pitched
anyway, as he had pitched in the three previous days.
Washington Nationals - First baseman Dmitri
Young (neck) missed his fourth consecutive game with a sore neck and a headache...
Shortstop Cristian Guzman (thumb) took batting
practice for the second straight afternoon and had no problems swinging the
bat. He batted in a simulated game Sept. 20... Starting pitcher John
Patterson (elbow) underwent surgery Sept. 14, to decompress the radial nerve
in his right arm. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Ruch at Duke Medical
Center and was deemed successful.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs - Aside from Lee, there is no
other injury news to report.
Cincinnati Reds - Catcher Javier
Valentin (back) returned to the starting lineup Tuesday, Sept. 18, after
leaving Sept. 16, with lower back soreness... Shortstop Alex
Gonzalez (knee) was still too sore to start Sept. 17, but he was available
Houston Astros - Shortstop Adam
Everett (leg) will get into a game sometime next week, although he is not
yet 100 percent. Manager Cecil Cooper said he
wants to get Everett some playing time before the end of the season... Closer
Brad Lidge (knee) underwent an MRI Sept. 17,
which confirmed he has loose cartilage in his right knee. Lidge will have offseason
surgery to clear up the problem... Starter Troy
Patton (biceps) will be shut down for the season after an MRI Sept. 18,
revealed a severe case of biceps tendonitis near his left shoulder... Reliever
Stephen Randolph (knee) came off the 15-day disabled
Milwaukee Brewers - Aside from Sheets, there is no other injury news
Pittsburgh Pirates - Shortstop Jack
Wilson (hamstring) was unavailable Wednesday, Sept. 19, due to a sore right
hamstring. Wilson will remain out of the lineup until Sunday, Sept. 23, as he
joins his wife for the birth of their third child.
St. Louis Cardinals - Second baseman Adam
Kennedy (knee) took ground balls with the team Wednesday, Sept. 19, for
the first time since undergoing surgery in August. Kennedy said he could play
this season but the team is taking a more conservative approach and will have
him return for spring training in 2008... Starting pitcher Mark
Mulder (shoulder) will have a second surgery on his left shoulder to repair
his rotator cuff. An MRI done Sept. 19 revealed the surgery done on the shoulder
last season repaired his labrum but did not repair the rotator cuff. The surgery
will clean up damaged tissue in his rotator cuff. The recovery time is expected
to be one to two months, and he should be ready for the start of spring training...
Shortstop David Eckstein (back) took groundballs
and felt explosive in his movements Tuesday, Sept. 18. He returned to the lineup
Sept. 19... Outfielder Jim Edmonds (groin) left
the team's game Sept. 17, in the sixth inning because of a sore groin. Edmonds
did not return to the lineup Sept. 18, and manager Tony
La Russa believes the injury is more serious than Edmonds has led reporters
to believe... Outfielder Chris Duncan (hernia)
will have sports hernia surgery Sept. 20. He will not play for the rest of the
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
Arizona Diamondbacks - Third baseman Chad
Tracy (knee) underwent season-ending knee surgery Sept. 20, after an MRI
Sept. 17 revealed his knee condition was getting worse. If Tracy was to continue
playing on the knee, he would likely do long-term damage to it.
Colorado Rockies - Second baseman Kazuo
Matsui (hamstring) got a hit in live batting practice Wednesday, Sept. 19,
and was available to pinch-hit in that game. Matsui should be ready to start
by Sept. 20 or Sept. 21... Starting pitcher Aaron
Cook (ribcage) has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the
60-day disabled list.
Los Angeles Dodgers - Relief pitcher Jonathan
Broxton (arm) has been experiencing some soreness in his arm that might
be the cause of his struggles... Starting pitcher Jason
Schmidt (shoulder) met with doctors Thursday, Sept. 13. Schmidt will do
so again in around six weeks, after which he could begin a throwing program.
San Diego Padres - Outfielder Milton
Bradley (oblique) could return Friday, Sept. 21, after hitting well from
the right side in batting practice on Sept. 19... Starting pitcher Clay
Hensley (shoulder) will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Sept. 21,
and his recovery time is estimated to take two to six months.
San Francisco Giants - First baseman Ryan
Klesko (wrist) has been unavailable the past two days because of a tender
wrist. However, he took batting practice Wednesday, Sept. 19, and said the wrist
has improved... Starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (rib cage) aggravated a muscle
strain in his rib cage during the first inning of his start Sept. 18. Manager
Bruce Bochy does not think Sanchez will pitch
again this season... Starter Noah Lowry (elbow)
has a bone spur in his left elbow, although he is hoping he will avoid surgery.
Lowry will be play catch Sept. 20, and if it causes any serious pain, he will
likely undergo surgery.
Steve Ungrey has been playing fantasy baseball since 1994. An avid baseball nut, he may be one of the only people who starts the spring training countdown immediately after the final out of the World Series. If there's a fantasy baseball or baseball preview magazine for 2003, chances are he has it. A sportswriter at The Grand Rapids Press, Steve has written for KFFL since 2001, concentrating on improving the site's baseball coverage but also helping the site with its unparalleled football coverage.