MLB Injury Roundup

by Steve Ungrey on September 21, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT


Welcome to'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 the bases.

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 season.

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 the mound.

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.



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 Sept. 21.

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.


Chicago White Sox - There is no injury news to report.

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.


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 disabled list.

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.


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 list.

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.


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 to pinch-hit.

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 list.

Milwaukee Brewers - Aside from Sheets, there is no other injury news to report.

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 season.


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.

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