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?
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (elbow) will miss the rest of this season and probably half of next season as he needs Tommy John surgery. Carpenter suffered a snag in his rehabilitation process on Sunday as his elbow began to experience swelling after a 39-pitch start.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz (shoulder) excelled Wednesday, July 18, in his first start since returning from the disabled list. Smoltz struck out 11 batters in seven shutout innings but didn't factor into the decision as the Reds rallied to win in 15 innings.
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Randy Johnson (back) felt comfortable after a bullpen session on Tuesday, July 17, and plans on throwing several more sessions before facing live hitters.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Erik Bedard (shoulder) was scratched from his start on Wednesday, July 18, with a stiff neck. Daniel Cabrera slid onto the mound as a replacement.
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada (fractured wrist) fielded ground balls and tested his wrist in the batting cages, and afterward he said he came away pain-free. The veteran aims to rejoin the Orioles during their series with the Yankees, in the last weekend of the month, after batting practice and a short assignment in the minors.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Curt Schilling (shoulder) is taking positive steps to coming back at the end of July. He set down nine of 10 batters he faced in a simulated game and will continue his rehab in a starting assignment this weekend.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (knee) disclosed that he has been playing through torn cartilage in his right knee since 2006. A home run on Saturday rebuked any inkling that he has totally lost his power, despite a drop in power production.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee (ankle) has dropped the appeal to his five-game suspension. He will use the time to heal his ankle, which was bruised after he fouled a pitch off it on Tuesday, July 17.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik (rib cage) went 0-for-5 in his rehab start with Charlotte on Wednesday night, but his formerly strained rib cage did not bother him.
Colorado Rockies closer Brian Fuentes (strained left lat) was expected to rejoin the Rockies on Thursday, July 19, but he will stay on the disabled list through the weekend.
Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton (headaches) didn't travel with the Rockies to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, July 17. He was back in the lineup Wednesday.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joel Zumaya (finger) has continued his rehab assignment, playing catch three times. Reports say his shoulder is tired, but his finger held up after each of the workouts.
Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson (forearm) tossed a successful bullpen session before the game on Tuesday, July 17. The team had placed him on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, July 5.
Houston Astros closer Brad Lidge (knee) was ready to come off the disabled list Wednesday, July 4; however, his knee locked up Tuesday, July 3, one day after throwing a simulated game. He will likely remain out until after the All-Star break. The oblique muscle strain that sent him to the disabled list is no longer bothering him.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets (finger) was placed on the disabled list Monday, July 16. An ultrasound Tuesday showed that Sheets had a tear in the tissue that connects tendon to bone on the middle finger of his pitching hand. He left his start Saturday with what was originally diagnosed as a distal sprain. The right-hander is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Bill Hall (ankle) has said that he will not immediately return from the disabled list when he becomes eligible on Friday, July 20. He has indicated to team officials, however, that he would return several games after he is eligible.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter left the game on Wednesday with a slight left hamstring injury. He was not in the lineup Thursday.
New York Mets starter Pedro Martinez (shoulder) will pitch a throwing session the Dominican Republic before returning to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Friday, July 20, for his team workouts.
New York Yankees designated hitter Jason Giambi (foot) has been working out at the team's training facility at Tampa, Fla., and remains about two weeks from returning to live action.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (ankle) threw 57 pitches in a rehab outing for Double-A Trenton, allowing one run while striking out five and walking two. Hughes is planning to pitch what could be his final rehab assignment for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez is considered day-to-day after back stiffness forced him to miss two games at the beginning of the week.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Harden (shoulder) returned to the disabled list Thursday, July 12, after planning to return to action the week before.
Oakland Athletics catcher Mike Piazza (shoulder) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in his rehab assignment at Single-A Stockton.
Oakland Athletics closer Huston Street (elbow) had a pain-free outing in a simulated game on Wednesday, July 19, and remains scheduled to rejoin the big club Monday, July 23.
Philadelphia Phillies closer Tom Gordon (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list after he recovered from inflammation in his right shoulder. Gordon is being eased back into work before even being considered for the closer's role. He pitched a scoreless inning on Tuesday.
Philadelphia Phillies reliever Brett Myers (shoulder), recovering from a right-shoulder strain, will pitch to hitters in Clearwater, Fla., tomorrow. If all goes well, he will go on a minor-league rehab assignment.
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Greg Maddux (hamstring) left his outing on Wednesday, July 18, with a hamstring cramp.
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jake Peavy made his scheduled start against the Mets on Tuesday, tossing despite biceps soreness. He was out-dueled by Orlando Hernandez.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds scratched himself from the Giants' games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, due to sore legs. Manager Bruce Bochy said that he will be allowing Bonds to sit out more games as he comes closer to setting the all-time home run record.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (thigh contusion) returned to the lineup Monday after bruising his thigh in his game Sunday, July 15.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays closer Al Reyes (rotator cuff strain) pitched one inning at High-A Vero Beach for the Devil Rays on Monday, in which he gave up two hits, one of which was a leadoff homer, no walks and one strikeout.
Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (foot) has showed improvement after being slowed by the stress fracture in his foot. He is on track to rejoin Texas on Friday, July 27.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (shoulder) threw off of flat ground Wednesday. It should be another three weeks until he returns to the mound for a start.
AROUND THE DIAMOND
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Baltimore Orioles - Starting pitcher Adam Loewen (elbow) has regained full motion in his arm but won't decide until Aug. 6 on when he will resume throwing. He has already pronounced himself done for the season.
Boston Red Sox - Relief pitcher Brendan Donnelly (forearm) received a second opinion that confirmed the original diagnosis of a strained right forearm. He had feared setting himself back after aggravating the injury while making a rehab start for Single-A Lowell. The right-hander will continue his rehab work... Outfielder J.D. Drew returned to the starting lineup Monday after missing two games after aggravating his right hamstring. He hit in the leadoff spot... Catcher Jason Varitek was out of the starting lineup Saturday, July 14, after being hit in several parts of his body behind the plate. He returned Monday and is in full swing in the lineup.
New York Yankees - Starting pitcher Jeffrey Karstens (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Outfielder Rocco Baldelli (hamstring) has reportedly said he is on target to play before the end of the season, but neither he nor the team could provide a timetable... Elijah Dukes admitted that he has used marijuana during divorce proceedings, and the Devil Rays have placed him on the inactive list.
Toronto Blue Jays - Starter A.J. Burnett (shoulder) continued his throwing program on Wednesday. The pitcher played catch on flat ground and worked up to a distance of 90 feet. The Jays hope to have Burnett pitching off a mound before the end of the month.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago White Sox - Third baseman Joe Crede (back) will soon begin rehabbing, as he has sufficiently recovered from his surgery on June 12.
Cleveland Indians - Outfielder David Dellucci (hamstring) hoped to begin a running program as of Tuesday, July 17, to begin rehab after surgery to remove a tendon attached to his left hamstring Friday, June 29.
Detroit Tigers - Outfielder Marcus Thames (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his hamstring making a catch Wednesday. He left the game after making the play... Outfielder Craig Monroe (back) left the game on Wednesday, July 18, with back muscle spasms... Relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (arm) threw without discomfort while playing catch before batting practice Tuesday, July 17.
Kansas City Royals - Designated hitter Mike Sweeney (knee) is reported to be aggressively working to returning before the six weeks doctors suggested for rehab.
Minnesota Twins - Besides Hunter, there are no significant injuries to report for the Twins.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -Infielder Erick Aybar (hand) had his cast removed after resting his surgically repaired wrist... Catcher Mike Napoli (ankle) ran the bases and took batting practice on Tuesday, July 17, and is expected to return anytime within a week of his workouts.
Oakland Athletics - Esteban Loaiza (knee) will make a rehab start on either July 30 or July 31.
Seattle Mariners - Starting pitcher Miguel Batista said he should be able to make his next scheduled start on Friday, July 20, despite a blister that has been bothering his right hand.
Texas Rangers - Starting pitcher Vicente Padilla (elbow) is expected to make a rehab start on Friday, July 20, at Double-A Frisco. He is working towards making a scheduled start on Sunday, July 22, if all goes well in his work... Relief pitcher Akinori Otsuka (forearm tightness) went on the 15-day disabled list due to continued tightness in his right forearm.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
Atlanta Braves - Aside from Smoltz, the Braves have reported no significant injuries.
Florida Marlins - Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (elbow) added curveballs to his bullpen session on Tuesday, July 18.
New York Mets - Outfielder Moises Alou went 2-for-5 with a homer, a walk and a steal over two games as a designated with the Gulf Coast Mets...
Philadelphia Phillies - Starting pitcher Jon Lieber (foot) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list after undergoing season-ending surgery Friday, July 6, to repair a ruptured tendon in his foot.
Washington Nationals - Catcher Brian Schneider (biceps) left the game on Tuesday, July 17, suffering a right biceps contusion after being hit with a pitch by Houston Astros starter Chris Sampson.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs - Outfielder Cliff Floyd (shoulder) is day-to-day after jamming his shoulder while diving to make a catch... Relief pitcher Kerry Wood (shoulder) threw a 17-pitch inning in his second minor league outing. He gave up one run on two hits with one strikeout.
Cincinnati Reds - Relief pitcher Eddie Guardado (elbow) threw a live bullpen outing on Tuesday, July 17... Outfielder Josh Hamilton (wrist) is expected to miss another 10 days to two weeks, as his rehab has not gone as quickly as team officials hoped... Shortstop Alex Gonzalez rejoined the Reds Tuesday, July 17 after being placed on the bereavement list to care for his ill infant son.
Houston Astros - Aside from Lidge, the Astros have had no real injury concerns.
Milwaukee Brewers - Aside from Hall and Sheets, the Brewers have no real injury concerns.
Pittsburgh Pirates - Outfielder Chris Duffy (ankle) had his left foot removed from a protective boot, but the team is uncertain as to when he will resume physical activity... Catcher Ryan Doumit (hamstring) returned to the starting lineup Sunday after having problems earlier this year.
St. Louis Cardinals - Starting pitcher Mark Mulder (shoulder) threw a 70-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, July 17. Outfielder Jim Edmonds (pinched nerve in back) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, July 19.
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
Arizona Diamondbacks - Infielder/Outfielder Chad Tracy is playing through tendonitis in his right knee and is day-to-day as of Monday, July 16... Outfielder Jeff DaVanon (shoulder) returned from the disabled list Tuesday, July 17, hitting in the leadoff spot.
Colorado Rockies - Starting pitcher Jason Hirsh (ankle) will make a rehab start on Thursday, July 19, for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Los Angeles Dodgers - Starting pitcher Randy Wolf (shoulder) is expected to have a throwing session either Friday, July 20 or Saturday, July 21... Pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo (elbow) had a productive throwing session after Monday, July 16, in which he felt no pain or stiffness.
San Diego Padres - Aside from Maddux and Peavy, there are no significant injury concerns for the Padres.
San Francisco Giants - Aside from Bonds, the Giants had no significant injury concerns.
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