MLB Spring Training: Updating 15 Crucial Injuries Ahead of Opening Day

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2012

MLB Spring Training: Updating 15 Crucial Injuries Ahead of Opening Day

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    After they had an offseason of rest, MLB teams hope that their top players can make it thorough spring training without getting hurt. That does not always end up being the case.

    Some top players have gotten injured during the spring, and it is possible that they will miss some time at the beginning of the 2012 MLB season.

    Other players are trying to work their way back from injuries. Many of these players have remained on track to get back on the field, but others have fallen behind schedule.

David Wright

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    An abdominal injury had kept David Wright out for a large portion of spring training, but he has finally returned to the field.

    Wright made a diving stop in his first game back, but it is still uncertain if he will be ready for Opening Day. He should play in the first game of the year for the Mets, but that cannot be said with absolute certainty at this point.

Miguel Cabrera

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    Miguel Cabrera suffered a bloody injury when a ground ball bounced up and hit him in the face earlier in spring training. He also suffered a fracture under his right eye.

    There is good news for the Detroit Tigers. It appears as if Cabrera will be ready to play on Opening Day this season.

Chase Utley

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    Injuries cost Chase Utley a lot of playing time in 2011, and it seems like it could be the same story this season.

    Things do not look good for Utley and his injured knees. He will miss out on Opening Day this year, and he will be out longer than just that. The Philadelphia Phillies have not given out much information about Utley, but things do not look good.

Ryan Howard

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    Earlier in spring training, Ryan Howard suffered from a setback as he attempted to return from his Achilles surgery. This is certainly not something that the Philadelphia Phillies wanted to hear considering all of the other injuries they are dealing with.

    Howard has finally shed his protective boot, but he will not be playing with the big league team for some time.

Giancarlo Stanton

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    After making a number of big acquisitions this offseason, the Miami Marlins are hopping that they can be a playoff team this season. One player that they need to reach this goal is Giancarlo Stanton.

    There is a chance that that Marlins don't have Stanton to start the year. Stanton is questionable for the season opener, and he could be out a little longer.

Tim Hudson

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    The Atlanta Braves know that they will be without Tim Hudson for the beginning of the season as he continues his recovery from offseason back surgery.

    Hudson has begun to throw side sessions, and he believes that he will be able to get back to the majors by May 1. The sooner he gets back, the better the Braves' postseason chances.

Chris Carpenter

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    Last season, the St. Louis Cardinals began the year without one of their top pitchers, and they went on to win the World Series. It will be interesting to see if they can do the same this year.

    Chris Carpenter is going to be out indefinitely to begin the season as a result of weakness in his pitching shoulder.

Stephen Drew

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    Stephen Drew suffered a gruesome ankle injury last July which ended his season, and it is still impacting him this year.

    It is very unlikely that Drew will be able to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Opening Day. They need to get him back quickly if they are going to defend their NL West crown.

Carl Crawford

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    Carl Crawford's first season in Boston did not turn out the way that he or the team hoped it would, and it appears that his second season with the team will not start out on the right note.

    He is trying to recover from a wrist injury, and it appears as if Crawford will stay in Florida to begin the year while the rest of his teammates begin the season.

Corey Hart

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    The Milwaukee Brewers have had a lot of uncertainty this offseason about their outfield. At first, they thought they would be without Ryan Braun to begin the year, but his suspension got overturned.

    Now, they are waiting to see when Corey Hart will be ready to play. Hart is just getting back into minor league games and does not think that he will play Opening Day, but he is almost certain he will get back to the team by their third series of the year.

Johan Santana

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    The New York Mets were hoping that they would have Johan Santana as their Opening Day starter in 2012 after he missed all of the 2011 season, but that may not happen.

    Santana has pitched well during spring training, but his velocity dropped in his last start, and the team is now evaluating his arm strength. As a result of this, Santana's Opening Day status is uncertain.

Ryan Vogelsong

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    Ryan Vogelsong will need some more time to get ready for the San Francisco Giants rotation after he made his first start of the spring on March 26.

    Vogelsong will likely only miss one start this year. He is expected to pitch his first game of the season for the Giants on April 15.

BJ Upton

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    BJ Upton collided with teammate Desmond Jennings in a game on March 14 and he has not done much since he injured his back in the collision.

    The Tampa Bay Rays are uncertain if Upton will be able to play in their game on Opening Day. They are making plans for if he is unavailable.

Chipper Jones

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    Chipper Jones' last season in the major leagues is going to start a bit late for the Atlanta Braves star.

    Jones has now undergone the procedure to repair his injured left knee, and the timetable for his return is three weeks.

Kendrys Morales

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    It has been while since Kendrys Morales has stepped to the plate in a major league game for the Los Angeles Angels. He has been working hard to come back from the ankle injury that he suffered on May 29, 2010.

    All indications point to the fact that Morales will be in the Angels' Opening Day lineup on April 6 when they take on the Kansas City Royals.