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