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The injury to Johan Santana brought up an interesting note on insurance that is very key in longer-term contracts, such as those signed by Justin Verlander and Buster Posey. Disability companies are more willing to sign deals in 2013 since they can use pre-existing conditions clauses to protect them. Santana's contract reportedly had a clause on his elbow, but not his shoulder. Disability contracts tend to be shorter than the overall deal, but can be renewable.
Corey Hart wasn't at Opening Day in Milwaukee, but signs remain positive. He's still working on rehabbing his knee in Arizona with Frank Neville, the Brewers rehab coordinator. Temper expectations of an April return, but Hart did avoid the 60-day DL to start the season.
The Marlins surprised many, including Logan Morrison, when the slugger was placed on the 60-day DL. Morrison has struggled with what the Marlins call a minor knee injury for the better part of two seasons. Since he won't be back until mid-May at the earliest, he's a tough hold without a deep DL in most leagues.
Sources around the league have sounded cautiously optimistic about the progress Mark Teixeira is making in rehab. Teixeira is out of his brace for all but workouts and could start up baseball activities in the next week. His timeline still has him out until May, but with an injury like this, Teixeira will take the positives as they come.
Phil Hughes is on the DL, but the retro move could have him back as soon as April 6th. Hughes' disk issue has cleared up and he is supposed to make a normal side session later this week. If he makes it through that, he's likely to get the start and slot back into the rotation. The Yankees do have options since they won't really need a fifth starter over the first two weeks of the season.
The Red Sox elected to use the seven-day concussion DL for Stephen Drew, despite positive progress at the end of camp. Part of that was concern for the active roster, but Drew remained in Ft. Myers to continue a slow but steady rehab process. He could start a rehab assignment shortly, but the team is smartly being very conservative with Drew right now.
Brian McCann is making progress, but one scout I spoke with this week wondered how any team, especially the Braves, will assess his value. "Laird is the more important part for them. If McCann can hit, is there a team that will trade for a DH? If he can't throw, do you consider him a catcher, even an emergency catcher? He's basically Mike Napoli now and you saw what happened with his contract." The Braves are going to have some tough decisions towards the end of the month as McCann continues his return from shoulder surgery.
The A's brought in Hiroyuki Nakajima to give some stability to the shortstop position. Instead, he's going to force the team to play Jed Lowrie at short, giving him more exposure. It's almost a lose-lose for the team this early. Nakajima will miss at least three weeks with the injury.
Luke Scott strained his calf in one of the last tune-up games the Rays had. It could cost him around a month depending on how his leg handles the rehab. With his absence, some were surprised that Wil Myers didn't get the call, but the team is thinking long term with their prospect, as they normally do.
Thanks for all the feedback during the first couple weeks of UTK at B/R. If you have any other players you have questions about, drop them into the comments and I'll try to follow up on them for you. Remember, most of the time if I skip a player here, it's because there's no new information. I call it TRIP, for "typical rehab in progress."
All quotes in this article were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.
Will Carroll has been writing about sports injuries for 12 years. His work has appeared at SI.com, ESPN.com and Football Outsiders. Google