5 Rehabbing MLB Stars Who Will Have the Most Impact Upon Their Return
A number of MLB teams are not at full strength at this point in the year because some of their players are still recovering from offseason surgeries and spring injuries.
These players can provide a big boost once they return, and they can help change a team from one that is struggling to one that is fighting for a playoff spot.
Sometimes, the impact is more than what the player does on the field. In certain cases, their leadership ability is invaluable.
The following players will have a big impact on their team's performance once they return.
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Last season, Brandon Beachy emerged as one of the Atlanta Braves' top starting pitchers as he went 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts before his season was cut short due to an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
The Braves will likely be in a tight race with the Washington Nationals and possibly the Philadelphia Phillies, and the addition of Beachy at the middle of the year could provide them with the boost that they need to reach the postseason.
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One of the concerns about the World Baseball Classic is that big-name stars would get injured while participating in it. The Los Angeles Dodgers unfortunately have to deal with that after Hanley Ramirez hurt his thumb during the tournament.
Ramirez has the potential to be a 20-20 player like he has been in the past, so the sooner the Dodgers get him back, the better.
In the ultra-competitive American League East, one injury could be enough to bring a team down multiple spots in the standing this year. At the moment, the Boston Red Sox are without their star, David Ortiz.
However, Ortiz is working his way back and has already collected two hits in a simulated game. He should be returning to their lineup relatively soon.
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The Milwaukee Brewers had to dig deep into their depth chart to find a starting first baseman this year after injuries to Corey Hart, Mat Gamel and Taylor Green. All three are currently on the disabled list.
Hart is the one the Brewers cannot wait to have back. He provides good protection for the rest of the team's lineup and is one of their major run producers. Last season, Hart drove in 83 runs.
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Derek Jeter's value to the New York Yankees goes way beyond his production on the field. He is invaluable as a leader, and that is why he has earned his nickname "The Captain."
Even with all of the other big injuries the Yankees have, Jeter's name stands out on the list. He has been one of the constants on their roster for more than a decade, and the Yankees play better when he is on the field.