Massage Table Mentionables: A Look at Injured Players

Nick AllenCorrespondent IApril 23, 2009

PITTSBURGH - APRIL 13:  Catcher Ryan Doumit #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks to make a play during the Opening Day game against the Houston Astros at PNC Park on April 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Ryan Doumit

On April 20th, the Pirates placed Ryan Doumit on the 15 day DL with a fracture in his right wrist. Doumit had surgery today and is expected to miss eight to ten weeks. If you're in a deep league, and catchers are slim, the Pirates just recalled catcher Robinzon Diaz to take Doumit's place.

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Dice-K was placed on the 15 day DL with a mild right shoulder strain on April 15th. He has began playing catch and has been throwing from as far as 60 yards. Matsuzaka had been struggling prior to being placed on the DL. Although, he was complaining about arm stiffness. I expect Dice-K to return at full strength and perform better than he was before he was placed on the DL.

Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod was placed on the 15 day DL before the season. He is taking part in batting practice, where he hit 75 balls and 10 home runs. He also is doing defensive drills. He is ahead of schedule, but the Yankees haven't changed his return date, which is currently set at May 15th.

Vladimir Guerrero

Vlad has been diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle, and was placed on the 15 day DL list. The Angels will most likely not use him in the field for the rest of the year and just have him hit DH. If that happens, one of the Angels backup outfielders could really benefit from this. Vlad will probably be back in a month but possibly longer.

Joe Mauer

Mauer is set to return to the Twins on May 1st. He is looking pretty good, in an extended spring training game he caught six innings and went 3-4. He just started a six game rehab stint in the minors, so he looks on track to return by May 1st.

Alex Gordon

Gordon just underwent successful surgery on his hip, and is already in rehab. He is expected to be back in 10-12 weeks, either late June or early July. If you are in need of a third basemen, Mark Teahen is going to take over duties for Gordon.

Xavier Nady

Nady is set to rehab for three weeks until he begins hitting again. We don't know for sure yet if he will even return this season but he doesn't need season ending surgery so he might return this year. If he does get back, he will probably be limited to DH duties anyway.

Melvin Mora

Mora is eligible to return to action April 28th, but he says he still has discomfort in his legs when trying to run. He wants to go on a rehab assignment to test out how he feels running. Depending on how that goes, Mora could be on the DL a little longer.

Jed Lowrie

Lowrie was in a slump prior to being placed on the DL, going 1-18 with an average of .056.  He just underwent successful surgery on his wrist and isn't expected to pick up a bat for at least six weeks. He is expected to be back by the All-Star break.