The first week of spring training is currently underway, and there are several MLB stars recovering from injuries. Here are the latest updates on these injuries and estimated times of return.
Atlanta Braves: Gavin Floyd (Estimated Return: Midseason)
Floyd is still recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn't expected to join the Braves until May or June at the earliest (credit: Mark Bowman, MLB.com).
Gavin Floyd threw 15 changeups during today's 75-pitch mound session. He'll throw breaking balls off the mound for the first time on Sunday.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 13, 2014
Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Bundy (Estimated Return: Midseason)
Bundy continues to progress nicely as he rehabs his surgically repaired elbow. He could be pitching minor league rehab games in May, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter (credit: Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun).
Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado (Estimated Return: TBD)
Machado took ground balls earlier this week and is slowly progressing towards a return. Won't be cleared to play in games until mid-March (credit: Eduardo A. Encina, Baltimore Sun).
Manny Machado on Opening Day: "If I miss the first week or two weeks, whatever it may be, once I get going I’m not going to stop" #Orioles— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) February 16, 2014
Boston Red Sox: Jake Peavy (Estimated Return: Day-To-Day)
Peavy's right ring finger continues to improve as he long-tossed on flat ground on Wednesday (credit: John Tomase, Boston Herald).
Jake Peavy threw long toss today and Farrell said the irritation in his ring finger has subsided.— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) February 18, 2014
Boston Red Sox: A.J. Pierzynski (Estimated Return: Thursday)
Pierzynski returned from a turned left ankle on Wednesday and was able to catch a bullpen session. Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is "fine" (credit: Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com).
Boston Red Sox: Shane Victorino (Estimated Return: TBD)
Victorino is still rehabbing his right thumb and has yet to face live pitching. He's taken some dry swings, but has yet to step in the cage (credit: Sean McAdam, Comcast SportsNet New England).
Victorino won't push it in spring post-surgery: Shane Victorino will will have to take spring training at less... http://t.co/SkNpu0WB80— espnmlb (@espnmlb) February 18, 2014
Chicago Cubs: Jake Arrieta (Estimated Return: April)
Arrieta continues to rehab and expects to be ready by Opening Day (credit: Gordon Wittenmyer, Chicago Sun-Times).
Jake Arrieta is confident he'll be ready by Opening Day and feeling good enough to say: "The sky's the limit." http://t.co/1vj7SquyIm— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) February 14, 2014
Cincinnati Reds: Mat Latos (Estimated Return: 7-10 Days)
Latos is recovering nicely from surgery to repair a tear in his left meniscus. He could resume throwing within 10 days (credit: Aaron Gleeman, NBCSports/HardballTalk).
RHP Mat Latos had surgery to repair a tear in the meniscus of his left knee. Expected to return to his throwing program in ten days #reds— John Fay (@johnfayman) February 14, 2014
Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander (Estimated Return: TBD)
Verlander threw a successful 54-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday. He continues to rehab from abdominal surgery (credit: James Schmehl, MLive.com).
Detroit Tigers notes: Joba Chamberlain wins 'rag ball' competition; Justin Verlander will throw 50 pitches Tuesday http://t.co/N8qrxIBATv— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) February 18, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers: Brandon League (Estimated Return: Day-To-Day)
League threw off the mound on Wednesday. He had missed a previous bullpen session due to a sore pectoral muscle (credit: Dylan Hernandez, L.A. Times).
New York Yankees: Mark Teixeira (Estimated Return: Day-to-Day)
Teixeira took batting practice on Sunday without any setbacks. He expects to play in 150-plus games for the Yankees in 2014 (credit: Jorge Castillo, The Star-Ledger).
Mark Teixeira swinging well in bp, as he comes back from wrist surgery. Said LH felt even better than RH pic.twitter.com/5rfrMP4yVp— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) February 16, 2014
Philadelphia Phillies: Cole Hamels (Estimated Return: April/May)
Hamels continues to rehab and aims to be with the team in April. Is scheduled to throw a bullpen session next Tuesday (credit: Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer).
Cole Hamels seems he'll be ok, even if delayed— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) February 18, 2014
Texas Rangers: Matt Harrison (Estimated Return: TBD)
Harrison will throw live batting practice Thursday (credit: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News).
Updates on Matt Harrison, Tanner Scheppers and their backs/necks: http://t.co/nU3DT6rNIP— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) February 19, 2014
Texas Rangers: Jurickson Profar (Estimated Return: Opening Day)
Profar is still experiencing shoulder discomfort and will not throw for another week. He expects to be ready by Opening Day (credit: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News).
Jurickson Profar of Texas Rangers won't throw for week due to shoulder http://t.co/TrXApCmDQG— ESPNDallas (@ESPNDallas) February 18, 2014