Like with the start of every year, there has been a lot of disabled list activity. With a massive storm here in NYC raining out most the games on the East Coast, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at what’s going on in the world of injured players.
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day DL Tuesday with an abdominal strain. His stint on the DL is retroactive to April 10.
The best player on the Nationals originally suffered the injury in spring training, but then aggravated it in a game against the New York Mets. He should be ready to come off the DL in the last week of April.
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
Hamilton will miss six-to-eight weeks after suffering a fracture in his right shoulder sliding into home on Tuesday afternoon. According to reports, Hamilton doesn’t nearly think he will be out that long, but the Rangers will be extra cautious with their MVP.
While Hamilton is a superstar, the Rangers are one of the few teams in baseball that can withstand this loss. David Murphy (a starter on most teams) will take over in left and is more than an adequate replacement.
Expect Hamilton back towards the end of May.
Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers
He went on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a broken thumb. Like Hamilton, Furcal broke his thumb sliding into a base: Hamilton into home and Furcal into third.
There is no timetable yet for Furcal’s return, but this isn’t as big of a loss for the Dodgers as it might have been a couple of years ago.
It seems like Furcal gets hurt every year now and at this point, the Dodgers have learned to play without him in the lineup.
Jason Bay, New York Mets
Bay was placed on the 15-Day DL with an intercostal strain when he hurt himself swinging a bat. Only the Mets.
Bay has recently begun swinging off a tee. Fantastic, so did my friend’s six-year old.
Bay isn’t expected back until the last week of April at the earliest. Willie Harris will continue to play left in Bay’s absence.
Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays
Morrow was placed on the DL before the season started with inflammation of the right forearm. Morrow made a rehab start last Thursday in Single-A and gave up five runs in three innings.
He is still building up arm strength, so there is nothing to be alarmed about. He is scheduled to make another rehab start tonight and depending how things go, he could be with the Blue Jays by the end of April.
Andrew Bailey, Oakland A’s
The former Wagner College star was placed on the 15-Day DL before the season started with a forearm injury. Bailey has begun long-tossing and has even started to throw off a mound in recent days.
He should begin a rehab stint shortly and could find himself back in the A’s’ bullpen by the beginning of May. In his place, Brian Fuentes has four saves and a 3.18 ERA in five games.
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