Fantasy Baseball Closer Report: Closer Injury Updates
David Aardsma, SEA
Aardsma has been recovering from hip surgery in the offseason. He has been getting knocked around in Tacoma, but feels good. Manager Eric Wedge won't rush him back, but wants him to be more comfortable with his surgically repaired hip.
According to The Seattle Times, Aardsma said, "It went well. I felt good. And that's the most important thing," he said. "I actually felt like I had some good stuff on the ball. I was trying a little too hard—OK, a lot too hard a couple times. I'm more frustrated by the walks. But that's definitely things you iron out in spring training and games like that."
Aardsma thought he was squeezed a bit by the umpire.
Andrew Bailey, OAK
Bailey has been sidelined since mid-March with a right forearm muscle strain. The Athletics are taking it very slow with their ace closer. On Tuesday, Bailey threw 35-40 pitches in a bullpen session and they were all fastballs. He is planning on throwing breaking balls later this week on flat ground reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Brad Lidge, PHI
Lidge has been out since March 25 with a strained right posterior rotator cuff, which for you non-doctor peeps, that isn't good. Lidge plans to see team doctor Michael Ciccotti hopefully this weekend, after which he hopes to begin a throwing program according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Most are expecting Lidge back by the All-Star break and I agree. You may even be looking at early August.
Jose Contreras, PHI
Contrearas underwent an MRI on his elbow Monday and was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of the flexor pronator tendon. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Contreras will be out three to four weeks and then have some rehab time. You are likely looking at five weeks minimum before Contreras is pitching again.
Neftali Feliz, TEX
Feliz went on the DL retroactive to April 21 and all reports coming out of Texas say he will be back by May 6th with a soft rotator cuff inflammation injury.
By Todd Farino, www.thecloserrport.com
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