Injury Report: April 2nd, 2018

Jeff Davis provides the latest injury updates in today's edition of the Injury Report - now featuring a sortable table!

Hello and welcome!

This week I’ve tried a different table set-up, which will hopefully allow for a better reader experience – the main focus being a sortable table!

We finally have full DL listings! Rosters make sense again! This has lead to more changes to the table, and the following players have been taken out of the table as they’ve either returned to regular play or were optioned:

Shae SimmonsMicker AdolfoTim AndersonJose SiriJulian MerryweatherDanny DuffyBrent Honeywell, and Derek Fisher.

We also saw quite a few players join the table. Each new player has a small blurb describing their injury and a projected timetable for return. Updates are also posted where available. Let’s check out the table:

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Michael Brantley (OF, Cleveland Indians) – Some reports mention that Brantley may return when first eligible (4-4-18). I’ve moved his timetable up, though I’m remaining cautious because it’s Brantley.

Danny Salazar (SP/RP, Cleveland Indians) – Salazar continues to lag behind his projected timetable, and mid-May is now a more accurate guess at his return. We could fall back again.

Yuli Gurriel (1B, Houston Astros) – Gurriel has recovered well and was not placed on the disabled list to start 2018. He is currently serving his suspension and may return to the Houston lineup as early as 4-3-18.

Michael Conforto (OF, New York Mets) – Conforto is heading to New York this weekend, and may join the team as early as Thursday when he is first eligible to come off the DL. If this happens, Conforto will have drastically beat his timetable.

Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Toronto Blue Jays) – Tulo is surgery bound, and will likely miss 8-10 w from the surgery date.

Daniel Murphy (2B, Washington Nationals) – Lateral movements! Murphy is demonstrating some progress and may stick to the 5-1-18 timetable.


Tyler Flowers (C, Atlanta Braves) – Flowers suffered an oblique strain of unknown grade. I’m guessing Grade 2 by some of the subjective comments which have him out for 1-2 m.

Kurt Suzuki (C, Atlanta Braves) – Braves hope Suzuki can avoid the DL. He’s currently marked day-to-day, so I’ve got him listed for about a week off. X-rays came back negative, though this could be a situation where we end up with an MRI which reveals a fracture. We’ll probably know by Thursday.

Chase Whitley (SP, Atlanta Braves) – Whitley has been dealing with a staph infection since late February. He is currently expected to join the Braves in mid-April.

Ian Desmond (1B, Colorado Rockies) – LHB McMahon may start at 1B on Monday against RHP Bryan Mitchell while Desmond gets an extra day of rest.

Victor Reyes (OF, Detroit Tigers) – Reyes got spiked on a collision with Jose Iglesias. He should be good to go within a couple of days.

Adalberto Mondesi (2B, Kansas City Royals) – Hit the DL10 as a result of his early March shoulder soreness. Should be set to go in mid-April.

Yimi Garcia (RP, Los Angeles Dodgers) – Has a follow-up appointment in mid-April, and may be cleared at that point.

Mitch Garver (C, Minnesota Twins)  – Garver took a back-swing to the head, and will likely go through concussion protocol. He could end up on the DL7.

Brandon Nimmo (OF, New York Mets) – Nimmo should be ready in a couple of days. Hopefully, he returns to the Mets lineup which he hasn’t been a part of since reaching base four times on Opening Day. Conforto could return later this week, which may limit Nimmo’s ABs.

Anthony Swarzak (RP, New York Mets) – I’ve started Swarzak with a modest timetable, which may change quickly once he gets an MRI on 4-2-18.

Aaron Hicks (OF, New York Yankees) – Hicks will need approximately 2-3 weeks of rest before returning to baseball activities.

Adam Warren (RP, New York Yankees) – Warren took a comebacker off his right ankle, and X-rays came back negative. He’ll likely enter a game for the Yankees in the middle of this week.

Pat Neshek (RP, Philadelphia Phillies) – Few reports available on Neshek, but most figure that he’ll return in mid-April.

Wil Myers (1B/OF, San Diego Padres) – Myers is experiencing some back tightness, though he should return to the Padres lineup early next week.

Mark Melancon (RP, San Francisco Giants) – This issue has been plaguing Melancon since last year. The Giants have been very vague. I don’t expect Melancon back until mid-May at this point, though we will have a better idea once he begins throwing again.

Nelson Cruz (DH, Seattle Mariners) – X-rays have come back negative, and MRI results should be reported on 4-2-18 – we will have a better understanding of his timetable at that point.

Mike Zunino (C, Seattle Mariners) – Mild strain. Mariner’s appear confident that Zunino will return when first eligible.

Brett Cecil (RP, St. Louis Cardinals) – Cecil is set to undergo an MRI early next week. We will have a better idea of his timetable at that point.

Marcell Ozuna (OF, St. Louis Cardinals) – Ozuna is experiencing some right shoulder tightness which is inhibiting his throwing. Hopefully, he improves and does not require time off. Monitor closely.

Delino DeShields (OF, Texas Rangers) – DeShields will miss 4-6 w from the time of surgery (he should be operated on early this week).

Martin Perez (SP, Texas Rangers) – Will likely be an option for the Rangers in mid-April. The injury was to his non-throwing elbow, so no residual concerns expected.

Josh Donaldson (3B, Toronto Blue Jays) – Man, it was scary watching Donaldson throw on Opening Day. He is reportedly working through dead-arm and is making progress. He threw on the field prior to Saturday’s game and reported that he’s returning to his normal throwing mechanics. He’ll likely slot in at DH for a few more days.

Jeff Davis

Jeff is a healthcare professional with experience in upper extremity rehabilitation. Jeff pitched at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Jeff coaches pitching at the high school level.

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