Comings and Goings
Three of the 83 players that started the season on the disabled list have returned to playing in the majors:
Gil Meche – He was roughed up in his start on Sunday. 3.1 innings 7 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was rushed coming back and will see more DL this season.
Jose Reyes – Just 2 for 8 with one extra base hit and a walk since he has returned. At least one of the Met’s walking wounded has come back.
Joel Hanrahan – Kinda a meh outing: 1.0 IP, 2 BB, 2 SO. I like him as a super dark horse to take over the Pirates closer role.
A few players joined the official ranks of the DL recently:
Brian Roberts – Strained abdominal muscle – The strain has been bothering him for a couple of days. Initial reports sound like it will take longer than the minimum 15 days to recover
Chris Young – Strained right shoulder – This is the same shoulder that he had surgery on this off season. The team currently plans on having him back after the required 15 days are up.
Aaron Hill – Tender right hamstring – Aaron hasn’t played since April 8th and isn’t 100%. He thinks he could play through the pain if needed, but there is no reason to jeopardize the rest of the season.
Sean Green – Right intercostal muscle strain – Minor injury for the last man chosen for the Met’s Opening Day pen.
Brad Ausmus – Pinch nerve in lower back – Full extent of injury unknown.
Extending the Roster with the DL
Two players, Fred Lewis and Josh Fields, look like they are being kept on the DL because they are out of options. The Giants and the Royals would have to expose them to the waiver wire in order for them to be sent to the minors.
Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that Lewis is healthy, but being held at his rehab assignment as the team looks to move him. San Francisco has 6 outfielders currently on the roster so there is no need for him there. He has 20 days to rehab with a team, so he could be rehabbing for a couple more weeks as the team tries to move him.
Josh Fields of the Royals came away with a mystery injury at the end of Spring Training that no knew about until it was posted. After talking to several people close to the team, no one knows what is going on with Fields. As someone noted, he seems to have a case of “Notverygoodandoutofoptions-iatis”
Just a little manipulation by teams to extend the rosters.
Grading Calf Sprains
Jimmy Rollins went down with a Grade 2 calf sprain on Monday while warming up. I had to look up the extents myself, so I figured I would pass on this information from Dr. Nathan Wei. I looked at several websites and they all generally agree on extent and time frame.
• Stretching with some micro-tearing of muscle fibers.
• Recovery can be complete in about 2-3 weeks.
• Partial tearing of muscle fibers.
• Recovery can take up to 1-2 months.
• Complete tearing (rupture) of muscle fibers.
• Complete recovery can take more than 3 months.
If the initial reports are true, it looks like Rollins is out four to eight weeks. He under went an MRI on Tuesday to find out the exact damage. Some unsubstantiated reports say he is only going to be out 2 weeks, nothing official yet. I will post more data as it become officially available.
Rehabs Taking Longer
Ian Kinsler and Ted Lilly were to be coming off the DL soon, but both are not making much progress. Ian is finally able to take some fielding practice, while Ted was scratched from a rehab start on 4/11.
Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.