StrategyAugust 6, 2011

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Roto Medic: Mound Mayhem

By Kim Bhasin

Adrian Beltre’s back on the field and taking batting practice on his road to recovery from a hamstring strain he suffered a couple weeks ago. He’s still not running the bases, but may give it a shot today. If all goes well, he’ll just have a couple rehab games ahead of him and he should be back sometime next week. Brian McCann is shooting for an August 12th return from his bum oblique, but he won’t know until he works out over the weekend. Over in Cincy, Scott Rolen went under the knife to fix his left shoulder. He’ll be out for at least the next 4-6 weeks.

Since there’s no fresh big-name injury this week — Hanley Ramirez and the Marlins dodged a bullet with his recent shoulder scare and will only be out a couple days — here’s a quick look at pitchers on the comeback trail and how they’re doing:

Johan Santana has made a rehab start, and the Mets liked what they saw from their fallen ace. Still, uncertainty reigns, as there are big questions going forward. Will he back this year? That depends on the level of risk the Mets are willing to take, and with two big money years ahead for Santana, their leash can’t be too long.

Jonathan Broxton’s¬†recovery from that long-time ailing elbow seems to have taken a turn for the better. He has been green-lighted to start a throwing program on Monday, but don’t expect him back any time before September.

Brett Anderson was finally put on the 60-day DL on Sunday to clear room for the 40-man. His season’s been over since mid-July when he had Tommy John. Brandon Lyon and his bicep experienced the same fate.

Clay Buchholz’s lower back stress fracture is causing him more problems. It will take him a couple more weeks of rest before they can try anything physical with Buchholz, and there hasn’t been a set timetable for anything, so all we can do is sit and wait. There are too many unforeseen factors to provide an accurate estimate for his return, but signs point that it is indeed season-ending, though the Red Sox won’t rule anything out.

Josh Johnson isn’t being shut down. The Marlins are putting him on a throwing program with the hopes that he’ll be able to return in September.

Jonathan Sanchez is back in action, starting in Friday’s game against the Phillies.¬†Roy Oswalt is also ready to return, and will be starting for the Phillies on Sunday.

Kim writes for Business Insider's sports page and runs a sports business blog at while attending NYU as a graduate student in Business and Economic Reporting. Catch up with him at the Cafe as Kim Bhasin, and follow him on Twitter (@KimBhasin).
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