As always in an injury roundup, there is good news and bad news. Carlos Gomez, Ian Kennedy, and Max Scherzer all returned this week after missing some time. The bad news, and names you won’t find below, Adam Wainwright, Brandon McCarthy, Joe Nathan, and Homer Bailey have all been shut down for the year. J.J. Hardy, Greg Holland, Yasiel Puig, Christian Yelich, and Scooter Gennett are set to return within the next seven days.
Injured: Jed Lowrie, Brad Peacock, Brett Oberholtzer
Disappointing news for Lowrie owners, he will be out until the end of July, he had successful surgery on his wrist. Brad Peacock is on the 15 day DL with a left intercostal muscle strain. He has yet to pick up a ball, so it will be some time for him. Brett Oberholtzer threw 60 pitches on Friday, and is getting closer to return.
Injured: Coco Crisp, Sean Doolittle, A.J. Griffin, Ben Zobrist, Jarrod Parker
Crisp is very close to returning, and making that A’s outfield a crowded one. He is close to return, as he is consistently working in rehab games. Sean Doolittle is working through his bullpen sessions without setbacks, and is going to throw BP sometime this week. He also is without an official timetable, Tyler Clippard remains the closer as of now. A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker are both making great progress from their Tommy John surgeries. They are throwing simulated games at the moment, June-July is still the timetable. Zobrist should return by the end of the month, he was seen playing catch, which is good news.
Injured: Dioner Navarro, Jose Reyes
Navarro has no time timetable for a return, and showed no sign of improving during rehab, he still felt similar tightness. Reyes is going to sit and heal his broken rib for another week before an MRI, then if all goes well will hit a rehab assignment.
Injured: Mike Minor, Chris Johnson
The only news on Mike Minor is he was switched to the 60 day DL, and is it a possibility he misses this season. Chris Johnson has a broken hand, and is without a timetable.
Injured: Jonathan Lucroy
Lucroy should start rehabbing from the broken toe, and had an expected return date sometime in late May.
Injured: Jaime Garcia
A return for Jaime Garcia is getting closer and closer, he is throwing in 60 pitch simulated games. He has not been assigned a rehab start just yet, but that should be the case within the next week or two. There is an opening in the Cardinals rotation, and it will likely be Garcia’s upon return.
Injured: Jacob Lamb, Archie Bradley
Jacob Lamb is close to return, and is expected to come off the DL in the middle of May. Bradley took a line drive off the face, he escaped with no major damage, but still landed on the DL. He threw a bullpen session with no issues, and he should return soon.
Injured: Kenley Jansen, Yasiel Puig, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Carl Crawford, Joel Peralta
It has been an eventful injury report for L.A. Jansen threw an inning in a single-A rehab start, and is close to returning. The problem is Don Mattingley said it is possible for him to not be in the closer role right away. Puig is back running, and is expected to come off the DL on May 10th. Despite being moved to the 60 day DL, Ryu is set to throw batting practice, and is setting a June date for return. Joel Peralta is dealing with a pinched nerve in his neck, and is putting a halt on baseball activities. Carl Crawford has an oblique tear, and it will be a while before we see him again, but this creates room for some outfield playing time.
Injured: Matt Cain, Hunter Pence, Jake Peavy
Hunter Pence taking batting practice, and will rehab late this week, and next. He will return in the middle of May. Matt Cain is steadily improving, he should be throwing bullpen sessions at the end of the week. That is where Peavy is at now, 70-80 percent bullpen work. I don’t see them sitting out into June.
Injured: Yan Gomes
Good news Indians fans, and Gomes owners, he is starting baseball activities. We could see him in the beginning of June, possibly late May if all goes well.
Injured: Henderson Alvarez, Jose Fernandez
It should be another week for Henderson Alvarez on the DL, he is throwing bullpen sessions, and will make a rehab start. The Fernandez watch is gaining steam, he threw 15 pitches of all his pitches in a live batting practice setting. He is still on pace for a mid-June return, but will probably be on pitch count until July time.
Injured: Travis D’Arnaud, David Wright
Travis D’Arnaud is twoweeks away from resuming baseball activities. Kevin Plawecki has been called up to fill in, alongside Anthony Recker. David Wright is starting up baseball activities, and is about ten days away from joining the Mets.
Injured: Anthony Rendon
After a cloudy week of Rendon news, it has come out that he is now dealing with an oblique strain. He will miss the rest of this month for sure, and will be re-evaluated after that. The only good that comes is more time to rest that knee.
Injured: J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters
J.J. Hardy is making rehab starts this week, and he will be back on Friday with the team. Matt Wieters is still doing the same as last week, catching extended spring training games, and has no rehab date set in stone. He is still a month away it seems.
Injured: Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Josh Hamilton
Derek Holland is still sitting and nursing his shoulder injury. Matt Harrison on the other hand threw 80 pitches in a simulated game. He is on target to return in June. Josh Hamilton is playing in extended spring training games, we could see him sometime in June.
Injured: Alex Cobb, John Jaso, Jake McGee, Desmond Jennings
John Jaso has been transferred to the 60 day DL, He will be out at least another month, and possibly return in June. Alex Cobb is likely headed for Tommy John surgery, not official yet, but the likely route. McGhee is making his third rehab start this week, he should be back in mid-May, and is expected to be saving games. Jennings has not progressed from his knee issue, and is iffy for his return date of May 11th.
Injured: Shane Victorino, Hanley Ramirez
Shane Victorino is beginning a rehab assignment this week, and he will most likely be taken off the DL on May 11th. Hanley went crashing into the wall, and left the game with a shoulder sprain. Injury is not as bad as it could of been, but with his injury history it could be lingering.
Injured: Devin Mesoraco
The hip is not improving for Mesoraco, and now surgery has been murmured around the Reds’ organization. It is not the preferred option right now, but one that could happen here over the next few weeks.
Injured: Alcides Escobar, Alex Rios
Escobar has lingering concussion like symptoms, and is on the 7 day DL, he will likely be back next week. Rios is still resting without activity, but is going to begin strength exercises within the next ten days.
Injured: Justin Verlander
This one could go either way, he is scheduled for an MRI as I sit and type this. Either he can begin a throwing program, or he will be out even longer. Both cases will not have him back in May, and I would not be surprised to see him for sometime.