June 6, 2011
Avoiding June Swoons
Many might be surprised to hear that May is the month with the most injuries during the regular season. Cold weather in April and fatigue at the end of the season are both overshadowed by the sheer number of injuries that occur during May. Once June rolls around, the players are comfortably into their everyday routines, but not yet fatigued enough to succumb to the grind. It's these middle months of the season that set up healthy stretch runs and playoff appearances.
David Wright, NYN (Low back stress fracture)
Stress fractures of the low back take time to heal in the active population because of the extension and/or rotational forces involved. If there is a true fracture present, which is possible (and visible via CT scan), the injury may never be considered fully healed, but the pain, inflammation, and general discomfort in the area can decrease to the point where Wright can return to playing. However, the area could become inflamed again and require another trip to the disabled list. The Mets and Wright should aim for the All-Star break to stay on the safe side.
Rafael Furcal, LAN (Left oblique strain)
Brandon Belt, SFN (Left wrist fracture)
Vicente Padilla, LAN (Neck pain)
If the pitcher’s neck pain persists, he can progress through the conservative regimen of physical therapy, oral medication, and possibly epidural injections before considering surgery. There isn't a true timetable for his return from the disabled list, but given Padilla's injury history over the last couple of years, he's at great risk for a recurrence of his neck and arm pain once he's activated.
Jordan Schafer, ATL (Sinus fracture)
Paul Konerko, CHA (Left wrist surgery–loose body)
Flesh Wounds: Evan Longoria gave the Rays a scare after leaving Saturday’s game with tightness in his left side, but he is supposed to be in the lineup today... Doug Slaten's elbow inflammation is bothering him to the point that he was forced to go on the disabled list... It wasn’t elbow inflammation, but shoulder inflammation that put Matt Daley on the DL... Kris Medlen cut his bullpen session short with soreness in his surgically repaired elbow, but it doesn't seem to have been anything more than normal breaking up of scar tissue... Jake Peavy left his start yesterday with a right groin strain, and there's a good chance that he’ll end up on the DL... Dexter Fowler will take some swings today to see if he needs to go on the disabled list for a strained abdomen... Luke Scott is still trying to play through a partial labrum tear in his right shoulder... Lance Berkman received a cortisone injection for his troublesome wrist and should be in Tuesday's lineup.
Corey Dawkins is an author of Baseball Prospectus. Follow @CoreyDawkinsBP