August 24, 2011
The Wall Wins Again
B.J. Upton, TBA (Right shoulder strain) [AGL: 3 (29 DL), ATD: -.004 (+.030)] (Explanation)
One of the key pieces of information is the fact that he said the arm suffered transient numbness when he hit the wall. This is a very common symptom with episodes of shoulder dislocation or subluxation, but not as common with simple strains. The nerves in the shoulder can be stretched out and injured, sometimes resulting in numbness that lasts for a long time. Upton reports that he was already feeling better after the game, but the shoulder started to tighten up on him, which could be indicative of a strain or a subluxation. Upton has already injured—and played through—a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder in 2008, for which he underwent surgery in the offseason. His pain in that instance was different and located more toward the back of the shoulder.
The true test is going to be how he responds over the next few days. Strains of the shoulder and minor subluxations often behave the same way, but subluxations tend to take longer to return from. For now, he is day-to-day, but based on his mechanism of injury and how he looked at the time, there is a possibility of a move to the disabled list.
Matt Holliday, STL (Moth in right ear) [AGL: TBD (TBD), ATD: TBD (TBD)]
Nick Blackburn, MIN (Right forearm nerve entrapment) [AGL: 57, ATD: -.031]
Travis Hafner, CLE (Right foot strain) [AGL: 39, ATD: -.022]
Given that history, it sounds like he had a partial tear earlier in the year and then completely—or almost completely—ruptured the tendon while running the bases. Any time surgery is considered, it can safely be assumed that the player will end up missing more than the minimum. That would put Hafner back in mid-September, so any delay will likely end up ending his season anyway.
Steven Pearce, PIT (Right index finger fracture) [AGL: 42, ATD: -.015]
Kevin Correia, PIT (Left oblique strain) [AGL: 28, ATD: -.010]
Jose Constanza, ATL (Right ankle sprain) [AGL: 2 (29DL), ATD: +.001 (-.003DL)]
Flesh Wounds: Adrian Beltre was cleared to start running on Monday but will still likely be out until the beginning of September... Alex Rodriguez did not start last night's game because of a sprained left thumb... Chris Narveson had to leave his first start back from a thumb laceration with an injury to the nail on his middle finger. He does not expect to miss a start... Victor Martinez was unavailable on Monday while suffering from back spasms. He hasn't missed a significant amount of time for low back injuries in the past and is likely just day-to-day... Tommy Hanson threw a nine-pitch bullpen session on Monday and reported that was the plan all along and that he was doing well. Of course, that was before he had to cancel his bullpen session on Tuesday because of renewed soreness in his shoulder... Paul Maholm does not have any major unexpected structural damage, according to Dr. Andrews. This still means that there is some wear and tear in the shoulder, and it will likely take several weeks before the inflammation fully calms down... Scott Hairston and Jon Niese will both likely be placed on the disabled list with strained ribcage muscles/oblique strains... The Giants just can't win. As soon as Carlos Beltran was activated from the disabled list yesterday, Jonathan Sanchez took his place with a sprained right ankle... Adam Jones was taken to the hospital for evaluation after leaving last night's game with shortness of breath and chest pains. No word yet on the results.
Now the Phillies’ turn… Updating previous items, Jimmy Rollins was placed on the disabled list with a moderate groin strain and should miss about three weeks, while Cole Hamels was placed on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Hamels will likely be ready for next Monday... Jose Contreras will end up having surgery for his troublesome elbow, although the team insists it is not ligament-related. He will undergo exploratory surgery, and his availability for next season depends on what is found... Ryan Howard did not start yesterday because of left heel bursitis.
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