CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Fantasy Article Value Picks: First, Th... (09/16)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Collateral Damage: Lot... (09/14)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Collateral Damage: Wea... (09/19)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Divide and Conquer, AL... (09/16)

September 16, 2011

Collateral Damage

Aches and Strains

by Corey Dawkins and Ben Lindbergh

the archives are now free.

All Baseball Prospectus Premium and Fantasy articles more than a year old are now free as a thank you to the entire Internet for making our work possible.

Not a subscriber? Get exclusive content like this delivered hot to your inbox every weekday. Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Subscribe for $4.95 per month
Recurring subscription - cancel anytime.


a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Purchase a $39.95 gift subscription
a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

It's been a very quiet few days, which hopefully isn’t indicative of a calm before the storm. Now that the season is really winding down, even mild strains can be season-ending, something we’ll see in two cases today. Due to the decreased volume of injuries, we will monitor our twitter timelines to ensure that we answer any questions that may pop up.

Shin-Soo Choo, CLE (Strained left oblique) [AGL: 4 (24 DL), ATD: -.010 (+.007 DL)] (Explanation)
Fresh off the disabled list, Choo didn't even make it past the first inning before re-injuring his oblique while swinging on Thursday night. Unfortunately, Choo has discovered that oblique injuries can linger just like hamstring injuries can.  Between his fractured thumb and oblique strain, Choo has missed over 60 games this year so far due to injuries. The timing of this one is most unfortunate, because Choo will now be done for the season and focus on 2012.

The strains themselves rarely last over the winter, but the conditions that helped create the problem can. Muscle imbalances or altered hitting mechanics can set the stage for repeat injuries in the future if they are not addressed properly. Choo will have the time to do so in the offseason and will try to put 2011 behind him for good.

Johnny Cueto, CIN (Strained right latissimus dorsi) [AGL: 19 (43 DL), ATD: +.201 (-.007 DL)]
Cueto is likely done for the 2011 season after straining his right latissimus dorsi on Wednesday night. It's not necessarily that the severity of the injury is so great, but rather the fact that there are only two weeks remaining in the season. Cueto had responded well up to this point after missing 47 days earlier in the season with shoulder inflammation. The latissimus is such a big muscle that it is vital for pitchers for several reasons, including the fact that it helps to restrict external rotation at a critical instant in the pitching motion, and also that it provide a significant amount of internal rotation force, which is very strongly tied to velocity.

Matt Holliday, STL (Right middle finger tendon inflammation) [AGL: 4 (TBD DL), ATD: +.011 (TBD DL)]
After some initial concern that Holliday might be done for the year, it appears that he will miss only four days as a certainty. The tendon on the palm side of the middle finger that is giving him trouble is almost certainly one of the flexor tendons. This affects his ability to bend the finger, as well as his grip strength. If the inflammation goes on long enough, the tendon can deteriorate and become more prone to rupturing in the future. Holliday is supposed to miss at least another three to four days before getting back on the field.

Flesh Wounds: Rafael Furcal strained his right knee and is day-to-day, much like almost everyone else right now…Sam Fuld strained a tendon in his right wrist on Wednesday night. He's not available to hit yet but can come off the bench to pinch-run... Justin Berg will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday... Johan Santana is officially out for the season... Brendan Ryan has been battling neck stiffness since Tuesday's game... Corey Brown ended up needing surgery to clean out the staph infection in his leg. It was a success, but Brown is now out for the year as he recuperates. Not a bad tradeoff when you think about it... Justin Smoak suffered a very mild groin strain and is day-to-day... Ryan Sweeney strained his right quadriceps during Wednesday's game and is also day-to-day... Joakim Soria is battling a strained right hamstring, and he may end up missing the rest of the year if he is not careful.

Corey Dawkins is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Corey's other articles. You can contact Corey by clicking here
Ben Lindbergh is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Ben's other articles. You can contact Ben by clicking here

2 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Fantasy Article Value Picks: First, Th... (09/16)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Collateral Damage: Lot... (09/14)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Collateral Damage: Wea... (09/19)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Divide and Conquer, AL... (09/16)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Fantasy Article Fantasy Freestyle: Don't Forget the Vets
Fantasy Article Fantasy Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Pitching at a Premium
Premium Article Skewed Left: Padres Can't Play It Safe
Premium Article Moonshot: In Search of Pedro Cerrano
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Padres Add Myers
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: What the Rays and Nati...

MORE FROM SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
Between The Numbers: BP and the Palmer Datab...
Premium Article The BP Broadside: You Don't Need a Prince, J...
Premium Article Divide and Conquer, AL West: The Angels' Las...
Fantasy Article Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 9/16/1...
The Prospectus Hit List: Daily Hit List for ...
Premium Article Kiss'Em Goodbye: Kansas City Royals

MORE BY COREY DAWKINS
2011-09-20 - Premium Article Kiss'Em Goodbye: Toronto Blue Jays
2011-09-19 - Premium Article Kiss'Em Goodbye: Pittsburgh Pirates
2011-09-19 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: Weakened Swings and Injur...
2011-09-16 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: Aches and Strains
2011-09-14 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: Lots on Clots
2011-09-12 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: And Down the Stretch They...
2011-09-09 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: Dodger Damage
More...

MORE COLLATERAL DAMAGE
2011-09-23 - Collateral Damage: Playoff Pitch
2011-09-21 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: A Pence for the Phillies'...
2011-09-19 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: Weakened Swings and Injur...
2011-09-16 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: Aches and Strains
2011-09-14 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: Lots on Clots
2011-09-12 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: And Down the Stretch They...
2011-09-09 - Premium Article Collateral Damage: Dodger Damage
More...

INCOMING ARTICLE LINKS
2011-09-21 - Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run: The Incredibly Stran...