September 26, 2011
Peter Moylan, ATL (Right shoulder torn labrum and rotator cuff) [AGL: 10 (93 DL), ATD: TBD (-.092 DL)] (Explanation)
A recent repeat MRI on Thursday revealed that the tearing has worsened and may require surgery. He will see noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews down in Birmingham for a second opinion, and it sounds like he will need surgery. Surgery will almost certainly put him out for most of the 2012 season, barring some unexpected good news. He doesn’t have to have surgery, but he is risking significantly more damage in his shoulder if he chooses to pursue the rehab route.
Denard Span, MIN (Headache) [AGL: 1 (TBD DL), ATD: -.070 (TBD DL)]
Span was traveling about 10 mph, and the car sustained minor damage, but he developed a headache afterwards. Valencia suffered minor whiplash, and his fiancée was checked by a doctor but is reportedly doing well. Span has already been on the disabled list twice this year because of concussions but returned to action on Saturday. It bodes well that he was able to return so quickly, since it essentially rules out a new concussion.
Daric Barton, OAK (Right shoulder surgery—labrum) [AGL: 12 (97 DL), ATD: TBD (+.022 DL)]
Barton chose to have the procedure performed arthroscopically in order to decrease the overall rehabilitation time. Even with a shortened recovery, he’s still not going to begin throwing until January, but he should be just about ready for spring training. Barton was never a big power hitter, so the injury shouldn’t hamper him at the plate as much as it would others, but it could affect his throwing, since the injury is to his dominant throwing shoulder.
Miguel Cairo, CIN (Right shoulder surgery—debridement) [AGL: 5 (84 DL), ATD: TBD (-.041 DL)]
Tim Hudson, ATL (Dehydration)[AGL: 1 (TBD DL), ATD: -.014 (TBD DL)]
Hudson’s routine is very precise and involves timing his meals and also taking IV fluids before the game when the conditions call for it. On Friday, a shorter-than-expected rain delay threw all the plans out the window, and he was forced to pitch without his normal pre-game IV fluids. In the sixth inning on Friday night, cramping and dehydration forced him out of the game and to a local hospital, where five bags of IV fluid were administered. Luckily, his condition did not progress into heat exhaustion or worse, so he should be able to make his next start for the Braves as they desperately cling to their wild card lead.
Scott Atchison, BOS (Right groin strain) [AGL: 4 (28 DL), ATD: -.020 (-.009 DL)]
Flesh Wounds: Major League Baseball has been asking teams to place players on the disabled list if they’re injured and out for the season in order to compile more accurate injury statistics. As a result, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka were all placed on the disabled list over the weekend despite being officially shut down earlier… Jason Bourgeois has been dealing with a mild case of left wrist inflammation over the weekend… Todd Frazier thought he broke something in his left hand when Joel Hanrahan hit him with a fastball during Friday’s game. X-rays were negative… Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a bruised elbow after getting hit by a pitch on Saturday… Cliff Pennington had to be scratched from Saturday’s start with tightness in his oblique… Felix Hernandez had to leave his Saturday start after taking a Michael Young line drive off his right forearm. X-rays were negative… Trevor Crowe strained his left shoulder during Saturday’s game and was shut down for the year… Matt Holliday finally returned to the lineup after missing 10 days… Kris Medlen was activated from the disabled list after coming back from Tommy John surgery… Michael Cuddyer continues to deal with nagging injuries. His latest is right groin tightness that pushed him out of Friday’s game but wasn’t bad enough to keep him out of Saturday’s game. He’s going to be day-to-day down the stretch…. Justin Upton left for precautionary reasons after being beaned by Tim Lincecum. There has been no diagnosis of a concussion yet, as he’s passed all his tests so far, but he will be reevaluated today… Miguel Cabrera left Sunday’s game in the eighth inning with lightheadedness but felt better after the game. He should be fine down the stretch… Ryan Kalish was brought up and placed on the 60-day disabled list with a bulging disc in his neck… David DeJesus suffered a right hip contusion in yesterday’s game and is day-to-day… Tommy Hanson is continuing to experience soreness in his shoulder. The pain is now located near the shoulder blade, which puts the remainder of the season at risk… Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Quentin, and Brendan Ryan are all likely done for the year.
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