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April 20, 2011
Fools Rush In
We discussed yesterday why it is important not to rush back from concussions—a viewpoint that Major League Baseball agrees with, given its new disabled list policy for concussion victims—but let's not forget that patience is a virtue when it comes to even the most basic injuries. A certain off-season acquisition of the Tigers would have done well to remember that this weekend.
Peter Moylan, ATL (Low back strain/bulging disc)
There is always something that can be adjusted in an ailing player's activities, but there will likely not be many limits placed on Moylan. If the bulging disc has reached the point where it is pushing on the spinal cord, however, then surgery may eventually need to be discussed. We don't mean to scare you—the Braves will probably try to address this through physical therapy.
Now that the Braves know Moylan has a bulging disc, they can jab him with a giant needle. Moylan can undergo an epidural steroid injection to see if the pain and inflammation in the area can be lessened. This type of injection has been around for 40-50 years, and up to three of them can be administered per year. It is important to note that these injections do not cure the bulging disc, but do take away the pain. Sometimes, with proper therapy, the bulging part of the disc can actually decrease in size and become stable. This is particularly true with younger athletes.
Victor Martinez, DET (Strained right groin)
Any lower extremity injuries to catchers must be delicately managed, but groins and hamstrings are at the top of the list. If the injury is in the same location–and we haven't heard anything different so far–then Martinez came back too early, not giving himself enough time to calm everything down. He should be able to return in roughly the minimum time allowed, but even part-time catchers don't start getting healthier as they get older.
Dallas Braden, OAK (Stiff left shoulder)
Rotator cuff injuries, muscle spasms, muscle strains, and labrum injuries can all lead to “stiffness” in a pitcher's shoulder one way or another. The most suspicious thing we see in Braden's case is that the lefty told reporters that he'd never experienced the discomfort in his shoulder that he was feeling at the time. By the time they reach Braden's level of experience, all pitchers have experienced general muscular soreness and stiffness at least once, so his comments could be a sign that this is something out of the ordinary. We should hear the results of the examination soon, and at that point we will have a much better idea as to his return.
J.C. Romero, PHI (Right calf strain)
The Cardinals may be starting to run out of room in their athletic training room after the week they've had. Less than a week after placing pitchers Bryan Augenstein and Brian Tallet on the disabled list, the hitters realized they had some catching up to do.
Craig strained his left groin while trying to steal a base on Saturday, and Schumaker suffered a strain to his right biceps after hyperextending his elbow. There was a question as to whether or not Craig would even require a move to the disabled list, so he will likely be on for only the minimum. Schumaker will probably be out for more than the minimum, but not significantly so. Because his strained biceps stemmed from a hyperextended elbow, damage to both the elbow's soft tissue and the biceps must be rehabilitated.
On the brighter, scrappier side, Punto was activated from the disabled list following surgery for his sports hernia in late February and will promptly slide back into the lineup.
Flesh Wounds: Frank Francisco and Ubaldo Jimenez were both activated off the disabled list and rejoined their teams on Tuesday... Brad Lidge was cleared to enter stage two of his recovery from a strained posterior shoulder. He will start rotator cuff strengthening but is still about two weeks way from beginning a formal throwing program… Jared Burton was transferred to the 60-day disabled list with a troublesome shoulder... Juan Francisco was placed on the disabled list with a strained left calf… After our discussion of the new MLB concussion policy on Tuesday, we hope that Shane Robinson and Andrew Brown recover quickly from their head injuries following a scary collision during a Memphis Redbirds' game. Robinson also suffered facial fractures and will need surgery to stabilize them.