Collateral Damage Daily for April 29
Willie Bloomquist was out of the lineup again because of his back. Itís been bothering him for a few weeks, and he may need a trip to the DL. Ö Alex Rios has been feeling better and is expected to return to the lineup today. Ö According to Robin Ventura, Paul Konerkoís concussion has been deemed mild, and he will be reexamined today by the medical staff. He may end up on the 7-day DL. Ö Scott Rolen has missed the last few days because of a sore back and is day-to-day.
- Brett Lawrie was placed on the 15-day DL yesterday, retroactive to August 4, with a strained right oblique. Third basemen average 29 days on the DL with strained obliques, though Lawrie isnít expected to need quite that long. He was cleared to resume baseball activities a few days ago, but he felt continued pain and residual soreness in the area that made the decision to place him on the DL a simple one.
- Travis Hafner was officially placed on the 15-day DL yesterday with low back inflammation. The move was retroactive to August 6, which means heís eligible to return on the 21st. This is the second time heís been on the DL this year, and there is concern he may miss a good chunk of the rest of the season. It remains unclear where the inflammation is stemming from. The Indians have not provided an official expected timeline, so we will have to see how Hafner responds over the next week or so. Jason Donald was recalled to take the roster spot.
- Brandon McCarthy will be activated from the DL today in time to make his start against the White Sox. There is concern he will suffer a recurrence of shoulder pain and need another trip to the DL. Given his history, itís not a matter of if his shoulder will bother him in the future, but a matter of when.
- Johan Santana made it through his latest bullpen session without difficulties and is expected to be activated in time for his start tomorrow. He will end up missing 21 days, which is pretty close to the average of 23 days. Santana used his time on the DL wisely and continued to work on his arm strength and kinetic chain from the lower extremities upwards. As a result, Santana is very encouraged moving forward, although the Mets may need to give him extra rest to avoid stressing everything too much. He wonít have any sort of pitch limitation.
- The Rangers are expected to activate Mark Lowe from the disabled list today after missing the last 45 days with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side. He managed to pitch in back-to-back games earlier in the week without difficulty and had a successful bullpen session as well. Lowe took about 10 days longer than the average relief pitcher to recover from an intercostal strain, but that was, in part, by design. The Rangers wanted to make sure that he would return at 100 percent, so they were cautious from the beginning.
- Adam Kennedy was activated from the 15-day DL yesterday after missing only the minimum. Of course, now that Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino are in LA, his role is probably going to be reduced moving forward. Jerry Sands was optioned to clear a spot on the roster for Kennedy.
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