Genetics play a role in Pujols’ quicker-than-expected comeback, Jon Lester, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez, Placido Polanco, and Fausto Carmona need some more time off, and Jose Reyes and J.J. Putz confront recurring injuries.
Big Z goes down with what could be a bulging disk, Erik Bedard and Chipper Jones (who else?) succumb to bum knees, and the Nationals may have to do without Jayson Werth and Jerry Hairston Jr.
Breaking down a pitcher’s delivery to identify the stages of maximum stress, then recapping the game’s recent injuries.
The injury-plagued Twins face more bad news about Delmon Young and Justin Morneau, a pair of Red Sox players and two Phillies pitchers deal with lingering injury issues, and Elvis Andrus tries not to leave the building.
Ike Davis’ ankle isn’t getting much better, Brandon Lyon’s shoulder has more than one problem, Roy Oswalt’s back and Shaun Marcum’s hip act up again, and Jose Contreras and Josh Willingham suffer strains.
Dissecting the Pujols diagnosis, checking in on Chris Coghlan’s knee, getting the finger from Brad Hawpe, and watching J.R. throw in the Towles.
Albert Pujols, Hunter Pence, and Matt LaPorta succumb to sprains, Tommy Hanson hurts his shoulder, the Red Sox suffer a rash of injuries, and John Danks survives a scare.
Darwin Barney and Allen Craig succumb to knee problems, Brandon Lyon takes one step closer to season-ending surgery, and Eduardo Sanchez strains a shoulder.
Vicente Padilla meets the microdiscectomy, Oakland gets good news on Brett Anderson, Justin Morneau hits the DL (and little else), and a calf strain lengthens the Captain’s road to 3000.
A slow injury weekend affords an opportunity for a primer on the various imaging techniques used in sports medicine.
The Yankees’ bridge to Mariano gets even shakier as Joba goes down, Dustin Moseley and Brett Lawrie feel pain at the plate, the Pirates lose another catcher, and Dustin Pedroia and Ryan Dempster survive scares.
Oakland’s rotation takes another hit, Hanley hits the DL, John Lackey returns but remains in the woods, and Brian Roberts and Denard Span offer additional opportunities for concussion discussion.
The Mets don’t get good news on David Wright, Rafael Furcal returns to the DL, Bye-bye Brandon Belt, Vicente Padilla has a pain in the neck, and Jordan Schafer and Paul Konerko get back in action quickly.
A medical reason for Hanley’s slump surfaces, a couple Cardinals succumb to strains, two Boston hurlers suffer serious elbow problems, and Ike Davis’ ankle is slow to recover.
An epidemic of elbow injuries has many major leaguers crash landing on the disabled list, Gordon Beckham survives a close encounter with a baseball, Bronson Arroyo suffers back pain, and the Giants get bad news about Buster Posey.