Tyson Ross, Josh Reddick and Giancarlo Stanton are just some of the big names found on our latest MLB injury report.
In this week’s trip around the MLB injury report, we’ll discuss when the Padres can expect their ace back, if Josh Reddick can make an impact upon his return to the Athletics lineup and whether or not the Braves can count on their center fielder and third baseman to return to action anytime soon.
Grab a pencil and paper and get ready to take some notes because Call to the Pen is going around the horn to update you on the latest injury news.
Tyson Ross: The Padres right-hander tossed his first bullpen session since hitting the DL with shoulder inflammation. While he was limited to just 15 pitches, it still remains a good indicator that his balky shoulder is indeed making progress. Now the Padres medical staff will play a game of “wait and see” over the next 2-3 days to see what type of response the shoulder gives to the 29 year-old, which will in turn dictate his next throwing session. If all goes well and Ross is able to increase his workload, a July return is certainly in play.
Mallex Smith: The Braves finally placed their 23-year-old rookie outfielder on the 15-day DL. Smith was diagnosed with a broken thumb and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks. Initially, it was thought that Smith would be ready to return after the All-Star break, but the injury, as described by Dr. Gary Lourie, will require more time than originally expected. Through 58 games this season Smith launched three home runs while collecting 14 steals and was slashing .237/.312/.379.
Josh Reddick: The A’s are optimistic that Reddick should be able to return by the end of the week, which would give a much-needed boost to the 28th ranked offense in baseball. The 29-year-old outfielder has been sidelined since May 19th with a fractured thumb. Reddick has made considerable strides during his rehab and the Oakland medical staff believes he should be able to complete his assignment be ready for this weekend’s series with the Angels.
Injury Notes Around the League: Alex Gordon is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list this weekend. Gordon is batting .364 with a home run and two RBI during his rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas…..The Mariners transferred Charlie Furbush from the 15-day DL to the 60-day disabled list as he works his way back from a shoulder injury…..Adonis Garcia struck out in a pinch hit at-bat Tuesday night in a loss to the Marlins, signaling that the Braves third baseman is ready to resume his everyday duties.
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Giancarlo Stanton is not in the lineup Wednesday, but the team gave no indications that it was due to anything injury related. Stanton has been benched periodically over the last two weeks due to his struggles this season, but the situation is worthy of monitoring considering his injury woes the past few seasons.
The Rockies are holding out hope that Tyler Chatwood will be able to return after the minimum 15 days on the DL. Chatwood is suffering from back spasms, but we’re always a little more concerned when a pitcher has undergone two Tommy John procedures…..Trevor May will throw another bullpen session Friday and if all goes well, could start a rehab assignment next week…..Starling Marte was removed from the game Tuesday night with what is being described as “foot discomfort.” While there have been no updates as of this publishing, the Pirates were being drubbed 15-3 at the time of his removal, so hopefully there’s nothing else to report here.
Colby Lewis left Monday’s game against the Reds with a cramp in his right triceps muscle. He pitched 5 innings, allowing six runs on five hits, earning his first loss of the season. After the game Lewis was quoted as “expecting to make his next start.”…..Marco Estrada was able to throw just 88 pitches against the Diamondbacks due to tightness in his back. As of now, Estrada is questionable for his next start Monday at Colorado.
Bartolo Colon left his start Tuesday night after taking a comebacker off his right thumb. X-rays were negative and the swelling has subsided to the point where Colon is expected to make his next start Sunday against the Braves.