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The 2018 season is a little more than a week in the books, and already players are working their way to get back on the mend. Here’s a roundup of the latest injury News across the Majors: 

David Price, Red Sox
Price lasted just one inning in the second game of the Red Sox’s big series against the Yankees, but the southpaw is confident he will make his next scheduled start. Price exited Wednesday’s chilly game at Fenway Park with tingling in his left pitching hand, but both he and manager Alex Cora did not seem concerned with his short outing.

“Tomorrow he’s going to come back, most likely he’s going to try to play catch and go from there,” Cora told reporters after Wednesday’s 10-7 loss, which snapped Boston’s nine-game win streak, “but it seems like he should be fine as of now. But tomorrow we re-evaluate him and we go from there.” More > — This report was first posted on April 12

Elvis Andrus, Rangers
Texas’ popular shortstop is heading to the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career with a fracture in his right elbow. Andrus sustained the injury when he was hit by a 96.9 mph fastball from Angels reliever Keynan Middleton in the Rangers’ 7-2 loss Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Andrus will undergo a CT scan Thursday to determine if he will require surgery to repair the fracture. He was leading the Rangers in batting average, hits and walks amid a strong start to his 2018 season.

“It’s unfortunate, it’s terrible, I don’t have a big enough vocabulary to tell you how I feel,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told reporters after Wednesday’s game. “But I have a big enough vocabulary to tell you this is a group of guys who won’t lay down, but will fight through this.” More > — This report was first posted on April 12

Video: [email protected]: Banister on Andrus’ elbow injury

Marco Estrada, Blue Jays
Lingering back issues were cited for Estrada’s struggles in his Wednesday start against the Orioles, when the righty gave up three runs in the fourth inning and exited in the fifth after holding Baltimore hitless over the first three frames. Estrada said he experienced back spasms early in his start and felt them worsen as the game progressed, but added that he does not expect the setback to land him on the disabled list, as similar back pain did in 2016.

“I had a little something pop up, but it wasn’t a big deal,” Estrada said. “I don’t know what happened. My lower back kind of got me a little bit today. I don’t know if it’s the cold or what, but it spasmed up a little bit and I was struggling to follow through on certain pitches.

“Obviously, got hit around,” he added. “When I’m missing like that, I’m going to get hit. But it’s nothing major, something small. Get a little treatment on it and I’ll be fine for the next one.” More > — This report was first posted on April 12

Travis d’Arnaud, Mets
The Mets were hopeful that a catcher platoon between d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki would help keep d’Arnaud fresh after years of injury troubles. More bad news befell the Mets backstop on Wednesday, however, as the team placed d’Arnaud on the disabled list with a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow. New York will determine soon if d’Arnaud will ultimately need to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the ligament.

“That’s a long road if he goes the surgery route,” said Mets manager Mickey Callaway. “Anytime anybody has to go through that, that’s tough.”

The Mets called up catcher Tomas Nido, their 11th-ranked prospect, from Double-A Binghamton to replace d’Arnaud on the active roster. d’Arnaud went 3-for-15 with a home run to begin the 2018 season, but also showed clear throwing issues on opponents’ stolen base attempts. More > — This report was first posted on April 12

Video: [email protected]: Margot exits after getting hit by a pitch

Manuel Margot, Padres
The Padres are hoping Margot will only need a brief stay on the 10-day disabled list after the speedy outfielder exited Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Rockies when he was hit in his left rib cage with a pitch. San Diego reinstated Franchy Cordero to take Margot’s spot.

“He’s got some bruised ribs,” said Padres manager Andy Green said before Wednesday’s 6-4 loss to Colorado. “Obviously it was very flush where he got hit yesterday. The hope is it’s four or five days and he’ll start feeling better, start getting some swings in, and he’ll be ready to go.” More > — This report was first posted on April 12

Jordan Zimmermann, Tigers
Somewhat shockingly, the Tigers’ right-hander told reporters he’ll be ready to make his next start after taking a 106-mph liner from Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis to the right side of his jaw Wednesday. Kipnis’ liner hit Zimmermann in the same spot in which he also took a line drive in college, which at the time forced him to pitch his jaw wired shut. Luckily for the righty, this occurrence only inflicted a bruise and not a fracture.

“Obviously it could’ve been worse,” Zimmermann told reporters after the Tigers’ 5-1 loss to the Indians on Wednesday. “It could’ve been a break, but it still didn’t really feel that great. I’m sure it’ll be worse tomorrow. I’ll be good to go next time around.” More > — This report was first posted on April 12

Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Rizzo landed on the disabled list for the first time in his career Tuesday. He’s missed the last three games due to tightness in his lower back. His DL stint is retroactive to Friday, so he’ll be eligible to return Monday against the Cardinals.

Rizzo said he has dealt with back issues before, but never this early in the season.

“Usually it’s July, August, September,” he said. “You mentally grind through it, and as long as you can move, you can play. This is one of those things where we talked and I don’t want to be locked up for the entire year.” More >This report was first posted on April 10.

Johnny Cueto, Giants
Cueto will miss time with a sprained left ankle. The injury isn’t considered serious, but he was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. The club recalled left-hander Steven Okert to replace him on the active roster. More > — This report was first posted on April 10.

Justin Turner, Dodgers
Turner has yet to resume swinging a bat as he recovers from a fractured left wrist. The third baseman said he was hopeful he would be cleared to hit within three weeks of sustaining a small non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch on March 19, but lingering soreness has delayed that.

“I don’t know when I’m going to [hit]. It’s just a matter of when the pain goes away,” said Turner, whose absence has been felt on offense and defense. “Is it hard not to [play]? Yeah, it stinks. Whether we were 9-0 or 0-9, it would stink all the same, not being out there.” More > — This report was first posted on April 10.

Doug Fister, Rougned Odor, Rangers
Texas placed both Fister and Odor on the disabled list Tuesday. Fister is expected to miss two to three weeks with a strained muscle in his right hip that was aggravated during his five-inning outing against the Angels on Monday.

Odor, meanwhile, will miss at least three weeks with a strained left hamstring he sustained running the bases in the first inning on Monday. The club is already without center fielder Delino DeShields, who’s sidelined until May after surgery on his left hand.

“Nobody feels sorry for us and we’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves,” manager Jeff Banister said. “This is a great opportunity for our team to grow and play.” More > — This report was first posted on April 10.

Video: Jon Daniels discusses Odor, Fister being placed on DL

Dan Straily, J.T. Realmuto, Garrett Cooper, Marlins
The Marlins offered updates on their injured players on Tuesday, though all three do not have definitive timetables quite yet.

Straily made progress in his road to recovery on Tuesday, when he threw a 29-pitch bullpen session. The 29-year-old has been on the disabled list with a right forearm strain for the entire season thus far, and Tuesday marks his first time on a mound in about three weeks.

More likely than not, Straily will need one or two rehab starts in the Minors before he rejoins the Marlins. Straily was due to be the No. 2 starter before his injury during Spring Training.

Video: [email protected]: Broadcast provides update on Straily

Realmuto, who also began the season on the DL with a bone bruise in his lower back, took six at-bats as designated hitter in an extended spring training game on Tuesday. The 27-year-old first sustained the injury on March 11, and he will continue his rehabilitation by catching in a controlled setting at some point in the near future. The Marlins hope he can return on their next road trip, which starts on Monday against the Yankees before they Travel to Milwaukee and Los Angeles.

Cooper’s right arm — his entire right forearm, up to his elbow — is in a cast as a result of an injury he sustained on an errant Kyle Hendricks pitch on March 30. He has been on the disabled list with a right wrist contusion ever since. Cooper started the season as the Marlins’ starting right fielder, and he’ll be out for at least a few weeks. More > — This report was first posted on April 10.

Ben Gamel, Mariners
Gamel is nearing a return from a sprained right oblique. He’s expected to join Seattle on Friday for the beginning of a seven-game homestand at Safeco Field. He’s missed the last five weeks with the injury, and he is currently on a Minor League rehab assignment. Gamel is expected to be the first of the Mariners’ four injured position starters to return, but catcher Mike Zunino and designated hitter Nelson Cruz are also close. Cruz has progressed to hitting off a tee and some cage work Tuesday, while Zunino played catch and hit off a tee. More > — This report was first posted on April 10.

Ervin Santana, Twins
Santana, who had surgery on his right middle finger on Feb. 5, received a positive diagnosis from the Twins’ medical staff, along with a Local hand specialist, on Tuesday. As a result, he will begin a throwing program in Fort Myers, Fla., starting on Wednesday. Still, there is no official timetable on when he is due to officially return.

“It’s good news in that, you know, we’ve been going slowly and now he’s going to have a chance to get on the field and start playing catch with a throwing program,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. “We’ll try to get him extended over time, but it’s early in the process, so at least the baseball process has begun.” More > — This report was first posted on April 10.

Boog Powell, A’s
Powell has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 ligament sprain in his right knee, which will keep out for “weeks, not days,” according to A’s manager Bob Melvin — a timetable that was longer than initially expected.

Powell incurred the injury when he caught a spike while running the bases in Anaheim against the Angels on Friday.

“He’s a fighter,” Melvin said. “I know he’s a little bit down in the dumps right now, but he’ll fight his way back and he’ll be here again soon. But it’s a little bit disappointing early in the season when you have that starting center-field job, to lose it because of injury.” More > — This report was first posted on April 10.

Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
Bogaerts expressed optimism Tuesday that he can return to action within the next couple of weeks after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a small crack in the talus bone of his left ankle. The Red Sox said he is expected to miss 10 to 14 days.

“It depends on how my body recovers from it or responds to it,” said Bogaerts. “I think my body is normally really good at that, so we’ll see how long it takes, and whenever I’m ready, I’ll go out there and try to help the team again.”

Bogaerts left Sunday’s game against the Rays with a left ankle injury he sustained during the seventh inning while sliding into the third-base dugout’s open stairwell attempting to recover an errant throw to prevent another Tampa Bay run from scoring.

Prior to the injury, Bogaerts was leading the Red Sox with a .368 average and collected a career-best six RBIs in Saturday’s win vs. the Rays. This is his first stint on the DL since he sustained a concussion in August 2014. More >This report was first posted on April 9.

Video: [email protected]: Bogaerts exits following run-saving play

Adam Eaton, Nationals
Eaton was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday with a bone bruise on his left ankle. He missed a start due to the ankle issue on Saturday, but he still made a pinch-hit appearance. He didn’t play Monday, but manager Dave Martinez said it was a scheduled day off.

Eaton is hitting .345/.424/.655 with 10 runs scored. The Nationals have been monitoring his playing time as he works his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee. More >This report was first posted on April 10.

Alex Gordon, Royals
Gordon landed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a left hip labral tear. His DL stint is retroactive to Monday. Gordon was considered day to day with “left groin stiffness,” but he will need more time to recover. According to Royals manager Ned Yost, the club’s trainer said Gordon’s timeline “would probably be 10 days to two weeks.”

Gordon has gotten off to a slow start at the plate this season, batting just .174 in Kansas City’s first seven games. More >This report was first posted on April 10.

Welington Castillo, White Sox
Castillo exited Chicago’s 6-5 loss to the Rays in the sixth inning Tuesday with right knee soreness. He sustained the injury when his spike stuck in the ground while throwing out C.J. Cron at second in the top of the sixth, manager Rick Renteria said, and is considered day to day.

“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Renteria said. “I don’t anticipate honestly that it’s anything of concern, long-term concern. If I have to give a day tomorrow, I’ll give him a day tomorrow. But he should be fine.” More >This report was first posted on April 10.

Video: [email protected]: Castillo catches Cron stealing second in 6th

Tony Sipp, Astros
The Astros placed reliever Sipp on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with right oblique soreness. The move leaves the Astros without a left-handed pitcher in their bullpen for at least the next 10 days.

Manager AJ Hinch said he doesn’t expect Sipp’s DL stint to extend beyond that. Sipp has appeared in two games this season, allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings.

“We just decided that, given the way pitching can go, we can’t afford to sit on someone for five or six days,” Hinch said. “We didn’t think he was going to be available this series and by the time he throws a bullpen [session] and gets into a game at the tail end of the next series, that’s too long.” More >This report was first posted on April 10.

Kendrys Morales, Blue Jays
Morales was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a Grade 1 strain in his right hamstring. The issue isn’t expected to keep him out longer than the minimum 10 days.

“I wouldn’t even think it would last that long, but we felt like we needed to make the move,” manager John Gibbons. “Once the 10 days are up, he should be good. He’ll start taking BP tomorrow or the next day.” More >This report was first posted on April 10.

Source : MLB

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