Baseball injury updates

Baseball injury updates

Here’s a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Aroldis Chapman and Didi Gregorius, Yankees
Chapman has had two platelet-rich plasma injections in his ailing left knee, and though the Yankees expect him to resume playing catch shortly, general manager Brian Cashman said there is no guarantee that the closer will return this season.

Gregorius has been testing his bruised left heel but is not expected to be activated for Monday’s Labor Day game against the Athletics. He’s been running and hitting on the field, however, and Cashman said he could be available later in the week. More > 

Chris Sale and David Price, Red Sox
Sale threw between 15-20 pitches in a light bullpen session on Saturday as the left-hander draws closer to starting for the first time since Aug. 12 in his recovery from left shoulder inflammation. He also stepped onto the mound Saturday despite throwing for the past five days, a sign that manager Alex Cora said indicates that Sale “feels that good.”

Meanwhile, Price played catch on Saturday and could amp it up even more on Sunday after being hit by a line drive on his pitching wrist against the Marlins on Wednesday. Cora said the goal would be for Price to return to the rotation next weekend or whenever he is ready. More > 

Buster Posey, Giants
Posey spoke to reporters Saturday for the first time since undergoing season-ending hip surgery on Monday. He already has begun riding an exercise bicycle and “moving around,” he said, though it’s still far too early to tell whether his six-month timetable for recovery will be lengthened or shortened. More > 

Justin Upton and Matt Shoemaker, Angels
Upton left Saturday’s game against the Astros in the sixth inning with a mild concussion after going into a hard slide to avoid a collision with Andrelton Simmons in short left field in the fifth. He’s considered day to day. More >

Shoemaker is slated to pitch Monday’s series opener at Texas, marking his first outing in the Majors since March 31. He made only one appearance for the Angels this season before landing on the disabled list on April 3 with a recurrence of the right forearm issues that cost him more than half of the 2017 campaign. More > 

Video: LAA@HOU: Upton narrowly avoids collision, later exits

David Wright, Mets
Sidelined since May 2016 due to back, neck and shoulder injuries, Wright recently cut short a Minor League rehab assignment to rejoin the Mets. But the team did not activate him and does not expect to do so at least for the remainder of this road trip.

With no more Minor League games to play, Wright must figure out how to prove to the club that he is ready to return without actually participating in game-speed activities. His plan is to stand in on bullpen sessions, take live batting practice and field grounders before games, all while going through the daily rehab routine that has consumed much of his life the past two years. More > 

Video: Wright on rejoining the Mets, timetable for return

Sean Doolittle and Kelvin Herrera, Nationals
Doolittle completed another simulated game on Sunday morning, and the stress reaction in his left foot had improved from his first sim game on Friday. His return from the disabled list now seems imminent, as manager Dave Martinez said the lefty could be activated at some point early this week. Doolittle has been sidelined since July 10, retroactive to July 7.

Herrera underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair the torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. Martinez did not offer up a timetable for Herrera, who will be a free agent at the end of the year, but his rehab process will last into the offseason. More > 

Daniel Norris, Tigers
In his first start since going on the disabled list at the end of April with a left groin strain, Norris was pulled in the fifth inning Saturday with left calf cramping. The left-hander finished his afternoon allowing two runs on one hit through 4 1/3 frames, tossing 68 pitches. More > 

Trevor Bauer, Cody Anderson and Neil Ramirez, Indians
Bauer (10-day DL, right fibula stress fracture) has thrown a couple bullpen sessions, but trainers told Indians manager Terry Francona the starter has made “minimal improvement” after undergoing a scan Saturday to evaluate Bauer’s progress. The news, however, was expected for the three-week mark of the injury. Francona added Bauer has felt “minimal soreness” when throwing off the mound, but there’s still no return date in sight.

Anderson was at Progressive Field to throw a bullpen session as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has been sidelined since 2017, but began a rehab assignment with Class A on Thursday, and will continue his rehab with Double-A Akron.

Francona also said Ramirez (10-day DL, lower back spasms) should be activated Sunday. More > 

Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton, Astros
McCullers Jr. (right forearm strain) and Morton (right shoulder discomfort) are the only Astros still on the 10-day DL — though Morton is only expected to miss one start. McCullers is expected back later in the month, likely in a relief role. More > 

Michael Wacha, Kolten Wong and Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
Wacha (left oblique strain) is scheduled to throw a side session on Sunday, manager Mike Shildt said. The Cardinals will then determine if the right-hander is ready to return to his rehab assignment.

Wong (left hamstring strain) fielded ground balls on Saturday and has resumed some other mobility work. He has been hitting in the batting cages for the last several days.

Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) rejoined Triple-A Memphis to make his sixth — and likely final — rehab start on Saturday. Wainwright, who has so far pitched 12 scoreless innings over three Minor League levels, had a target pitch count of about 80-85 on Saturday. More > 


Avisail Garcia, White Sox
Garcia exited Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Red Sox after the conclusion of the sixth inning with right knee soreness, the White Sox announced.

“He’ll be day to day. We’ll see him again,” manager Rick Renteria said after the game, indicating that the knee giving Garcia trouble is the same knee that bothered him earlier this season. “We’ll re-evaluate him in the morning.” More > 

Marcus Stroman and Sam Gaviglio, Blue Jays
Stroman, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since a recurrence of a blister on his right middle finger in New York on Aug. 17, threw on the side Saturday without any problem. Manager John Gibbons said Stroman may start Monday against Tampa Bay.

Gaviglio was originally scheduled for Sunday’s start, but is being given extra time after being hit on the biceps during his last outing in Baltimore on Aug. 27. More > 

Bartolo Colon, Rangers
The Rangers activated Colon off the disabled list Saturday, but then scratched him from Sunday’s start against the Twins with a stomach virus. He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 20 because of stiffness in his back and is 7-11 with a 5.45 ERA in 23 starts and two relief appearances for the season. More > 

Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton, Twins
Rosario, who suffered a right quad strain while running to first on Thursday, is likely to miss the rest of the road trip in Arlington and in Houston, manager Paul Molitor said Friday. Rosario, who could return when the Twins begin their next homestand on Sept. 7, injured himself while beating out an infield single in the fourth inning on Thursday, eventually leaving in the fifth. He underwent more testing on Friday, but he was still feeling pain his quad area. More > 

Buxton, who has dealt with a variety of injuries this season, including migraines, a fractured left big toe and a sprained left wrist, will be shut down for the rest of the season. General manager Thad Levine cited Buxton’s health as an issue with his wrist sprain dating back to July. Buxton, 24, hit .365/.400/.596 with a homer in 12 games with Rochester since returning from his second stint on the Minor League disabled list with the injury. More >

Video: MIN@CLE: Rosario comes up ailing after hit, exits

Mike Dunn, Rockies
Dunn, on the disabled list since July 7 with left A/C joint inflammation, reported more intense than normal soreness Saturday, a day after giving up one run on one hit and a walk for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday in the fourth game of his rehab assignment. The Rockies are hoping Dunn will be able to return during the final month, but that is on hold until doctors re-evaluate him on Monday, manager Bud Black said. More > 

Pablo Lopez, Marlins
Lopez was put on the 60-day DL on Saturday with a right shoulder strain and is out for the season. He said he felt something during long toss on Friday prior to his bullpen session.

An MRI revealed just a strain and nothing more serious. Manager Don Mattingly said that Lopez is expected to rest the shoulder and then begin a full winter workout and throwing program in preparation for Spring Training. More > 

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