Here’s a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors:
Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox
The Red Sox appear to have avoided the worst with Ramirez’s injury scare on Thursday.
Ramirez had to leave Boston’s game against the Yankees after being hit by a pitch in the right wrist, but X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with only a contusion.
Yankees starter Sonny Gray hit Ramirez in the wrist with a fastball in the first inning at Fenway Park. The Red Sox first baseman tried to stay in the game, but was replaced by Mitch Moreland.
Elvis Andrus, Rangers
Andrus will miss six to eight weeks with the olecranon fracture in his right elbow that he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Wednesday’s game.
Rangers team physician Keith Meister said Thursday that Andrus will not require surgery, a welcome piece of news even though the team will be without the 29-year-old shortstop for an extended period.
“Everybody heals at a different rate, but we think that [6-8 weeks] is a reasonable range,” general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday. “It was a freak deal, a hit-by-pitch. There is not a whole lot you can do to prevent that. This just highlights how reliable he is. It was an emotional one for all of us. It was good that it was the ulna bone and not the joint. That would have taken a little longer.”
Andrus was drilled with a 96.9 mph fastball from Angels reliever Keynan Middleton on Wednesday and underwent a CT scan on Thursday to determine if he would need surgery to repair the fracture. This is the first time in Andrus’ career he was placed on the disabled list.
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 scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Angels. Boston manager Alex Cora said the cold weather Wednesday played a role in Price’s short outing and the left-hander felt better the next day.
“All the tests, everything that our training staff have to make sure for us to feel comfortable with the situation, he’s been good,” said manager Alex Cora. “He played catch.”
Mark Melancon, Giants
Melancon has turned to a stem-cell injection in an attempt to address the forearm issues that have kept him on the disabled list since March 28. The Giants reliever received the injection on Thursday to treat the pronator in his right forearm, traveling to Florida to undergo the procedure, which was performed by Dr. Joshua Hackel at the clinic operated by Dr. James Andrews.
“I think it’s good news that we don’t have to do more than that,” manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday.
Melancon originally landed on the DL with an elbow flexor strain the day before Opening Day. His forearm had continued to bother him even after his surgery last Sept. 12 to relieve compression. More > — This report was first posted on April 12
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
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.
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.
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. — 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.
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.
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.