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Injury Bug Making Its Way Around The League

It has been a pretty tough couple of days for some teams around baseball.  Obviously the injury news of Yasiel Puig and Adam Wainwright is still fresh in our heads, but the injury bug hasn’t stopped.

The New York Yankees have placed starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list due to a forearm strain and tendinitis.  According to Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, he is expecting Tanaka to be out at least a month.

The obvious fear here is that Tanaka will have to undergo Tommy John surgery.  He avoided it last season when he missed some time when he had a small tear in his UCL, so obviously everyone hopes he can dodge it again. The Houston Astros who are surprising many so far this season have place Jed Lowrie on the DL with a torn UCL in his thumb.  The injury will require surgery so the Astros will be without Lowrie’s services at least until the All-Star break.

So far on the season Lowrie is hitting .300 with four home runs and 10 RBI.  According to MLBTradRumors, the Astros have recalled Jonathan Villar to take his place, although Astros’ top prospect Carlos Correa is waiting in the wings.  It could be assumed that if Lowrie is out for even longer than expected, Correa’s big league days may be in the near future.

The Cincinnati Reds have placed starting pitcher Homer Bailey on the disabled list with what is potentially a “Serious” elbow problem according to Reds manager Bryan Price.

Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Dodgers, outfielder Carl Crawford will join Puig and others on the disabled list at least for a few weeks with a torn oblique.  If that isn’t enough, Brandon McCarthy was sent to the DL on Monday due to a torn UCL and he stated that he will most likely be facing the dreaded Tommy John surgery.

Hopefully these types of posts can stop being written.  A wish for a speedy recovery to all players that are experiencing these types of career-threatening setbacks.

 

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John Ginder

Site Co-Founder/Senior Editor and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.

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