With the All-Star break taking up most of the week, there aren’t too many injuries to cover from Week 15. There are some big names, though, who are sidelined with Michael Pineda headlining the list.
Yoenis Cespedes LF, Mets: right hip injury
Once again, Cespedes is dealing with a seemingly minor injury that forced him out of a game. He left Saturday’s game after an awkward fall, injuring his right hip. He is expected to rejoin the lineup on Monday, but even the most minor grade hip injury comes with a one week Optimal Recovery Time. The Mets should force him to sit for a few more games even if he is feeling much better. With his long list of injuries, it isn’t worth taking any risks, and hip injuries can be tricky.
Michael Pineda SP, Yankees: torn UCL
The Yankees’ rotation took a huge hit this week with the loss of Pineda. He has been diagnosed with a partial UCL tear and likely needs Tommy John surgery. Pineda will go for a second opinion but surgery is almost a certainty. His recovery will take 12-18 months, so we may not see him back on the mound until the 2019 season. Not only is this a tough loss for the Yankees, but it’s also bad timing for Pineda, who becomes a free agent after this season. It’s going to be hard for him to find a team and get a big pay check before proving he is healthy following surgery.
Joe Ross SP, Nationals: torn UCL
When Joe Ross left last week with “triceps tenderness,” we said this could be bad news. Well, he got the worst news a pitcher can get. Ross has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Like Pineda, he faces a 12-18 month recovery time, and any setback could lengthen his recovery time past 18 months.
Francisco Liriano SP, Blue Jays: neck soreness
Liriano left his start Saturday with neck tightness, and he never looked quite right. A lot is still up in the air with his injury. He hasn’t been placed on the DL, but it doesn’t sound like he will make his next scheduled start. He also will not undergo an MRI at this point. If his neck doesn’t improve in the next few days, it makes sense for him to undergo additional tests. Playing through an injury or any damage that he doesn’t know is there could lead to a much more serious problem. Neck and back injuries are not something to risk playing through.
Brandon Belt 1B, Giants: wrist soreness
Belt was a late scratch on Sunday due to a sore left wrist. He was hurt on a check swing the day before. While the DL doesn’t sound like it is in his future, Belt may need a few more days off to recover. Inside Injuries has dropped his Batter Power to “Weak.” As long as there isn’t any structural damage, this should improve pretty quickly.
Johnny Cueto SP, Giants: blisters
The Giants were forced to place Cueto on the DL due to multiple blisters on his throwing hand. He won’t pick up a ball for at least five days to allow time for them to heal. We have seen quite a few other pitchers deal with blisters this year, with Rich Hill having the worst of them all. If Cueto doesn’t get them under control, his performance will take a hit when he is active, and the blisters will only get worse.
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