Dr. HQ: Another crop of injured pitchers

Ryan Hanigan (C, CIN)
Injury: Sprained left wrist. A cortisone injection didn’t clear up the soreness, so he’s now on the disabled list.
DL date: July 10
Estimated DL time: He doesn’t have a fracture and it doesn’t sound as though he has serious damage to the soft tissue of his wrist. He should be back in 15-18 days or during the last week of July.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: Some struggles at the plate IF he has more damage to the wrist than we are being led to believe.

Yu Darvish (RHP, TEX)
Injury: Strained trapezius muscle.
DL date: July 7
Estimated DL time: A short rest and therapy should be enough to clear up the muscle soreness. Look for him to return from the DL in less than 19-20 days.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return:  None expected.

Brian Omogrosso (RHP, CHA)    
Injury: Strained right triceps muscle.
DL date: June 29
Estimated DL time: He was demoted to Triple-A but because he was last on a MLB roster he needed to be on the White Sox DL. Once he recovers he’ll go to Triple-A.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None.

Alex Wilson (RHP, BOS)
Injury: Sprained right thumb.
DL date: July 9
Estimated DL time: The good news is he doesn’t have any damage to the structure of the thumb. It’s likely he’ll be off the DL in 15-18 days.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None.

Omar Infante (IF, DET)
Injury: Sprained left ankle.
DL date: July 4
Estimated DL time: He’s already had nine days to rest the ankle and the Tigers' medical staff thinks he’ll be ready once his 15 days are up right after the All Star break.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None likely.

Shaun Marcum (RHP, NYM)         
Injury: Thoracic outlet syndrome. This rare but serious ailment places another health hurdle for Marcum to overcome.
DL date: July 7
Estimated DL time: Obviously he’s done for the season. Hopefully, he’ll be able to rebound from this situation better than most have in the past. It’s not a career-ender for sure, it just depends how much arm strength he can regain.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: Out for 2013.

Neil Walker (2B, PIT)
Injury: Strained right oblique.
DL date: July 7
Estimated DL time: His oblique strain doesn’t appear to be as serious as the typical one. This should mean he can return well under the four weeks it usually takes to recover. It looks like a 21-day DL stint.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None expected.

Hector Sanchez (RHP, SF)
Injury: Strained right shoulder.
DL date: July 9
Estimated DL time: Sanchez is already throwing and reports from the Giants' camp indicate he’s expected back in 15-18 days.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return:  None other than watching his early back-to-back efforts.

Roy Oswalt (RHP, COL)
Injury: Strained left hamstring. When a player hears a pop that’s not good. It appears to be a grade two strain.
DL date: July 8
Estimated DL time: He’s had his share of groin and back problems, but this is his first hamstring injury. He’s likely to miss 3-4 weeks.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: Hopefully none.

Stephen Fife (RHP, LAD)
Injury: Bursitis – right shoulder. This is his second DL stint this year due to bursitis in his right shoulder.
DL date: July 7
Estimated DL time: The first time he landed on the disabled list with this ailment he missed 38 days. He looks to be out at least a month this time around.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None.

Matt Kemp (OF, LAD)
Injury: Irritation – A/C joint, right shoulder. This injury is not related to last year’s labrum injury and surgery.
DL date: July 6
Estimated DL time: He won’t swing a bat for at least a week in order to rest his shoulder. That down time likely pushes his return into the three-week range if he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: Unknown at this time.

Aramis Ramirez (3B, MIL)
Injury: Sprained left knee. Ramirez revealed he has battled knee soreness as far back as May.
DL date: July 7
Estimated DL time: The Brewers medical staff believes a short rest and therapy will be enough to get him back on the field in 15-18 days.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None expected.

Joaquin Arias (RHP, SF)   
Injury: Appendicitis
DL date: July 8
Estimated DL time: Every player’s recovery time is different when recovering from this surgery. He’ll miss 3-4 weeks.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None expected other than some minor stamina issues at first.

Ross Detwiler (RHP, WAS)          
Injury: Strained lower back.
DL date: July 4
Estimated DL time: It doesn’t appear that he has any disc issues connected with his sore lower back. Therefore we should see him back on the mound in 17-20 days.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None

B.J. Upton (OF, ATL)
Injury: Strained right abductor muscle, upper leg. The abductor muscle’s main function is to move the leg away from the midline or middle of the body.Injuries to this muscle can have a negative impact on a player's running ability.
DL date: July 13
Estimated DL time: The minimum 15 days; the Braves expect him to return on or about July 28.

Estimated 2013 effect upon return: None likely.

Ben Revere (OF, PHI)
Injury: Fractured right foot. The MRI (and possibly CT scan) on Monday will determine the full extend of damage and what course of treatment is needed.
DL date: July 13
Estimated DL time: The early estimate is he will need six-to-eight weeks to recover. The diagnostic tests on Monday could reveal more information and cause a change in the amount of time he is expected to miss.
Estimated 2013 effect upon return: An initial decline in his running early on.


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