DR HQ: DL for Craig, Garza, Goldschmidt and others

Allen Craig (OF, BOS)
Injury: Sprained left foot
DL date: August 2
Estimated DL time: Craig suffered a Lisfranc fracture last year to the same foot. This time it appears to be just a ligament issue and supposedly is not related to last year’s problems. If it would be, surgery would be an option that could delay his 2015 season.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: Even if he returns in 2014, his playing time will be limited as not to aggravate his left foot.

Matt Garza (RHP, MIL)
Injury: Strained left oblique
DL date: August 4
Estimated DL time: Last year he spent two months on the disabled list with a grade 2 strained left latissimus dorsi (lat for short) muscle. His current injury is an oblique injury and is not related to last year’s problems. Because he will be in shutdown mode for two weeks, he’ll need three to four weeks to get ready to start again. That would leave him only a couple of starts before season's end. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t pitch again in 2014.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: If he does return, it may not be at full strength.

Paul Goldschmidt (1B, ARI)
Injury: Non-displaced fracture (third metacarpal) – left hand
DL date: August 2
Estimated DL time: The projection that he will need a full eight weeks to recover suggests the break was either nearly or was a complete non-displaced fracture. The good news is he doesn’t need surgery and it should heal without any problems. The hand should be 100% by the start of spring training.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: Out for the year.

Brett Lawrie (3B, TOR)
Injury: Strained lower back.
DL date: August 6
Estimated DL time: The fact the Blue Jays thought he could avoid the DL suggests the ailment is minor enough he should be able to return in 15-21 days.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: None expected

Brett Anderson (LHP, COL)
Injury: Lower back spasms
DL date: August 6
Estimated DL time: If the discs and nerves in his lower back are not the cause of his back issues this should be cleared up fairly quickly. We should see him back in the Rockies rotation by the end of August.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: None expected

Mike Morin (RHP, LAA)
Injury: Laceration – left foot
DL date: August 1
Estimated DL time: Morin should be able to recover from this malady in a couple of weeks and he definitely should return before the end of the month.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: None

Chris Perez (RHP, LA)
Injury: Bone spurs right ankle
DL date: August 4
Estimated DL time: By the looks of his pitching he’s struggled with this ailment for a while. Even if he avoids surgery right now, it’s hard seeing him return and pitching effectively. There just isn’t enough time for the inflammation to go down and the rehab work gets him back on the mound. He needs surgery with the only question of when it will be.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: Likely done for 2014.

Nate McLouth (OF, WAS)
Injury: Inflammation – right shoulder
DL date: August 2
Estimated DL time: He received a cortisone injection into the inflamed area on August 6. If the injection and his rehab clear up the inflammation fairly quickly, McLouth could return before rosters expand September 1.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: He’s had a lousy season and it’s hard to see where this will fix what ails him that quickly.

Jesus Guzman (OF, HOU)
Injury: Lower back spasms
DL date: August 2
Estimated DL time: The fact he needs to see a back specialist points to possible disc or nerve involvement. Therefore he is out indefinitely until the results of that doctor visit are released.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: Unknown at this time.

Joe Thatcher (LHP, LAA)
Injury: Sprained left ankle
DL date: August 3
Estimated DL time: He’s projected to need three to four weeks of disabled list time putting his return at the end of August or just after the rosters expand.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: None

Nick Punto (2B, OAK)
Injury: Grade 1+ strained right hamstring
DL date: August 3
Estimated DL time: He’ll need more than the minimum 15 days to recover but he should be back by the end of the month.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: None expected.

Corey Hart (DH, SEA)
Injury: Bruised right knee
DL date: August 2
Estimated DL time: He’s not the player he was as late as 2012 due to meniscus damage to both knees last year. While the current problem is not related to the surgeries, the health of his knees are declining fast and that will cut short his career at some point.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: Out for 2014.

Paul Maholm (LHP, LA)
Injury: Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – right knee
DL date: August 2
Estimated DL time: He’s out for the 2014 season and he should be ready for Opening Day 2015 if he signs with a major league team.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: Out for 2014.

David Ross (C, BOS)
Injury: Plantar fasciitis, right foot
DL date: August 2
Estimated DL time: He’s out of the walking boot and is doing light workouts. The Red Sox believe he’ll be ready close to August 17. As we have learned in the past, plantar fasciitis injuries are difficult to project when the player is pain free enough to be activated.
Estimated 2014 effect upon return: He’s already a part-time player and this ailment will only reduce his playing time if he struggles to catch with the foot problem.


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