DR. HQ: Who's done for the year?

Garza done For the year?
The durable Matt Garza (RHP, CHC) went on the disabled list due to a triceps injury this week. Upon further review, he was determined to have a stress reaction in the back of the elbow involving the bony part of the elbow. Reviewing quickly, a stress reaction is an injury to the bone. It’s the step before a hairline fracture and it’s almost always due to a repetitive pounding or contact with the bone.  The good news is they caught the malady before it became a fracture. Kudos to Garza that he wants to come back and pitch this year; but that just doesn’t make any sense. The Cubs have been out of the playoff picture all season and the Cubs are not going to try and deal him now while his value is so low. Plan on him being gone for the year. Unfortunately, we won’t know the status of his elbow until early next spring.

What about Todd Helton?
Is this the beginning of the end of a terrific career? Todd Helton (1B, COL) needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. It’s an injury that started to plague him a couple of months ago, but he tried to play through it. If he were ten years younger he might have been able to do that successfully. But at 38 years of age, this well-respected Rockie is not only done for the year, but coming back from this surgery at his age will be difficult. The Rockies indicate he will be ready by next spring because he is having the surgery now. Helton deserves to go out on his terms and it is unlikely he’ll have a full-time job next year. If he struggles with his hip next spring it may very well be the end of a great career.

Logan Morrison: should be done for the year
The best knee expert in the country, Dr. Richard Steadman, says the inflammation in Logan Morrison's (1B, MIA) right knee is patellar tendinitis. He will rest, then do some rehab work over the next three weeks. This puts his evaluation with Steadman on or about August 30. At that point, he will be reevaluated to set up the next few weeks. He won’t be ready for a couple weeks after that, even in the best-case scenario. That’s because patellar tendinitis problems are usually injuries due to repetitive movement. The Marlins are likely to shut him down for the year rather than risk further knee problems, giving him time to fully heal over the offseason.

Jose Bautista: should return this season
The latest MRI on Jose Bautista's (OF, TOR) troublesome left wrist finally showed some improvement regarding the inflammation that was causing him pain. On Monday, he will do some dry swings to test the wrist. Even if he passes that test, until he faces live pitching we won’t know how the wrist will stand up. While the conventional wisdom in Toronto now says he is not done for the season, another setback in the next week to ten days would really put a cloud over his 2012 season. The best-case scenario has him returning to play the entire month of September, and being productive at the plate. Realistically, his road back to the Jays lineup hasn't followed the best-case path so far, and probably won't suddenly switch to that route.

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