Injury Report: August 24: Cole Hamels, Tommy Hanson, Alex Rodriguez & More

Let’s take a look at this morning’s injury news and notes:

Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – According to Joey Nowak of (click here for the article), “The Phillies have placed left-hander Cole Hamels on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 13, with left shoulder inflammation. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, Philadelphia recalled utility man Pete Orr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Hamels will be eligible to come off the DL on Sunday and is scheduled to start the Phillies’ series opener on Monday in Cincinnati, the team said in a statement.”  He had originally been scheduled to take the mound on Friday, but the team has instead decided to give him a few additional days of rest.  The injury still appears to be minor and, at least for now, he would be a two-start pitcher next week (@ Cin, @ Fla).  Don’t consider that a certainty, however, as the Phillies will play it very cautious with him as they eye October.

Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies – Jim Salisbury (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Amaro said Ryan Howard has bursitis in heel-achilles area. Could play if had to, Amaro said.”  There is no reason for the Phillies to push things at this point, as they are sporting the best record in baseball (82-44), so they will give Howard at least one day off to rest.  It wouldn’t be surprising to see it become a 2-3 day rest, just to make sure there is no problem down the road, so plan accordingly.  Consider him day-to-day.

Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – According to Bryan Hoch of MLBlogs (click here for the post), “Alex Rodriguez has been scratched from tonight’s Yankees lineup with a jammed left thumb.”  Hopefully we know a little bit more about the severity of the injury, but for now we should consider him day-to-day.  Rodriguez just recently returned from the DL and owners have to start to be concerned about how injury prone he appears to be becoming.

Tommy Hanson – Atlanta Braves – According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (click here for the post), “His scheduled bullpen session Tuesday at Wrigley Field was cancelled after Hanson felt soreness again in his troublesome pitching shoulder, this time following a mere nine-pitch throwing session Monday. That was the first time he threw from a mound since Aug. 6.”  It’s a definite setback, as he was originally expected to make a rehab start over the weekend.  Now, he is out indefinitely.  Mike Minor, who has pitched well of late, will remain in the Braves rotation and has become a nice pickup if you are in need of strikeouts.

Michael Brantley – Cleveland Indians – Paul Hoynes (via Twitter) is reporting that, “OF Michael Brantley not playing first game because sore right wrist. Doubtful for second game as well.”  Nick Camino (via Twitter) later added that, “OF Michael Brantley out until Friday. And then they will figure out what to do with him. (wrist)”.  Consider him day-to-day for now, though the injury continues to linger as he missed time last week with a wrist injury.  Hopefully he can put this behind him shortly and return to playing everyday.

Travis Hafner – Cleveland Indians – In a separate tweet Hoynes is also reporting that, “Surgery is a possibility for Travis Hafner and injured right foot. It would be season-ending if he needs it. Should know in few days.”  Not good news, especially for the Indians who are fighting to make the playoffs.  Prepare to be without him for the remainder of the season, just in case, but we should no more this week.

Raul Ibanez – Philadelphia Phillies – Todd Zolecki (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Raul Ibanez received an injection today for his sore left groin.”  At this point we might as well assume that we won’t see Ibanez back until the weekend at the earliest.  Adjust your lineup accordingly.

David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox – According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford (via Twitter), “Ortiz will play tomm. Was available tonight”.  Tomorrow means today, so if you are in a daily format you will want to monitor the pregame lineup, just to be sure.  If he’s penciled into the lineup, he’ll be worth having active in all formats.

Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles – Dan Connolly (via Twitter) is reporting that, “believe Jones condition is more muscular/structural in nature & not cardio-pulmonary deal. tests are coming back and all look good”.  Earlier in the evening MASN had tweeted that, “manager Buck Showalter says CF Adam Jones was taken to a hospital for tests after leaving tonight’s game due to an illness”  Hopefully we will learn more about his situation shortly, though it seems like it is not as bad as originally feared.  For now, sit tight and hope for the best.

Jayson Werth – Washington Nationals – According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider (click here for the post), “Jayson Werth had to be removed from Tuesday night’s game in the ninth inning with an injury to his hip or groin area, leaving the Nationals outfielder’s status for Wednesday uncertain.”  It appears to be safe to consider him day-to-day, though it would be nice if we knew exactly what the injury was, wouldn’t it?  Regardless, don’t be surprised to see him get at least one day of rest.

Colby Rasmus – Toronto Blue Jays – Shi Davidi (via Twitter) is reporting that, “Farrell says Rasmus jammed right wrist. No word on status”.  There was hope that Rasmus would suddenly put things together upon reaching Toronto, though that hasn’t happened quite yet (.216 with 3 HR in 88 AB since the trade).  There is no word on the severity of the injury at this point, so for now we’ll have to consider him day-to-day.  Look for an update on his condition to come in the next day or two, though.

Jonathan Niese – New York Mets – According to Anthony DiComo of (click here for the article), “Niese, whose start had been pushed back a day after he tweaked a muscle in his right side last week, aggravated the injury on a pitch to Hunter Pence in the third inning Tuesday. His greater mistake was staying in the game.”  The team has a double header next week, already putting them in need of a spot starter.  Now, with Niese looking like he is headed to the DL, a team that is already struggling needs to call on two pitchers.  According to the article, Chris Schwinden, Miguel Batista and Pat Misch are among the candidates.  None of the three are worth considering, however.

Jonathan Sanchez – San Francisco Giants – Adam Berry of (click here for the article) is reporting that, “After missing his last turn in the rotation, left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will miss his next scheduled start as well.”  Sanchez suffered a sprained ankle, forcing him out of action.  At this point there is no word as to who will take his upcoming start.

Carlos Beltran – San Francisco Giants – He was activated from the DL, but didn’t start yesterday.  He was used as a pinch hitter, going 0-1.  Look for him to be back in the starting lineup any day now.

Alex White – Colorado Rockies – His first start off the DL did not quite go as planned, allowing 5 ER on 7 H and 1 BB, striking out 4, over 6.0 IP in his Rockies debut.  Don’t read too much into one poor outing, as a lot of pitchers struggle in their first start off the DL.  Still, he’s more of a bench option at this point until he proves viable.

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