Saturday, August 28, 2010

Injury Updates

Dustin Nippert, Nelson Cruz, Christian Guzman, Scott Feldman, and Ian Kinsler should all have finished their rehab stints and returned to the club by the end of the first week of September.
Mark Lowe: Lowe has been throwing for the last month or so I believe and he speculated that he might be able pitch for TX in the last half of September after many thought he would be lost for the year (back surgery, herniated disc). I thought that the acquisition of Lowe, though injured, was a sage move by Daniels given that Frank Francisco will likely sign a multi-year deal to close for another club next year. It also gives the club a little flexibility as the hard-throwing setup reliever might allow TX to continue developing Scheppers as a starter from the fall league to mid-season 2011.
Frank Franciso will have an MRI today on a rather odd injury that he has struggled with for about 3 weeks, somewhere between his lat, tricep, and underarm

Cody Eppley to the DL 8/23.
Chad Tracy: A day after I wrote that his Oblique injury might keep him out all year, he mad a rehab appearance in AZ on 8/15. He must have reinjured himself as he has not appeared in a game since then, so, yeah, Chad Tracy likely out for the year. What a big blow for him as he was an intriguing RH platoon bat with plus power who might have been called up for short stints as TX was loooking for just that kind of profile in a bench player. He's helpless against LHP however so his future is either as a bench bat if he can make enough contact vs RHP or a 4A player.
Endy Chavez out for the year per TRS after a setback to his knee (microfracture) after an 8-game return from the DL. The delicate nature of this type of surgery is why I wasn't keen on TX offering Marlyn Byrd a multi-year deal to keep him in TX. But he is 2 years post-surgery and doing fine while Chavez might not make it back. If he does it wouldn't surprise me if he returned to TX on a MiL deal in the off-season.
Craig Gentry speculated (8/14, broken wrist) that he could be ready for game action mid to end September.

Eric Hurley has had at least 2 hand surgeries to repair a broken wrist and then to repair the repair and is out for the year. Hurley will have missed two full seasons going into 2011.

Carlos Pimentel to the DL 8/26.
Wilmer Font has been on the DL since 7/6 and Jason Cole mentions that he is likely done for the year. No word on the severity of the elbow injury but this is probably the most worrisome of the injuries suffered by TX MiL this year.

Jason Cole reports that oft-injured pitcher Kevin Castner (TJ post-draft) has suffered a big setback: he fractured his elbow (8/20ish)!

Short Season
Ramon Mendez to the DL 8/20 (minor rt forearm injury per Cole). So he has gone from Hickory to Spokane to AZ in his short time with TX.
Zach Osborne came off the DL at the end of the week to pitch 1 inning after missing the last ~7weeks recovering from surgery after getting nailed in the face by a batted ball. If I remember correctly, he had to have some plates inserted into his cheek to repair the fractures.

Denny Peralta and Aaron Thompson were placed on the DL 8/4ish.


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