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Injury roundup: Posada close to returning


Injury roundup: Posada close to returning
Injuries can ruin a fantasy season. Each week, KFFL.com surveys the latest key injuries around the diamond. Who might be headed to the disabled list? Which players might benefit from the available playing time? Who may be returning to the fold soon?

Catchers

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (shoulder) made hard throws to second and third base during a pregame workout Thursday. He followed that up by catching seven innings and batting 1-for-2 with two walks. He's scheduled to throw to bases during an extending spring training game Saturday. He could rejoin the team next week.

Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit is scheduled to catch a bullpen session Saturday to test his thumb. If all goes well he would be in line for more bullpen sessions and could return next week.

Others of Note

Padres catcher Josh Bard is expected to miss four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain.... Paul Lo Duca (hand) played catch Tuesday and didn't have any problems throwing a ball. His next step is taking dry swings. He's hoping to return soon after the All-Star break, if not earlier.

First Basemen

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has been experiencing discomfort in his right hand and didn't start for the third straight game Wednesday. He'll likely return Friday.

Others of Note

Nomar Garciaparra is scheduled to receive some further tests on his calf Friday. He was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list, and there's no timetable for his return.... Hank Blalock received a cortisone shot in his right wrist due to carpal tunnel syndrome. It isn't sure when he'll return, but he still faces a stint in the minors before being activated.

Second Basemen

Howie Kendrick (hamstring) played seven innings in a Triple-A rehab game Wednesday and he could return as soon as Friday.

Jeff Kent missed two games with lower back tightness, but he returned May 29, going 2-for-4 with a home run.

Others of Note

Mark Grudzielanek has been bothered by a sore back, which has knocked him out for three straight games. He hit in the cages Thursday, but it's uncertain if he'll be able to start in this weekend's series with the Indians.... Aaron Hill collided with shortstop David Eckstein and left the team's game Thursday with a mild concussion. He could still play Friday.

Third Basemen

Carlos Guillen didn't start Wednesday due to hemorrhoids.

Chone Figgins played just one game after returning from the disabled list and now has stiffness in a different area of his hamstring. He doesn't know when he'll return and could land on the disabled list this weekend.

Ryan Zimmerman missed his fourth straight game Thursday, though he doesn't have any structural damage in his shoulder. He could return Friday.

Others of Note

Eric Chavez was activated from the 60-day disabled list and started at designated hitter Thursday. He'd spent the entire season on the DL recovering from off-season shoulder and back surgeries.

Shortstops

Troy Tulowitzki (quadriceps) took 60 groundballs and made backhanded throws at Coors Field on Wednesday. There's no definite timetable for his return.

Others of Note

Jeff Keppinger (knee) has been walking without a limp or any pain, and he hopes to be cleared to run Tuesday. It isn't sure when he'll come off the DL.... Clint Barmes (knee) landed on the disabled list May 24 with a sprained right knee. He's indicated he could return "within four weeks."

Outfielders

Eric Byrnes was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with hamstring issues that date back to spring training. He planned to fly to the Bay Area to visit with a chiropractor this week. It isn't sure when he'll return.

Brad Hawpe (hamstring) has been taking full batting practice and expects to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday. He could return as soon as his 15 days on the DL are up next weekend.

Matt Holliday strained his hamstring running out a grounder May 24 and landed on the 15-day DL the following day. He expects to return June 10.

Josh Willingham (back) is traveling with the team and could begin swinging a bat this weekend. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has said he'll also need a minor league rehab stint before returning, though there's still no concrete return date.

Andruw Jones is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

Ryan Church has yet to return to the starting after suffering a concussion May 20. He's currently day-to-day.

Vernon Wells (wrist, hamstring) has begun shagging balls in the outfield and started his rehab in Florida last Monday. Although he's already started strengthening exercises, he isn't expected to return until late June or early July.

Others of Note

Moises Alou is back on the DL with a strained left calf. If all goes well, he hopes to return next Thursday ... Jayson Werth (oblique) is progressing well and is expected to return from the DL when he is eligible Saturday.

Designated Hitters

Travis Hafner received a cortisone shot in his inflamed right shoulder Tuesday The team is hopeful he'll return by Friday.

Gary Sheffield landed on the disabled list May 27 with a left oblique strain. There's no timetable for his return.

Frank Thomas underwent an MRI that showed inflammation just above his knee where it connects to the quadriceps muscle. He was placed on the disabled list Thursday.

Starting Pitchers

Daisuke Matsuzaka (shoulder) is set to be examined by a team physician and undergo a precautionary MRI on Friday. He left his last start with shoulder fatigue. It's unsure if he'll make his next scheduled start.

Fausto Carmona is expected to miss one month with a moderate strain of an exterior muscle in his left hip. He sustained the injury covering first base May 23 and was placed on the disabled list the following day.

Pedro Martinez (hamstring) is scheduled to come off the disabled list and make his second start of the season Tuesday. He's been on the DL since April 2.

Chris Young (nose) saw a doctor Thursday. The swelling in his face has started to subside, but he could still undergo surgery to straighten his septum. The team's also concerned about the small fracture in his skull. There's no timetable for his return.

Jake Peavy (elbow) was scheduled to play catch Friday. If that goes well, he could throw off a mound Sunday before possibly throwing a few bullpen sessions and a simulated game. If he comes through that clean, he should be ready to come off the DL.

Others of Note

Curt Schilling (shoulder) threw long toss from about 140 feet May 23 and could throw off the mound next Friday, assuming there are no setbacks.... Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) threw from flat ground Wednesday and is expected to continue doing that every other day until he feels ready for mound work. It isn't sure when he'll come off the DL.... Jason Schmidt (shoulder) is set to make his fourth rehab start Friday. This would be the first time he's started on five days rest. It's unsure when he'll return.... Scott Baker (groin) threw five pain-free innings Monday, May 26, and he could throw in another game Saturday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the rotation next week... Mark Mulder underwent an MRI on Wednesday, but everything came up fine. He's received two cortisone shots in his injured shoulder recently, and he isn't expected to return until after the All-Star break.... Kevin Millwood (groin) was activated from the disabled list Thursday.... Clay Buchholz (fingernail) is scheduled to make his second rehab start Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket. He could be given a spot start in the next week if Matsuzaka is unable to go.

Relief Pitchers

John Smoltz (shoulder) threw two innings in a rehab game Thursday for Class-A Rome. He's tentatively scheduled to have another rehab appearance Saturday, and expects to the Braves return Monday.

Rafael Soriano was brought off the DL on Wednesday after suffering from elbow tendonitis. He'd been on the disabled list since April 6.

Joe Borowski (triceps) was activated from the disabled list last Friday.

Eric Gagne was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendonitis May 23, but he doesn't think he'll need the full two weeks to recover. Salomon Torres has been serving in the closer's role in Gagne's absence.

Troy Percival landed on the disabled list after straining his left hamstring Wednesday. It isn't known how long he'll miss. Dan Wheeler's expected to get most of the save opportunities while Percival recovers.

Others of Note

Chris Ray (elbow) threw a bullpen session last Friday and could return when rosters expand in September.... Chad Cordero (shoulder) is expected to throw from 90 feet Friday after making 60 throws from 75 feet Wednesday. It isn't sure when he'll return.

The Fantasy Sports Doc - Dr. Alan Knopf's Take

Dr. Alan Knopf has been a clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Implant Service at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He's an attending staff member of the school's County General Hospital - Keck School of Medicine. He specializes in knee, shoulder, ankle, hip and trauma surgery. He's board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Board of Arthroscopic Surgery.

Hank Blalock, 1B, Texas Rangers - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, 15-day DL

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is an inflammation or injury to a nerve on the bottom of the wrist. The median nerve supplies sensation to the fingers except the little finger. It also supplies motor power to the small muscles of the thumb.

The median nerve travels in a tunnel at the wrist level. The roof and side walls are made of wrist, or carpal, bones; the floor is soft tissue (volar carpal ligament). Also inside the tunnel are tendons that flex the fingers.

There are multiple causes of irritation to the tunnel. Trauma and bleeding can cause narrowing of the tunnel, as well as a fracture to the wrist bones, both of the small carpal bones and the large distal radius (forearm). Inflammation, such as rheumatoid synovitis, can narrow the tunnel and put pressure on the median nerve.

Whenever the swelling compromises the median nerve the body feels numbness in the thumb, index long and half of the thumb side of the ring finger. This usually is felt in the morning when awakening.

Early treatment is rest with a wrist splint, even when asleep. Anti-inflammatory medicine and occasionally a cortisone injection into the tunnel help reduce the swelling.

Conservative treatment may respond in two to three weeks with rest. If this fails to respond to the above treatment protocol, or the thumb muscles atrophy, surgery is necessary to open the tunnel and prevent further damage.

Open surgery, which opens the volar ligament, releases the pressure on the nerve but will take six weeks to heal before the athlete may be fully functional. Arthroscopic release of the carpal ligament may heal in three to four weeks.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 30, 2008

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