MASH Report (10/1/15)

• OK, this is the final MASH for the regular season. During the offseason, I will be posting MASH every Thursday. Hopefully by next Thursday, I will get the projected 2016 disabled list completed. Additionally, I will begin the process of putting together the 2016 disabled list information.

Giancarlo Stanton is done for the season. Even though I didn’t say he would likely miss the whole season back in late June, the estimates were way low.


Steven Souza had a similar wrist injury and made it back in six weeks. Hopefully, I can continue to give similar historic return times instead of the time frames teams make up.

Steven Matz is done for the regular season with a back injury and will possibly miss some of the postseason.

Steven Matz’s slow recovery from an upper back injury now has his postseason availability in question.

The Mets have scratched Matz, their No. 1 prospect, from his Thursday start against the Phillies, one day after the rookie woke up with enough back discomfort for the team to push back his outing a day. Now, the Mets are scrambling to figure out if he will be well enough to pitch for them in the National League Division Series, which begins Oct. 9.

Brandon Belt played through a jacked up meniscus all year and will now have surgery on it.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt had minor surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Belt, who appeared in 137 games before being shut down for the season with a concussion, played through the ailment in his knee.

“It was one of those nagging deals that he could play with,” Bochy said. “It was bothering him some. It’s that time of year. You heal up, get cleaned up with some surgery and get ready for spring.”

J.J. Hardy played through the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy revealed Thursday that he has been playing the entire season with a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder.

Hardy said he does not plan to have surgery in the offseason. Instead, he plans to rest the shoulder initially, then strengthen it in the offseason in preparation for next year. In 2004 as a minor leaguer, Hardy had major surgery on the same shoulder that included repairing his labrum and said he does not want to go through that procedure again.

“I’m just going to get it stronger,’’ Hardy said. “That’s the plan. Just get it stronger.”

And he produced the 2nd worst wRC+ for hitters with a minimum 400 plate appearances. Well, he will probably be useless in 2016 and beyond.

Greg Holland will likely miss all of the 2016 season because of Tommy John surgery he will have tomorrow.


Players who are now done for the year.

Nick Ahmed (Back)

Michael Brantley (Shoulder)

Stephen Drew (Possible concussion)

Sonny Gray (Hip)

Felix Hernandez (Elbow)

Elian Herrera (Bruise)

Micah Johnson (Knee)

James Paxton (Fingernail)

Drew Pomeranz (Shoulder)

Juan Uribe (Chest)


Velocity Readings

Miguel Gonzalez’s average fastball velocity is 2 mph lower than his season average.

Ricky Nolasco’s velocity is fine

Adam Wainwright’s velocity was at a 3-year high when he pitched in relief.

Players on the DL in 2015

The Red players have had updates since the last report. Click on the “Date” for a link to go to the latest article on the player.

Players who should be on the DL

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Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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Yeah I don’t get Hardy. I am sure the rehab process must be grueling and he’s older now, but he obviously recovered the last time and he was horrible this year. I doubt rest and strengthening is gonna cut it.

Now I will tout my own, completely unscientific takes fro. earlier this year. Post all-star break I said Beltre would pick it up and he has, and I also said Tanaka would make it through the year and be good, if not quite as good as last year. Hooray for blind squirrels!