“We are optimistic he’s going to be able to do a lot in Spring Training,” said Quinlan, adding the recovery time is variable. “To give you some idea, we are pretty optimistic he’s going to be able to do fielding and throwing and doing all aspects of baseball activity with the exception of hitting by the start of Spring Training, when he reports to Spring Training.
“As you know, the forces involved in gripping the bat and hitting are a little bit more extensive, so that will be the last thing he starts. We are optimistic he’ll also be on some form of hit-ting progression at the start of Spring Training.”
I don’t know if his value could be any lower after his struggles during the 2014 season and now this injury. It will be interesting to see where he ends up getting valued. I could see it all over the place and will step in if his value drops enough.
Kemp, who makes his home in nearby Poway, was asked about his physical on Tuesday that revealed arthritis in both hips.
“I think everybody in this room has some sort of arthritis in their body somewhere,” Kemp said, smiling, dismissing any concern on his part. “I’ve always worked through injuries. These hips are unbelievable. You want to see my hips? They’re strong hips.”
I am not worried about hips right now, but will next year when he is playing in Petco Park’s spacious outfield.
The Rays have said a thorough timetable for McGee’s return will become available during Spring Training. However, the southpaw did have some ideas about his return, particularly after witnessing former Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson go through the same surgery prior to last season.
Hellickson had surgery to remove loose bodies in January, and he made his first start on July 8.
“I kind of have my own timetable in my mind,” McGee said. “I had my surgery a month earlier than him, and it’s going to take a month less to get ready, because I don’t have to stretch out like a starter does. End of April, early May more than likely.”
It will be interesting to see how the Rays bullpen shakes out with Brad Boxberger, Grant Balfour and Kevin Jepsen all in the mix to get Saves. I would put my money on Balfour since he is a veteran pitcher with a guaranteed contract. If he pitches decent, he could keep the job all season.
“We talked to Steve Wray after the surgery and he said it really went well,” Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. “He said [the procedure] really went well, and he thinks that this guy will be ready to go full go in Spring Training. The only thing is that there will be a little bit of a disruption for his normal routine getting ready for Spring Training.”
Markakis is expected to be cleared to resume physical activities within the next month, and there is hope he will be fully agile within the next six weeks. This timetable would allow him to begin his normal pre-Spring Training routine approximately three weeks before the Braves report to camp.
The Braves will take any necessary precautions during Spring Training. But there does not seem to be any current reason to doubt that Markakis will serve as Atlanta’s starting right fielder on Opening Day.
While I fully don’t believe he will 100% for the start of spring training, it seems like he won’t miss a ton of time. I could see owners completely staying away from him and he could be a cheap buy.
MLB.com: How much did that injury affect you in 2014?
Bourjos: It’s something that’s been ongoing for four or five years. Every winter I would get an MRI to see where it was, and it would be a case where surgery would be recommended, but I held off because it’s a newer surgery, and I could play through it. This year in the second half, it really started bothering me — to the point that when I’d get out of bed, I could barely walk. I wasn’t bouncing back the same way.
He may be a late round pick in deeper leagues with me. It would be nice if he could get back to 20+ steals.
• Dan Uggla played through a concussion during 2014 and it was just diagnosed this offseason. Well, the concussion can help explain some of the drop, but he also struggled in both 2012 and 2013. I would put a top level of talent near his 2013 production (20 HR and .200 AVG). His 2014 season would be the downside.
• Marco Scutaro may be done playing baseball after having back surgery. The 39-year-old will be out at least 4-6 months and then he can try a comeback.
• When I rank which information to use for players returning from injuries, I always use team information first and then player quotes. Below both of these would be the player’s agent.
Scott Boras said Matt Wieters (TJ) will be ready by opening day
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) December 21, 2014
This quote from Boras came a couple days after this information from the Orioles:
Showalter said at the Winter Meetings earlier this month that he wasn’t sure if both guys would be ready for Opening Day, and he reiterated that Wieters may be a little behind earlier this week. That’s not entirely unexpected, given that Wieters had Tommy John surgery, and the Orioles want both guys to be right before they come back.
Side with the team here and expect Wieters to miss some time early in the season.
• Nice write up on Motus Global’s Pitcher Sleeve which will hopefully help to limit pitcher injuries, specifically Tommy John surgeries.
(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List
(***) 7 Day Concussion List
(****) Free Agent
Red colored entries are updates since last report.
Players with Injuries Going into 2015
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.