MASH Report (2/11/15)

• While looking through the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement, I came across some information on reporting injuries. First, here is the form to be submitted to MLB to request a DL stint.

Additionally, there is quite a bit of information on reporting the various injuries starting on page 152 (page 165 of the .pdf). The major injury types are divided up into 12 classes: head, neck, shoulder, arm/elbow, wrist/hand/fingers, chest/back/spine, pelvis/hips, upper leg/thigh, lower leg/knee, ankle/foot/toes, internal organs, and ailments.

Each of these body regions are divided up even more into a “Body Part Detail” and “Diagnosis Description”. Here are the examples for a Head injury.

Body Part Detail: Head, Cheekbone, Eye, Nose, Ear, Jaw, and Other

Diagnosis Description: Skull Concussion, Post-concussion Syndrome, TMJ, Blister, Bone Spur, Bruise, Contusion, Impingement, Infection, Inflammation, Laceration, Muscle Injury, Sprain, Strain, Stress Reaction, Tear, Tendonitis, Tendon Injury, Other

• It looks like Evan Gattis may miss a couple of weeks to start the season with a sports hernia. Some reports have him being ready for the season’s start, but I have my doubts.

Gattis, who underwent surgery on Tuesday in Philadelphia, will be out of action four to six weeks, which means he could start the season on the disabled list. The slugger hit .246 with 11 triples, 27 homers and 88 RBIs last year as the team’s primary DH. He dropped about 20 pounds this winter in an effort to try to catch and play first base in 2016.

• There was an article from MLB on Yu Darvish which had no new news, but had this nugget.

The normal recovery from Tommy John is 12 months, but the Rangers built in an extra two months to make sure. Darvish took six weeks off from throwing at the end of 2015 to let his body recover and then picked it up again after the beginning of the year.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. No pitcher in the last two years has returned after only 12 months of rehab. The fastest they come back now is 14 months.

John Lamb had back surgery in December and he is behind in his rehab.

It was revealed recently that left-hander John Lamb underwent disc surgery on his back in December.

John Lamb is a little bit behind schedule,” Reds manager Bryan Price said on Monday on MLB Network’s High Heat. “So he’ll be competing for a job, but [he] probably won’t be ready until the middle of the month of April.”

I’ve had my doubts about Lamb, but with this news, I expect to have zero shares of him this year.

Players possibly on the DL in 2016

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.

We hoped you liked reading MASH Report (2/11/15) by Jeff Zimmerman!

Please support FanGraphs by becoming a member. We publish thousands of articles a year, host multiple podcasts, and have an ever growing database of baseball stats.

FanGraphs does not have a paywall. With your membership, we can continue to offer the content you've come to rely on and add to our unique baseball coverage.

Support FanGraphs

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.

newest oldest most voted

i look forward to this article every time


Seconded. Good to have this viewpoint on the reality of these injuries, both as a fan and a fantasy player.