MASH Report (9/8/14)

• Just a reminder, I have an unofficial DL list near the article’s end. Some of the players, Gomez and Jaso, look like they may pinch hit a small bit, but they will miss a considerable amount of time.

Miguel Cabrera has been dealing with bone spurs in his ankle. He may have surgery on his ankle after his season is over.

The right ankle injury that has hobbled Miguel Cabrera for the better part of the last month could well lead to a second consecutive off season surgery. Cabrera is dealing with at least one bone spur in his right ankle, which could require surgery to correct.
“We don’t know if he requires surgery,” manager Brad Ausmus said after Sunday’s 6-1 win over the Giants. “We don’t know if it’s going to be [healed by] rest, or if surgery would help, and that’ll be determined when the season’s over.

The normal timetable for recovery from an ankle surgery to remove spurs, according to injury expert and national sports medicine writer Will Carroll, is four to six weeks. It’s obviously not as severe as core muscle surgery, but with Cabrera’s body frame, explosive swing and the weight put on his ankles, full recovery is crucial.

The signs (power and contact down) pointed to a problem during the season. I expected his core to still be an issue, but I guess it is bone spurs. It will be interesting to see where he gets valued in 2015 after two injury seasons in a row.

Danny Duffy will miss a start with a sore shoulder.

I would not start him in his next start. The Royals need him to pitch and will probably rush him back to see where he stands before the playoffs. Use the first game back as an evaluation of him.

Michael Cuddyer is expected back from the DL today.

Alex Rios’s disaster of a second half can be blamed on a bruised thumb he got around the All Star break.

Outfielder Alex Rios will be sidelined for at least a week after developing an infection in his injured right thumb. Rios had the thumb drained on Friday.
Rios has been dealing with a bruised thumb since the All-Star break, but has been trying to play through it. He is hitting .211 with no home runs, 12 RBIs and a .281 slugging percentage since the break.

I wish players would just sit and get the problem fixed instead of struggling all season.

• As long as Stuart Wallace keeps writing in-depth injury articles, I will just keep linking his good work which can be found at This time he looks at managing concussions.

• Additionally, Eno Sarris talked to John Jaso on what it is like to come back from a concussion.

Matt Adams is playing through and oblique injury. If you have a better option and 1B/Util, feel free to use them.

Fastball speeds for pitchers returning from the DL

Michael Wacha’s average fastball velocity was at a season high upon his return from the DL

Brandon Morrow’s velocity in relief is around 98 mph. Decent.

Joe Wieland threw harder than he did in 2012 but got rocked. I would stay away and evaluate him from a distance for the rest of the season.

Players on the DL

(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List
(***) 7 Day Concussion List
(****) Free Agent
Red colored entries are updates since last report.

Unofficial Major League Report

Official Major League Report

Minor League

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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