Injury Notes: Verlander, Machado, Rios, Anderson

Let’s take a look at a few injury situations from around the game that could have hot stove implications:

  • Tigers starter Justin Verlander lasted only one rough inning today, leaving with right shoulder soreness. The veteran will undergo an MRI tomorrow, reports Chris Iott of (Twitter links). “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous,” said Verlander. “I’ve never been through this before.” Indeed, the 31-year-old righty has never been on the disabled list in his excellent career. But there have been signs of trouble this season, as Verlander has worked to an uncharacteristic 4.57 ERA and seen his strikeout numbers plummet (6.6 K/9). Eno Sarris of Fangraphs wrote recently that some indicators suggested Verlander may have been playing hurt, and the hurler confirmed today that the issue “has been lingering for a while,” as John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press reports on Twitter. In the immediate term, Verlander’s situation — combined with a DL stint for Anibal Sanchez — creates significant rotation difficulties for the club, which just dropped out of first in the AL Central. Detroit will call up youngsters Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer (who has just two Double-A appearances to his name) to take upcoming starts, but another addition cannot be ruled out at this point. In the long run, of course, questions continue to pile up regarding the outlook for the Tigers’ remaining $140MM commitment to a player who was once considered by many to be the game’s best pitcher.
  • Orioles third baseman Manny Machado also left early today after twisting his right knee awkwardly at the plate. A severe injury seemed possible based on replays, but the team has expressed hope that it dodged a bullet after initial X-rays did not reveal any ligament damage, as’s Britt Ghiroli tweets. But an MRI will be needed for a full assessment, and Machado will have a scan tomorrow morning, Roch Kubatko of reports on Twitter. Machado missed the early portion of the season due to surgery on his left knee. With Baltimore still fending off competitors from atop the AL East, any significant absence for Machado would be a big blow. Though the team could scan the trade market (with all the usual August complications) for a replacement, if it became necessary, the O’s would perhaps be more likely to turn to in-house options such as Ryan Flaherty and Jimmy Paredes.
  • Outfielder Alex Rios of the Rangers received positive news from an MRI on his left ankle, which revealed only a sprain, as Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports on Twitter. Rios, who has cleared waivers, may be ready to return to action as soon as tomorrow. He could still hold appeal for clubs looking to add a right-handed-hitting, corner outfield bat to the mix, though one possible suitor likely dissipated today when the Royals acquired Josh Willingham.
  • Rockies starter Brett Anderson will undergo surgery to repair a disc in his lower back, reports Thomas Harding of The procedure is expected to come with a five-month recovery period, which would set Anderson on track for Spring Training but will certainly make it difficult for Colorado to justify exercising its $12MM club option over the lefty. While Anderson was strong in limited action this year, and is still just 26 years old, he has not stayed healthy enough to throw over 100 innings since 2010.

25 Responses to Injury Notes: Verlander, Machado, Rios, Anderson Leave a Reply

  1. start_wearing_purple 11 months ago

    Even if the Price deal didn’t seem like a steal for the Tigers it’s looking more like a great move by them.

    • Justin Mcdaniel 11 months ago

      Pitching depth is so important

      • Pei Kang 11 months ago

        absolutely. Like I told (probably a White Sox fan) that even a pitcher like Hector Neosi is valuable these days….so many guys going down with injuries you need warm bodies!

        • Red_Line_9 11 months ago

          Interesting that with pitching being stretched due to injury that offense hasn’t surged. There must be a little fire in the ped and amphetamine bans. I’ve felt that the greenie ban would actually have a greater impact.

          • Pei Kang 11 months ago

            I do think there’s something to the ban as well, as much as traditionalists and stat people would like to deny this.

      • Jeff_Todd_MLBTR 11 months ago

        Fwiw, if anything the deal took away depth because they lost some relatively advanced young arms while swapping big league starters.

        I would actually suggest that the injury situation could make a different strategy preferable in retrospect, at least for the stretch run (as opposed to the postseason). Not that they should have foreseen the injuries, of course.

        EDIT: lost the young arms in the Soria deal, of course

  2. Things could go south quickly for the Tigers. A lot of injuries piling up now, along with a BP with a struggling Nathan, and injured Soria.

    • KJ4realz 11 months ago

      Not saying they were going to before (try and get Papelbon) but I wonder now if the Tigers may just stand pat, ride it out, and see where they go rather than trade more for anything else with all the injuries.

    • Red_Line_9 11 months ago

      The Royals until recently haven’t played to expectation. This looked like a tight race before the season, and that’s what is shaping up. It’s a little early to tell….KC has been good for some rolls the past few seasons

  3. TheRealRyan 11 months ago

    This looks to be another bad outcome for the Tigers of paying free agent market value in years and salary for players who are multiple years away from free agency. They did it with both Verlander and Cabrera and both look to be albatross contracts before the new money even kicks in. I guess if they are able to pull off a WS championship it is all good, but at this point they look like they may not even make the playoffs this year and are only going to be older and more expensive next year and beyond.

    • JacksTigers 11 months ago

      Not sure how Cabrera is looking bad this year. Home runs are down, but doubles are way up and is still hitting over .300. Keep in mind that he is still healing from surgery.

      • Well, he hasn’t had an OPS below .900 since 2008. I’d say that’s concerning, considering he’s at .875 right meow.

      • Ben-Dessa Anderton 11 months ago

        I guess if he isn’t winning Triple Crowns and MVP’s it must be a down season.

        • No, it’s a down season because his numbers are down. They’re down quite a bit, actually. Namely his power. Not even one of the top-30 players in the league by WAR.

          • JacksTigers 11 months ago

            Core surgery, dude. Nobody comes back from that and plays at full strength immediately.

          • Ben-Dessa Anderton 11 months ago

            Stats are obvious points of reference. I was being sarcastic anyways.

    • Trock 11 months ago

      I would still be more concerned about Verlander then Cabrera. Cabrera is having a great season still. Verlander has looked really rough at times this year. Both contracts were horrible ideas though!

  4. Scott Berlin 11 months ago

    Those contracts to Verlander and Cabrera don’t seem like they lengthened Detroit’s window to compete but instead may weigh them down. They’re lucky they got Fielder off the books when they could.

    • Curt Green 11 months ago

      No worries. Texas will be there in 3 years to trade for them.

  5. Curt Green 11 months ago

    As is often the case, injuries determine who gets in the post season more than anything else

  6. anon_coward 11 months ago

    mets just put niese through waivers, tigers better pay up

  7. calamityfrancis 11 months ago

    If he goes down, maybe a match somewhere with the Mets for Jon Niese or Bartolo Colon?

  8. TigerFan1968 11 months ago

    WOuld like to see the Jays pick up Rios for the stretch run. He is a right handed bat and can get on base.

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