WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford took an interesting look at changes that have been made to the process of assessing health in trades. The 2016 Drew Pomeranz swap, and more particularly the fallout from it, sparked the development of a much more robust system for documenting and assessing medical matters. While thee’s obviously an advantage in enhancing the scrutiny, it also leads to what Bradford calls a “tremendously tedious process.”
Here’s the latest on some injury situations around the league:
- The Mets announced today that they have placed lefty Steven Matz on the 10-day disabled list with a flexor pronator strain. That sounds a bit frightening, though indications are that it’s not a terribly concerning injury situation. Still, any arm troubles are somewhat more worrisome for a young hurler that has experienced so many already since his 2015 debut. Matz, who will be replaced on the active roster by right-hander Corey Oswalt, joins Phillip Evans on the shelf. The 25-year-old infielder suffered a non-displaced fracture of his tibia, though it is perhaps still possible he’ll be able to return to action this season.
- The Astros have placed reliever Chris Devenski on the 10-day disabled list with left hamstring tightness, the club announced. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by southpaw Cionel Perez. Devenski had been cruising through another dominant season before he imploded very recently. Devenski had a 1.32 ERA as of July 1st, but has since allowed 13 earned runs in seven outings — including eight without recording an out over his past two appearances. Clearly, something isn’t quite right, so the ’Stros will give him a chance to get back to full health before the stretch run.
- Also heading to the DL is Mariners righty Juan Nicasio, the team announced. He’ll be replaced by reliever Chasen Bradford. Knee problems have been an issue for the 31-year-old Nicasio this year. He’s now sporting a 6.00 ERA through 42 frames on the season, though he’s also carrying a sparkling 53:5 K/BB ratio.
- Just-acquired Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler is likewise set to hit the DL after leaving tonight’s game with a tight hamstring, Bradford tweets. The seriousness isn’t yet apparent, but it doesn’t appear to be a major source of concern. Kinsler will be replaced for the time being by infielder Tony Renda.
Well, Matz to the DL
And the injury jinx continues :0(
The Mariner bullpen is overcrowded now,so the most ineffective pitchers will now just coincidentally start coming down with injuries, to be put on the DL.Starting with Nicasio.Probably another hapless reliever– or maybe Felix– in about 10 days or so.
Wish they would release Felix. It’s honestly coming to that point for me.
King’s Court is just depressing.
Interesting Boston didn’t just recall Tzu-Wei Lin. He plays 4 positions and is solid with the glove, plus is already on the 40 man roster while Renda isn’t.
He’s injured aswell
I think the reason Renda gets the 40 man spot is they won’t mind outrighting him off the roster as soon as they need it for someone else. He’s got an .899 OPS for Portland/PawSox, but he’s got a long minor league career of not being able to hit at all.
Bingo! If they brought up Philips they’d have nowhere to put him in a week
Theirs room for Phillips just keep Devers in Triple-A intill next month when rehab is over.
All the Sox need is for Lin to be able to hit .250, but he can’t even do that. With Leon/Swihart and Bradley (not to mention Nunez and Holt) in the lineup consistently, another dead bat is the last thing they need.
Stop worrying about the Sox’ bats. They will go as far as their starting pitching takes them. If they don’t get to or win the WS, it will in my view be because of pitching, not hitting or defense. Should their starters get healthy for October, I can’t see anyone beating them. Same though can be said of the current champs. Houston and Boston if both fully healthy (other than Pedie) seem to be mirror images of each other.
Mariners need to just let Nicasio go. His knee is fine. He just serves up meatballs.
stan lee the manly
I’m very surprised that he has been so ineffective. He was fairly dominant in the short amount of time that the Cardinals has him last year and I was very disappointed that he wasn’t resigned.
Nicasio has a FIP of 3.00. He’ll bounce back.
Glad to see Renda up in the Majors.