We’ll use this post to keep track of minor injuries throughout the day…
- Jose Altuve was scratched from a spring game for the second time in three days due to left side soreness, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. Altuve underwent knee surgery in October to repair a patella avulsion fracture in his right knee. Still, the soreness does not appear to be a major cause for concern, as neither Altuve nor manager A.J. Hinch expressed anything but confidence about Altuve’s ability to get back on the field in short order. Altuve has been remarkably healthy throughout his career, hitting the injured list for the first time in eight seasons last year, though he still appeared in 137 games while hitting .316/.386/.451 and accumulating 5.2 rWAR.
- Matt Duffy has experienced discomfort in his left hamstring, keeping him from spring action, per MLB.com’s Juan Toribio. Duffy has played in only one game this spring as a result of the injury, and at this point it’s likely he won’t be ready by Opening Day. The 28-year-old burst onto the scene in his 2015 rookie campaign with San Francisco, slashing .295/.334/.428 on the way to an out-of-nowhere 4.4 fWAR. Achilles injuries muddied his 2016 campaign and cost him all but eight minor-league PAs in 2017, but the former 18th rounder steadied himself at his former third-base home last season, posting a solid 106 wRC+/2.4 fWAR for the upstart Rays.
- Mariners 3B Kyle Seager will see be sidelined for “several days” after an ill-advised dive in Friday’s game resulted in an injury to his left wrist, as MLB.com’s Greg Johns details. A slimmed-down Seager had looked to rebound after a sloppy 2018 campaign, which saw the 31-year-old post career-worsts in OBP, SLG, wRC+, and fWAR. His hard-hit rate, though, remained at a robust 37%, and the lefty rededicated himself to nutrition and fitness during a busy offseason at his North Carolina home. Ryon Healy, who made just two appearances at the hot corner last season, figures to get time there in the interim.
Matt Duffy = All Time Great GIANT !
Kyle Seager = TBT (To Be Traded)
Doesn’t have much value if he’s injured
An ill advised dive? You think these guys instincts just stop their competitive nature because it is a ST game? A player who has more than a split second can choose not to run into the wall but that is all instinct.
I am not sure if they will find a trade partner for Kyle or not. I hope not and he bounces back like he was a few years ago. He is a fan favorite and has that hustle you don’t see as much anymore. There is that $300 mill player that admitted he won’t hustle all the time. I guess we will see what happens. Hope he heals fast and can play on Japan.
There is absolutely no comparison between Machado & Seager.
Well, they both play shortstop and third base. So you’re above post is bogus.
I hope he stays for a couple seasons- because I can’t think of an in-house replacement. I’m not sure Healy or Shed Long are the long term answer.
I can’t think of another hitter who has been affected by defensive shifts more than Kyle Seager. It’s “only ST” but this yr he’s made an effort to beat the shift by hitting to the opposite field. Beat the shift and he’ll def generate some interest, prob try to trade him/ that contract in July. Funny, for yrs the M’s had quite a few infield prospects in AA and AAA and virtually no OF prospects. Now it’s the opposite!
Why does the author reference Altuve’s rWAR but Duffy and Seager’s fWAR? I have never seen the two mixed so cavalierly.
This piece was written by TC Zencka and Ty Bradley. Maybe one prefers fWAR, while the other prefer rWAR?
They cherry-pick whichever stat is more favorable to the narrative.
Corey’s brother … get well soon.
Good baseball family.
Any word on Jo Adell?
Glad to see them use rWAR and not just fWAR
Man, Duffy cannot catch a break with the injuries.