There's too much info to get to today to wait and chat, but I have some things coming up that you'll see in this space. Today, let's just get right to the injuries:
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David Wright has a broken right pinky finger. He will not only have pain, but problems gripping things. Those things the Mets are worried about are bats and balls. We know that the Mets aren't shy in using Toradol, so the issue of pain tolerance is really one about pain management. If Wright can function and not endanger the finger, he should be able to come back in a couple days. The Mets are holding off any move until Friday. They'll play a man short and retain the retro move. The other, bigger question is why Wright doesn't have some sort of protection on his hand. It might not have helped him here, since the injury occurred on the bases, but considering how much the Mets have invested in him, he should be encouraged to wear better protective gear.
Brandon Phillips got a big deal. His hamstring injury isn't a big deal. The Reds called the initial problem "cramping", but it was really a very minor strain that was caught early. Phillips will miss a couple more games, perhaps through the weekend, giving him plenty of time to heal. He'll probably be on some limitations for a week or so, so those in weekly leagues and counting on steals should take note. In the longer term, this shouldn't be too much of a problem and the further he gets from it without issue, the better. Over the longer term, such as the term of his extension, Phillips has some interesting comps. The one I really like is Bret Boone, though I don't think Phillips will have the same issues for the obvious reasons.
Sadly, it looks like Dan Wade nailed it in this year's
The Nats might have to install a hotline to Dr. James Andrews if things keep going like this. The Nats sent Drew Storen to see Dr. Andrews, but just sent medical info and images to him in the case of Mike Morse. Storen had surgery on Wednesday to remove what MLB's Bill Ladson called a "bone fragment." That's a bone chip to the rest of us, though the size could be an issue. Storen should be throwing in about six weeks, but a full return won't happen until June. He should have no problems once he does. Morse's "setback" is really more of an issue that never went away. He can't throw without pain, which indicates that the strain hasn't completely healed. Sources tell me the bruising (and therefore the bleeding) has cleared up, but that throwing is clearly doing some continued damage to the area. The Cardinals once moved Albert Pujols around in order to protect his injured elbow and the same might need to be done here with Morse. Not the moving, but basically telling him he can't throw. Ian Desmond could run over on plays in order to make throws, though it would create some real defensive issues. Morse's offense alone might not make him better than Adam LaRoche right now. The Nats are going to give Morse some more healing time for now.
Ryan Howard is making progress, heading down to see the doctor who did his Achilles surgery in order to get cleared to hit. Things sound positive, though he has not yet been cleared for that last step. That said, there's still some things in the story that don't add up. Howard is coming off antibiotics, which usually means the infection has cleared up. Reports are that it's not. Other reports are the wound is not completely closed. I talked with Dr. Kenneth Jung, one of the foot and ankle specialists at Kerlan-Jobe in L.A. and he agreed things don't measure up. "One of the most common complications after Achilles tendon repair surgery is wound complications or infection," said Dr. Jung. "This complication typically occurs immediately after surgery, not five months. Even after the wound heals, complications can arise as activity is restarted and increases." The activity is the telltale sign here and if Howard is cleared to hit, the safe assumption is that the underlying physical issues have resolved. As Dr. Jung said, "The skin or infection should be completely resolved prior to full clearance to play." When the reports don't match up with medical info, it's usually the reporting is wrong.
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