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NL Central Injury Report

Posted by dannmckeegan on May 27, 2010

A few injuries and ailments are currently becoming big issues in the National League Central.  St. Louis has two starting pitchers out; Chicago has a trio of impaired third basemen and a pitcher with a mystery ailment; Cincinnati is becoming beleaguered across the field; Milwaukee says, “I’ll show you beleaguered;”  the Pirates have their fair share; and the last-place Astros thankfully are sneaking by with decent health.

Cincinnati Reds

Homer Bailey – SP – 15 day DL as of Monday May 24 (shoulder inflammation)

Chris Dickerson – OF – 15 day DL as of May 1 (broken bone in wrist)

  • Broke the hook of his hamate bone in a game on April 30th.
  • This injury-plagued backup has previously lost battles with a door, first base, and a combo of Miguel Tejada and dirt.
  • Now working on range-of-motion exercises out of a cast, rehab and return are still weeks away.

Joey Votto – 1B – day-to-day as of Wednesday May 26 (neck stiffness)

  • Misses Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh, whose starter (Ohlendorf) he had previously owned.
  • Miguel Cairo has taken Votto’s place Thursday night, as well.

St. Louis Cardinals

Brad Penny – SP – 15 day DL as of May 22 (pulled back muscle)

  • Injury occurred while batting – result was a grand slam.
  • Not expected to miss too much time.
  • Raise your hand if you consider “Penny” and “DL” in the same sentence to be a surprise.

Kyle Lohse – SP – to be disabled (extreme compartment syndrome)

Blake Hawksworth – RP – day-to-day (right groin strain)

Chicago Cubs

Jeff Baker – 2B/3B – day-to-day as of this afternoon, May 27 (vision)

  • Baker was lifted in the top of the 8th inning against Los Angeles, as he was unable to see anything with his right eye.
  • Team medical staff and an eye doctor were examining Baker, but no official word has come out other than Piniella’s explanation in his post-game press conference.

Carlos Zambrano – SP/RP – day-to-day as of this afternoon, May 27 (abdominal pain)

  • Zambrano was hospitalized earlier in the day Thursday with abdominal pain similar to appendicitis, but appendicitis has been ruled out.
  • No more word has come out; his availability out of the pen for the weekend series against STL is in doubt, but he’s still on pace to make his first re-start against Pittsburgh next week.

Esmailin Caridad – RP – 15 day DL (forearm/elbow strain)

  • Don’t really care; he’ll be going to Iowa upon his return to health, with Andrew Cashner being shortened up for a promotion.

Aramis Ramirez – 3B – day-to-day (thumb sprain and bone bruise)

  • Ramirez is close to being ready to return, which is valuable given the Baker uncertainty and Fontenot’s shortcomings at third.
  • Honestly, it wasn’t a pun, intentionally.
  • There is no telling how much the injury has affected his play, nor has there been any indication of where he’ll be placed in a batting order that is winning games largely without him.
  • Last playing 5/22, Ramirez could still be DL’ed retroactively if he has any set backs.

The Teams in the Division that Suck


  • OF Jim Edmonds gets set to return early next week as OF Jody Gerut heads to the DL.  This continues the trend established when OF Carlos Gomez made a trip to the DL a number of weeks back.  Corey Hart and Ryan Braun ought to be particularly careful.
  • SP Doug Davis is on the shelf with chest pains, while the Brewers’ fans can take comfort in the prevention of chest pains related to LaTroy Hawkins being on the 15-day DL (shoulder pain).  David Riske is apparently still alive and on the Brewers’ 60-day DL.
  • C Gregg Zaun tore his labrum recently and is on the 15-day DL.  He’s currently walking it off and rubbing some dirt on it.
  • Former 3B uberprospect Mat Gamel, currently on the 60-day DL recovering from a torn latissimus dorsi muscle, was a scratch from a rehab game 8 days ago.


  • 3B Andy LaRoche’s stiff back has kept him out for the better part of a week.  No word on plans to send him to the DL or not.
  • Recently disabled 1B Steve Pearce (ankle) and RP Jack Taschner (hamstring) are luckily not forced to dress in Pirates colors, thus identifying themselves with the embarrassment that is the Pittsburgh National League Ball Club.
  • Both 2009 acquisitions from the Cubs in the Grabow and Gorzelanny trade are “out indefinitely” according to the MLB fantasy injury report.  SP/RP Kevin Hart had surgery on a torn labrum a few weeks back and might be back in 13-15 months.  RP Jose Ascanio is “improving” in recovery from his own shoulder surgery.  Dr. Nick Riviera of Hollywood Upstairs Medical College says they should be A-okay.
  • Concussed SP Chris Jakubauskas apparently suffered a setback during the beginning stages of his attempt to recover from the line drive that nearly took his head off.


  • RP Tim Byrdak is close to returning to the Astros, which should provide enough staff strength to encourage Drayton McLane to okay a Roy Oswalt trade.
  • RP Alberto Arias is done for this year after surgery on a torn rotator cuff and labrum.

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