Featured Note of the Week
Rickie Weeks (2B, MIL)
The Brewers placed Weeks on the disabled list with tendon injury in his right wrist on Sunday. No word on how long he’ll be out but it could be the rest of the season. Whether or not he plays the rest of the season will depend on his pain tolerance. The ailment is on the top of his right hand. When the tendon rolls over a bone in his hand, it causes pain.
If he’s able to handle that pain then the Brewers’ team doctor says he can avoid surgery and play after his DL stint. If however, Weeks says the pain is too much, look for him to have surgery to correct this ailment. That the Brewers just acquired David Bell for infield depth and that Weeks went on the DL on Saturday suggest the future looks bleak for Weeks’ owners. We should have an answer if he plays again or not in about two weeks.
From Injury Watch Notes This Past Week
Larry Bigbie (OF, STL)
Back when I reported Bigbie’s umbilical hernia in early June, I noted it was a rare and sometime very serious ailment. Little did I know Bigbie would struggle recovering as much as he has so far. He was shut down over the weekend with abdominal pain. This could be scar tissue or irritation from the surgical site.
The medical staff will give him a few days off to rest the ailment and let the medication help clear up the discomfort. They’ll restart the rehab assignment once they’re able to grasp where he’s at in the recovery process. Bigbie could be looking at a return in mid-to-late August at this point. Any more setbacks and the Cardinals just might shut him down for the year.
Jake Peavy (RHP, SD)
The Padres (manager Bruce Bochy) felt confident enough in Peavy’s health to allow him to throw 129 pitches (a career high) in his Wednesday start. Part of the decision was made due to the lack of available relievers. With a solid start in the books and his first win since late May, is he back in form? So far this season, Peavy seems to piece together a couple of solid starts, and then he is lit up. Because of this pattern, it will take more than a couple of starts to erase the high ERA and questions regarding his health.
Adam Eaton (RHP, TEX)
Eaton struggled with the command and control of his pitches at times in his first start back from the disabled list. According to Eaton and his manager, it was expected after the long layoff and was not due to any problems with his surgically repaired right index finger. It took him a couple of innings to get going, but once he did it in the fourth inning, he was clocked at 93-94 MPH. Good velocity for a first start off the DL. In fact, he was healthy enough to play a round of golf the next day, another sign his finger is sound.
Eddie Guardado (LHP, CIN)
When Cincinnati traded for Guardardo from the Mariners, they knew they were rolling the dice. It’s a known fact; Guardado was damaged goods because he has a pitching shoulder that is slowly tearing up due to all the wear and tear of his career. The stiffness in his pitching elbow is a new ailment for him. Could it be the shoulder issues are now causing trouble with his pitching elbow? For the record, the Reds state it’s a very minor problem, and they believe it can be treated with oral medication and treatment. There is no talk of a stint on the disabled list, but the situation does need watching.