UPDATE: March 26, 2015 8:30am PT
I wrote this orginal version of this post 15 days ago (the original text is on the following page – like a short slideshow!) and if you thought that there were injuries then, well let’s just say the number has grown exponentially. Well, it seems that way at least.
There haven’t been as many season-ending injuries as I mentioned in the original part of the post. I talked about the Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman, the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish, Gavin Floyd of the Cleveland Indians, Sean Doolittle of the Oakland Athletics, Mike Minor of the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals’ Denard Span.
I also called Philadelphia Phillies’ Cliff Lee an unknown. He’s now on the 60-Day disabled list. Surgery on his elbow will likely end not just his season but his career. Now, Lee is attempting to use rest and rehabilitation to see if he can at least pitch part of the season for the Phillies, but it doesn’t look good.
The New York Mets took a big blow when their starter Zack Wheeler was found to have a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required immediate Tommy John surgery rendering the right-hander out for the season. They also lost reliever Josh Edgin to the same fate.
Both Los Angeles teams’, the Angels and Dodgers, pitching staffs took hits this week. For the Dodgers their third starter, Hyun-jin Ryu, is struggling with the same shoulder tenditiis he suffered from for parts of last season. His pitching program has been shutdown for now. An MRI showed no structural damage yet, he is still out for the foreseable future.
The Dodgers bullpen is also riddled with injuries to closer Kenley Jansen and Brandon League. Neither are expected back anytime soon. Jansen is just beginning to walk after foot surgery and League had an MRI on Wednesday, the results of which are not yet known.
Cory Rasmus of the Angels is out for 6-8 weeks, having had core muscle surgery, usually a reliever with a 3.36 career ERA, made six starts for the Angels in the absence of guys like Tyler Skaggs and Garrett Richards. Richards will not be available for most, if not all, of this season recovering from knee surgery and Skaggs is still out, so the Angels will have to look to another pitcher to fill in the rotation.
Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is doubtful for the season opener as are quite a few other players. White Sox ace Chris Sale fractured his foot early in month and is actually improving enough that he may not miss a start, but he won’t be starting Opening Day.
The injuries have really been piling up for the Tampa Bay Rays as well. It’s ridiculous. Most importantly are starters Alex Cobb who is fighting tendinitis in his right forearm and Drew Smyly who has tendonitis in his left shoulder.
Finally the most injury ridden team this season is once again the Texas Rangers. Sadly, some are starting to call this now two season string of injuries the “Curse of Nolan Ryan” (I will elaborate on this once I update my post on the Rangers’ curse) who left the club to work for the Houston Astros prior to last season. Whether or not the Rangers are cursed 2014 was horrible and 2015 isn’t looking much better.
No matter which way you look at it the entire league has been ravaged by injuries and it is only March 25. This can’t be a good sign.
A full list of all the injured players in the Majors can be found by on MLB.com by clicking HERE.