MLB Season Starts: A rough way to start the season is for it to end immediately. No matter what team a fan root for, all fans can be empathetic when another squad’s best player or one that goes on a hot streak leaves the lineup due to injury.
Injuries are virtually unavoidable and in the blink of an eye, all the hard work an athlete puts in during the off-season can be erased. With the happiness of opening day also comes the heartbreak of injuries. A number of injuries happened this past week across the MLB. We’ll review them and give the latest news as of April 12th.
- Christian Yelich (RF, Milwaukee Brewers)
- (Back)- Yelich has come out this season swinging. Starting nine games the big hitter has reached base in eight of them. In the second inning, Yelich left the game with back soreness, listed as day-to-day. Next game: Cubs (4/12-4/14)
- Travis Shaw (3B, Milwaukee Brewers)
- (Ankle)- Shaw is also producing at a high level, including his 499-foot home run Sunday. In his following at bat, Shaw would foul a pitch off his right shin and ankle prior to smacking a line drive out ot center field, he would return to defense at the bottom of the inning before exitting in the fith. Shaw reported that he should be able to play Monday
- Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS, San Diego Padres)
- (Dislocated Shoulder) The Padres have averted disaster with Tatis. Injured on April 5th, the rising star was placed on a 10 day injured reserve list. Doctors reported surgery is not necessary. Tatis is nearing his return as he resumed batting practice on Saturday
- Dexter Fowler (OF, Angels)
- (ACL) Fowler will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his knee. The Angles outfielder was acquired from the Cardinals in February. He suffered the injury last Friday against the Blue Jays, coming into second base at a strange angle. The 35-year-old reported that he will be returning next season.
- James Paxton (P, Mariners)
- (Elbow) Paxton left last Tuesday’s game against the White Sox after pitching just one inning. Paxton was placed on a 10-day injured list and received an MRI last Wednesday that has been reviewed by a doctor yet no specifics on the injury have been announced. Paxton will seek a second opinion on Monday.
- Trevor Rosenthal (P, Athletics)
- (Severe Neurovascular Compression) The pitcher was not able to make his A’s debut after initially landing on a 10-day injury list prior to the season. On April 6th Rosenthal underwent surgery to remove his first rib, a pectoral release, and scalene release to alleviate pain and allow a greater range of motion for his arms. The recovery will take 3-4 months.
- Mookie Betts (RF, LA Dodgers)
- (Lower back strain) With his absence from the line up for a four consecutive game, the Dodgers are hoping Betts will be able to remain on the active list and hope for him to play Tuesday.
- Tony Gonsolin (P, LA Dodgers)
- (Right Shoulder Inflammation) Gonsolin had big hopes as a reliever this season but has been held back due to injury. The right hander is elligble to be activated from the injured list but reports say he has not even begun to throw yet.
- Cody Bellinger (1B, LA Dodgers)
- (Calf contusion). Another Dodger out, Bellinger was cleated by A’s pitcher Reymin Guaduan on a close play at first base. He will be eligible to return from the injury list on April 16th. In the meantime, Luke Raley was called up to fill the empty roster spot