We are only a few hours away, but seriously…May cannot get here fast enough.
Throughout this first month of the regular season, Major League Baseball headlines have been dominated by news of the pains and sufferings of its star players, and the injury gods have shown no mercy here in the waning days of April.
Exhibit “A” is the video above, showing Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton straining his hamstring trying to leg out a grounder in the 10th inning of last night’s 15-inning win against the New York Mets. An MRI performed earlier today revealed that Stanton’s is a grade-two strain (out of a one-to-three scale for this type of injury). The young slugger has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, and and is expected to be sidelined for a month, at a minimum.
Earlier today, the New York Yankees placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list with a lumbar spine strain (aka sore back). Youkilis becomes the eighth member of the Yankees’ would-be Opening Day lineup that currently occupies the disabled list. On Sunday, Seeds All Day chronicled just how much of New York’s money has been invested in the team’s disabled players. The addition of Youkilis and his $12 million 2013 salary boosts that figure up to a whopping $97.5 million.
Washington Nationals fans were disappointed that ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg had yet another unremarkable start against the Atlanta Braves last night, who seem to be the one team that has had his number throughout his short career. They became panicky when news broke that their young starter had suffered tightness in his right forearm. A sigh of relief could be heard across the Beltway when it was learned that the discomfort in Strasburg’s forearm was gone, and that he was expected to be healthy enough to make his next start.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is sitting out his second-consecutive game tonight after suffering a strained left rotator cuff sliding into home plate Sunday. Tulowitzki is listed as day-to-day, and the Rockies don’t believe the injury is serious enough to warrant a stint on the disabled list. That’s extremely good news, considering that the shortstop was limited to just 47 games last year due to a groin injury. Colorado is hopeful that Tulowitzki’s absence won’t lead to a cooling off of their red-hot offense, which has carried them to a 16-10 record and a first place position in the NL West. Tulowitzki spoke about his injury and recovery yesterday.
We are only one month into the regular season, and already there have been more injuries to more key players than we can remember. We will refrain from saying things can’t get any worse – things can always get worse – but the laws of probability make it likely that this tidal wave of injuries will begin to ebb as the season progresses.
The injury gods owe us that, at least. We’ve been deprived of the opportunity of watching some of the game’s biggest names for far too long already this year.