Several teams faced with injuries early on

CLEVELAND - APRIL 01: Adam Dunn #32 of the Chicago White Sox readies himself before the pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the Opening Day game on April 1, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Not even a full two weeks into the season and several teams are being hit with key injuries. 

  • The Cubs placed two of their starting pitchers on the 15-day disabled list today, calling them both precautionary moves. Still, losing Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner for two starts, hopefully no more, means that young pitchers like Casey Coleman and now reliever James Russell will be spot starters. They are both sidelined with strains in their forearm and shoulder, respectively.
  • White Sox slugger Adam Dunn had an emergency appendectomy early Wednesday morning and will be sidelined for up to a week. The White Sox are hoping he can avoid DL time, and will likely back date any DL stint if he is not making progress after a couple days if necessary. 
  • The Rockies placed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury.
  • The Cardinals are optimistic that Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday can avoid a DL-stint after making progress in his recovery from appendectomy surgery. He is expected to take swings today and be eased back into the game this weekend in San Francisco.   
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