Injury Updates: Wright, Perez, Howard, Markakis, Morales

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets reacts after hitting a ground ball out to the shortstop in the twelfth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on September 27, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Lots of big updates from the injury front:

Cause for Concern

  • David Wright has returned to Mets camp this morning with a more specific diagnosis for his abdominal injury. Adam Rubin of ESPN tweets that Wright tore a rectus abdominis muscle (essentially, a six-pack muscle) in his left side. Rubin adds in a follow-up tweet that Wright believes "Opening Day is not in jeopardy in [my] mind". Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post offers a more sobering perspective, pointing out that the same injury forced Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman into surgery and a 60 game absence last year.
  • Royals catcher of the future Salvador Perez was pulled from yesterday's game after one inning because of an unknown injury to his knee. Perez underwent an MRI after the game then traveled to Kansas City this morning, ESPN reports. Little to nothing is known about the injury--not even which knee he injured--a fact that has left manager Ned Yost concerned. The Royals signed Perez (he of the 158 career PAs) to a 5-year, $7 million contract on February 27.
  • Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard told's Todd Zolecki this morning that he had no timetable for his return from an achilles tear and post-surgery infection. Teammate Jimmy Rollins gave ESPN's Jayson Stark an incredibly glim prediction about Howard, stating he might miss the entire season:
  • "If you ask me, with this infection, I don’t know if he’s going to play this year"

  • Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry sprained his left wrist yesterday diving for a flyball, reports Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram. The sprain is considered to be mild but there is currently no timetable for his return. He is vaguely listed as day-to-day. If you're into schaudenfraude, you can watch the video here.
  • An MRI of Greg Dobbs' left leg on Tuesday revealed a partial tear of his hamstring, Joe Frisaro reports. The Marlins backup infielder is expected to miss at least a week of games.

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