East Injury Notes: Jeter, Utley, Howard, Hudson, Stanton, Wang

The latest on big injuries from the AL and NL East:

  • Derek Jeter was scratched from Friday's lineup because of a sore left calf, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Though Jeter insists the injury is nothing to fret over, manager Joe Girardi has said Jeter will sit out at least until next Tuesday.
  • Time is running out for Chase Utley to be ready by Opening Day, writes Todd Zolecki at MLB.com. Nursing a chronic right knee condition (patellar tendonitis) that has plagued him the past few seasons, Utley has yet to play in a spring game and hasn't participated in fielding drills in weeks. Manager Charlie Manuel and GM Ruben Amaro remain optimistic, but seeing "2B- Freddy Galvis" on April 5 is seeming more and more likely.
  • More bad news for Phillies fans: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the target date for Ryan Howard's return from his Achilles surgery/infection has been pushed back to late May or early June, a month later than originally reported.
  • Heyman also tweets that Tim Hudson's return date is set for early May, but that some in the organization are worried that the 36-year-old veteran will try and push it and aggravate his surgically repaired back.
  • An MRI undergone by Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton yesterday revealed swelling in his left knee reports Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. Stanton, who has sat out since being hit in the left wrist on Sunday, said that he expects to be back in the lineup by Opening Day.
  • Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post weighs in on the Chien-Ming Wang's strained left hamstring, suffered yesterday while making a play at first base. After a three-year recovery from a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder, Wang was poised for a spot in the Nationals' starting rotation before yesterday's injury. No timetable has been set for his return.
  • Braves pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino has been scheduled for a Monday visit to elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Diagnosed with ulnar neuritis--the elbow's version of carpal tunnel syndrome--Vizcaino will see Dr. Andrews to make sure there is no damage to his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament), which he partially tore in 2010. Significant damage to the UCL is usually a precursor to Tommy John surgery.
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