Players on the rebound seems to be the theme for today's injury news. In spite the recent influx of Tommy John surgeries and certain freak occurrences, several other key players are on a clear path to recovery.
In today's list: 13 players, 9 teams
Key Injury Updates
- The Tigers are optimistic that third baseman Miguel Cabrera will return to the squad in time for opening day. The Detroit slugger fractured the orbital bone under his right eye last week when he took a ground ball to the face.
- David Wright completed a full pre-game workout for the third consecutive day yesterday, a big step in his recovery from a strained ab muscle. The Mets third baseman could make his Grapefruit League debut as early as next Tuesday if all goes as planned.
- Another player likely to make his return next Tuesday is Rangers starter Neftali Feliz, who has been battling tightness in his right shoulder. Feliz worked off a mound Saturday, throwing 27 pitches at 70-80%, and is expected to throw another bullpen today.
- Yoenis Cespedes was pulled midway through the A's exhibition matchup vs the Yomiuri Giants this morning after experiencing cramps in his left quad. It's likely that he'll miss tomorrow's game against the Hanshin Tigers.
- Andres Torres is still battling a left calf strain and does not appear to be progressing. The Mets center fielder's injury has forced the team to recall Matt den Decker from minor league camp in case Torres is not ready for opening day.
- Angels reliever Bobby Cassevah, who has yet to throw this spring because of right shoulder inflammation, may have to start the season on the disabled list for the second straight year. Cassevah is hoping to be cleared to throw off a mound Monday but is likely to find himself on the DL if he cannot.
- Angels backup outfielder Jeremy Moore will undergo surgery on his hip Monday to repair a torn labrum. Moore had sat out all the spring with the injury. Recovery time is expected to be three to five months.
On The Mend
- Mets outfielder Scott Hairston is making rapid progress from his oblique strain and the team now hopes he will be ready for opening day. Hairston is likely to start in a Grapefruit League game midweek. Hairston's return would make the lingering Torres injury much less of a concern.
- Nationals sluggers Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche will undertake more baseball activities this week. Morse, who received a PRP injection in his strained lat last week, will try throwing on Monday after taking an entire week off. LaRoche has been cleared to run his bruised left foot around the bases and should see game action by midweek.
- Indians manager Manny Acta is confident that closer Chris Perez will be in the bullpen opening day. Perez, battling an oblique strain, threw an inning in a minor-league game Saturday and experience no ill effects.
- Nick Hundley, who has been sitting out a week with a sore side, returned to action on Saturday. The Padres catcher wen 0-for-3 but said that he felt good regardless.
- Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong will make his first Cactus League appearance of the spring on Monday. The righty has missed all of spring with back soreness but had a painless outing in a minor-league game on Friday.