The Doctor Is In: Dr. Bombay’s Next Look At The MLB Disabled List
The Doctor still takes many calls related to MLB’s 10-day disabled list, as there are many fantasy owners who are not happy that so many players are placed on this list, creating quite an issue on their team’s rosters. The Doctor will not comment on team’s use of this new rule for 2017. However, there is one related rule that the Doctor is very much in favor of: the 7 day DL for concussions. Let’s take the case of New York Yankee outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. He has been on the disabled list with a concussion and neck sprain since May 25. Since that time, Ellsbury has been feeling the effects of the concussion, having off and on headaches as well as other symptoms of that issue. He has recently just started to work out with the Yankees Double-A affiliate in Trenton, tracking fly balls and taking a round of outdoor batting practice after hitting indoors.
As we have seen in football, and other sports, head injuries are nothing to mess around with. This leads me to my father’s day related story on this issue. About 20 years ago, I took my son to our annual pilgrimage to Cooperstown for the weekend activities for the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. For some reason, my six-year-old son wanted to wear his Troy Aikman football jersey. Not wanting to make a big fuss, I didn’t argue and we proceeded to the sleepy little village and stood in line to meet Yankee catching great Yogi Berra. While Yogi was autographing our baseball, he looked up and noticed the jersey. He then asked me:”That’s the Aikman’s kid jersey, isn’t it?” After I confirmed that it was, Yogi said to me, “I’m glad he retired, getting hit in the head so many times can make you cuckoo.” Even then, many knew what we are learning about more and more often: you cannot mess around with head injuries.
Let’s move on and look at few guys on the current disabled list who could make a valuable contribution to your team, via the waiver wire or by trade.
JAMES SHIELDS, SP, CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Is scheduled to start today at Toronto. Shields did not have a great 2016 season but got off to a solid start this season, posting a 1.62 ERA in three appearances.
HOMER BAILEY, SP, CINCINATTI REDS
Bailey had elbow surgery in February and has been working toward a late June reactivation. So far he’s made two starts in the minors, with a scoreless 64 pitch performance in Pensacola on June 9. Bailey started for low-Class A Dayton on Wednesday, throwing six shutout innings, giving up just one hit while striking out six. He threw 74 pitches. If he stays on schedule, he could be ready for the late June series against the Nationals.
JON GRAY, SP, COLORADO ROCKIES
The Rockies pitcher has been on the DL since April when he broke his left foot on the mound in San Francisco. Gray pitched four scoreless innings in a minor-league rehab start for Single-A Lancaster on Wednesday night. He struck out five batters and threw 36 strikes among his 55 pitches. Gray will next start for Triple-A Albuquerque in Sacramento on Monday, with a pitch count limit around 80. The Rockies will then decide if Gray will start next week at Los Angeles or pitch again in Triple-A.
A.J. POLLOCK, OF, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Pollock is scheduled to play five innings for Triple-A Reno on Saturday after being out for more than a month with a groin injury. He was batting .299 with 2 home runs, 26 runs scored with 11 stolen bases before the injury. The hope is that Pollock will get at least 10-15 at-bats in the minors before being considered for a return to Arizona.
JEAN SEGURA, SS, SEATTLE MARINERS
Segura is expected to start a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Tacoma. Before the injury, Segura was batting .341 with 20 runs batted in and seven stolen bases. When Segura does come back, he’ll likely return to the leadoff spot despite the recent success of Ben Gamel. If all goes well, it’s likely he’ll be activated from the disabled list early this week when the Mariners start a homestand against Detroit.
ZACH BRITTON, RP, BALTIMORE ORIOLES
After throwing a simulated game, Britton will pitch the first inning of Opening Day for the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the Orioles’ short-season Class A affiliate. The plan is that Britton will follow his outing in Aberdeen with two appearances at Class A Delmarva and one at Double-A Bowie. Britton was a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities last year and had 5 saves this season before being sidelined with the injury. The hope is that he will return in late June or early July.