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Friday, December 19, 2014

Royals Injury Update: New signing Kris Medlen not expected until second half


The Kansas City Royals head into this winter after a very successful 2014 season that left them just short of their first World Series championship since 1985.  In attempts to push them over the hump, the Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Kris Medlen, who is coming off Tommy John surgery. The benefits of the signing will not be immediate, though, as Medlen is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.

Athletics Injury Update: Stephen Vogt expects to be ready for Opening Day


The Oakland Athletics head into the winter looking to add some finishing touches to a team that won 88-game and secured a wild card playoff spot. Although they lost in the Wild Card Game, the A's were excellent all season, ranked fourth in runs scored and third in ERA. On the injury front, Stephen Vogt should be ready for Opening Day, despite being slightly behind in his rehab from foot surgery.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marlins Injury Update: Derek Dietrich hurts ankle in winter ball


The Miami Marlins won 77 games this past season and finished near the middle of the pack in runs scored and ERA. One move that should improve the Marlins was the signing of Dee Gordon. On the injury front, backup infielder Derek Dietrich injured his ankle and ended his Winter League season on Tuesday.

Indians Injury Update: Jason Kipnis has finger surgery


The Cleveland Indians head into the winter coming off an 85-win season, good for third in the American League Central. At 11th in the league in runs scored and 14th in ERA, the Indians look to improve in both areas to help them reach the post season in 2015. One player who needs to step up is second baseman Jason Kipnis, who underwent finger surgery and should be ready for the start of next season.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rays Injury Update: Jake McGee will miss start of season following elbow surgery


The Tampa Bay Rays look to improve this winter on a team which won 77 games this past season. At 27th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, offense is the major area of concern. The Rays were solid on the mound, ranked 13th in ERA. On the injury front, left-handed reliever Jake McGee will miss the start of the season following elbow surgery. It's a key early season loss for the Rays, as McGee was excellent in 2014.

Mets Injury Update: Matt Harvey's first start may be pushed back to home opener


The New York Mets won 79 games this past season behind a pitching staff that was ninth in the Major Leagues in ERA. Although improving the offense this winter should be a priority, the Mets are spending the early stages of this off season considering the the health of Matt Harvey, who is looking to return to form following Tommy John surgery which cost him all of 2014. It appeared a few weeks ago that Harvey would be put on an innings limit next season, but now that will not be the case.

Pirates Injury Update: Jameson Taillon aiming to throw off mound in January


The Pittsburgh Pirates head into the off season after a successful 88-win season and an appearance in the National League Wild Card game. At 10th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and eighth in ERA, the Pirates have plenty to build on. One young player who could have an impact at some point next season is pitcher Jameson Taillon, who has made progress following surgery this past April and should be ready to throw off a mound in January.

Rangers Injury Update: Matt Harrison hoping to throw in January


The Texas Rangers look ahead this winter to improving the club which won just 67 games this past season. Injuries played a major part in the brutal season, as only four players appeared in over 120 games and no pitcher made 30 starts. One pitcher who lost most of the season was Matt Harrison. The good news is that he's hoping to throw in January and should contribute next season.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Nate McLouth expects to be ready for spring training


The Washington Nationals head into the winter coming off a 96-win season and an advancement to the NLDS. At ninth in runs scored and first in ERA, the Nationals appear to need little this off season to improve the club. On the injury front, outfielder Nate McLouth expects to be ready for spring training after undergoing shoulder surgery in August.

Braves Injury Update: Nick Markakis to have neck surgery Wednesday


The Atlanta Braves are coming off a 79-win season and finished a distant 17 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East. The pitching staff appears to be solid for next season, but the Braves need to improve on an offense that was 29th in runs scored. One move that may help the Braves is the signing of outfielder Nick Markakis, pictured below with the Orioles. The bad but unsurprising news is that Markakis will undergo neck surgery tomorrow.

 
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