Right hander James Shields, who is scheduled to start Game 1 of the World Series, struggled for several days with a health problem that was only revealed in a press conference after the Royals swept the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
The St. Louis Cardinals won 90 games and a National League Central division title this season, but lost in five games in the NLCS to the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals look to improve upon an offense which was 23rd in the Major Leagues in runs scored. One player that figures to be a big piece to the puzzle is center fielder Jon Jay, who had surgery on his left wrist. There are also injury updates on pitchers Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha.
Although Taijuan Walker was scratched from his Arizona Fall League start, MLB.com's Greg Johns is reporting that the Seattle Mariners top prospect is completely healthy. He has simply decided that he will not to pitch anymore this fall.
Right-hander Tim Lincecum didn’t go through a full workout Saturday because he woke up with a stiff neck, according to Alex Pavlovic. However, Lincecum is on the roster for the World Series and the Giants don't think his discomfort is serious.
Following his exit in Game 3 of the ALCS with shoulder tightness, concerns began about Kansas City Royals starter Yordano Ventura's availability for the remainder of that series. Now that he has had extra rest, Ventura is a sure bet to pitch in the World Series, which begins Tuesday night.
Kyle Zimmer has the talent to be the next star pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. He is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League and is showing why he is such a highly rated prospect as he leads the league with 14 strikeouts after his first two starts. Today he made his third start of the fall and lasted only one inning before being removed. Bernie Pleskoff is reporting that Zimmer's manager said he appeared to be 'tight' and didn't want to take any chances with him getting hurt.
Although he had never started a game in his major league career, Tanner Scheppers was named the Texas Rangers opening day starter to start 2014. Being named the day one starter was the high point of his season. He has hit hard in four starts and then moved back to the bullpen. Later elbow troubles, landed him on the disabled list.
When Alex Gonzalez is a team's best option to start at shortstop on opening day, it could be a long year at the position. But that is the situation that the Detroit Tigers were placed in when starting shortstop, Jose Iglesias went down with injuries to both shins that caused him to miss the entire season.
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoliwill
undergo surgery for sleep apnea on November 4 according to Rob Bradford of
WEEI.com. Despite missing significant
time in the 2014 season for injuries to his finger, toe and back, this is the
only surgical procedure scheduled.
The St Louis Cardinals suffered a loss to the San Francisco
Giants last night 6-3, ending their bid for the World Series. The Cardinals only won one of the five games
played during the American League Championship Series due in large part to the
oblique injury suffered by star catcherYadier Molina during game two Sunday.
The Texas Rangers struggled to 67 wins in 2014 and finished 31 games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. Injuries were a huge contributor to the dismal season which featured an offense that was 17th in runs scored and a pitching staff that was 28th in ERA. One player who was plagued with injuries was outfielder Alex Rios, who will become a free agent after the Rangers decline the option on him for next season.
Although the Houston Astros finished the 2014 season with a record of 70-92 and 28 games out in the American League West, there was marked improvement of the 51-win team of 2013. This off season the Astros look for ways to improve an offense that was 21st in runs scored and a staff that was 25th in ERA. One promising prospect who could help the Astros in the not too distant future is Carlos Correa, who is recovering from a broken fibula. The good news is that he's progressing well and should be recovered by spring training.
The San Diego Padres won 77 games this season despite finishing 30th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. The strength of the team was a strong pitching staff that ranked fourth in ERA at 3.27. One pitcher who hopes to bolster the staff even further is Josh Johnson, who is coming off Tommy John surgery. The good news is that Johnson played catch for the first time in five months.
The Oakland Athletics suffered a rash of injuries in the season's final months. Were they to have made the divisional round of the postseason it may have been hard for them fully fill out their roster. With many set to heal this offseason, Susan Slusser is reporting that utility man Stephen Vogt should be ready to go when the season begins.
The Detroit Tigers head into the off season having lost three straight to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS to end their season. The Tigers scored just 10 in their three games against the Orioles following a regular season in which they ranked second in runs scored. A problem the Tigers need to address is a staff that was 24th in the Major Leagues in ERA at 4.01. A pitcher who should help is reliever Bruce Rondon, who is expected to be ready for Spring Training after missing all season recovering from elbow surgery.
Yordano Ventura left in the sixth inning on Saturday as the Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles in Game 2 of the ALCS but the right-hander was optimistic that shoulder soreness would not keep him from making his next start. Now Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Ventura complete a bullpen session and could pitch today (Wednesday) if necessary. His next scheduled start would be Game 6 on Friday in Baltimore.
The Detroit Tigers head into the off season having lost three straight to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS to end their season. The Tigers scored just 10 in their three games against the Orioles following a regular season in which they ranked second in runs scored. On the injury front, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who has been dealing with ankle issues, could have surgery to remove a spur in his ankle.
The Detroit Tigers finished the 2014 season with a record of 90-72, first in the American League Central. Their season ended following a loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS, three games to none. The Tigers head into the off season looking to boost a pitching staff that was 24th in the Major Leagues in ERA. Another concern is the health of catcher Alex Avila, who suffered three concussions this season. Avila insists that he is not retiring, despite the increased risk of long term damage due to concussions.
Any injury to a pitchers hands or fingers usually means that the pitcher will be unavailable, but Janie McCauley is reporting that although San Francisco Giants reliever Jean Machi has a torn nail on his pinkie fingers he will still be able to pitch during the rest of the National League Championship Series.