The Minnesota Twins struggled to their
fourth consecutive season with 70 or fewer wins. Despite an offense that ranked seventh in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the team was let down by a staff that was 29th in the Major Leagues in ERA. Moving forward, the Twins have some good young prospects,
including Byron Buxton,
who missed much of the season due to injuries. Bad luck continues for
Buxton, who was diagnosed with a dislocated finger he suffered while diving for a ball in the AFL.
Boston Red Sox phenom outfielder Rusney Castillo
has a bruised thumb, and it is possible that he has played his last game of 2014. Alex Speier of WEEI in Boston has reported that Castillo remains sidelined one full week after getting jammed during an at bat in the Arizona Fall League. He may possibly miss the end of the AFL season and possibly even the Puerto Rico Winter League games.
The Minnesota Twins struggled to their fourth consecutive season with 70 or fewer wins. The downfall of the team was a staff that was 29th in the Major Leagues in ERA. There were some bright spots, which included an offensive output that was 7th in runs scored. Moving forward, the Twins have some good young prospects, including Byron Buxton, who missed much of the season due to injuries. Bad luck continues for Buxton, who injured his wrist after diving for a ball in an AFL game.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain seemed to hurt himself beating out an infield hit in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday night (video here and below). It's not clear if he was injured during that play, because, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Cain has battled leg issues for 2-3 weeks. Cain says he's improving and will be ready for Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night.
After a taking a Mike Fiers fastball to the face in September, the future of Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton looked in jeopardy. He would go on to miss the remainder of the season but the Associated Press is reporting that Stanton has declared himself healthy and ready for a regular offseason workout routine.
New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia
had surgery Friday to repair a bilateral sports hernia reports Mike Vorkunov of The Star Ledger and NJ.com. Familia will need a few weeks to recover, but he should report to Spring Training on time in February.
With one week left in his six-week shoulder rehab program, New York Mets third baseman David Wright
reports very steady progress with no setbacks. Although not officially placed on the disabled list, Wright sat out the final 21 days of the season with a sprained left shoulder, and he has spent most of the time since then getting that shoulder back into shape. It appears that he will report to Spring Training in 2015 healthy and ready to play.
Chicago Cub fans, do not fear. The shutdown of shortstop Addison Russell
has nothing to do with injury. The Cubs simply felt that he needed some rest. Therefore, Thursday's contest with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League was Russell's last game of 2014.
The Cardinals have known for a while that right-hander Adam Wainwright's elbow was not 100%, and the team already planned to limit his work in 2015. After seeking a second opinion, Wainwright had a surgical procedure on his right elbow on Friday, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. UPDATE: 10/24/2014 5:15 p.m. The Cardinals clarified that it was cartilage around Wainwright's elbow, not his ligament, that was cleaned up.
Royals second baseman Omar Infante has been dealing with shoulder pain for months now and according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, began taking oral doses of the pain-killing drug Toradol during the ALCS. As noted by Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, Toradol is both powerful and controversial.
Generally regarded as the best hitter on the planet, two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery to repair bone spurs in his right ankle and a stress fracture in his foot, reports Chris Iott of mlive.com. The Tigers announced that the first baseman will be reevaluated in late January, about three weeks before the start of spring training.
The Minnesota Twins struggled to their fourth consecutive season with 70 or less wins. The downfall for the Twins was a pitching staff that was 29th in the Major Leagues in ERA at 4.57. The offense was a bright spot, ranked seventh in the league in runs scored. One player who could make an impact next season is Chris Colabello, who played much of the season with an injured thumb, which is scheduled to be examined.
The Oakland A's won 88 games during the 2014 season, but lost in the AL Wild Card game to the Kansas City Royals. The A's were fourth in runs scored and third in ERA. Injuries were not a major factor this season, as six players appeared in over 120 games. There were some injury concerns though, as Brandon Moss battled hip injuries, but word has it he is recovering nicely from surgery and should be running in a few months.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won 94 games and the National League West division title in 2014, but lost to the Cardinals in the NLDS in five games. Entering the off season ranked sixth in the Major Leagues in ERA and runs scored, the Dodgers have little to do this winter to improve the team other than stay healthy. On the injury front, pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and should be ready by Spring Training.