It may be the trade deadline in baseball, but there is certainly no cutoff for injuries. Another week in baseball yields another set of ailments.
New York Yankees
• After losing third baseman Alex Rodriguez for more than a month to a broken bone in his hand, it would have been a huge blow for the New York Yankees to lose their other corner infielder for an extended time. Thankfully for them, it appears that will not be the case.
First baseman Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees quite the scare when he developed pain in his left wrist, first on a swing and a miss Sunday night before further aggravating it during a diving play Monday, according to ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand. Initial X-rays were negative, and an MRI on Tuesday revealed no specific structural damage, just inflammation, according to the team. Teixeira received a cortisone injection and will be re-evaluated in three days.
In the absence of a specific structural issue, which is more likely to be soft tissue (tendon, ligament, cartilage) than bone given the mechanism of injury, the primary concern is the presence of any fluid in the joint that takes up space in an already compact area. The fluid can block normal motion of the joint, causing pain. It's worth noting the injury is to Teixeira's left wrist and that he first felt the pain when batting right-handed -- similar to the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, although not as dramatic. The wrist joint in the bottom hand is subject to far greater movement toward the pinkie or fifth finger side during a bat swing than the top hand. (The motion is known as ulnar deviation because the hand is deviating toward the medial forearm bone, the ulna.) Any decrease in available motion in this direction, whether due to inflammation or tissue damage, can cause sharp pain when swinging the bat, particularly near full extension.
In Teixeira's case, the hope is that the cortisone and a few days of rest will resolve the wrist inflammation and that he will be able to resume swinging a bat soon. It appears there will be no potential move to the disabled list until Teixeira has a follow-up evaluation.
San Francisco Giants
• The display of flexibility by Pablo Sandoval last Tuesday as he performed a full split to complete a double play at first base was an awesome sight, until he stood up. Sandoval was clearly uncomfortable as he gingerly walked off the field. An MRI confirmed a left hamstring strain, and the team was initially hopeful that a few days of rest would do the trick. But as is often the case with these injuries, a DL stint was determined to be the best course of action to prevent this from lingering into potential pennant race time in the National League West.
The good news is he has already been spotted playing catch, and it doesn't appear as if this injury will keep him out for an extended time. Sandoval already missed more than a month this season after surgery for a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Still, hamstring injuries being what they are, the only way Sandoval will know it's behind him is once he has returned to play successfully without a setback (see Matt Kemp of the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers). His first eligible date of return is Aug. 10, so expect to see him resume running in the days prior.
• Miami Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison is on the DL with inflammation in his right knee, but the big question seems to be whether he'll return this season. At least that's a question Morrison has raised, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Morrison has had chronic troubles with his knee since last year. Tendinitis in the knee led to a platelet-rich plasma injection, but persistent symptoms resulted in December surgery. Arthroscopic surgery, an option in cases where chronic changes in the patellar tendon, which anchors the quadriceps muscle to the shinbone, result in ongoing discomfort, was performed with the expectation that Morrison would be ready to participate in spring training. He did participate intermittently but was never quite 100 percent healthy throughout the spring. In fact, he has never truly appeared to have overcome the issue this season, receiving regular rest to manage the pain and balance his struggles at the plate. As for what awaits him next when it comes to treatment, it is a bit unclear. Morrison has hinted at surgery, but that is not a foregone conclusion.
No matter what the course of treatment, given that he has not been able to get past the issues with his right knee over the past six months, it would stand to reason that he will not suddenly improve in the next two. While he may improve sufficiently after some extended rest to return on a limited basis, don't be surprised if this is the last we see of Morrison in 2012.
• One guy we know won't be coming back this season is Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts. Roberts, who has missed the better part of three seasons due to injury (2010: back, concussion; 2011: concussion; 2012: concussion, hip), will undergo surgery to address a torn labrum in his right hip. Roberts made his 2012 debut June 12 after a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation process post-concussion. Less than a month later, he sustained the injury to his hip.
Roberts attempted a rehab effort in the hopes he could return to finish out the season, but his first minor league rehab outing changed his mind. Depending on the extent of the procedure, the rehab process could take the bulk of the offseason and into the spring. There has been no suggestion that Roberts intends to end his career, but the cumulative injuries could force his hand.