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There have been multiple injuries to high-profile players early in the season. Some, like Derek Jeter, are on their way back. Others, like Angels’ ace Jered Weaver, will still be out for a while. Beginning with Weaver, let’s run through news on the injury front that could shake up the early part of the season.
Jered Weaver, the Angels ace and hard-throwing right-hander, is expected to miss at least four weeks after breaking a bone in his non-throwing elbow. He has been placed on the 15-day DL and that left manager Mike Scioscia scrambling to fill the big gap in his pitching staff. Weaver spoke about his injury on Tuesday.
Big news on the NL Central injury front: Cardinals closer Jason Motte faces reconstructive surgery on his right elbow if his condition does not improve within the next three weeks. That’s not good news for a team who’s already without pitcher Chris Carpenter and shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season. Carpenter has had ongoing issues with his neck, shoulder, and arm. Furcal was lost due to elbow surgery.
Another injury that could shake up the already wide open AL Central is DH Victor Martinez of Detroit. He cut his thumb during an at-bat during Sunday’s 7-0 loss to the Yankees, requiring eight stitches. He was not in the lineup during Tuesday’s win over Toronto. His return is currently listed as day-to-day.
One injured star is on his way back to form. After sustaining an ankle injury in last year’s ALCS, Derek Jeter will be taking cuts at batting practice today. He is not expected to return before May, but he is slowly on his way back. He is starting to take part in drills again and feeling better each day, and as a Yankees fan, (sorry everyone) that’s something I am very excited to see.
Now to the part you’ve probably been waiting for: Brewers news. On the subject of injuries, Aramis Ramirez and Chris Narveson have both been placed on the 15-day DL. Narveson suffered a sprained finger on his throwing hand while warming up in the bullpen yesterday. Ramirez sprained his left knee while sliding into second during Friday’s 3-1 loss to Arizona. Also, Corey Hart is making slow progress recovering from knee surgery and he was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Due to this move, Hart is not able to return until the end of May.
(Chris Narveson (Above), Aramis Ramirez (Below))
One win over the last week has dropped the Brew Crew into dead last in the NL Central. Their only win came on Monday at Wrigley in the opener in the Cubs series, 7-4. Tonight, the Brewers finish off the series with the Cubs, with Kyle Lohse making his first appearance as a Brewer. He will be facing Scott Feldman, who lost his only start of the season at Atlanta on Friday. Other games in action tonight include the Reds and the Cards battling for the top spot in the NL Central. Also, the Rockies travel to San Francisco to face the Giants. Finally, the White Sox travel to Washington for the only interleague game of the day.
World of Sports
I may be one of those people who falls asleep when someone turns on golf, but now that March Madness is over, the next big event in sports is starting down in Augusta tomorrow afternoon. It’s time for the Masters and Tiger is the heavy favorite to come away with another green jacket. Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are also consensus favorites.
Trevor Uitenbroek, Assistant Sports Director