Dr. Joseph Hecht gets us up to speed on the Cubs injury front...
Mid July, a time to assess the walking wounded, and not all of them are even walking. Rotoworld.com has a nice link
with all MLB players on the disabled list in a team-by-team format. Doing some simple math, here are the league leaders:
Healthiest/Fewest players on the DL:
Padres (1) Termel Sledge OF
Diamondbacks (2): Randy Johnson SP, Jeff DaVanon OF
Indians (2): David Delucci OF, Aaron Fultz RP
6 teams have 3 players on the DL including the Brewers (Bill Hall, Elmer Dessens, Corie Koskie), Red Sox (includes Matt Clement), Pirates, Rockies, Astros and Giants.
The KC Royals have ten and the A’s have nine. Next come the Cubs, Yankees, Mets, Marlins, Orioles and Nationals, all with eight on the DL.
Of course some injuries are more devastating than others. Last year’s loss of Derrek Lee is the best example of that. Some are more dramatic, such as when Astro SS Adam Everett
ran into Carlos Lee, breaking his leg. Other players almost live their careers on the DL. Yes there are non-Cubs who live on the DL such as Carl Pavano and AJ Burnett.
Notables with ex-Cub connections that are on the DL include: Matt Clement (Red Sox), Moises Alou (Mets), Rondell White (Twins), Ricky Nolasco (Marlins), Steve Trachsel (Orioles), Freddie Bynum (Orioles), Todd Wellemeyer (Cardinals), Jon Lieber (Phillies), Tom Gordon (Phillies), Edward Campusano (Tigers), Micah Bowie (Nats)
Cubs on the DL
(with time to return estimates):
—latissimus muscle strain (soon, on rehab assignment)
—rib oblique muscle strain (1 week)
—medial forearm muscle strain (several weeks or longer)
—cervical disc herniation (7-10 days, surgery seems less likely)
—thoracic muscle strain and previous shoulder labrum surgery (August, soon to resume rehab assignment)
—biceps tendonitis (early August, soon to begin rehab assignment)
—scapula/shoulder fracture from car accident (September at soonest)
—Bankart shoulder surgery (out for season)
Considering our sorrows of 2006, even though our DL list is pretty full, it seems that we’ve done something different this year to survive the injury load. Maybe even Jim Hendry tired of waiting for his players to come off the DL.
The good doctor (known as Cubster in the comments) also breaks in this morning with a few more updates
from this morning's papers.