Daryle Ward (and maybe Micah Hoffpauir) gets a shot
It looks like a DL stint
is in the Wardosaurus' future. The Cubs premier bat off the bench
apparently injured his low back when he took a tumble at first base
during spring training and it just kept hurting. This makes more sense regarding his slow start as he was
0-14 as a pinch hitter until his recent run of three game changing
His back pain persisted so an MRI yesterday was obtained and diagnosed a herniated disc.
He's agreed to get an epidural cortisone injection to treat this. The
treatment means a few days of rest (ie. no baseball activities) and so
expect another Iowa callup, most likely power hitting lefty 1B-OF Micah Hoffpauir.
The lumbar spine has 5 bony segments or vertebrae connected by discs
which are made of fibrous tissue (the annulus fibrosis) filled by
softer gel like material (tha nucleus pulposus). When a disc herniates,
the fibrous tissue usually tears and the gel like center of the disc
pushes through the tear in the annulus, leading to pressure on
the nerve tissue nearby. Disc herniations
occur most frequently at the two lowest levels labeled by their
vertebral segments (L4-5 and L5-S1, after the 5th lumbar segment is the
Treatment is based on the severity and the pattern of
pain. The term radicular is used if a nerve root is pinched and produces pain
or numbness that radiates down the leg (also generically called
sciatica, after the sciatic nerve which is formed from the most common nerve roots
involved in disc herniations at these levels) and if the nerve roots that are pinched control a muscle, weakness such as a dropfoot can occur. If the pain doesn't radiate into the leg (non-radicular) it's only lower back pain that results.
Since they want the speediest of recoveries, it appears they are going to give D. Ward an epidural steroid injection (cortisone shot, aka ESI). The epidural space
is the anatomic space just outside of the sac where all the nerve roots
are contained (the dura). Putting cortisone there theoretically works
on the inflammation/swelling produced by the disc herniation and if it
works, which it certainly can, should relieve the pain. It probably won't
get rid of the herniated disc but it's the symptoms that count as not
all disc herniations cause back or leg pain.
Of course there
are other treatments that will be used to treat this including the
usual non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and specific back
related exercises particularly strengthening abdominal muscles but the
acute flare up needs to be addressed first and this involves a few days
of rest. If there is no leg pain or weakness, it's unlikely that surgery will be involved.
Here's to a speedy return for a professional hitter.
(drop) footnote: Micah Hoffpauir was 2-4 last night for Iowa including a 3 run HR and 5 rbi's. If you hear a knocking sound out there Micah, it's Mr. Opportunity.
hopefully the fans stay respectful and don't lower themselves to the type of scum that were heckling hunter pence...
Careful what you tweet regarding KB - he’s reading and he’s pissed! I kinda like seeing KB hot under the collar - very out of character for him.
For those of you who did not see the game....
Kris Bryant's first inning HR off Chase Anderson was a towering fly ball that was a bit wind-aided, but not unlike what you might see at Wrigley Field. The line single had a lot of top-spin and fell in front of the left-fielder.
Here are some of the velo readings for the Cubs pitchers:
NOTE: Nibbled too much, but he did strike out Eric Thames with FB/SL combo.
looked like a good one from the box score. i've been out all day, back home now, and ready to take in my first televised game of the spring (HOU/WAS).
is o.de la cruz still considered a starter or is he transitioning to the pen? looks like he put in a solid inning pulling up the end of the game.
First 2019 Cubs MLB Cactus League game today. This is my 42nd year of Cubs Spring Training (first one was in Scottsdale in 1978).
HAGSAG: No word yet, but don't be surprised if guys like Rademacher, Martin, and Torrez end up in Mexico or in independent baseball.
A number of former Cubs minor leaguers and big leaguers (INF Arismendy Alcantara, C Sergio Burruel, INF Dustin Geiger, INF-OF Junior Lake, RHP Yoanner Negrin, OF Felix Pie, RHP Armando Rivero, INF Issmael Salas, OF Dave Sappelt, and RHP Carlos Zambrano) played in the Mexican League last year, and INF-OF Logan Watkins just signed with Tijuana after playing indy ball in 2018.
E-MAN: Mike Olt signed a 2019 minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins last month.
Don’t see BJ signed to any club yet. Mike Olt, however, played AAA for the Red Sawx last year. Anyone hear if he is resigned?
Has anyone heard if any of these past Cubs minor leaguers have found a team..Mazonni, Rademacher, D. Torrez, Coghlan or Trey Martin?
HAGSAG: The pecking order for minor league field assignments is:
It hasn't been announced yet, but I would expect either D'Angelo Jimenez (DSL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach) or Enrique Wilson (DSL Cubs #2 Hitting Coach) to replace Michael Carter as AZL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach, with Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach with DSL Cubs #2) replacing either Jimenez or Wilson.
Glad to see Mark Johnson get a promotion if that is what it is.
it's now 79-83 since the brews signed moosetacos, btw...
2/25 split squad cubs/dodgers game has been picked up to be televised (dodgers feed) ..cubs also playing SD the same day (radio only)
neither cubs sat/sun/mon/tues/wed/thurs games are televised.
lame...very very lame.
first televised game is friday march 1st unless something changes (@Dbacks on the ARZ feed).