Mike isn’t the only Ranger taking a knee. Star second baseman Ian Kinsler joined the catcher on the bench. Ian is reporting back stiffness. He suggests there is no reason for concern and is shutting down just to be safe. The injury was said to come from Friday’s game in which Kinsler made an awkward pivot during a double play.
Let’s switch leagues and head back east to the New York Mets. Third baseman David Wright is getting cortisone shot in his rib to help speed up his recovery. The team hasn’t reported to when they might think he can get back on the field. In addition to infield injuries, lefty reliever Tim Byrdak is shutting down for some time after being diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee, so the Mets will be in the market for a replacement.
While on the topic of knee meniscus, and a guy who has none left in his right knee, shoe-in future HOFer and Atlanta Brave third baseman Chipper Jones is reporting troubles during his spring training efforts. The 41 year old is trudging through yet another painful year in the game. Jones has jokingly said “I don’t know if I can make it through this year.” In 2011 Chipper played 126 games despite some time on the DL after a knee injury. Chipper says he will play when he can and let manager Freddie Gonzalez know when he can’t.
The St. Louis Cardinals are riddled with injuries as guys like Allen Craig, Chris Carpenter, and Carlos Beltran are reporting some major and minor setbacks. The Nationals are still nursing star outfielder Bryce Harper back to health as he has not been in the starting lineup for the fifth day in a row for calf stiffness. Finally, Cincinnati is still working out issues with newly acquired closer Ryan Madson as he described elbow discomfort after reporting to Arizona for Spring Training. Baseball has been in full swing for ten days now and the regular season doesn’t start for three more weeks; leaving plenty of time for healing and recovery, or possibly further injury.