MLB Injury Notes

May 11, 2009
Kansas City Closer Joakim Soria went on the 15-day DL because of a sore shoulder.  The move was made retroactive to May 8th.  Soria is seven for seven in Save opportunities, has a 2.08 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Juan Cruz will hold down the fort while Soria is out.  He has a couple Wins on the year, a 1.88 ERA, and 1.12 WHIP.  He’s not as nasty, as evidenced by his 6.91 K/9 ratio compared to Soria’s 10.38, but he should be a nice short-term solution for Soria owners or those looking for additional Saves.

The Angels could be adding not one, but two front end Starting Pitchers this week as both John Lackey and Ervin Santana are close to putting their elbow injuries behind them.  In two starts for Triple-A Salt Lake Lackey is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA and 0.72 WHIP.  He has 8 Ks in 9-2/3 Innings, with just one Walk.  Santana has made one start picking up a Win with a 3.60 ERA and 0.80 WHIP.  He had four Ks in 8 Innings with just one Walk as well.   

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw four scoreless Innings in his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket.  He has not allowed a Run in 6-2/3 Innings during his rehab assignment.  He has 5 Ks and 4 Walks, which has his WHIP at an unimpressive 1.50.  He will likely make one more rehab start before rejoining Boston.

Chien-Ming Wang will make his first rehab assignment start when he takes the mound for  Triple-A Scranton.  The Daily News is reporting he’ll throw 100 pitches, and if he looks good, he could rejoin the Yankees shortly.  Currently he’s sporting a 34.50 ERA and 4.83 WHIP.

There are several players with bumps and bruises right now.  There are just four games on tap today:

Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets
Cincinnati Reds vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants (Ryan Zimmerman Watch continues)

Everyone else will welcome the time off after a long stretch of consecutive games.

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