MLB Injury Report: Ibanez, Halladay, Downs, Bedard

Jun 18, 2009
The bumps and bruises keep on coming.

NL MVP candidate Raul Ibanez was sidelined because of a strained groin.  Ibanez is enjoying his finest season hitting .312 with 51 Runs, 22 HRs, and 59 RBIs.  Matt Stairs (.289, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs) could see some additional along with John Mayberry, Jr., who was recently called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

AL Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay was also placed on the 15-day DL because of a groin injury.  The move was made retroactive to June 13th.  Halladay is 10-1 with 88 Ks, a 2.53 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP.  Brett Cecil (2-1, 4.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) will likely start for Doc until he returns on June 28th.

Toronto also lost Closer Scott Downs to a sprained toe.  Downs assumed the role when B.J. Ryan went down and has a 1-0 record with 8 Saves, 3 Holds, a 1.98 ERA, and a 0.88 WHIP.  Ryan has a 5.82 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP so he’ll likely be bypassed for the Closer role by Jeff Frasor.  Frasor has a 1.90 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 3 Holds, and 1 save.  It sounds as if Downs could be sidelined for a month or two so Frasor should be snatched up immediately or sooner.

Finally, the Mariners sent Iron man Erik Bedard to the 15-day DL because of a shoulder injury.  Bedard is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  The move was made retroactive to June 7th making him eligible to return on June 23rd if everything checks out with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who will take a look at him according to Jim Street of MLB.com.

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