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Injuries?  You want injuries?  Well, good sir (ma’am, Donkey from Shrek, Borg or whatever), you’ve come to the right place. 2014 is no stranger to the maimed, sick and downtrodden.  If the 2014 baseball season were a movie, it would be a combination of Outbreak, Hostel, Saving Private Ryan and The Fan (man, that sh*t was terrible). The All-Star break is just a few weeks away, so here are some players hitting the DL or coming off of it that you need to be keeping an eye on…

Bryce Harper, Nationals: Clearly all that Call of Duty paid off.  Harper’s original timetable of July 1 is looking more and more like a real possibility.  Apparently he put on some kind of hitting spectacle at batting practice this week and and deemed himself “ready to go”.  If there’s even the slightest chance his owners aren’t up-to-date on the news, now may be the final opportunity to buy low on the D.C. Kid.

Francisco Liriano, Pirates: Liriano insists that he is making rapid progress in his recovery from an oblique injury.  That’s great and all, but let’s try to make some rapid progress in your ERA recovery.

Wilson Ramos, Nationals: Ramos is an old friend of this column.  In fact, he should probably start buying stock in it with how much his name appears on here.  The Nats catcher has been sidelined with a hamstring injury but hit a homer in Saturday’s rehab game.  He should be activated from the DL this Thursday, which is the first day he’s eligible to do so.  He’s got tremendous power and this DL stint may have actually been a blessing in disguise for owners, as the extra time off could only help in the healing process from his early season hamate bone surgery.  Now, stay away from here, Wilson!  Go!  Shoo!

Brandon Belt, Giants: Got his boot removed and has been taking batting practice.  Belt?  Naw.  More like Bootstrapless Brandon.

Drew Pomeranz, A’s: A breakout season for the A’s lefty turned into, well, just a break.  The “Dumb Ass of the Year Award” goes to Drew Pomerzanz.  Oh, excuse me, it’s pronounced “doo-mahws”.

Shane Victorino, Red Sox: Had a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but John Farrell says it’s nothing to worry about.  I can see Farrell’s nose growing by the second — and I live in California!  I wouldn’t roster Victorino if my life depended on it.  Flyin’ Hawaiian?  More like Crash-landing Hawaiian.

Corey Hart, Mariners: If he can avoid any setbacks, Hart should be able to return around the first or second week of July.  For someone so injury-prone, wearing sunglasses at night seems like an unnecessary hindrance, though, doesn’t it?

Juan Uribe, Dodgers: Expected to be back in the Dodgers lineup either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Was slashing .303/.331/.454 before hitting the DL on May 21.  Owners in deep OBP leagues could do worse.  He’s only 10 percent owned on ESPN.com.

Clay Buchholz, Red Sox: The Boston righty has been on the DL with a phantom knee ouchie.  Rumor has it that Red Sox trainers treated his injury with some bactine and a Hello Kitty band-aid, but he was denied a sour apple lollipop afterward.  Buchholz — and his 7.02 ERA — should join the Sox rotation at some point this week, although the date hasn’t been determined.  Yep, the Red Sox seem okay with losing at this point.  Hello, Andrew Wiggins!!  Oh, wait…

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  1. ram says:
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    The Sox DO seem OK with losing, I can’t believe they are putting this clown back in the rotation with Workman and DeLaRosa going so well. Even if fragile Clay pitches well, it will only be for about a month. He is maddening, literally.

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @ram: I really do never understand why teams do this? They feel loyalty or cuz they paid them big money? Its guaranteed money, dont see any reason to remain loyal. I am similarly peeved when managers “back” their closers even thought they suck.

      Clint Hurdle has “no doubt” Jason Grilli will return to closer role? But why? Hes sucked every time you put him in there and Melancon has been great. Its almost like they DON’T want to do what works for fear that it will make them look bad.

      Those kinds of teams will never do well cuz they’re managers hold them back

      • james says:
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        @SethDaSportsMan:

        I am fine with the closer thing… Grilli has been amazing for two years, and he really has not been terrible this year (4 era is high, but small sample size as always for closers). Saying that a guy who has been an elite closer for a few years should be able to reclaim the job makes sense. With the small sample sizes, short outings and constant outings (a releiver could show up 60-80 times in a season), means that you need to just move on and keep going if you have a bad night. I am fine with a little coddling there (i agree it goes to far sometimes, but for Grilli i do not think it is misplaced).

        For Clay, it is a matter of a GM not wanting to admit the signing was a bad move. The kid has been fragile forever. He was amazing last season, so i think there is a hope he can return to that level. The reality for a guy like Workman, is if everything pans out, he is still a mid to late rotation guy… why not roll the dice if you are bad on the guy who could be an ace.

        • SethDaSportsMan

          SethDaSportsMan says:
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          @james: yes, or De La Rosa too. Putting Doubront back in rotation is just as bad. Buchholz is prolly better than Doubront, which is pretty sad

  2. wOBA the Hutt says:
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    RE: Belt Why’d he have a boot on for a broken finger? I’m not so sure his Doctor is a real Doctor…

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @wOBA the Hutt: lol my bad! Nice catch. Meant brace. Its so hard to keep up with all these injuries and health-promoting apparatuses these days

      • wOBA the Hutt says:
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        @SethDaSportsMan: No worries, I suppose he could have gone to a hoedown and got stuck in his boots. The DL does get boring.

  3. Leifer maddness says:
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    is there any word nolon arenado?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Leifer maddness: still looking like All Star break for him. He still can’t catch ball with injured hand and hasn’t swung a bat yet

  4. Ben R says:
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    Shawshank Redemption reference! Cool.

  5. fausto says:
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    What about a one Wil Myers? Take a flier? Redraft league.

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @fausto: only if you got a DL spot open or plenty of bench space. He probably won’t be back till very late August at the minimum

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