This is my (Joe Janish’s) totally unofficial list of pitchers who suffered some kind of arm ailment while in spring training in 2017. Generally speaking, a pitcher went on this list when he was taken off the mound for 2-3 or more days due to some kind of arm discomfort.
The purpose of this list is to a) get an idea of how many pitchers are injuring their arms; and b) track these pitchers through the 2017 season and see if more serious injuries develop.
There are a few pitchers with asterisks next to their names; relevant notes follow the list. As the season progresses, I hope to post similar notes in future blog posts when updated information pertains anyone on this list.
I tried my best to separate out the pitchers who are rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery, as it is common for rehabbing pitchers to suffer discomfort. See any mistakes? Did I miss anyone? Help me out in the comments.
Huston Street (Angels) – tricep irritation, lat strain
Collin McHugh (Astros) – dead arm
Sonny Gray (A’s) – Moderate lat strain
Mauricio Cabrera (Braves) – elbow soreness
Armando Rivero (Braves) – shoulder discomfort
Alex Reyes (Cardinals) – TJ surgery Feb. 16
Jake Barrett (Diamondbacks) – shoulder inflammation
Brock Stewart (Dodgers) – shoulder tendinitis
Will Smith (Giants) – left elbow sprain, strain, TJ surgery expected
Cody Anderson (Indians) – UCL sprain, TJ surgery on March 27
Shae Simmons (Mariners) – Forearm strain
Tony Zych (Mariners) – recovering from October 2016 biceps injury
Jeff Locke (Marlins) – biceps tendinitis
*Steven Matz (Mets) – elbow soreness
**Zack Wheeler (Mets) – elbow soreness
Nick Lee (Nationals) – non-displaced fracture of elbow
Chris Tillman (Orioles) – shoulder discomfort
Christian Friedrich (Padres) – lat strain
Jered Weaver (Padres) – dead arm
Andrew Cashner (Rangers) – biceps soreness
Chi Chi Gonzalez (Rangers) – partial tear of UCL, received stem-cell injection
John Fasola (Rangers) – torn UCL
Brad Boxberger (Rays) – lat soreness
Kevin Gadea (Rays) – elbow tendinitis
David Price (Red Sox) – forearm and elbow soreness
***Tyler Thornburg (Red Sox) – arm fatigue
Homer Bailey (Reds) – bone spurs removed from elbow February 8th (TJ surgery May 2015)
Anthony DeSclafani (Reds) – UCL sprain (confirmed via MRI)
Austin Brice (Reds) – elbow discomfort / ulnar nerve inflammation
Chad Qualls (Rockies) – forearm soreness
Rayan Gonzalez (Rockies) – UCL injury, will have TJ
Trevor May (Twins) – UCL tear, had TJ March 22
Ryan O’Rourke (Twins) – flexor pronator mass strain
Carlos Rodon (White Sox) – upper biceps tightness
Dalier Hinojosa (Phillies) – shoulder soreness
Jason Stoffel (Pirates) – shoulder discomfort
A.J. Cole (Nationals) – triceps tenderness
Jordan Schafer (cards) – forearm pain, forearm tightness, will have “Seth Maness” elbow surgery
Logan Ondrusek (Orioles) – elbow pain, was the see Dr. Andrews, released before he could
Devin Williams (Brewers) – UCL tear, getting TJ surgery
Jon Edwards (Padres) – forearm tightness – UCL “worn”, received stem cell / PRP June 2016
Corey Black (Cubs) – UCL tear, had TJ surgery in Feb or March 2017
* Matz is coming off what is considered a “routine” surgery of having a bone spur removed from his elbow. He’s on this list because I do not believe his issue is related to the surgery, but rather, to a problem with his mechanics. Further, Matz was enjoying a solid spring with typical velocity until he allowed five runs over four innings in a game against the Miami Marlins. After the game, he told the team’s athletic trainers his elbow had been sore before his start.
** Wheeler did have TJ surgery in 2014, so, it could be said that he’s still rehabilitating from it — even if he did throw one minor league inning in 2016. Dozen of this, 12 of that.
***Thornburg has also been reported to be experiencing soreness in his throwing shoulder due to the Red Sox offseason shoulder program. Acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the offseason, Thornburg explained that the Boston offseason workout program was much more extensive than the Brewers, according to the Providence Journal.
**** Brice has been dealing with ulnar nerve inflammation for much of the last month. He first felt it at the beginning of March after doing an exercise with a medicine ball, but tried to pitch through it. That didn’t go well.
“I was basically throwing through knives in my elbow trying to get a feel for it,” Brice said. “I had no clue where the ball was going.”