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Stephania Bell (11:03 AM)
Good Morning Sports Nation! I'm back in Bristol and after a little R
Jeff (Mountain View CA)
Stephania, Die hard Giants, 49ers, and Sharks fan here! I have been proposed a trade that would give me Mark DeRosa. I know he hit a couple HR's this week but what is your opinion on the wrist injury? Is he out of the woods or do you see this being a potential problem going forward? Thanks a lot!
Stephania Bell (11:07 AM)
Jeff: Since I just left my hometown of Mountain View a couple days ago, I had to start with you! Love all the same teams of course. Well, here's the thing with DeRosa. I said in my blog a couple weeks ago that I thought his return immediately after the All-Star Break was optimistic (for which I promptly got called out by a reader) - but it WAS optimistic b/c the tendon sheath has not healed. WEhat DeROsa has done in his first few games back has been impressive, especially since even he says he can feel the tendon slipping around and knows he will have surgery as soon as the season is over. The key is as long as he feels the instability but not pain, he thinks he can produce. My concern is that if there is enough repetitive friction as that tendon slides around, he may have a setback. So take your chances if you like. Clearly he's productive now, but understand he's not 100%.
Sounds like good news that Reyes was involved in that simulated game. What's his ETA?
Stephania Bell (11:09 AM)
Michael: You speak for many when asking about Reyes. Well, yes it's good to see him active - but when a player says out loud (as Reyes did this week) that he does not think he'll be 100% this year but he just plans to have to learn to play at 80%, it's not particularly encouraging. Reyes has a history of lingering soft tissue injuries and I don't believe he'll be at full speed this year. He may come back, but he won't get you the same number of steals b/c he won't have the same speed or confidence.
Berkman on 15 day DL will this take care of the calf or will it be longer than the 15 days?
Stephania Bell (11:12 AM)
Ross: As always, muscle strains are unpredictable. When the Astros initially said he'd only miss a few games, even though he had a Grade 2 strain, I didn't quite buy it - and as it turns out - he wasn't. I think it's likely that he returns to a pinch-hitting role in the 15 days, but not sure whether he'll be immediately ready to play the field. Of course, as you know, these things fluctuate daily depending how a guy is feeling in rehab, but that's my sense of it now.
Is there any reason to still be worrying about Grady Sizemore?
Stephania Bell (11:16 AM)
Joe: Well, I think knowing he's headed for surgery in the offseason and knowing it could flare anytime has to remain a cause for concern. THat being said he continues to plough through, but it seems that the elbow is hindering him to some degree. I think if it starts to become a pain issue again they'll back him off in order to avoid another extended (DL) absence.
Stephania - What is the latest on Geovanny Soto?
Stephania Bell (11:18 AM)
Bob: Well it's not such good news. Remember when he went out that all the indications were a minor oblique strain? Hitters, especially in the case of minor strains tend to come back more quickly - and I honestly thought we'd see him by now. But surprisingly he's not yet swinging the bat - so it might be into August before he returns.
What's the story with Inge's knees? 75% tear and excruciating pain sound bad, and although it is admirable to play through the pain, decreased production doesn't help me win in fantasy.
Stephania Bell (11:21 AM)
Brendan: I've got to agree with you - this sounds extreme. My understanding is that the tear is in his patella tendon which attaches the quadriceps muscle to the shin bone. If that ruptures you are completely disabled - and hard running, or more likely rapid deceleration, can further injure this. I would have no confidence in playing him right now.
Wes (North CA)
NORTH CA IN THE CHAT! Someone just dropped Peavy in my league and was wondering if he was worth a look for the playoffs. Not even sure it is worth it. What say you?
Stephania Bell (11:23 AM)
Wes: Where in northern CA??? Well your southern CA guy Peavy is still a risk in my book. Although the team (and really Peavy more so) is optimistic, there's no way they rush him back. Despite the tendon appearing to have healed, it takes quite some time to get strength and full mobility back after being in a boot. Peavy thinks his arm will be ready before 10 weeks, but putting the whole package together may be more complicated. If you have room to stash him, fine , but I wouldn't waste a spot.
Voodoo (Van Nuys, CA)
How will Nelso Cruz perform with the fractured ring ringer? He's already been in the starting line up, got a couple hits, and executed head first dives in stealing 2 bases! Will he still hit for power??
Stephania Bell (11:25 AM)
Voodoo: COnsidering that Monday he was having trouble gripping the bat, this has been a pleasant surprise. His willingness to dive may be the biggest indicator that he is not concerned about the finger. So as of right now I would speculate that he only gets better over his next few games.
Hi Stephania! Any news of Carlos Beltran? Any ETA, or should we write him off for the rest of the season? And what about Webb? Thanks.
Stephania Bell (11:27 AM)
Ricky: I would not plan on Beltran. A recent MRI (during All-Star break) showed insufficient healing to allow him to return to baseball activity. Still in pool, on bike, limited weight-bearing. Sounds a long way off to me - so far off there's no timetable.
Stephania Bell (11:28 AM)
As a follow-up, don't have anything new on Webb today - but he is reportedly trying to work back towards making a couple of September starts - not something I would rely on at this point.
Hi Stephania: Jason Schmidt, is he really over his injury and are there any subtle observations in his motion that would tip us off?
Stephania Bell (11:30 AM)
Chris: This is my take on Schmidt. Great that he's been able to get back on the mound - result of a lot of hard work and persistence in the face of numerous setbacks. But his velocity is not there- and might never be. Much will depend on how he can adjust to his shoulder as it is now. Can he be a finesse pitcher and still produce wins?
How's Torii Hunter doing? Still on track to return Aug. 1st? Any reason to be concerned with him for the rest of the year?
Stephania Bell (11:32 AM)
Zach: TO answer your question, yes, he appears on track to return 8/1. Bizarre injury though - initially reported as a hip abductor, then more of a "side" strain, then oblique? It's a little fuzzy to me based on the reports I've been hearing. But Hunter says he feels a lot better than he did when he injured it although he's still sore, so they'll take it slow.
Redd (River Valley)
Hi Stephania! Given their recent injuries, who would you rather have on your team Nelson Cruz or Carlos Quentin?
Stephania Bell (11:34 AM)
Redd: Cruz - and it's not close. I've already seen what Cruz has done in a couple days - and Quentin - who I believe is trying hard to be there for the team - is still having soreness in his foot. Not sure he can go full games consistently, may be rested periodically - and they're just hoping it doesn't get worse. This is a chronic condition, very hard to treat in-season, so I'm not overconfident right now.
Hi Stephania - SF transplant to DC. Do Doumit's 3 homers in 2 games mean his wrist is good to go? Thanks for all the great info!
Stephania Bell (11:37 AM)
Matt: Welcome to the east coast. I think Doumit has proven that the wrist issues are mostly behind him. The Pirates handled his situation very well, forcing him to take a little longer to come back than he wanted, but ensuring that he was not rushing after what is a pretty delicate surgery.
Follow up on Quentin: with rest in the offseason, can the foot be 100% by training camp next year? Thanks.
Stephania Bell (11:38 AM)
Brody: Good question - no guarantees. There is high variability with this condition so it's always hard when I'm not actually seeing the athlete. Sometimes they require surgery, although the risk is more scarring which is not great for the foot. Many times it's extensive rest along with proper exercise and some sort of foot support, limiting the stress imposed by running or explosive movement, so a few months off can be extremely helpful.
Mitch (South Beach)
Stephania, when do you expect Delgado back?
Stephania Bell (11:41 AM)
Mitch: Ahhh, South Beach - lucky you. Delgado is at least swinging a bat and doing some infield practice, but his return is not aorund the corner. Mets are saying AUgust - but not when in August. Remember, Delgado had problems with the hip for a long time before surgery so I suspect he's got some arthritis there and it will not be a perfect hip, although it will be much improved. May dictate a slower return as well. I would expect them to ease him back in - maybe pinch hitting at first? And really, they will likely adjust his workload based on how he responds so hard to predict - far from a sure thing.
I think you should just call your chats the NY Mets crisis hotline.
Stephania Bell (11:42 AM)
Brad - I was thinking the same thing...
Shaun Marcum good to go or bad idea?
Stephania Bell (11:45 AM)
Brandon: As I said this week in my blog, I really like his progress post-TJ surgery. We usually expect a guy to take 2 years to return to form but it doesn't mean they won't have some good production before then. He is probably a decent pickup to stash on your bench (knowing he is expected to return in August) but temper your expectations early. It's a gamble - but one with upside based on how he's looked so far.
Reading conflicting reports on Slowey, when can he be expected back?
Stephania Bell (11:47 AM)
Andrew: Well, it's not a totally smooth ride for him. What looked to be encouraging on Monday did not look so good after Wednesday's session (when Slowey himself said the wrist didn't feel so good). This puts the entire process into question b/c depending on how he feels, may push rehab starts back (he is slated for one Saturday but you never know) or may mean more rehab starts before he returns. Cautiously optimistic is where I'd rate his status now.
Is Ryan Dempster going to be fine or should I bench him the first few starts?
Stephania Bell (11:49 AM)
Brandon: I think Dempster will be in good shape. Not only has his toe felt great, his latest X-ray showed excellent healing so there is no real reason to be worried. They had talked about him coming back as soon as Sunday - that now appears like it won't happen but he could return mid-week so if you have a daily lineup check his status - but I wouldn't wait on him.
Thoughts on Gordon for the rest of the year? He still doesn't look right - this guy was suppose to be the savior!
Stephania Bell (11:51 AM)
Yantzy: Patience, patience. Hip surgery is far more extensive than people realize - and the Royals should be credited with not trying to press Gordon to much initially. No matter how much you do in actual rehab, or rehab starts, the true "final phase" of rehab is on the playing field in the majors. He will have to test his hip in multiple ways and each accomplishment gets him past one more hurdle. I think by mid-August you'll see him improving.
Stephania, hearing good news about Gil Meche but I've heard that before... What's your evaluation? Love the chat!
Stephania Bell (11:55 AM)
Hi JD: Thanks for coming! I think there's reason to be encouraged - but also cautious. Back problems are always at risk for recurrence - and since Meche needed an epidural injection, the pain had to be fairly severe. The good news is that the injection seems to have helped and he has been throwing in anticipation of a possible Monday return. Keep in mind that he was having some dead arm symptoms before the back problems too - but the rest may have helped the arm also. I still think I'd wantto see how he fared in his first outing before I committed him to my lineup - it's possible he gets two starts next week but we may not know for sure until Sunday.
With Glaus on rehab, when do you see him returning, and what kind of playing time should/will he get when he gets to STL?
Stephania Bell (11:57 AM)
Mike: Glaus' situation does not look great to me. They put him in the outfield but he still is not 100% throwing. Now he's having back spasms. I'm just not confident that he's got any guarantee of regular playing time this year period.
Jesse (New Milford, CT)
Heard anything about Dice-K lately? When will he be back and will he contribute in that crowded BoSox rotation?
Stephania Bell (11:59 AM)
Jesse: Well, they're certainly keeping close tabs on him in Boston - and they brought him back for a recent checkup - but he'll stay in FL for a while as he continues to work on a throwing program. Last I heard he was at 120' meaning he's got a ways to go before he gets to hard throwing. Meaning we don't have an estimated return date we can look at just yet.
Hi Stephania, thanks for the chat. Any news on Vladdie? Think he'll be relatively safe at DH?
Stephania Bell (12:02 PM)
B: Well, we know when he comes back it will ONLY be at DH. Here's the thing - even as DH you have to run the bases when you get a hit. Given that he's had the hamstring and some other vague posterior knee strain, I'm not convinced that he will be fully healthy (and remember the pec injury although that's much improved and won't be stressed since he's not throwing)I'm not confident he's 100% - doesn't mean he can't be extremely productive, but it means I cross my fingers every time he takes off out of the batter's box.
Stephania Bell (12:03 PM)
Sorry - I hate to go b/c the questions continue to be excellent, as always with this great Friday chat crowd. Please come back next week - and we'll do it again. Have a happy and healthy weekend!