Mariners prospect Danny Hultzen shut down with more shoulder problems

Leave a comment

Last week when Danny Hultzen was scratched from a Triple-A start with shoulder problems for the second time this season the Mariners insisted it was merely an “irritation” and a “minor setback.”

They can call it whatever they want, but Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the former No. 2 overall pick will be completely shut down for at least 10 more days before potentially resuming a throwing program. In other words, he’s weeks away from possibly seeing game action again even in the best-case scenario.

General manager Jack Zduriencik also told Johns that the Mariners “are going to make some adjustments to his routines … to look at a little bit of his mechanics.” Hultzen was seemingly on the verge of a call-up before last week’s injury, going 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 31/7 K/BB ratio in 29 innings at Triple-A, but now the 23-year-old left-hander’s season might be in jeopardy.

Adam Eaton sustains leg injury after tripping over first base

Getty Images
5 Comments

Nationals’ outfielder Adam Eaton was carried off the field after stumbling over first base on Friday night. In the ninth inning of the Nationals’ 7-5 loss to the Mets, Eaton appeared to catch his ankle on the bag as he ran out an infield single, suffering a leg injury on the fall. He was unable to put pressure on his left leg after the play and required assistance by two of the Nationals’ athletic trainers as he exited the field.

Eaton is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, but Nationals’ manager Dusty Baker told reporters that it “doesn’t look too good.” It’s the first significant leg injury the outfielder has sustained since 2014, when he went on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. He’ll likely be replaced by Michael Taylor in center field for the next couple of games, though that could be a temporary fix as the Nationals seek a better solution during Eaton’s recovery process.

Madison Bumgarner likely sidelined through the All-Star break

Getty Images
1 Comment

It’s been just over a week since Giants’ left-hander Madison Bumgarner got a serious scare after a nasty dirt bike accident. He escaped with bruised ribs and a Grade 2 strain of his left shoulder AC joint, but there was some speculation that the injuries would cause a significant, if not permanent, setback in the southpaw’s career. Thankfully, things aren’t looking quite so bleak today. Not only will Bumgarner not require surgery, but he could return as soon as the week following the All-Star break, the Giants said Friday.

Of course, that timeline is wholly dependent on how smoothly the recovery process goes, so nothing is set in stone yet. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic estimates 2-3 months of rest and rehab, including “two months before he can get back on the mound and then another three to four weeks of throwing and rehab starts before he’s big league-ready.” It’s a long and laborious schedule, but still looks much better than any surgical alternative.

Prior to the accident, Bumgarner was working on a solid start to the 2017 season. He maintained a 3.00 ERA, 1.3 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 through 27 innings with the club, though his average 1.75 runs of support per start fed into an 0-3 record.