Not just a UCL: Zack Wheeler had been pitching through a torn tendon since last year


The other day Zack Wheeler was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, ending his season and no doubt calling for Tommy John surgery. But Marc Carig of Newsday reports that he had other problems too: a torn tendon in his elbow dating back to last year, along with calcification in is elbow.

The tendon tear caused him pain but, according to doctors, was not likely to get worse with pitching, so it was just a matter of Wheeler enduring pain. In the offseason Wheeler underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy in hopes it would heal, but it didn’t work.

So yeah, this kid is seriously physically messed up.

Justin Turner could be headed back to disabled list

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner could be headed back to the 10-day disabled list after aggravating a groin injury during Sunday’s game against the Brewers, David Vassegh reports. Turner initially suffered an adductor muscle injury before the All-Star break. He pinch-hit on Saturday and started Sunday afternoon for the first time since July 11. However, he lasted only three innings before exiting the game.

Turner, 33, didn’t make his season debut until May 15 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a spring training game in mid-March. In 192 plate appearances this season, Turner is hitting .259/.354/.398 with five home runs, 20 RBI, and 21 runs scored.

The Dodgers have been starting Max Muncy at third base in Turner’s place and that figures to be the case should Turner need to go on the disabled list. The club also recently acquired Manny Machado from the Orioles. He could potentially play some third base while Turner is out.