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The MLB Injury Report

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The amount of injuries are piling up as the 2016 regular season comes to a close. This injury report will be covering Wilson Ramos, Stephen Strasburg, Johnny Cueto, Corey Kluber, and Steven Matz.

Wilson Ramos

On Monday night the Washington Nationals lost 14-4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Nationals‘ starting catcher Wilson Ramos had to leave the game in the 6th inning after jumping to catch a ball coming in from right field.

Ramos immediately fell to the ground once his foot was planted and his worst fears have come true. Wilson Ramos has torn his ACL once again. Ramos had torn his ACL in the same knee back in 2012 and it sidelined him for almost the entire 2012 season.

This will put an end to Ramos‘ best season so far, Ramos had an offensive explosion this year. He produced a batting line of .307 AVG/ .354 OBP/ .496 SLG with 22 home runs.  Wilson Ramos missing the playoffs this season is a big problem for Washington.

Backup Jose Lobaton will probably end up starting for the Nationals now, however, Lobaton has dealt with a right ankle injury which has limited his playing time this season.

Steven Matz

On Tuesday the New York Mets informed the media that starting pitcher Steven Matz will need to have a season ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow.  Matz has already been out since mid-August because of a left shoulder injury.

Steven Matz was having a very successful start to the 2016 season, Matz opened up the year by going 7-1 with a 2.36 ERA. However, due to injuries Matz started to struggle. Since June Matz went 1-7 with a 4.81 ERA.

The Mets have decided to have the surgery done immediately to give the rookie as much time to heal for next year. The Mets will likely move forward with their current rotation (Syndergaard, Colon, Gsellman, and Lugo) should they make the playoffs.

Corey Kluber

Cleveland Indians‘ starting pitcher Corey Kluber injured his groin in Monday night’s win against the Detroit Tigers. The Indians‘ ace only lasted 4 innings before leaving the game due to the injury.

Kluber got an MRI on Tuesday morning while the Indians were still waiting for the test results to come back. Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said before Tuesday’s game that:

“He was a little stiff, but not overly tender, so I think that gives you some reason to be optimistic.”

Kluber’s MRI results came back and he is expected to miss 7-10 days due to a mild sprain in his quadricep muscle. Their starting rotation has already lost Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco so if the recovery takes longer than expected, losing Kluber could be the nail in the coffin for the Indians‘ playoff run.

Stephen Strasburg

The Washington Nationals were hopeful that starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg would be able to return for the playoffs but now that seems unlikely. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Strasburg is unlikely to return in time for the National League division series.

Strasburg had been sent to the DL for a strained flexor mass back in August and now his time frame for return has increased. One Tuesday he did throw from about 90 feet on flat ground, but that is still a far cry from being able to starting against the Dodgers in the NLDS.

The Nationals will likely be down to a 4 man rotation for their series against the Dodgers. If they can beat the Dodgers and move on to the NLCS then, Strasburg may be able to return to the rotation.

Johnny Cueto

Giants‘ starting pitcher Johnny Cueto has had an injured groin and was recently scratched from his expected return against the San Diego Padres last Sunday. However, manager Bruce Bochy said in a press conference on Tuesday that Cueto’s bullpen session went well and he is scheduled to pitch Thursday’s game against the Colorado Rockies

This is good news for the Giants because they are currently battling for the second NL wild card spot and having their 2016 Cy Young candidate back on the mound helps their chances. Cueto has had a remarkable 2016 season, posting a record of 17-5 with a 2.79 ERA.

The Giants will need Cueto to return to business as usual and continue his dominating season to secure their spot in the playoffs.