With about one month before catchers and starting pitchers report to Spring Training, some MLB players will have to wait on the sidelines before making their first appearance as they are recovering from serious injuries and will need more time to recover and be ready to play for their respective teams.
It is important to know which players will not be ready for training camp as to avoid drafting them too early when you participate in a fantasy baseball draft. Below you will find a second list of 10 players whose injuries warrant to be monitored.
Part 1 can be found here.
Logan Morrison, 1st baseman/outfielder (Miami Marlins)
Morrison, who is recovering from right knee surgery, is taking a very cautious approach during his rehabilitation. He is expected to start running activities in two weeks and will not my ready for Spring Training. LoMo, who suffered the worst season of his career as he posted career lows in average, on-base percentage and slugging, is looking to bounce back for the depleted Marlins this season. Monitor his situation as he might not be ready for Opening Day.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3rd baseman (Washington Nationals)
Zimmerman had shoulder inflammation during the entire season, so he elected to have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in October. Despite the injury, Zimmerman hit .282 with 25 home runs and 95 RBIs for the surprising Nationals in 2012. Zimmerman should be ready for Spring Training so feel free to draft him accordingly.
Neftali Feliz, starting pitcher (Texas Rangers)
Two weeks ago, Feliz threw for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. Before being converted to a starter last summer, Feliz was the 2010 American League Rookie of the Year as the Rangers' closer with 40 saves. Avoid him this season as he will not return before the All-Star game and he doesn't know whether he will return as a starter or a reliever.
Colby Lewis, starting pitcher (Texas Rangers)
Lewis was the Rangers' Opening Day starter in 2012 and was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts before being placed on the disabled list on June 26 with tendinitis in his right forearm. On July 27th, Lewis underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon. While his recovery is going very well, Lewis is not slated to come back to the Rangers' rotation until June 1st. Monitor his rehabilitation closely as he is worth a last-round pick if you're looking for depth.
Joakim Soria, reliever (Texas Rangers)
Soria, who underwent Tommy John surgery (his second) on April 3, 2012, is currently rehabbing his elbow in Arizona. The hard-throwing reliever is currently throwing long toss and probably won't go off a mound until the end of February. While he is hoping to be available by the end of May, Joe Nathan is not the closer in Texas, so Soria will only return as a set-up man with the Rangers. He is not worth the headache, so avoid him on draft day.
Victor Martinez, catcher/1st baseman (Detroit Tigers)
In January 2012, while working out in the off-season, Martinez tore his left ACL and was forced to miss the entire 2012 campaign. After over a year of rest and rehabilitation, GM Dave Dombrowski confirmed today that the 34 year-old Martinez will be ready to start the season. With Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder batting ahead of him in the Tigers' lineup, Martinez makes for a very interesting pick-up at catcher as some GMs might forget about him come draft day.
John Danks, starting pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
Danks had his 2012 cut short after just nine starts due to shoulder soreness that eventually led to surgery on August. 6. The usually healthy Danks is optimistic that he will be ready for Opening Day after making much progress during his rehabilitation. He began throwing off the mound in early January and has increased the number of pitchers each session. Prior to last season, the southpaw had four straight campaigns of at least eight wins and 170 innings pitched.
Derek Jeter, shortstop (New York Yankees)
The 38-year-old Jeter underwent surgery to repair a broken left ankle in October after going for a ground ball. The veteran removed his walking boot shortly after Christmas and was walking without a limp shortly thereafter. The veteran is currently on pace to be ready for Opening Day as he is already taking ground balls and hitting in the batting cage.
Michael Pineda, starting pitcher (New York Yankees)
The 24-year-old Pineda missed all of the 2012 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in May to repair an anterior labral tear of his pitching shoulder. Pineda began tossing from a half-mound last week and he is currently on pace to return to action by June or July for the Yankees. Avoid him on draft day, but monitor the waiver wire once he returns to see how he performs.
Alex Rodriguez, 3rd baseman (New York Yankees)
The 37 year-old Rodriguez underwent surgery on his left hip on January 16 and was initially expected to miss approximately six months of action. The surgery could even prevent ARod from playing during the entire season and it is the reason why the Yankees signed veteran Kevin Youkilis to replace him at the hot corner. ARod struggled mightily during the postseason, when he went 3-for-25 (.120) with 12 strikeouts against the Orioles and Tigers. Avoid him, as there are better options at third base this season.
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