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Injury roundup: Howard, Nix, Madson and more

Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:29 pm
Ryan HowardBy C. Trent Rosecrans

There is no timetable for Ryan Howard's return to the field after he suffered an infection near the site of his Achilles injury, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters on Sunday.

Howard is currently in a walking boot and fighting the infection with antibiotics. Howard will keep the boot on his left leg for the next week to 10 days.

"Once we're comfortable with where the infection is at, we can be more aggressive with his rehab," Amaro said (

In other injury news from around baseball on Sunday:

• Phillies outfielder Laynce Nix is limited to pinch-hitting and DH roles while he deals with tightness in his hamstring. Nix is expected to be in competition for the Phillies' job in left field, but Philadelphia is being cautious with him. The left-handed Nix is also expected to play some first base in Howard's absence. []

• New Reds closer Ryan Madson has a "minor" elbow injury and hasn't appeared in either of the Reds' first two spring games.

"He has a little irritation in his arm," manager Dusty Baker said ( "The doctor looked at him today. Hopefully he will be all right in the next couple of days."

• David Wright will sit out at least the first two games of the exhibition season with pain in his left ribcage. Wright is still working out with the team, but the team is being cautious.

"We're going to hold him out until he's asymptomatic," general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters. [New York Times]

• Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez will rest his shoulder two more days before determining when he can return to the mound.

"I want to make sure everything is fine," Sanchez said (Palm Beach Post). "We're early in spring training, no reason to rush. I want to make sure nothing is bothering me."

He felt soreness in his should after a bullpen on Friday.

• Plenty of injury news from Rays camp -- left-hander Matt Moore threw off the mound for the first time in more than a week on Saturday, and on Sunday said he felt "normal." The left-hander had suffered from a lower abdominal strain and expects to throw again Monday and batting practice on Thursday. He could appear in an exhibition game as early as next weekend. Third baseman Evan Longoria said his bruised right hand should be good enough for him to play Tuesday, if not Monday. First baseman Carlos Pena and DH Luke Scott will take BP on Monday and expect to play as soon as Tuesday, but at least sometime in the coming week. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Giants reliever Dan Runzler will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on how to treat his strained lat muscle. Runzler's initial diagnosis has him out three-to-four weeks. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:39 am

Injury roundup: Howard, Nix, Madson and more

Rosencrans is just another of a long list of terrible jokes that call themselves CBS journelists. Layne Nix? Battling for a starting job? Seriously? First of all, once Howard returns, Mayberry will be the principle left fielder. No platoon unless he proves that he cannot hit right handed pitchers at all. In the meamtime, Mayberry will get most of the AB's at 1st base with Thome getting an occasional start there. As far as Nix pushing anyone, he may not even make the team. Personally, I think Dominic Brown has a very good shot at getting one of the backup OF spots and the other could very well be either Pierre or Podsednick who could both fill in in Center should the Flyin Hawaian need a day off. Nix is nothing but a journyman with very limited value. Yes, he had a very good 1st half last season, but completely became useless in the 2nd half.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:44 am

Injury roundup: Howard, Nix, Madson and more

I dont understand how people get paid for this.. Mayberry and Nix hit 32 HR combined last season and both feast on opposite handed pitchers. Its a platoon situation with Mayberry getting by far the majority of at bats. I would evaluate your sources more because as other comments already indicated you cant be both in FLA and AZ and your info is inaccurate. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:00 pm

Injury roundup: Howard, Nix, Madson and more

Hey, Rosencrans, write about what you actually know and don't speculate when you don't really know.  Anybody watching the Phillies in Clearwater have a much better report on what's really happening than you do.  Wait a minute!  Your last three baseball entries before the Laynce Nix one have been about teams training in Arizona-- Rockies, Giants/D'Backs, and Brewers.  Are you even near a Spring Training site or are you just scanning the wire and putting your spin on somebody else's reports?  How does any reputable writer post entries about Spring Training news without even being in Arizona or Florida in March?

Anyway, Laynce Nix came to Spring Traning with almost no shot of taking the starting left field job from John Mayberry.  First, Mayberry is a right-handed hitter and the Phillies need to balance the middle of their lineup with a righty in the starting eight.  Second, Nix has a lifetime OBP that clocks in 40 points below Mayberry.  With a team that needed to be more selective at the plate, Nix wasn't the answer -- his 2-year, $2.5 million contract should have told you that.  Third, Nix has taken the majority of his fielding practice (before this injury) at first base because of the team starting the season without Ryan Howard.  Finally, Nix is 30-year old career journeyman joining his 5th team in ten seasons and brings a career .244 average.  Do you really think he's in competition for the starting LF job?  Do your homework, big guy.  This is embarrassing.

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