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Spring Training injury roundup

Blue Jays' Stroman, Mets' deGrom questionable for Opening Day
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There was significant news on the injury front around Spring Training on Tuesday, with some key players sidelined as Cactus League and Grapefruit League action continued. The Mets are dealing with several injuries, with another pitcher added to the list. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays could be without their ace to open the season.

Here's a roundup:

There was significant news on the injury front around Spring Training on Tuesday, with some key players sidelined as Cactus League and Grapefruit League action continued. The Mets are dealing with several injuries, with another pitcher added to the list. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays could be without their ace to open the season.

Here's a roundup:

Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays
Stroman said on Tuesday that he has been feeling discomfort in his pitching shoulder since January, and an MRI revealed inflammation but no structural damage, prompting Toronto to shut him down as a precaution for now. The 26-year-old right-hander, who posted a 3.09 ERA in 2017, said he hopes to be back toward the beginning of the regular season if not Opening Day. More >

Jacob deGrom, Mets
deGrom has a stiff lower back, and the Mets are uncertain whether he will be available to pitch during the first week of the regular season. The 29-year-old right-hander eclipsed the 200-inning mark (201 1/3) for the first time last season, and has a career 2.98 ERA in four seasons for New York. More >

Video: deGrom hopes to win a World Series in 2018

Yoenis Cespedes, Mets
Cespedes wasn't in the Mets' lineup for games on Monday and Tuesday, and won't be back until Friday at the earliest as he nurses a sore shoulder. The two-time All-Star slugger said he deals with the same injury each spring after not throwing a baseball over the winter. Cespedes has missed significant time due to various injuries over the past two seasons, but when healthy, has posted a 134 OPS+ over that period. More >

Video: Cespedes on hurt shoulder, Smith on quad strain

Anthony Swarzak, Mets
Swarzak, whom the Mets signed this offseason to a two-year deal after he put together a career season in 2017, left Tuesday's game against the Astros with a calf injury. He said after the game that he felt a "grab" in his left calf while running to cover first base on a ground ball. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 2.33 ERA and 10.6 K/9 innings in 70 relief appearances between the White Sox and Brewers in 2017. More >

Video: HOU@NYM: Swarzak leaves the game with an injury

Yuli Gurriel, Astros
Gurriel was scratched from Monday's game with what was thought to be wrist soreness, but on Tuesday it was discovered that it's actually his left hand. The 33-year-old infielder is heading to Houston for further tests. He slashed .299/.332/.486 with 18 homers last season, his second in the Majors. More >

Video: ATL@HOU: Gurriel hammers a solo homer to left

Jake Burger, White Sox
Burger, Chicago's No. 10 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is expected to miss the entire 2018 season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon while running out a ground ball on Monday. A first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, the 21-year-old third baseman slashed .263/.336/.412 with five home runs in 51 games between Arizona Rookie level and Class A Kannapolis last season. He said Tuesday that he will undergo surgery to repair the injury on Thursday. More >

Video: Burger discusses his season-ending Achilles injury

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
As he continues rehabbing from left knee surgery, Pedroia has begun swinging a bat and taking ground balls. He could start taking batting practice as early as next week. The 12-year veteran will open the season on the disabled list for the first time in his career. More >

Video: Pedroia talks about his health, Red Sox roster

Sean Manaea, Athletics
Manaea was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday due to tightness in the middle of his back. Minor back issues are nothing new for the 26-year-old left-hander, who has occasionally experienced them over his first two MLB seasons. He posted a 4.37 ERA in 29 starts for Oakland in 2017. More >

Video: Outlook: Consistency key to Manaea taking next step

Daniel Murphy, Nationals
Murphy continues to make progress in recovery from offseason knee surgery. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday that the three-time All-Star has advanced his running program. More >

Video: Murphy talks about his rehab from knee surgery

Matt Adams, Nationals
Adams was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a blister on his right foot. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said he'd like to keep the 29-year-old slugger out of action for a few days. More >

Video: Adams' impact on Nationals lineup in 2018

 

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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