SDI MD: Examining The Injury History of the New Texas Rangers
If you’re reading this, you survived.
The trade deadline that is.
Let me just start off by saying all of the anxiety, suspense, twitter refreshing, pacing around, nausea and vomiting WAS SO WORTH IT. The lineup speaks for itself, and they somehow got away with minimal damage.
JD is a wizard, Harry.
Beltran, Lucroy, and Jeffress. Welcome to Texas!
Now for the fun stuff, digging up the past! I’m not talking criminal records or creeping on an ex-girlfriend/boyfriend while at the bar with your buddies. (Why would you do that in the first place, get a grip man?) I’m talking INJURY HISTORY. DL stints. Surgery updates. Who, what, where, when and why!
PSA: These are just a few fun facts. I’m not a medically trained professional… YET. So, work with me here. Help me, help you.
Let’s begin. Shall we?
Carlos Beltran: Get the bubble wrap, this mans injury history is lengthy! (Note: I’m not going to go all the way back into Beltran’s injury history. The 39-year-old veteran has had a long career, so I’ll be sticking to a time frame of the last five years.) Concussions, bone spurs, and hamstrings. OH MY! In May 2014, the then 36-year-old discovered a bone spur in his right elbow that landed him on the DL for four weeks. Thanks to a cortisone shot, Beltran was able to avoid having surgery that could have kept him out of commission for at least 12 weeks. He had managed to steer clear of the DL since 2011 up this point. New York made him the designated hitter upon return until they were completely sure he wasn’t going to re-injure his elbow playing in his usual outfield position.
What is a bone spur? It’s bone growth on the joint, caused by stress to the bone and overuse of the elbow. That’s simplest terms. Sorry, that’s as English as its going to get right now.
Moving on! In a freak accident in July of 2014, Beltran was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after a ball off his bat rebounded off of the protective screen hitting him in the face during indoor batting practice. X-rays revealed two nasal fractures, YIKES! As a woman who has suffered 4-5 concussions in her life time, all I can say is ouch. I’d take breaking someone’s fall with my head over a ball to the face any given day. These injuries made the 2014 season his worst offensive season with NYY.
2015 saw him hit the 15-day DL for a strained left oblique (ribs). The 38-year-old Beltran was batting .260 with 7 HR and 30 RBI before this injury. 2016 has been pretty good to the now 39-year-old Rangers outfielder, minus a few days of rest in June after exiting the game with a hamstring issue (soreness). Let’s pray it stays that way!
Jonathan Lucroy: The All-Star starting catcher ended up on the DL for six weeks in April 2015 after suffering a fractured big toe when Zack Cozart fouled a ball off of his left foot. Due to this lingering injury, Lucory had a slow start to the 2015 season. After a four-day minor league rehab stint with Class A Brevard County, Lucroy returned to the Brewers lineup ready to get back to work.
Towards the end of the 2015 season, Lucroy suffered a mild concussion after taking a foul ball off his mask. He was considered day to day due to concussions being extremely unpredictable, which varied his recovery time. (I’ve had my fair share of concussions, so believe me!) At the time of injury, Lucroy was hitting .259 with seven home runs and 41 RBIs in 94 games.
Jeffress doesn’t appear to have an injury history, at least not any significant DL stints. (or I didn’t do my job well enough, to find the info….fire me)
I’m anxious to see how the rest of the season plays out with the newest additions to the Rangers organization. Hopefully, everyone stays off of the DL long enough, that they don’t wind up on next week’s injury report. (knocking on wood, so y’all don’t come back to this article and give me hell for it.)
55 games left. Let’s go!