What Will Spring Training Injuries Mean to Teams and Odds?

Astros pitcher Collin McHugh

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:14 PM GMT

Every spring training teams are inflicted with various injuries. Some matter more than others and their true impact is not known until we see how their replacements do in game situations. 

Here is a look at the various injuries that have occurred to players and what it might mean the short and long term to the teams are affected.

Pitcher Collin McHugh, Astros - The right-hander has suffered what is listed as a "dead arm", meaning his velocity and feel for pitches is off and might start the year on the DL. These injuries do occur and McHugh does not figure to miss more than two starts, which would have minimal impact on Houston. If this would persist, this could affect the Astros since he is their No. 2 starter.

 

Catcher Tom Murphy and 1B Ian Desmond, Rockies - On March 14, Murphy suffered a hairline fracture of the right forearm and the next day Desmond had a left-hand fracture. That took two regulars out of the Colorado starting lineup and both are expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks. Both have power bats that will be missed but the drop off will not be extreme at those positions.

 

Pitchers Alex Reyes, Cardinals and Will Smith, Giants - Right off the bat, St. Louis coaches realized Reyes was not right with a huge drop in velocity and no sharpness to breaking pitches. Reyes was supposed to be a breakout starter for the Cards and instead will miss entire season needing Tommy John surgery.

Smith had emerged as San Francisco left-handed setup man, but he has fallen prey to Tommy John and is lost for the season. Unless somebody steps up for both the Giants and Redbirds, this could make them more vulnerable against the MLB odds.

 

Pitcher David Price, Red Sox - Coming off his worst season from ERA perspective in eight seasons, Price is a big part the equation for the Red Sox expected success in 2017, but he had forearm and elbow soreness in the early spring. He's just been cleared to resume throwing and Red Sox Nation and backers making MLB picks hope reports of early May return are true for the team going all in to win this season.

 

Pitcher Scott Kazmir, Dodgers - The Los Angeles lefty has suffered hip injury and is expected to begin the year on the DL. With the Dodgers already thin in starting pitching and no date for Kazmir's return, this is not what the L.A. faithful want to hear.