With the draft overtaking the Baseball America universe last week, the Prospect Injury Report is back this week with an extra-rich serving of prospect injuries.
Jarrod Parker, rhp, Diamondbacks: Pitching injuries can be devastating for a player and disappointing for a player development staff, but it has to be even more frustrating when the injury is a result of bad luck. The Diamondbacks placed Parker on the seven-day disabled list after a line drive struck his right wrist in the first inning on Saturday, causing him to leave the game. The X-rays were negative, but Parker will miss at least his next start. Parker, who at 20 has already reached Double-A Mobile, has a 3.19 ERA with a 46-20 K-BB mark in 42 1/3 innings with the BayBears after breezing through the high Class A California League in four starts to open the season.
Michael Ynoa, rhp, Athletics: Ynoa is paving new territory. It’s hard to imagine a more famous pitcher by the age of 16 than Ynoa, who has carried enormous expectations since signing last year on July 2 for an international record of $4.25 million. Now 17, Ynoa will have to wait at least another month to make his much-anticipated debut, which will likely come in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He had an MRI on his right elbow, which revealed "a right elbow strain with some inflammation around the ligament," according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.
Jose Tabata, cf, Pirates: Tabata, 20, missed a month and a half with a hamstring injury, then returned to Double-A Altoona on June 10. His return ended that same day, as Tabata left in the middle of the game when his hamstring began to bother him again. Tabata took a few games off, then returned to the lineup yesterday, going 2-for-4 with a walk as Altoona’s DH. Even aside from his hamstring woes, Tabata’s had a slow start, batting .257/.333/.300 in 19 games.
Wilson Ramos, c, Twins: Ramos pulled a hamstring on Friday, meaning he could miss three weeks, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ramos is one of the better defensive catching prospects in the minors and has some offensive upside, but he’ll also need to show a better approach when he returns. Through 36 games, Ramos is hitting .308/.326/.444, but the 21-year-old Venezuelan has drawn just three walks all year.
Dominic Brown, rf, Phillies: Brown is one of several Philies farmhands who has improved his prospect stock this season, but Brown will have to wait two to three more weeks to continue his assault on the high Class A Florida State League. Brown was hit by a pitch on June 8, breaking a finger in his right hand that has sidelined him since that game. Brown, 21, has displayed broad skill set this year, hitting for average and power, showing selectivity at the plate, speed and a strong arm in right field. Through 51 games with Clearwater, Brown is batting .299/.379/.540 with 14 steals in 20 attempts and nine home runs.
Jason Donald, ss, Phillies: Donald, 24, has a torn meniscus in his left knee and was scheduled to have surgery on Monday. Donald, who last played for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, could return to action next month. It’s tough enough for a Triple-A middle infielder trying to crack a big league lineup that has Jimmy Rollins at shortstop and Chase Utley at second base, but Donald’s performance thus far hasn’t merited a promotion either. Donald is batting .230/.293/.324 for the IronPigs in 50 games with 14 walks and 52 strikeouts.
Lou Marson, c, Phillies: A Triple-A teammate of Donald, Marson bruised his right foot when he hit a foul ball off his foot on Thursday, then went on the DL the next day. Marson, who turns 23 on June 26, has spent some time in the big leagues this year, but he’s spent the majority of the season with Lehigh Valley, where he has a .232/.317/.330 batting line in 32 games.
Peter Bourjos, cf, Angels: Bourjos, 22, injured his wrist in batting practice with Double-A Arkansas two weeks ago, then went on the DL with a sprained left wrist. The speedy center fielder is hitting .316/.366/.454 in 48 games with 14 stolen bases in 20 tries, but he hasn’t played since June 3.
Jordan Schafer, cf, Braves: Schafer is technically no longer a prospect, but he’s a 22-year-old in Triple-A with a more important role in the organization now that Gorkys Hernandez is with the Pirates. Schafer’s also on the DL with a bone bruise in his right hand, which should prevent him from playing until some time near the end of June.
Hector Gomez, ss, Rockies: Another injury has hit Gomez, this time a strained right groin that has sent him to the DL, according to Baseball America correspondent Jack Etkin. Last year Gomez played just one game due to a stress fracture in his leg, then had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He didn’t return to the field with high Class A Modesto until April 28 this year, hitting .278/.310/.427 in 27 games. Gomez has been out of action since May 27.
Reese Havens, ss, Mets: Havens has yet to play this month as he’s been on the DL with a quadriceps injury. A first-round pick last year, Havens is hitting .228/.343/.413 in 44 games with high Class A St. Lucie, and he’s also committed 15 errors.
Wade Miley, lhp, Diamondbacks: Arizona placed Miley, a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, on the seven-day DL with a sprained left foot. The 22-year-old lefthander has a 3.78 ERA with low Class A South Bend, racking up 52 strikeouts and 13 walks in 64 1/3 innings.
Luke Hughes, 3b, Twins: Injuries have always been a problem for Hughes, who has played four years of full-season ball yet set a career-high in 2008 by playing in 99 games. A right oblique strain has prevented Hughes from playing much lately. Hughes last played on June 6, but left the game after just one plate appearance. That game was the only one Hughes has appeared in since May 22. Hughes, 24, is hitting .259/.344/.481 in 37 games.
Neil Walker, 3b, Pirates: An injured knee and a discloated pinky finger should keep Walker out of the Triple-A Indianapolis lineup for approximately three to five weeks. Walker, 24, is batting .239/.304/.446 in 51 games.
Quick Hits: Brewers second baseman Brett Lawrie returned from the disabled list. The low Class A second baseman had nose surgery, which cost him a week. A ground ball took a bad hop and connected with Lawrie’s nose on May 21 . . . Yankees righthander Alan Horne is back on the DL, this time with a shoulder injury . . . Horne’s Double-A Trenton teammate, righthander Christian Garcia, is also in familiar territory on the DL with an elbow injury . . . Diamondbacks righthander Brian Augenstein is expected to miss his next start for Triple-A Reno after leaving his last start with "arm fatigue" . . . Orioles Triple-A second baseman Justin Turner went on the DL with a sprained wrist.
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