Minor League Injury Report For Opening Day

Injuries to major league players have increased in volume each year since 2007, and the last three completed seasons have featured the most ever. Minor league players aren’t immune to the injury bug, either, particularly at the beginning of the season when organizations set their full-season rosters for Opening Day.

In this post, we collect all players who began the minor league season on the seven-day disabled list (as of April 3), with pull-outs for notable prospects. (For whatever reason, no Rockies farmhands appear in this installment.) Rank in the 2014 Prospect Handbook appears in parentheses, while players who begin on the 60-day DL also have that noted.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Reno (AAA): RHP Cesar Carrillo, OF Danny Dorn
Mobile (AA): LHP Santos Rodriguez
Visalia (Hi A): RHP Anthony Meo, SS Gerard Hall
South Bend (Lo A): RHP Braden Shipley (2), RHP Chris Capper, RHP Geordy Parra (22), LHP John Pedrotty

Braden Shipley

Braden Shipley

The 15th overall pick in last year’s draft, Braden Shipley should join the South Bend rotation once he puts a case of biceps tendinitis behind him.

Atlanta Braves
Gwinnett (AAA):
RHP Andy Russell, LHP Luis Perez, C Jose Yepez, C Robinson Cancel, OF Mycal Jones
Mississippi (AA): RHP Aaron Northcraft (25), RHP Benino Pruneda, RHP Ryan Kelly, SS Elmer Reyes
Lynchburg (Hi A): RHP Adam Holland, RHP Dave Peterson, RHP Navery Moore, C Chace Anselment, C Cory Brownsten, 1B Trenton Moses, OF Dan Carroll
Rome (Lo A): LHP David Starn

Baltimore Orioles
Norfolk (AAA):
RHP Luis Ayala, LHP Johan Santana, C Zach Booker
Bowie (AA): RHP Bobby Bundy, RHP Dylan Bundy (1), LHP Andy Loomis, C Joel Polanco, C Kyle Moore, 2B Brock Bond, 2B Tom DiBenedetto
Frederick (Hi A): RHP Eunchul Choi, C Scott Kalush, 2B Jerome Pena, 2B Shawn Roof
Delmarva (Lo A): C Jack Graham, C Shawn McGill, OF Roderick Bernadina

Dylan Bundy had Tommy John surgery on June 27 of last year and, if his rehab experiences no setbacks, could pitch competitively in June or July this season.

Boston Red Sox
Pawtucket (AAA):
RHP John Ely, RHP Matt Barnes (9)
Portland (AA): RHP Aaron Kurcz, RHP Pete Ruiz, OF Keury de la Cruz
Salem (Hi A): RHP Heri Quevedo, RHP Mathew Price, C Leonel Escobar, 2B Bryan Johns, 3B Mike Miller
Greenville (Lo A): RHP Jason Garcia, C Carlos Coste

Boston’s top pick in 2011, Matt Barnes suffered from shoulder soreness in his first spring training start.

Chicago Cubs
Iowa (AAA):
RHP Dallas Beeler (24), RHP Barret Loux (60-day DL), RHP Trey McNutt (60-day DL), LHP Tommy Hottovy, 2B Edgar Gonzalez, OF Casper Wells, OF Jae-Hoon Ha
Tennessee (AA): RHP Pierce Johnson (6), C Taylor Davis
Daytona (Hi A): RHP Josh Conway, RHP Marcelo Carreno, LHP Michael Heesch, C Nathan Maldonado (60-day DL), C Lance Rymel
Kane County (Lo A): RHP Dillon Maples (18), RHP Duane Underwood, RHP Trey Masek, C Cael Brockmeyer

Pierce Johnson dealt with a tight hamstring during spring training, while Dillon Maples suffered a broken rib and could miss two months.

Chicago White Sox
Charlotte (AAA):
RHP Matt Zaleski, LHP Evan Crawford, LHP Mauricio Robles
Birmingham (AA): RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Stephen McCray (60-day DL), C Luis Sierra, OF Joe De Pinto
Winston-Salem (Hi A): RHP Jake Cose (60-day DL), RHP Jake Floethe, 2B Justin Jirschele
Kannapolis (Lo A): RHP Adam Lopez, RHP Brandon Brennan, RHP Francelis Montas (29), C Zac Fisher

Cincinnati Reds
Louisville (AAA):
RHP Justin Freeman, OF Josh Fellhauer
Pensacola (AA): RHP Brian Pearl
Bakersfield (Hi A): RHP El’Hajj Muhammad (60-day DL), RHP Radhames Quezada, LHP Blaine Howell (60-day DL)
Dayton (Lo A): RHP Wes Mugarian

Cleveland Indians
Columbus (AAA):
RHP Bryan Price, RHP J.C. Ramirez, RHP Matt Capps, RHP Shaun Marcum, C Matt Treanor
Akron (AA): RHP Jeff Johnson, RHP Trey Haley (28), LHP Matt Packer, LHP Mike Rayl, C Chris Wallace, 1B Adam Abraham, 2B Justin Toole
Carolina (Hi A): RHP Mason Radeke, RHP Nick Pasquale, OF Luigi Rodriguez (13)

Detroit Tigers
Erie (AA):
RHP Bryan Augenstein, RHP Will Clinard, C John Murrian
Lakeland (Hi A): LHP Jade Todd, LHP Joe Rogers, C Patrick Leyland
West Michigan (Lo A): RHP Charlie Gillies, RHP Zac Reininger (25)

Houston Astros
Oklahoma City (AAA):
RHP Kyle Weiland, 2B Andy Simunic
Corpus Christi (AA): RHP Jonas Dufek, RHP R.J. Alaniz, 1B Telvin Nash, OF Chris Epps
Lancaster (Hi A): RHP Murilo Gouvea, 1B Bobby Borchering
Quad Cities (Lo A): LHP Brian Holmes

Kansas City Royals
Omaha (AAA):
RHP Clayton Mortensen, LHP Ryan Verdugo
NW Arkansas (AA): RHP Brooks Pounders (60-day DL), RHP Wilking Rodriguez, LHP Mitch Stetter, C Micah Gibbs, SS Yowill Espinal
Wilmington (Hi A): RHP Robinson Yambati (60-day DL), LHP Antonio Cruz (60-day DL), C Beau Maggi
Lexington (Lo A): RHP Alec Mills (60-day DL), RHP Bryan Brickhouse (60-day DL), RHP Igol Feliz (60-day DL), RHP Shane Halley (60-day DL), LHP Colin Rodgers (60-day DL), LHP Matt Strahm (60-day DL)

Los Angeles Angels
Arkansas (AA):
RHP Eduard Santos
Inland Empire (Hi A): RHP Austin Wood, LHP Stephen Tromblee, C Sandy Martinez,SS Chance Ross
Burlington (Lo A): RHP Jonathan Van Eaton, RHP Reid Scoggins (30), RHP Yency Almonte, SS Wendell Soto

Los Angeles Dodgers
Albuquerque (AAA):
RHP Drew Carpenter, RHP Juan Abreu, C Gorman Erickson, 2B Alex Guerrero (7)
Chattanooga: RHP Ross Stripling (10), C Alberto Rosario, 1B Aaron Bates, SS Erisbel Arruebarrena (No. 7 on revised spring list, supplanting Guerrero), OF Bobby Coyle
Rancho Cucamonga (Hi A): RHP Gustavo Gomez
Great Lakes (Lo A): RHP Alan Garcia, RHP Garrett Bolt, RHP Scott Griggs

Ross Stripling (Photo by Larry Goren).

Ross Stripling (Photo by Larry Goren).

Ross Stripling had Tommy John surgery early in spring training.

Both of the Cuban infielders signed by the Dodgers in the offseason begin on the DL, with Alex Guerrero dealing with a strained side muscle and Erisbel Arruebarrena—who signed on Feb. 22—getting in reps in extended spring training before embarking on Double-A.

Miami Marlins
New Orleans (AAA):
RHP Rett Varner, LHP James Leverton, C Taylor Krick
Jacksonville (AA): RHP Juan Sosa, RHP Matt Montgomery, RHP Scott McGough, LHP Raudel Lazo, OF Brent Keys (19), OF Danny Pertusati
Jupiter (Hi A): RHP Miguel Fermin, 3B Yordy Cabrera
Greensboro (Lo A): RHP Andy Beltre, RHP Brad Mincey, RHP Drew Steckenrider, RHP Ramon Del Orbe, LHP Charlie Lowell, C Jose Ceballos (60-day DL), 3B Colin Moran (2), SS Anthony Gomez, OF Jesus Solorzano (13)

The sixth pick in last year’s draft, Colin Moran sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and will miss all of April. Brent Keys dealt with a back injury and Jesus Solorzano recovers from hamate bone surgery.

Milwaukee Brewers
Huntsville (AA):
2B Shea Vucinich
Wisconsin (Lo A): OF Lance Roenicke

Minnesota Twins
Rochester (AAA):
RHP Kevin Thomas, RHP Matt Guerrier, RHP Virgil Vasquez
New Britain (AA): RHP Dan Turpen, LHP Chad Rodgers, 3B Miguel Sano (2)
Fort Myers (Hi A): RHP Tyler Jones (27), RHP Zack Jones (28), LHP Corey Williams, OF Byron Buxton (1), OF J.D. Williams, OF Lance Ray, OF Nate Roberts
Cedar Rapids (Lo A): RHP Luke Bard (22), SS Ryan Walker

No other organization enters 2014 with its top two prospects sidelined, but that’s the state the Twins find themselves in as Byron Buxton recovers from a left wrist injury he incurred diving for a ball in mid-March, and Miguel Sano spends most of the year rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

New York Mets
Las Vegas (AAA):
RHP Jeremy Hefner, 1B Brandon Allen
Binghamton (AA): C Blake Forsythe
St. Lucie (Hi A): RHP Luis Mateo (22), RHP Taylor Whitenton, LHP Alex Panteliodis
Savannah (Lo A): RHP Logan Taylor

New York Yankees
Scranton/W-B (AAA):
RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Jose Ramirez (13), LHP Francisco Rondon, LHP Nik Turley, OF Ronnier Mustelier
Trenton (AA): RHP Nick Goody, RHP Scottie Allen, LHP Rigoberto Arrebato, C Kyle Higashioka, 3B Casey Stevenson, OF Slade Heathcott (2)
Tampa (Hi A): RHP Jose Campos (14), 1B Greg Bird (8), 1B Matt Snyder, 3B Anderson Feliz, OF Ericson Leonora
Charleston (Lo A): RHP Conor Mullee, RHP Gabe Encinas, RHP Luis Niebla, C Jackson Valera, 3B Kevin Cornelius, 3B Matt Duran

Star-crossed 2009 first-rounder Slade Heathcott missed the last 40 games of 2013 with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, upon which he had surgery in the offseason and still is recovering. An oblique injury cut short Jose Ramirez’s bid to win a big league bullpen spot, while a back injury slowed Greg Bird this spring.

Oakland Athletics
Sacramento (AAA):
C Dusty Brown, C Luke Montz, SS Darwin Perez
Midland (AA): LHP Frank Gailey
Stockton (Hi A): LHP Omar Duran
Beloit (Lo A): RHP Derek DeYoung, RHP Tyler Vail, C Nick Rickles, OF Brett Vertigan, OF Dayton Alexander, OF Jaycob Brugman

Philadelphia Phillies
Lehigh Valley (AAA):
RHP Chris Bootcheck, SS Brian Bixler
Reading (AA): LHP Adam Morgan (11), LHP Ryan Demmin, OF Aaron Altherr (8), OF Jiwan James
Clearwater (Hi A): RHP Nic Hanson, RHP Steven Inch, OF Brandon Short
Lakewood (Lo A): RHP Shane Watson (18), LHP Ervis Manzanillo, LHP Yoel Mecias (23), C Chace Numata, 3B Mitchell Walding, SS Roman Quinn (10), OF Delvy Francisco

Roman Quinn

Roman Quinn (Photo by Carl Kline)

Adam Morgan and Shane Watson both had shoulder surgery in the offseason and will return in August at the earliest. Roman Quinn ruptured his Achilles’ tendon during an offseason workout and could be facing a midseason return at the earliest.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Indianapolis (AAA):
RHP Collin Balester, RHP Jameson Taillon (2), RHP Kyle McPherson, C Rudy Pena, 1B Matt Curry
Altoona (AA): RHP Jason Townsend, RHP Jeff Inman, 2B Daniel Gamache, OF Anthony Norman, OF Miles Durham
Bradenton (Hi A): RHP Jason Erickson, RHP Clay Holmes (No. 17 & 60-day DL), LHP Matt Ford, LHP Rinku Singh (60-day DL), C Samuel Gonzalez, SS Greg Picart, OF Austin McClune
West Virginia (Lo A): RHP Jake Burnette, C Miguel Perez

Last weekend we learned that Jameson Taillon became the latest young pitcher to fall victim to Tommy John surgery.

In recent seasons, the Pirates have signed a number of recently-retired players as player/coaches for their minor league affiliates, and many of the players we see on the DL in this installment fit that description. According to the Pirates media guide, here are this year’s player/coach assignments: Rudy Pena (Triple-A Indianapolis), Miles Durham (Double-A Altoona), Greg Picart (high Class A Bradenton), Miguel Perez (low Class A West Virginia), Anthony Norman (short-season Jamestown) and both Jason Erickson and Austin McClune in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Matt Ford, last active in the independent leagues in 2008, signed with the organization on Jan. 28, but it’s not immediately clear what his role will be.

St. Louis Cardinals
Memphis (AAA):
LHP John Gast (27), C Dante Rosenberg
Springfield (AA): RHP Jordan Swagerty, C Jonathan Keener
Palm Beach (Hi A): RHP Tyrell Jenkins (17), LHP Tyler Melling, C Adam Ehrlich, 3B Danny Stienstra
Peoria (Lo A): C Gerwuins Velazco

Tyrell Jenkins surrendered to shoulder surgery last August to patch the latissimus muscle in his right shoulder.

San Diego Padres
El Paso (AAA):
RHP Rob Johnson, 2B Jonathan Galvez, OF Alex Dickerson (No. 25 & on 60-day DL), OF Dan Robertson
San Antonio (AA): RHP John Hussey, RHP Tim Sexton, C Jason Hagerty, 2B Adam Buschini
Lake Elsinore (Hi A): RHP Roman Madrid, LHP Max Fried (3), LHP Matt LaChappa (60-day DL), OF Jeremy Baltz
Fort Wayne (Lo A): RHP Bryan Verbitsky, OF Brian Adams

Shut down with forearm soreness after long-tossing during spring training, 2012 first-rounder Max Fried could begin throwing again in April.

A left ankle sprain limited Alex Dickerson in spring training, but a closer look by doctors revealed a structural issue with his heel bone, so the Padres wasted no time in moving him to the 60-day DL while he assess his options.

San Francisco Giants
Fresno (AAA):
RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Sandy Rosario, RHP Shane Loux, LHP Dontrelle Willis, LHP Jose DePaula (26), 2B Nick Noonan
Richmond (AA): RHP Andrew Carignan, RHP Jose Casilla, RHP Mike Broadway, C Eliezer Zambrano
San Jose (Hi A): RHP Hunter Strickland, RHP Martin Agosta (21), C Jesus Navarro, 2B Ydwin Villegas
Augusta (Lo A): RHP Brandon Farley, RHP Carlos Alvarado, RHP Jake Dunnington, LHP Steven Messner, C Gabriel Cornier, OF Rafael Rodriguez

Seattle Mariners
Tacoma (AAA):
RHP Andrew Carraway, RHP Mark Rogers, RHP Matt Palmer, RHP Ramon Ramirez, LHP Danny Hultzen (10), 3B Leury Bonilla
Jackson (AA): RHP Moises Hernandez, LHP Kyle Hunter, C Manny Pina, 2B Patrick Brady, OF Julio Morban (11)
High Desert (Hi A): RHP David Holman, RHP Grady Wood, OF Guillermo Pimentel (29)
Clinton (Lo A): LHP Ryan Horstman, C Corey Simpson, OF Burt Reynolds

Major shoulder trouble sidetracked Danny Hultzen in 2013, and in October he had surgery that “cleaned up damage to the labrum, repaired a partial tear to the rotator cuff and also . . . repaired a torn anterior capsule.” Thus he will be out for the majority of 2014.

Tampa Bay Rays
Durham (AAA):
SS Hak-Ju Lee (2), OF James Darnell, OF Jeremy Moore
Montgomery (AA): RHP Lenny Linsky, LHP Jacob Partridge, OF Ty Morrison
Charlotte (Hi A): RHP Albert Suarez
Bowling Green (Lo A): RHP Eduar Quinonez, RHP Jaime Schultz, LHP Brandon Henderson

Hak-Ju Lee

Hak-Ju Lee (Photo by Carl Kline)

Hak-Ju Lee will miss the first weeks of the season as he recovers from a left calf strain, which is not directly related to the torn ligaments he suffered in his left knee a year ago.

Texas Rangers
Round Rock (AAA):
RHP Ben Rowen (23), RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Miles Mikolas, RHP Nate Adcock, LHP Chad Bell, 3B Alex Buchholz
Frisco (AA): RHP Kevin Pucetas, RHP Nick McBride, RHP Randol Rojas, RHP Randy Henry, RHP Ryan Rodebaugh, RHP Zach Russell, C Zach Zaneski, OF Ryan Strausborger, OF Teodoro Martinez
Myrtle Beach (Hi A): LHP Greg Williams
Hickory (Lo A): RHP Connor Sadzeck, LHP Kevin Matthews

Toronto Blue Jays
Buffalo (AAA): RHP Radhames Liz, OF Ricardo Nanita, RHP Mickey Storey
New Hampshire (AA): RHP Dustin Antolin, 2B Andy Fermin, 1B Mike McDade, C A.J. Jimenez
Dunedin (Hi A): OF Nick Baligod, RHP Ajay Meyer, SS Shane Opitz, C Pierce Rankin, C Chris Schaeffer, 3B Kellen Sweeney
Lansing (Lo A): RHP Roberto Osuna

Washington Nationals
Syracuse (AAA):
RHP Brad Meyers, C Brian Jeroloman, SS Josh R. Johnson
Harrisburg (AA): RHP Pat Lehman, RHP Paul Demny, RHP Rafael Martin, LHP Sammy Solis (6), 3B Melvin Dorta
Potomac (Hi A): C Sean McCauley, 1B Shawn Pleffner
Hagerstown (Lo A): RHP Cody Davis, RHP Wirkin Estevez, LHP Kylin Turnbull, OF Narciso Mesa

Fully rehabbed from Tommy John surgery in 2012, Sammy Solis begins in extended spring training as he rehabs from a back injury.