2017 Reds

Another day, another pitcher headed for the surgeon’s knife? Rookie Davis shut down with hip issue

Another day, another pitcher injury:

The Cincinnati Reds have shut down rookie right-handed starter Rookie Davis due to a right hip impingement, Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday. Surgery is being looked at as a possible solution, per a team source, but has not been decided upon yet.

Davis said the issue has been bothering him off and on this season, but Price said it’s mainly been nagging the 23-year-old right-hander for the last three weeks. That would coincide with a drop in Davis’ fastball velocity, from an average of 94 mph earlier in the season to 91 mph this month…

The right-hander was noncommittal when asked if surgery was on the table, but said he’s looking forward to solving issue for good.

“We know what we’re dealing with, and unfortunately it’s not a flexor strain or something like that,” Davis said. “It’s a little more significant.”

Read the entire thing.

I don’t have a lot to add, other than the fact that I’m exhausted by the number of pitchers getting injured. Check out the following list of Cincinnati pitchers injured in 2017:

After I compiled that listing, based on Reds transaction records, I realized that the list didn’t include Sal Romano. You may remember that Romano spent some time on the minor league disabled list with a shoulder injury, missing the entire month of May.

Even before we heard this news today, I received this text:

I didn’t really have an answer for him (at least not without doing a lot of research that I didn’t feel like doing on a Sunday night). Do you?

17 thoughts on “Another day, another pitcher headed for the surgeon’s knife? Rookie Davis shut down with hip issue

  1. 12 1,110 $35,479,299
    Los Angeles Dodgers 17 1,015 $26,792,709
    Boston Red Sox 13 1,063 $25,055,121
    Minnesota Twins 9 804 $20,093,511
    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 12 1,188 $18,421,696
    Texas Rangers 14 775 $16,929,400
    Philadelphia Phillies 8 535 $13,683,819
    New York Yankees 7 260 $12,479,937
    Cincinnati Reds 11 855 $11,853,816
    Miami Marlins 11 513 $11,487,270
    San Francisco Giants 6 389 $11,472,752
    Toronto Blue Jays 12 823 $11,399,902
    St. Louis Cardinals 7 639 $11,324,423
    Houston Astros 13 653 $11,058,454
    Chicago White Sox 9 692 $10,367,182
    New York Mets 9 768 $8,711,612
    Cleveland Indians 9 534 $8,204,170
    Baltimore Orioles 6 193 $7,933,435
    Tampa Bay Rays 12 1,079 $7,557,185
    Washington Nationals 11 505 $7,236,624
    San Diego Padres 9 1,094 $6,404,637
    Arizona Diamondbacks 8 375 $5,426,810
    Kansas City Royals 10 510 $5,109,744
    Milwaukee Brewers 8 275 $4,764,052
    Chicago Cubs 6 116 $3,765,704
    Oakland Athletics 12 729 $3,238,849
    Colorado Rockies 11 496 $2,806,888
    Atlanta Braves 9 749 $2,402,069
    Detroit Tigers 3 85 $1,520,570
    Pittsburgh Pirates 4 92 $1,165,161
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    I found this graph on spotrac and didn’t feel like actually taking the time to analyze it but by simple eye test it looks like the reds are pretty middle of the pack. The only error in this is that it takes just total players on the dl and doesn’t account for multiple trips from a player.

    As I look at this, it’s just baseball, pitchers get hurt. It’s why I’m not in favor of signing a big time free agent, something that has been talked about on here a lot. We signed one pitcher in the last few years to a big contract and looked what happened. Pitchers get hurt on every team, just the way of the game.

    • Oh and I just realized it doesn’t have the titles for the graph, it goes number of players injured, days on dl, and salary on the dl for pitchers on each team

      • Thanks for the information, gives us some perspective to see where we fit in.

    • Thanks for looking this up. If just random, I’d expect team rankings to vary each year. If a pattern over several years was shown, it might say something about the team. I’m way too lazy to do the research.

  2. Things happen for a reason, so many injuries within the same pitching staff have to be based upon a logical cause, not just mere casualties.

    • One logical cause is that throwing a baseball overhanded is not a natural action. I’ve heard Kremchek and/ or other docs say this more than a few times. As to why some guys seem to tolerate pitching better than others, there seem to be myriad reasons.

      • Exactly. And Dr. K is one of the best in the biz, sought out by many elite level players.

  3. It isn’t really that bad, when you throw out the Already-Injureds (Bailey, Desclafani, Feldman) and the Doesn’t-Matters (Arroyo, Brice, Bonilla, etc.) Most of the others were pretty minor, like Stephenson getting a bruise fielding a ball. At least they didn’t spend $31 million on David Price and get 70 innings out of him.

    Finnegan and Garrett were the primary cases that couldn’t be expected. I think Garrett’s injury was more of a problem than he let on.

  4. Sigh – Just because players on other teams get hurt doesn’t mean that it’s ok to accept the high number of injuries the Reds have had over the past three seasons. The Reds simply cannot afford to lose 855 days to the DL and expect to compete. I would hope that they are examining better and innovative training/treatment methods.

  5. Not too long ago there was a post with a link to why the Dodgers picked up Cingrani and how they tweaked his pitch selection and location. Very interesting article, but a quick look at his stats would indicate they changes have not vastly improved the outcomes.

  6. Earlier this year, I made a comment that the front office literally needs to be thinking in terms of 10 starting pitchers for 2018 — five with the big league team and five with Louisville. This article and chart reinforces the need for that line of thought.

    • This is true… A team really needs at least 7 starting pitchers that can at least be counted on to give their team a chance in a given game. While I wasn’t very happy with the Reds trades during the rebuild, the apparent early focus on pitching was not something I ever complained about.

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