With the start of the first week of the season, we find that there are 10 starters on a total of five teams that are injured in the NL. The teams with the biggest worries include the Diamondbacks (due to the importance and age of Randy Johnson and the nature of his problemâ€”the back); the Cubbies (because so much of the rotation is in jeopardy); and the cards (two main guys are having problems and they lost some important starters to free agency).
Hereâ€™s the current list of guys who are out for as little as a few days to, perhaps, the rest of the season.
Randy Johnson (March 31) Arizona Diamondbacksâ€”15-day DL He has had back problems again. Heâ€™s due to be pitching in the minors for a few starts. However, at his age and with his delivery I would expect his back problem to either continue to sideline him
or affect his delivery and velocity or both.
Lance Cormier (April 3) Atlanta Braves– Out He had a setback regarding his strained right shoulder during a side session on Tuesday. He wonâ€™t start on Sunday. An MRI is in the offing.
Ted Lilly (April 3) Chicago Cubsâ€”Day to Day Lilly is like Olâ€™ Man River but will probably miss Wednesdayâ€™s start due to the flu. He should be back soon.
Juan Mateo (April 2) Chicago Cubsâ€”15-day DL Heâ€™s having shoulder problems and the 1-year guy was put on the DL.
Kerry Wood (March 29) Chicago Cubsâ€”15-day DL Wood played catch the other day but thereâ€™s no schedule regarding his return from shoulder problems.
Mark Prior (March 28) Chicago Cubsâ€”Day-to-Day Heâ€™s got another Cactus League start but is not designated to start or be on the 25-man roster.
Eric Milton (March 31) Cincinnati Redsâ€”Day-to- Day Due to start on Saturday, he wonâ€™t because of lower back spasms.
Elizardo Ramirez (March 30) Cincinnati Redsâ€”15-day DL Heâ€™s suffering from shoulder problems and starts the season on the DL.
Chris Carpenter (April 3) St. Louis Cardinalsâ€”Day-to-Day Right elbow inflammation will have the ace missing at least his next start.
ark Mulder (March 31) St. Louis Cardinals– 15-day DL Heâ€™s had rotator cuff surgery.