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Throwing Pains: Victor Martinez’s groin leads the Rx roll call

Rob Iracane
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Welcome to Throwing Pains, your weekly run to the hot corner hospital to see what the Rx roll call looks like. I am not a doctor and I won't even play one on the web. Nope, it's up to the players to get hurt and for me to give them my wildly unprofessional diagnoses based on a semester of high school anatomy and a cursory knowledge of how to search the WebMD website.

 

To the DL!

Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers: Detroit's catcher-slash-DH aggravated his already aching groin during Monday's game in Seattle while advancing to second on a single. After moving to the 15-day DL, he was replaced on the roster by catcher Omir Santos, who missed nearly all of spring training with a broken toe. Keep your catchers healthy, Jim Leyland! They are the only folks on the team willing to spend half the game squatting.

Diagnosis: The other Tigers catcher, Alex Avila, has already clobbered three home runs this year and Magglio Ordonez essentially has no regular gig, so he can fill in at DH. Detroit will weather the storm.

Logan Morrison, Florida Marlins: The loquacious Lothario took to the Twittersphere to let his fans know that he strained the arch in his left foot. Logan was spotted loping around the Marlins clubhouse with a protective boot on the foot. He'll get an MRI on it to see what kind of shape he's in and could head to the DL if the injury turns out to be more than a mere strain.

Diagnosis: Negative. The last thing Logan needs is extended time lolling around on his futon resting his foot. He might end up straining both thumbs from all the extra tweeting he'll do! {YSP:MORE}

Zack Greinke, Milwaukee Brewers: Greinke, who fractured two ribs during an ill-advised pick-up hoops game this spring, had a successful rehab start with Class A Brevard County on Tuesday. The would-be Brew Crew ace should be up to speed after two more rehab starts and could be ready to make his 2011 debut some time in May.

Diagnosis: Brewers owner Mark Attanasio should  make it his life's mission to prevent Greinke from ever going up for a rebound ever again. Zack should emulate fellow Milwaukee athlete Keyon Dooling and stay behind the 3-point line. Or, you know, just avoid extracurricular activities entirely.

Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: Imagine going for a doctor's visit, sitting your bare behind on the butcher paper, being told that you've been infected with a mystery virus, and actually feeling relieved by such news. That's how the Twins feel about their star catcher who was initially diagnosed with "bilateral leg weakness." Mauer isn't so sure that the leg weakness and virus are related and he's officially on the 15-day DL, though he could be out much longer.

Diagnosis: Contagious. Mauer's flu may have passed onto slugger Justin Morneau and outfielder Delmon Young, who both missed games this week with similar symptoms. They won't go on the DL, but Minnesota has lost two straight to Baltimore without the trio.

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Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants: His foot's not broken, but the $126 million man will take his first career trip to the disabled list. Despite a 12-year career full of ouchies and mishaps, ranging from a sore back to a romantic dalliance with Alyssa Milano, Zito's sprained right foot will keep him on the shelf for a while.

Diagnosis: Fifteen days off might be the perfect excuse for Barry to put some more work into his music career, and, if that fails, maybe get his curveball to break a little bit steeper.

Johnny Damon, Tampa Bay Rays: Damon, the reigning American League Player of the Week, hasn't played since leaving a game Sunday with a bruised fingertip. Damon injured the finger attempting a bunt with runners on first and third, so perhaps this is the baseball gods punishing Johnny for trying to play small-ball in a perfectly good situation for piling on the runs.

Diagnosis: Johnny is not on the DL and could return as early as Thursday night's game, where the Rays attempt to sweep the White Sox and go over the .500 mark. He's 11 for 19 with a homer against Gavin Floyd, Thursday night's victim ... err ... starter. Oh, and Damon stayed in the game long enough to smack a single in the same at-bat, driving in a run. That's how players of the week get results.

Mark Prior, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees: We must take a brief side trip to the minor leagues if only to note the inevitable, a Mark Prior trip to the disabled list. Prior, who was just promoted to Triple-A Scranton last Saturday, isn't actually hurt. The minimum length of a DL trip in the minors is seven days so this could just be a paper move to free up a roster spot for another starter. Essentially, the team needed a volunteer to take the DL spot and all eyes turned to Prior.

Diagnosis: Mark has been on the receiving end of the scalpel enough times to warrant an entire table of ouchies on his Wikipedia page. With all the surgery he's had, it's the living equivalent of donating your body to science. Mark Prior is selfless! Still, he hasn't made an MLB appearance in five years so if he manages to even make a brief stint with the Yankees this season, it should be considered a medical miracle.

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