COMMENTARY | Nearly two months into the grind that is the Major League Baseball season, the Cleveland Indians thus far have been pretty fortunate avoiding the injury bug. As the 162-game schedule marches on, the Indians hope to remain healthy for a possible stretch run come September. Alas, injuries still happen, and currently the Tribe have five players out of action.
Here is an overview of Cleveland's current disabled list and when we can expect to see these players back in action:
Lou Marson, C: Backup catcher Marson has been on the disabled list since April 25 due to inflammation of his right shoulder. As of this writing, Marson is participating in a throwing program, but there is currently no timetable for his return. Marson has only appeared in three games for the Tribe in 2013, and his injury woes have opened the door for fellow catcher Yan Gomes to play well in his absence.
Brett Myers, RHP: Offseason free-agent signing Myers landed on the DL April 20. He is recuperating from right-elbow tendonitis and a mild sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. Myers threw three scoreless innings for the Class AA Akron Aeros in a rehab outing Friday night. He is scheduled to work again for the Aeros on Wednesday and is projected to be ready for action in the next couple of weeks. Before his stint on the disabled list, Myers was having a rough start to the 2013 campaign, going 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in four appearances.
60-Day DLFrank Herrmann, RHP: Relief pitcher Herrmann opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 13. He is out for the 2013 season and will not be available to the Indians until sometime in 2014. In 95 appearances over a three-year career, Herrmann has a win-loss record of 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA coming out of the Tribe bullpen.
Josh Tomlin, RHP: Like Herrmann, starting pitcher Josh Tomlin has been on the DL for the entire 2013 season, having also undergone Tommy John surgery last Aug. 21. Tomlin is working toward being 100 percent for the 2014 season, though MLB.com reports that a late-2013 return is a possibility. In three seasons with the Tribe, Tomlin is 23-19 with a 4.95 ERA in 59 games pitched, 54 of them as a starter.
Blake Wood, RHP: Wood, a reliever the Indians claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals last November, has not pitched in the big leagues since 2011. He began the campaign on the disabled list, having had Tommy John surgery last year. Wood has made three rehab appearances this month between the Aeros and the Class A Lake County Captains, posting a 3.38 ERA and no-decisions in 2.2 innings.
Wood cannot come off the DL until at least May 30, and may have a hard time finding a spot in the deep Cleveland bullpen when he is eligible to return.
Shaun Heidrick is a Yahoo! Contributor who has followed the Cleveland Indians for 25 years.
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