Jose Tabata was re-instated from the 15-day disabled list yesterday, and Ross Ohlendorf has recently been activated and optioned to AAA. Let’s take a look at the updates and the progress of the seven other players currently on the disabled list.
Alex Presley – Presley started his rehab on August 9th. The latest he can return is August 29th. Presley has played five games in AAA so far, going 3-for-21. No updates on him or his estimated return, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s back soon.
Chase d’Arnaud – D’Arnaud started his rehab on August 7th, which means the earliest he can return is August 27th. Like Presley, he has also played five games in AAA, going 3-for-20. He’s another guy who could return at any time now. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was optioned to AAA, then recalled when rosters expanded.
Chris Leroux – Leroux started his rehab work on August 4th, and has been impressive in his rehab work, with two earned runs in 10 innings, spanning five appearances at the AAA level. He also has a 9:5 K/BB ratio in that span, although he’s got a 5:0 K/BB ratio in five innings over his last two outings. He could also return shortly.
Derrek Lee – Lee is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a fractured wrist. That could put him out until some point in early September.
Evan Meek – He’s started to throw batting practice recently, but hasn’t started his rehab work yet. He’ll pitch a 15-20 pitch simulated game tomorrow, and if all goes well, he will start his rehab in Bradenton on the 21st. He won’t be back until rosters expand in September.
Chris Snyder – There haven’t been any updates on Snyder in awhile, which raises the question as to whether he will be back at all this year.
Kevin Hart – Hart had arthroscopic surgery a week ago, and is out for the season. He’s expected to be ready for Spring Training next year, although I doubt he will still be on the 40-man roster by that point.
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