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Aroldis Chapman’s Rotator Cuff Strain – Another NY Closer Out

Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10 day DL last Sunday with what was reportedly diagnosed as a rotator cuff strain. He had evidently tried to work through discomfort in his last two outings, the combination of which caused his ERA to jump from 0.79 to 3.55.

Four muscles that serve different functions essentially fuse at the shoulder to form the rotator cuff tendon. However,

David Wright: Lesson Learned?

imagesDavid Wright and the Mets got some very good news when the right-handed third baseman’s MRI was negative for structural damage in his left shoulder and revealed only bruising of the rotator cuff (view image). Wright was reexamined on Monday after sitting out the weekend, and the plan now calls for him to rest until rejoining the team on Friday.

Michael Pineda’s Teres Major Strain

imagesThe plan was for Michael Pineda to stay on schedule by pitching simulated games in Tampa while serving a ten-day suspension for having pine tar on his neck. However, instead of missing one or two starts, he’ll reportedly be out three to four weeks with what was diagnosed on MRI as a Grade 1 strain of the teres major.

So what is the teres major muscle?

Jon Niese's Shoulder Woes

images-1Niese’s numbers this season may be evidence that something is holding him back. His command is not as sharp as it had been, resulting in more walks and fewer strikeouts. Now – even before the midpoint of the season – he is out for the second time due to the left shoulder. The diagnosis may not turn out to pinpoint significant pathology, but that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly.

Carmelo Anthony: Shouldering On

imagesMelo hurt his shoulder on April 14 and exacerbated it in the first round against Boston. Naturally though, at the time — and with the Indiana series ahead — Anthony said only that “(I)t really just kind of popped in and out a little bit, but I’m fine.”

Anthony’s comment was more revealing than he may have intended for it to be. The implications are that he experienced either a shoulder subluxation or dislocation that reduced (went back in place) without assistance.

Shaun Marcum’s Impingement Syndrome

shaunmarcumThe word impingement tells you much of what you need to know – structures are being compressed or pinched. Pain occurs in the upper joint, especially when the arm is elevated and rotated inwardly. Overhead athletes are prime targets. A rotator cuff tendon and a bursa are impinged in the narrow space formed by the acromion (a portion of bone that appears like a hood over the shoulder), a prominence on the head of the humerus (the bone of the upper arm) and the ligament that connects the clavicle (collar bone) to the shoulder blade at the acromion.

Chronic impingement can lead to wear and tear of the rotator cuff tendons that pass through this (subacromial) space – not a great scenario. If rotator cuff tendons become inflamed, swelling will further compromise the joint space, creating more impingement. Degenerative rotator cuff tears can result in complete rupture and are often associated with biceps tendon rupture as well.