Abby Sims

Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants is carted off the field as teammates J.D. Walton #55 and Johnathan Hankins #95 console him after attempting a catch in the end zone during the third quarter  at Lincoln Financial Field on October 12, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Sims: Victor Cruz’s Career Is In Jeopardy After Tearing Patellar Tendon

The diagnosis, a ruptured patellar tendon, more than ends Cruz’s season. It puts his career in jeopardy.

10/13/2014

Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Sims: Tanaka’s Starts The Rest Of The Way Will Determine If He Needs Surgery

Even if he successfully completes one or two 75-pitch starts without complaint, there is no assurance that Tanaka will be able to avoid surgery.

09/18/2014

Masahiro Tanaka Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sims: Even If Tanaka Gets Through Rehab, Surgery May Be Unavoidable

As I’ve written before, even with rest, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection and rehab, a torn ligament does not regain full tensile strength in a matter of weeks.

07/11/2014

David Wright (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Sims: David Wright Got Good News On Shoulder, But He Must Be Cautious

David Wright and the Mets got some very good news on Monday. The right-handed third baseman’s MRI was negative for structural damage in his left shoulder and revealed only bruising of the rotator cuff.

07/01/2014

Matt Harvey (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Sims: Mets’ Harvey Learning That The Body Has Its Own Recovery Plan

Unless he’d like to face a revision surgery down the road — perhaps sooner than later — Matt Harvey would be wise to take direction from his medical team without a fight.

06/09/2014

Matt Harvey (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Sims: Dr. James Andrews Weighs In On Tommy John Epidemic

Andrews details the risk factors that predispose adolescent pitchers to UCL wear and tear. The primary concern is simply doing too much too soon.

06/04/2014

Carlos Beltran (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sims: Yankees’ Beltran Risks Further Injury If He Plays Through Pain

Carlos Beltran has acknowledged that if he is unable to play through the pain in his right elbow, surgery is an option. The likelihood is that if he does give it a go, it won’t be for long.

05/20/2014

CC Sabathia (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sims: Expect CC To Be Out For More Than 15 Days

I would expect Sabathia to be out of action for longer than the 15 days dictated by his being on the DL. If he comes back right when he’s eligible, he’ll certainly not yet be at 100 percent and his velocity will likely be an issue.

05/15/2014

CC Sabathia allowed one earned run over seven innings as the Yankees beat Tampa 10-2 on April 17, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Sims: Breaking Down CC Sabathia’s Knee Troubles

CC Sabathia, now on the DL due to an accumulation of fluid in his right knee, is reportedly likely to undergo another MRI after having the knee drained on Monday.

05/14/2014

Michael Pineda (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sims: Breaking Down The Latest Injury To Michael Pineda

The good news is it is a Grade 1, which means there is no significant disruption of the involved tissue.

05/01/2014

Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies slides headfirst and steals second base as Josh Wilson #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks awaits the throw at Coors Field on April 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Sims: Significant Risks Of Headfirst Slides Outweigh Questionable Rewards

Two recent MLB injuries due to headfirst slides should once again cause players to reevaluate the practice. The significant risks certainly outweigh the questionable rewards.

04/07/2014

Brian Wilson (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sims: Breaking Down Brian Wilson’s Elbow Nerve Irritation

So much is written about injuries to the ligaments of pitchers’ elbows but less so about nerve irritation such as that resulting in Dodgers’ reliever Brian Wilson now being on the DL.

04/03/2014

Bobby Parnell (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Sims: Don’t Expect Bobby Parnell To Pitch For Mets Again This Season

The two weeks of rest sound like a smokescreen to me, and like so many other pitchers who have already fallen to elbow issues at this early stage of the season, I wouldn’t expect Parnell to take the mound for the Mets until 2015.

04/02/2014

Kris Medlen (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Sims: Why Are So Many Pitchers Having To Undergo Tommy John Surgery?

Many have taken note of the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in baseball of late, and the reason for it is both straightforward and enigmatic.

03/19/2014

Jose Iglesias (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Sims: Breaking Down The Stress Fractures In Jose Iglesias’ Shins

Understanding the nature of stress fractures and the progression that often occurs from stress-reaction injuries makes the explanation fairly straightforward.

03/18/2014

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