Smoke Signals – Getting Physical 2.2

“Getting Physical” is a medical discussion podcast hosted by Jake Dungan and resident injury analyst Brandon Bowers, DPT as they take a look into the latest player injuries in the Indians organization and the rest of Major League Baseball.

While the Indians are just getting fully healthy again, the rest of Major League Baseball has been a M*A*S*H unit with players going down left and right. Jake and Brandon are back to provide some medical perspective on some of these ailments and look at the progress of Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall as they recover from their shoulder injuries in Cleveland.

Topics discussed:


  • Michael Brantley playing well in first full month back with the Tribe. What medical concerns do we have with him moving forward?
  • Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall back from shoulder injuries. Will there be any lingering effects?
  • Rob Kaminsky on the disabled list in Double-A Akron with left arm issue.

Major League Baseball:

  • Madison Bumgarner won’t need surgery after dirt bike accident. Will be out 2 months with separated shoulder.
  • Felix Hernandez to receive MRI on shoulder. Issue believed to be dead arm.
  • Jarrett Parker breaks clavicle making catch against the wall for the Giants.
  • Strained groins (Brandon Crawford, Joc Pederson, Miguel Cabrera, Jason Werth)
  • Garrett Richards suffers another setback, placed on 60-day DL with biceps stiffness and nerve irritation in right arm. (Tried to avoid Tommy John surgery by undergoing stem cell treatment in the offseason.)
  • Recurring blisters a problem for Rich Hill.

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The information provided is the professional opinion of Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT and is based on his clinical experience and the most current clinical evidence available.  This information should not be interpreted as or substituted for medical advice for a specific condition or diagnosis.

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