I’m sure it comes to no surprise to anyone, but I’m kind of a nerd. Yes… its true. I spend far more time than I probably should checking the MLB website to see who is hurt, and what injuries have sidelined them.
While mourning the loss of Buster Posey, I spent some time today looking at the current Disabled List, and I found a few things kind of interesting that I thought I’d share.
Now bare with me on the nerdy numbers…. I promise I didn’t spend too much time crunching numbers.
There are currently 171 Players on the Disabled List. Not surprisingly 23% of those are injuries to the shoulder and 20% are elbow injuries. The next most common injuries are to the leg and knee, making up 14% of all the DL. This includes things like hamstring strains and knee pain. After that, which is what I find so interesting, is that 8% of the players on the DL are there due to Oblique injuries.
Nearly HALF of major league teams have a man on the DL with an oblique strain.
After that about 7% are ankle and foot injuries and 6% hand and wrist injuries. However, it is the tremendous, and seemingly increasing, amounts of players straining and tearing abdominal muscles that I find so interesting. This is in part due to the fact that pitchers are throwing harder than ever before, and this puts even more stress on the body. However the injury happens to pitchers as well as hitters and may be due to more than just the increased intensity of pitching. I chatted with my friend Matt Antonelli ( AAA for the Washington Nationals) about this very topic a few weeks ago, so if you didn’t get a chance to check it out here it is:
I knew this was becoming an increasing problem, but didn’t realize how bad it was getting. If HALF of teams have a player out with an oblique strain, I think its something that needs to be looked at a lot closer.