2010 Disable List Spreadsheet and Team Information

Overview

I have finally gone through the MLB transaction data and have compiled a spreadsheet of the all of the trips to and from the disabled list for the 2010 season. Feel free to download the data and use it as you see fit. If you use the data in your own article/research there is no need to reference my work since the data can be obtained freely. I am just wanting to make it available for people to use. If you do plan on using it, here is an explanation and limitation of the data.

Explanations of the columns:

Team – The team that placed the player on DL.
Trans – The date that the official transaction occurred – This can be different than the official start date as some injuries occurred before the player was on the DL
POS – Position of the player
First – First name of the player
Last – Last name of the player
Started – When a player’s official DL time starts
StartedInSeason – Some players were placed on the DL in January. This date marks the date when the player actually begins to miss regular season games.
End – When the player’s official DL time ends. Many of these records are unknown right now because teams haven’t taken all their players off the DL yet.
EndedInSeason – Many players are still on the DL, even though the season has ended. This marks the date when the player no longer misses any regular season games.
TotalInSeasonDays – Total days missed during the 2010 season
Transferred to 60 day DL – Date the player was transferred to the 60 day DL (if applicable)
Disabled list – If the player was initially placed on the 15 or 60 DL.
Side – Side of the body (if given)
Location – Part of the body that the injury occurred. It will be filled out for each player.
Body Type – Body type (i.e. bone, ligament) injured. This was only filled out if listed in the transactions
Injury – Type of injury that occurred. If there was none listed, the vague term “injury” was used. I plan on looking these up on a later date. It will be filled out for each player.
Extent – Extent of injury, if given.
Surgery – Used if surgery was known. There are definitely more surgeries that happened, but these were the only ones listed in the transactions.
Surgery date – Date of the surgery.

Limitations

The data is probably only 90%-95% correct at this point. Going through the data, there was quite a bit of missing information, especially when it came to players going on the 60 DL or when a player was taken off the DL and then sent to the minors. If anyone sees an error, I will gladly fix the data and mark it in the versions at the bottom of the spreadsheet. You can email errors to me at wydiyd ~ hotmail ~ com

Well enough of background information, how about some graphs.

Team Data

Here is how each team fared in the total number of trips to the DL:

2010Trips

Here are the total days lost to the DL for each team:

2010days

No data really stick out to me, except for the huge discrepancies from the teams on extremes of days lost. The Oakland Athletics lost five time as many games to the DL than the Chicago White Sox . In the next day or so, I will be breaking down the data according to position.




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  1. Lee says:

    Silly Bahhstin pansies get hurt so easily.

    But seriously, I am a sox fan, and that is just some shite luck… no two ways about it. Alas, there is always next year. Except… it’s not “Next Year” in the way we used to say it. “Next Year” no longer carries the pressure or stigma or lofty goals yet inescapable failure. I’m no longer a cursed, haggered, bitter martyr (sorry Cubs fans!), but a fan of the game, with that extremely large hole in my heart, once the source of all baseball related pain and strife in my life, filled to the brim, and then some. I can watch the postseason and root for the Rays (a division foe!) and be excited for the purely awesome young talent on their team.

    I am no longer a jealous, gollum of a baseball fan. I see my team as a living thing. A thing that makes mistakes, grows, learns, is happy, sad, tired, hurt, but above all else, is complete. And when we say “there’s always next year”, it means just that and nothing more. Another chance at glory and happiness on the most beautiful green fields, playing the most beautiful game man has ever created.

    I love the Sox and I love baseball, even (especially) after a year like this year. Good luck to those Rays and Rangers fans out there, and maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll have that whole in your baseball heart filled, too.

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    • Brad Johnson says:

      I’ve had a not so different experience as a Phillies fan, although I had already diversified my loyalties to “baseball at large” by the time they won their title. Still, the Phillies will always be my #1.

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    • AndrewYF says:

      I wish more Sox fans were like you. In fact after 2004 and 2007 the silver lining was supposed to be that Sox fans would become much less insufferable. Unfortunately, learned behavior is hard to change. But kudos to you for being the rare reasonable sports fan.

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  2. Will says:

    What is it about the White Sox that make them such an injury-free team? Do they use different training/warm up methods than other teams?

    From 2002-2009, they were substantially healthier than every other team (by almost double the next healthiest team and about 4 times healthier than the least healthiest team), and we see this trend continue this year. Why haven’t other teams wised up to whatever the White Sox are doing and emulate them?
    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2010/3/10/1365703/disabled-list-trends-and-team

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    • Ozzie says:

      Me llamo Ozzie.

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    • Matt K says:

      maybe they got obama-care before the rest of the country….

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    • MikeS says:

      In Herm Schnieder we trust. Maybe Don Cooper is good at identifying mechanics that are less injury prone (Peavy excluded). I don’t know. This should be a relatively random occurence that evens out over time but you’re right, Will, the White Sox continuously are on the good end of the ledger. Any time a team consistently does anything maybe it’s a repeatable skill of some kind and not the dumb luck we all think it is. As a fan I’m so spoiled I didn’t even think they were especially healthy this year with Jenks, Putz, Thornton, Quentin and Peavy all spending time on the DL. In fact, Peavy probably accounts for a quarter of their DL days. Erick Threets spent more than a month on the DL too.
      The graph would be that much more impressive if you take out just one or two injuries.

      Whatever their other problems drafting and developing talent, the White Sox sure do seem to stay healthy.

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    • Wally says:

      Maybe they believe in toughing it out.

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      • phoenix says:

        yea could be that. I dont know about the sox, but i know that the yankees this year had a lot of guys injured. it didnt know show up in the DL logs because many times posada or thames or swisher or tex or arod would spend a week or two “injured” sitting out games and not even pinch hitting. for like 5-10 games at a time. and yet they woudnt go on the DL so its not counted here. and yet the first half was plagued with injuries. for about a month, they played without granderson, thames, posada or swisher, nevermind johnson who was out almost the whole season. and yet only granderson and johnson were on the DL.

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  3. brentinKorea says:

    I’d really like to see injuries only to starters and not the back up players.

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  4. Paul Thomas says:

    Amazing that the A’s have turned over all but a handful of regulars from 2007 and are STILL the most injured team in baseball.

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    • Socrates says:

      Eric Chavez wont retire because he needs to keep collecting that contract. Until it is up, they will remain on the top of the list.

      I think Oakland has an option with a buy-out this year. I imagine they would chose the buy-out even it if was equal to the salary just to ride themselve of the memory of that disaster.

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  5. pft says:

    Number of trips and total days do not tell the whole story. It would be nice if someone could estimate WAR lost.

    Red Sox had some key injuries, but the total trips included players who were fringe players or expected to start the season in the minors, and there were a couple of phantom DL’s. Other teams had fewer trips and days, but lost as many key players.

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    • Boof Bonser says:

      I am not a fringe player…. I was going to be an integral part of that bullpen!

      My buddy Tazawa agrees.

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    • Jeff Zimmerman says:

      I am sure someone will eventually do the study, probably at the team level. I wanted to put the data out there so any possible errors can be found.

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  6. pft says:

    Justin Morneau is concussed on July 16 and missed the entire season and is credited with missing 41 season days.

    Kevin Youkillis is hurt Aug 3, and misses the rest of the season, and is credited with missing 61 season days, which is correct.

    Morneau should be 78 days.

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  7. BX says:

    Jordan Zimmermann’s TJS isn’t on the spreadsheet for Washington?

    He started the season on it, and made his 2010 debut on August 26.

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  8. Dave says:

    I wonder if it would be possible to stratify the DL trips and days by players of a certain WAR threshold? This might highlight which teams had the most valuable players on the DL for the longest amount of time.

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  12. mrbmc says:

    The White Sox will often pick up a guy coming back from injury. Putz and Peavey come to mind. They don’t blindly depend on the plexiglass principle but it does seem to factor into their bargain bin shopping.

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  14. Looking at the Jays data, I see some errors. Richmond, McGowan and Hayhurst were all out the full season, yet Hayhurst has 184 DL days and the other two 181. Also, Encarnacion (line 424) is shown as going on the DL April 15 and coming off the DL Sept 13, when he actually played 71 games during that interval.

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  15. DIAMOND says:

    when i came here i assumed it was going to be filled with obvious advice, but really it turned out to be quite interesting. bravo!

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  16. D says:

    This is amazing.

    one little error.

    The spreadsheet states that Jesus Flores was activated off the DL in August

    Jesus Flores was never activated off the DL—and he didn’t have an AB at any level of the Nationals’ organization.

    citation here: http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/transactions/_/name/wsh/washington-nationals

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  20. fantastic report thanks

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  23. Corwin says:

    This is just the kind of detail I was seeking. I wish I’d discovered your blog sooner.

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  24. really fantastic write-up, Lets hope this will aid me personally with projects

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