It just depends how you measure it, to be honest. They had the second most DL stints last year, but weren’t that much above average in terms of days lost. Over the last few years, they’re really pretty middle of the road.
Morneau’s concussion is just one of those things that happens, not much the staff can do either to prevent it or to treat it. Mauer…from what I understand, it’s case where nothing went right in the rehab process AND he was sick, so another perfect storm situation.
I believe they could and should have done more with Baker, though I was rather forcefully informed there was more happening behind the scenes than I was previously told. Irrespective, of the three players you named, only Baker really makes me question the medical staff, though Mauer’s situation was certainly puzzling.
Comment by CircleChange11 — April 12, 2012 @ 5:41 pm
Mauer had his pre-2011 knee surgery two months later than he could have, for unknown reasons. Baker likely should have had this surgery months ago. Tommy John surgeries for Liriano, Pat Neshek, and Kyle Gibson were delayed unnecessarily by hoping for a magical rest cure. This medical staff has really established their credibility – as lollygaggers.