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  1. The sad state of affairs with the injury bug is that you missed quite a few. Off the top of my head from the Red Sox alone:

    Ross missed a month to a broken foot bone.
    Aaron Cook came up from AAA only to immediately hit the DL two innings later after cutting his leg on someone’s cleat or something like that.
    This is actually the second DL trip for Beckett, I believe. He had back issues earlier in the season.
    Pedroia injured his thumb about a month ago and probably would’ve hit the DL if not for the fact Jose Iglesias, the most logical replacement for the roster, was on the AAA DL.
    Chris Carpenter, the compensation for Epstein, is on the DL long term.
    Jason Repko hit the DL for about a month, part of the reason we acquired Podsednik and Bird in the first place.
    Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald have both had DL time.
    Ryan Kalish would’ve been called up much earlier, except he was still on the DL from earlier injuries.

    There was, quite literally, a point where we had seven outfielders on the DL at once (Crawford, Ellsbury, Sweeney, Ross, Repko, Kalish and McDonald)

    There’s something in the Atlantic Ocean water.

    Comment by Jonathan — June 28, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  2. Upton, Robertson, etc. I tried to keep it to guys hurt right now.

    Comment by Mike Axisa — June 28, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  3. Fair enough. Still, it serves to further the point: something insane is happening to the AL East this year. Much like there was some kind of insane 3B DL bug last year (Longo, Youk, Beltre and A-Rod all hit the DL around the same time as I recall).

    Comment by Jonathan — June 28, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  4. Mike,

    How do you think the Yankees weather the storm? They’ve been great without Mo, Gardner, and Pineda so far. Can they continue?

    Freddy Garcia will likely take Pettitte’s starts. He has looked much better recently. We will see if it can continue as a starter. If not, will the Yankees look to make a trade? Their options in AAA are not great right now.

    Comment by Jason H — June 28, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

  5. They have enough in AAA to hold the fort down until CC is back. With the 5.5 game lead the Yankees have, they can replace Pettitte with Garcia and not lose a whole lot provided Kuroda and Nova maintain themselves, and Hughes within reason (Hughes is probably the biggest concern to see if he can keep it up). I think the Yankees aren’t going to pay the high prices at the deadline with so many buyers so i dont think a move is in the cards, if any move happens, it will be small. At least, thats my opinion.

    Comment by 28 this year — June 28, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

  6. I’d be curious to see a quick summary of each teams’ DL situation this year, using the hurt players’ projected stats, just to get a general feel for whether the East really is getting hit harder than other divisions.

    Granted, you couldn’t use projections to say “the Yankees are missing X runs because these players are hurt”, but it would at least flesh out the perception of major players going down.

    Comment by Rex Manning Day — June 28, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

  7. How about their NL counterparts? I know the Nationals have missed significant time from every player position other than SS, 2B, and 1B. The other teams have been pretty beat up as well.

    Comment by nobleisthyname — June 28, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

  8. If CC really only misses two turns, he is not an issue. They can basically plug anyone from AAA in. If it turns out he misses more time though, they really don’t have a viable long term replacement down there right now. David Phelps?

    Comment by Jason H — June 28, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

  9. So is Ankiel being Ankiel enough to count as an injury for CF?

    Comment by monkey business — June 29, 2012 @ 12:33 am

  10. As far as a lot of Tommy John surgeries, I think the growing success rate of returning players has teams less fearful of the procedure and has doctors more likely to suggest it, when ten or fifteen years ago it wasn’t so high an option.

    But yea, there have been a lot

    Comment by Tom — June 29, 2012 @ 8:55 am

  11. with all due respect to Boston’s insane OF injuries, and Tbay losing Longo for what might be the entire season, Toronto’s pitching injuries have been the most devastating of any teams’ injuries this season. Toronto has lost 6 of its top8 starters in the organization to long-term injury. You cant compete with a AAA pitching rotation, which is what the Jays are going to have for 8+ weeks unless they make some trades

    Comment by Chris — June 29, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

  12. The interesting fact about injuries today is there is often treatment and recovery from even the most severe injuries. As recently as the 1970′s there were many injuries that essentially ended your career, those same injuries are sucessfully terated these days. We now seem to list injuries in terms of when the guy will come back, with the career ending injury more of a outlier.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — June 29, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

  13. People keep saying that injuries are random events when looking at the whole population but doesn’t the presence of the only two baseball parks with artificial surfaces in AL East suggest that playing on artificial turf could be a factor? Quite break out Stata and find out for me would you?

    Comment by Dav — June 29, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  14. That was supposed to be, “Quick, break out the Stata…”

    Comment by Dav — June 29, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  15. Now you feel my pain Evil Empire…

    Comment by Billy Beane — July 1, 2012 @ 12:31 am

  16. Aardsma was signed while injured, so you can remove him from the Yankees list. He has a really nice team option for next year, which is really what the contract is about.

    Comment by Kevin — July 1, 2012 @ 8:11 am

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