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  1. I dunno about favorites, if the Twins can get their rotation together I’m pretty sure the Cards won’t win the AL Central.

    Comment by byron — February 25, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

  2. Whoops! Great catch, thanks. Apparently I’m too used to writing about AL teams…

    Comment by Steve Slowinski — February 25, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  3. Not sure what his lack of shoulder issues in the past has to do with an elbow injury. Waino has been relatively healthy but he has thrown his curve more and more often in recent years. Then again, his slider frequency has gone down at the same time. Not sure if there is any actual evidence of frequent breaking pitches leading to more elbow injuries though.

    Comment by Felix — February 25, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  4. Don’t necessarily agree that all pitchers are significant injury risks. What really, are the odds of Barry Zito getting hurt with his perfect mechanics and elaborate warmups (copied by Dan Haren)? Zito never being hurt is the argument Scott Boras made that convinced the Giants to give him that contract. Little did they know that at times they would wish he WAS on the DL!
    If more pitchers were taught proper mechanics at a young age, as ZIto was by Randy Jones, and practiced them in front of a mirror constantly, injuries could be significantly reduced.

    Comment by baycommuter — February 25, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

  5. Surely it’s true that all pitchers (even healthy ones) are at risk of injury, but I don’t think Wainwright illustrates the point. He’s had issues with his elbow since high school and his contract reflects the organization’s concern with that elbow.

    Comment by STL — February 26, 2011 @ 7:56 am

  6. Exactly, it’s an elbow injury, not a shoulder problem…

    Comment by Tynan — February 26, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  7. Thank you guys for being on top of that….I just meant to imply that he hasn’t had significant injury issues before, but that did come off as misleading. I changed it.

    Comment by Steve Slowinski — February 26, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  8. Wainwright had suffered injuries to his elbow before, with a partial ligament tear in 2004.

    Comment by quatitos — February 26, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

  9. But Zito throws in the mid-80s. Doesn’t that have something to do with it? Don’t those soft-tossers get hurt less often?

    Comment by dl80 — February 27, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

  10. Back when I played, the number one mistake was not resting my arm. Overuse is the number one abuse for a pitcher’s arm.

    Comment by South Florida — July 30, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

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