It’s hard to put this sort of raw number into context, but here’s the basic figure we’re dealing with: Yankees players spent 1,285 games on the Major League disabled list in 2013.
I’ve been working on some year-in-review stuff, and the injuries are hard to ignore when discussing the past 12 months. I don’t the injuries alone carry the blame for an 85-win season, but they certainly played a significant role. All seven Yankees who spent more than half of the year on the Major League disabled list might have played huge roles if not for the injuries. And even some of those players’ replacements wound up missing significant time.
This is the way 1,285 lost games broke down last season. These are only counting games spent on the big league disabled list. Manny Banuelos spent the whole year on the disabled list, but all of it was on the minor league DL (that said, you could certainly make a strong case that he would have been in the big leagues if not for the elbow issue). Here are the games missed for each Yankees player who spent time on the Major League DL this year.
Fractured left ankle, strained right quadriceps, sprained right calf
Sprained lumbar spine
Recovery from left hip surgery
Broken right wrist, broken left hand
Right rotator cuff tendinitis
Recovery from left elbow surgery
Strained right forearm
Strained right hamstring, broken left hand
Strained right rotator cuff
Sprained left ankle
Strained right oblique
Inflamed right triceps
Right shoulder surgery
Strained left groin
Strained left trapezius muscle
Strained left hamstring
Sore upper back
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