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Splitting up 1,285 lost games

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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.

Mark Teixeira [3]Mark Teixeira
146 games
Torn right wrist tendon sheath

Derek Jeter
145 games
Fractured left ankle, strained right quadriceps, sprained right calf

Kevin Youkilis
125 games
Sprained lumbar spine

Alex Rodriguez
110 games
Recovery from left hip surgery

Curtis Granderson
98 games
Broken right wrist, broken left hand

Francisco Cervelli, Steve Donohue [4]Francisco Cervelli
89 games (missed another 50 games on the restricted list)
Fractured right hand

Michael Pineda
88 games
Right rotator cuff tendinitis

Cesar Cabral
66 games
Recovery from left elbow surgery

David Phelps
62 games
Strained right forearm

Jayson Nix
60 games
Strained right hamstring, broken left hand

Eduardo Nunez [5]Eduardo Nunez
56 games
Strained left oblique

Travis Hafner
53 games
Strained right rotator cuff

Zoilo Almonte
45 games
Sprained left ankle

Joba Chamberlain
27 games
Strained right oblique

Ivan Nova
24 games
Inflamed right triceps

Corban Joseph
22 games
Right shoulder surgery

Vidal Nuno
21 games
Strained left groin

Luis Cruz [6]Luis Cruz
20 games
Sprained right knee

Andy Pettitte
15 games
Strained left trapezius muscle

CC Sabathia
9 games
Strained left hamstring

Phil Hughes
4 games
Sore upper back

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