At the end of the 2011 season, you may not have realized just how many big-name players were either nursing injuries or surgery-bound for the offseason. Some of these players' recoveries could be vital to the success of their 2012 club.
Even a few players who were not necessarily injured at the end of the season are currently rehabbing from surgeries they elected to undergo to alleviate discomfort and other side effects of past injuries. Such procedures could help return these players to their previous elite levels of play, which would be highly beneficial to their respective ball clubs.
I have ranked the top 16 players currently rehabbing from injuries that will have the most substantial impact on their team's World Series aspirations in 2012.
*Please note that there are two players I have included on this list whose teams I believe have no chance of making the playoffs this season, but whose presence on another club by means of a successful return followed by a trade could pay dividends for the receiving club. I will identify these two players accordingly, but all others I expect to stay with their current clubs and will be analyzed as such.