If you're a fan of high-scoring games and the Philadelphia Phillies, the first series of the 2012 regular season was probably a depressing one for you.
It is no secret that the Phillies lineup will struggle without guys like Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, but if the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates was any indication of what is to come, things can get ugly for the Phillies, and fast.
In three games, the Phillies surrendered just seven runs. They lost two of them after scoring just six. You can hang the blame on whomever you like, but at the end of the day, we all know that the Phillies offense is hurting. They can't afford another injury.
So how healthy are they?
If last season taught this club anything, it should have been that it is necessary to rest older players more prone to injury. They'll need to rest other injury-prone players as well, though. This slideshow will attempt to determine which players are ready for the long haul and which players should proceed with caution.
In doing so, we'll use this simple key:
– High: Player is at high risk of an injury and should proceed with caution.
– Moderate: Though seemingly healthy, a player has some type of warning sign(s).
– Low: Player is not an injury risk.
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