Like it or not, injuries are as much a part of baseball as cracker jacks and the seventh inning stretch.
But some teams seem to be especially snake-bitten, watching their most irreplaceable players go down with major injuries year after year.
Other squads seem to avoid the jinx, suffering what amounts to paper cuts when compared to the torn tendons and ligaments of their competition.
So far in 2012, we've seen some players not start the season with their teams as they try and work their way back from injuries suffered in 2011 and others start the season only to become the earliest casualties of the 162-game season...that is nine games old.
Let's take a look at where some of the more notable injured players stand and the impact that their absence (or return) could have on their respective teams.