Lately, the San Francisco Giants bench has looked more like a hospital waiting room.
Injuries are a part of the game. Most teams have one or two players on the disabled list at any given time.
How a team copes without key players is often a defining attribute in their season. Health equates to success, in both quantifiable and less concrete ways.
A look at the current Giants active roster makes one wonder who it is they have left to play games for their San Jose and Fresno farm teams. Travis Blackley, Steve Edlefsen, Clay Hensley, Shane Loux, Hector Sanchez, Joaquin Arias, Brandon Belt, Emmanuel Burriss, Brandon Crawford, Conor Gillaspie, Brett Pill and Gregor Blanco are all unproven and inexperienced.
They also account for half of the Giants 25-man roster.
The Giants are no doubt praying for speedy recoveries from all of their ailing players. In reality, their wishes will only be partially granted.
In deciding how to rank the need for each hurt Giants player, I factored in the severity of the injury, the player's performance before they were injured, the success of the player's substitute and the depth of the position.
Here, in order from lowest to highest priority, are the seven injured players the Giants need back from the disabled list.