The Spring Training and WBC All-Injury team

Josh LevittSenior Analyst IMarch 17, 2009

Injuries will always happen. They are inevitable, especially over the course of a long baseball season. But for some reason, it seems as though more big names than usual have suffered injuries during spring training. For whatever reason (WBC, too much spring training, or bad luck), 2009 spring training has been especially rough on the injury front.

So I decided to field the best team I could with all of the players who have suffered injuries from both spring training and the WBC. This star-studded roster is one that I would definitely go to war with...the names on this team are incredible. For the sake of the MLB, let's hope these guys make a full recovery.

C—Joe Mauer

Back issues, causing Twins fans to panic.

1B—Doug Mientkiewicz

Miraculously, he was the only first baseman of note to suffer an injury...weird!

2B—Dustin Pedroia

Abdominal injury in WBC...says injury is minor.

SS—Julio Lugo

Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee...might miss two to three weeks.

3B—Alex Rodriguez

Hip surgery...likely out six to 10 weeks...A-Rod circus returns in May.

OF—Manny Ramirez

Trouble with left hamstring...probably out a few days.

OF—Matt Joyce

Lower leg problems...might miss the beginning of the season or start in the minors.

OF—Mike Cameron

Tweaked rib cage...hopefully not serious.

DH—Chipper Jones

Strained side muscle...will miss rest of WBC.


Alfredo Amezaga
Eric Chavez
Garret Anderson
Jesus Flores

SP—Johan Santana

Left elbow issues...briefly caused Mets fans to panic...stay healthy!

SP—Cole Hamels

Left elbow issues...causing Phillies fans' hearts to race...insists injury is minor.

SP—Ervin Santana

Likely to start the season on DL with elbow troubles.

SP—Justin Duchscherer

Sore elbow, likely to start season on DL.

SP—Jeff Francis

Shoulder surgery, out for the season.

RP—Taylor Buchholz

Sprained ligament in his elbow...will miss a month.

RP—Jim Johnson

Discomfort in right shoulder...shut down.

CL—Matt Lindstrom

Shoulder soreness in WBC...might be out for opening day.

I don't know about you, but I think this team would win 100 games long as they remain healthy.


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