With less than a month before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, medical staffs around MLB are already working hard to try to keep their best players on the field. There is no offseason in sports medicine. Players today are in better condition and have much more advanced tools at their disposal, even in the offseason.
Some players are at places like Athletes Performance, working with strength and conditioning specialists to get them in that time-honored "best shape of their life." Others are trying new techniques, such as yoga, which is seeing a surge in usage around the game. Still, others are getting over offseason surgery, spending as much time with their physical therapists as they are their family.
I'm not ready to unveil all 30 teams of my annual Team Health Reports just yet, but in running the injury risks that help make up those reports, I've identified 10 players that you should keep a very close eye on. Using my proprietary risk system, they are among the riskiest in the game. You'll have to decide if they're worth the reward.