Will Carroll has produced an annual Team Health Report for each MLB team for 12 years. The report gives risk ratings for every player in the expected starting lineup and starting rotation, plus two relievers. A proprietary formula sets a baseline according to a player's age and position. It is adjusted by 12 factors, including injury history, team history and expected workload.
This risk rating is classified into three tiers—red (high risk), yellow (medium risk) and green (lower risk). It should be used as a guideline and is about probability, not prediction. To learn more about how the Team Health Reports are devised, click on this article.
2012 Rank: 2nd-best of 30 teams in DL days and dollars lost
Biggest Injury: Colby Lewis, $6.4 million lost value
Head Athletic Trainer: Jamie Reed
No team was more thankful for Major League Baseball’s playoff expansion than the Rangers, who would have missed the postseason last year following an epic fall from the top in the second half of the season.
Was it bad luck, poor management, a wave of fatigue or all of the above? Have no doubt that Jon Daniels and his staff took a hard look at every area of the organization in a quest to answer all those questions and more.
Fatigue was evident, as both positional players and pitchers appeared to wear down as the season progressed. All-Stars Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton then left in free agency, and the Texas front office were surprisingly quiet in the offseason.
The Rangers are going to go an increasingly contrarian route, going with their young players rather than using them as trade bait. No team is filled with MLB-ready prospects the way that the Rangers are, and keeping the young pitchers like Martin Perez will be a real task. It's worse when you consider that as many as three regular players will be in their first full season at the MLB level.
There is also the task of bringing back Neftali Feliz, who should be back at midseason, while helping Joakim Soria integrate himself into the bullpen. Both are coming back from Tommy John surgery, while Colby Lewis could have a similar midseason impact after forearm surgery.
What we don't see with the Rangers is any sort of indication that the pitch count rejection that they touted so strongly a couple seasons ago is having any effect. The team is not showing higher pitch counts at any level, on a peak or average basis, and the injuries seem to be in line with the results prior to the purported philosophical change.
They will continue to rely on head athletic trainer Jamie Reed to revitalize a team that felt the effects of two deep playoff runs. Reed will also be asked to keep an aging group of veterans as healthy as possible while integrating several promising players into the fold. His value is clear in that the team can bring in players like Soria and Joe Nathan with confidence. Reed's value will be even clearer if he can keep this team healthy and put them back in the playoffs in 2013.
This Team Health Report was written with the assistance of Jeff Stotts, ATC. You can read Jeff's work at Rotowire.com.
Click ahead for the Rangers. Here are links to all the teams' reports.
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Will Carroll is the Lead Writer for Sports Medicine at Bleacher Report. He has written about sports injuries and related topics for 12 years. His column is called "the industry standard" by Hall of Famer Peter Gammons.