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 Ranking: 6
Biggest Injury: Daniel Hudson, $10.3 million
Head Athletic Trainer: Ken Crenshaw
There's going to be a lot of jokes about grits and guts with this season's Diamondbacks. Kevin Towers wants a team full of Kirk Gibsons, but maybe Towers doesn't remember all the injury problems that Gibson had throughout his career, most famously his knees and his limping, fist-pumping homer in the World Series.
Hustle players, even ones with talent like Gibson, tend to get more injuries. They dive. They run into walls. They try to take the extra base. They take out the second basemen. They run out a routine grounder. I'm not saying those things are bad, but they do demonstrably lead to injuries.
That means more work for Ken Crenshaw. The former Martin-Monahan Award winner (when he was with the Rays) has established an amazing record with the Diamondbacks, regularly staying in contention for another award.
Crenshaw has started shifting a bit towards research and a longer-term horizon, but he hasn't let anything else slip. In fact, his department has been the one consistent part of an organization that has whipsawed up and down the standings and around a couple of different philosophies.
It's also clear that Crenshaw has a seat at the table in player acquisitions. Whether through trade, free agency or the draft, the DBacks, don't acquire risk and when they do, they seem to know how to lay it off quickly. That's as important—perhaps more so—than simple prevention.
The Diamondbacks may finish at the top or the bottom of the NL West. They may have 100 percent more grit this season. The one thing that's a safe bet is that they finish near the top of the injury stats again under Crenshaw and his medical staff.
Click ahead for the D'backs. Here are links to all the teams' reports.
|AL East||Baltimore||Boston||New York||Tampa Bay||Toronto|
|AL Central||Chicago||Cleveland||Detroit||Kansas City||Minnesota|
Miami ||New York||Philadelphia||Washington|
|NL Central||Chicago||Cincinnati||Milwaukee||Pittsburgh||St. Louis|
|NL West||Arizona||Colorado||L.A.||San Diego||S.F.|
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.