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: 15th best of 30 teams in DL days and dollars lost
Biggest Injury: Victor Martinez, $15.4 million lost value
Head Athletic Trainer: Kevin Rand
Take Victor Martinez out of the Detroit Tigers' injury stats and the season looks a lot better. The Tigers medical staff didn't have any way of preventing Martinez's injury, but here it is making their season and a trip to the World Series look significantly worse than it really is.
The team smartly handled a number of situations, from integrating new players to managing the back of the rotation to the bullpen's late-season meltdown, all without significant injury. It'll have to do the same this season, bringing back Martinez and managing his knee as well as watching Bruce Rondon, the hard-throwing young closer. Keeping him from going the path of Joel Zumaya will be a big test. Pitchers that throw 100 mph do not have a good record of staying healthy.
One situation that many don't remember is the spring training injury to Miguel Cabrera. He was injured during a game when the ball came up and hit him in the face off the bat of Hunter Pence. The Oakley glasses he was wearing might have prevented a significant injury, but the management of the recovery was handled brilliantly. Few realize how close Cabrera came to missing a significant chunk of his Triple Crown season.
The Tigers continue to get close to the championship that the organization wants so badly for owner Mike Ilitch. Keeping the collected talent healthy through another long season is their best shot at getting another roll of the dice in October. Kevin Rand and his staff help give this team the best chance to do just that.
Click ahead for the Tigers. 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.