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: 11th best of 30 teams in DL days and dollars lost
Biggest Injury: Chris Iannetta, $3.1 million lost value
Head Athletic Trainer: Adam Nevala
A $330 million spending spree on veterans Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson failed to result in much success, as the Angels missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season in 2012. Owner Arte Moreno didn’t shy away from the trade market, either, making a midseason deal for pitcher Zack Greinke.
However, it was an in-house product that made the biggest splash in Los Angeles. Outfielder Mike Trout unanimously won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year while finishing second in the MVP race. The Angels remained aggressive in the offseason, adding another former MVP in Josh Hamilton and trading for oft-injured starter Tommy Hanson.
It's clear that the Angels were working to shed some risk at the back of their rotation. However, GM Jerry DiPoto then turned around and filled those slots with pitchers that might not be quite as risky, but also aren't quite as good. Had they been able to keep Zack Greinke, things might look a bit different.
With the amount of money Moreno is investing in this squad, the pressure to perform will be extremely high. Head athletic trainer Adam Nevala will be tasked with keeping the veterans healthy, particularly Pujols and Hamilton, while insuring the up-and-coming stars remain committed to staying in shape and receiving treatment. Concerns about the long-term health of their starters could also be an issue, as Hanson is the only projected starter under the age of 30.
The danger now is whether or not the decline phases of Pujols, Hamilton and Jered Weaver can be sloped to match with the quick march to superstardom by Trout. That means Adam Nevala and his medical staff are on the hot seat as much as Mike Scioscia.
This report was written with the assistance of Jeff Stotts, ATC. You can read more of Jeff's work at Rotowire.com.
Click ahead for the Angels. 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.