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Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez
The Dodgers' payroll entering the season: $213 million. The Yankees' payroll entering the season: $210 million. Those two teams find themselves head and shoulders above the rest of the league in spending (h/t Yahoo).
However, a seemingly endless budget can't guard against injuries, and each of those clubs have been hit hard by the injury bug this spring.
For the Dodgers, Carl Crawford has been slow in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last August. Major offseason-acquisition Zack Greinke (elbow inflammation) and Hanley Ramirez (torn thumb ligament) have battled injuries as well this spring, as the Dodgers are not off to a great start.
As bad as that is, things are much worse for the Yankees, who lost Alex Rodriguez to hip surgery before the season even started. Key sluggers Mark Teixeira (strained wrist) and Curtis Granderson (fractured forearm) will join him on the disabled list, and perhaps even Derek Jeter, as he has been slow to return from a broken ankle suffered last postseason.
Despite the tons of money these two teams have spent, they can't buy luck, and they've both been hit with some terrible luck this spring in the health department.