It can take just one injury to turn a contending Major League Baseball team into a non-factor for the remainder of the season.
There have already been a large number of impact players going down with injuries this season, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see more land on the 15- or 60-day disabled list.
The Los Angeles Angels, for example, have had their offensive struggles, but having a healthy Jered Weaver would boost their contending hopes. But with Weaver sidelined with a broken left elbow, the Angels aren’t really in the AL West picture right now, despite it only being just over a month into the 2013 season.
A handful of other teams could find themselves in a similar position to the Angels should something happen to one of their key players. What’s essential is having depth and being able to survive through a star’s injury, like the Texas Rangers have while Matt Harrison is out for an extended period of time after undergoing back surgery.
While some teams could survive a big injury, here are the teams that cannot at this point in the season.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.