Ranking MLB's Unluckiest Injury-Riddled Teams in 2013
Injuries are an unfortunate part of professional sports, and with a 162-game season, there is no shortage of injuries an MLB team is forced to deal with throughout the course of the year.
In the end, a lot of it comes down to sheer luck, and if a team can avoid the injury bug and stay relatively healthy throughout the course of the season, their chances of contending obviously sky rocket.
The New York Times recently released a neat injury-tracker tool in which it shows what percent of each team's payroll is currently tied up in injured players, as well as what they have paid those injured players so far today and what they are paying them per hour.
Without going into too much depth analyzing the tracker, here is a look at the five unluckiest injury-riddled teams of the 2013 season.
5. Oakland Athletics
Current DL (7)
OF Chris Young, OF Coco Crisp, SP Brett Anderson, IF Hiroyuki Nakajima, RF Josh Reddick, IF Scott Sizemore, RP Fernando Rodriguez
$25.8 million or 41.7 percent of their payroll is currently on the disabled list, and they are paying $5,913 per hour to those injured players.
Though the $25.8 million they currently have on the DL seems inconsequential stacked up against someone like the Yankees, for a team with as a low a payroll as the A's have, it's a huge number.
Outfielders Young and Crisp along with Opening Day starter Anderson rank as three of the team's four highest-paid players, and all are key members of the roster.
Crisp in particular was a having a fantastic season, with a .943 OPS through his first 99 at-bats. With Crisp, Young and slugging outfielder Reddick on the DL, the team has not had the depth to shuffle players around and play to the matchups like they do so well.
Sizemore suffered a torn ACL for the second straight season, while Nakajima has been a bust so far after coming over from Japan.
4. Toronto Blue Jays
Current DL (3)
SP Josh Johnson, SS Jose Reyes, SP J.A. Happ, RP Sergio Santos, OF Rajai Davis, RP Dustin McGowan, SP Kyle Drabek, SP Drew Hutchinson, RP Luis Perez
$35.7 million or 27.9 percent of their payroll is currently on the disabled list, and they are paying $8,171 per hour to those injured players.
Last season, no team was hit harder by injuries than the Blue Jays, as virtually every player on their roster spent some time on the DL, and their rotation in particular was hit hard. A total of 12 different pitchers started at least one game.
After acquiring what seemed like a completely new roster following a pair of blockbuster trades, the Blue Jays entered the year with sky-high expectations, but so far, they have come up short. They're currently 16-24 and last in the AL East.
A severe ankle sprain landed the speedy Reyes on the 60-day DL a month ago, and he was one of the few hitters actually putting up solid numbers at the time of the injury.
Johnson has been injury-prone throughout his career, but after a healthy season last year, the Blue Jays had hoped he would emerge as an ace-caliber arm atop their rotation.
Young right-handers Drabek and Hutchinson are still on the mend from Tommy John surgery last season, so those injuries aren't from this season, but being without them hurts the pitching depth nonetheless.
3. Miami Marlins
Current DL (10)
1B Casey Kotchman, RF Giancarlo Stanton, SP Henderson Alvarez, SP Nathan Eovaldi, IF Chris Valaika, 2B Donovan Solano, 1B/OF Logan Morrison, OF Alfredo Silverio, IF Joe Mahoney, RP Jose Ceda
$5.2 million or 13.7 percent of their payroll is currently on the disabled list, and they are paying $1,189 per hour to those injured players.
From a payroll percentage standpoint, there are a number of teams worse off than the Marlins. But in terms of percentage of the team's overall talent pool, no team may be worse off from an injury standpoint right now than the Marlins.
Stanton, the face of the team and one of the game's brightest young stars, played in just 20 games this season before a hamstring injury sidelined him just as he was starting to heat up after a slow start.
Morrison was expected to be the team's other legitimate run producer, but he has yet to make his season debut following September knee surgery.
Solano was putting up passable numbers as the starting second baseman before he was hurt, hitting .278/.333/.324.
The biggest blow may have been the spring injuries to Eovaldi and Alvarez, who are both expected to be a big part of the team's future rotation. Eovaldi was acquired in last year's Hanley Ramirez trade, while Alvarez was part of the return from the Blue Jays in the offseason blockbuster. One plus, however, is that their injuries opened the door for 20-year-old phenom Jose Fernandez to crack the big league roster.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Current DL (9)
SP Zack Greinke, SS Hanley Ramirez, SP Ted Lilly, SP Chad Billingsley, 2B Mark Ellis, UT Jerry Hairston, RP Scott Elbert, RP Shawn Tolleson, SP Stephen Fife
$69.2 million or 31 percent of their payroll is currently on the disabled list, and they are paying $15,831 per hour to those injured players.
After spending a ton to improve the team over the past year, the Dodgers have been as big a disappointment as any in baseball so far this season. They are currently 16-22 and in last place in the NL West.
Losing Greinke hurt a lot, as he battled injuries in the spring and then broke his collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl after beaning Carlos Quentin in his second start of the season. He'll make $19 million this season, and so far he's thrown 11.1 innings.
Their double-play combination is also currently on the shelf, and for Ramirez, it is already the second trip he's made to the DL this season.
Losing Lilly and Fife on top of Greinke has also stretched the team's pitching depth, an area that looked as though it would be a strength of the team entering the season.
1. New York Yankees
Current DL (10)
$85.6 million or 37.5 percent of their payroll is currently on the disabled list, and they are paying $19,607 per hour to those injured players.
No team has been hit harder by injuries than the Yankees, with All-Stars Rodriguez, Teixeira, Jeter and Curtis Granderson all opening the season on the disabled list.
Granderson, and his $15 million salary, finally returned for his season debut on Tuesday, but the team is still a long way from being healthy.
That said, they have surprised everyone by not only managing the loss of the aforementioned players but thriving in their absence. They are currently in first place in the AL East, and their 25-14 record is tied for the best in the American League.
The veteran trio of Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay have absolutely carried the team offensively. Once the Yankees are fully healthy, they'll have as much offensive depth as any team in baseball.
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