Ouch! Injuries can do more than just the baseball player affected—they can throw off a team for weeks, even months at a time. The worst injuries can derail a team’s entire season.
Whether a team is in first place and needs a bat to return fast or is fighting to get back into the postseason hunt and needs a key arm, the following injured players are of major concern for their squads.
Here are the five biggest injury concerns in baseball right now.
All statistics via ESPN.
Teixeira hasn’t played a game yet all season after suffering a wrist injury in spring training, but could begin a Double-A rehab assignment as early as May 29.
Despite several other star players going down with injury—Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, to name a few—the Yankees have defied expectations and have a one-game lead in the AL East over the arch-rival Red Sox. But all those injuries could catch up to the team.
When healthy, Teixeira is one of the top first basemen in all of baseball. In 2011, his last full season, the Yankees star clubbed 39 home runs with 111 RBI. Even a half-season of that production could go a long way in the Bronx Bombers’ postseason push.
A 21-27 start on the year was not what the Angels envisioned after a very active offseason, but that is where Los Angeles stands, 10 games behind Texas in the AL West.
The Angels still have time to right the ship, but the clock is ticking on the season in Southern California. Part of the reason for the slow start has been the absence of ace Jered Weaver, who has been out with a broken left elbow since April.
Luckily for the Halos, Weaver could return to the rotation as early as next week. If everything goes the Angels’ way, the return of the three-time All-Star could be a much-needed boost that could turn around the team’s season.
The Miami Marlins are a train wreck, especially after the offseason salary dump that saw Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle shipped out of town.
Fans are staying away, and the team is last in the NL East, 16 games out of first place and sports the worst record in all of baseball at 13-35. Seemingly one of the very few bright spots on the team (aside from the shiny new stadium that opened last year) is outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
The Marlins may continue to lost games with Stanton in the lineup, but at least when he returns there is a reason to watch Miami baseball.
After an active offseason with lofty expectations of the team’s first playoff berth since the early 1990s, the Toronto Blue Jays are stinking up the joint. The team is in last place in the AL East with a 20-28 record, 9.5 games out of the division lead.
A large factor in the team’s slow start has been the absence of shortstop Jose Reyes, who was acquired in the offseason from the Miami Marlins. Reyes has played just 10 games with the team after going down with an ankle injury in April.
At the time, Reyes was scheduled to miss at least three months—but by then, the Blue Jays could be totally out of the playoff hunt.
Utley is one of the best second basemen in all of baseball—when healthy. The problem is, he rarely is.
In fact, Utley was off to a great start this season before he was placed on the 15-day DL by Philadelphia this Thursday with an oblique injury. Utley can be activated as soon as June 5. Before his injury, the Phillies infielder was batting .272 with seven home runs and 25 RBI.
Utley hasn’t played more than 115 games since 2009, when he played 156. That year, the Phillies star hit 31 home runs with 91 RBI. Since then, he’s played 115, 103 and 83 games each season.
The fact of the matter is that Utley is as brittle as he is talented, which is unfortunate for the Phillies and baseball fans in general.