Under the Knife: Derek Jeter, Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp and More MLB Injury Notes

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Under the Knife: Derek Jeter, Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp and More MLB Injury Notes
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There's not a fan out there that hasn't raged against injuries to his team. Fantasy players are worse, to the point of narcissism. When Felix Hernandez or Derek Jeter or half the Dodgers team goes down, they take it as a personal affront and wonder where their engraved invitation went that informed them. By definition, injuries are in large part random. 

The Holy Grail of injury analysis is predicting injuries. I dabble in the dark art with the Team Health Reports. It's admittedly a blunt instrument. It is very good at predicting risk in a broad population and not so good at predicting any specificity. 

Jeff Zimmerman, one of the data wizards over at Fangraphs, has put together a new system that he says can predicting pitching injuries. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't, but the idea of it is very intriguing and if it does work, it's going to be exceptionally valued (so much so that I'll bet a team grabs him, much as they did with Sig Mejdal, now with the Houston Astros). 

If nothing else, it's an interesting exercise to look at players like Jonathan Broxton and Lucas Harrell and wonder what the system is seeing, watching them a bit closer the next time they pitch. We know that we can't eyeball this, so any new tool that helps our lying eyes is worth the effort. 

For now, let's look at the injuries that did happen around the league:

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