Injuries can decide seasons. The players listed here are major contributors to their respective teams, or in the very least, players who are substantial upgrades over their replacements. Their return could be the difference between October baseball and October golf.
From Ryan Braun's return for another MVP push, to Derek Jeter's bat and leadership helping the New York Yankees to the AL East title or Troy Tulowitzki shifting the odds of a tight NL West in the Colorado Rockies' favor, it's clear that injuries are one of the biggest storylines for the rest of the season.
Most teams have played to or near the 81-game mark. Three months of the season is in the books with three to go. Getting these stars back during the second half will only add to the drama.
Let's take a look at the some of the most important injuries and how they could affect the game in the second half.