Under the Knife: Mid-Spring Training Injury Updates for MLB's Biggest Stars

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Under the Knife: Mid-Spring Training Injury Updates for MLB's Biggest Stars
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Another season of Under The Knife opens! Since 2002, I've been writing about the injuries around baseball. While I've been given great opportunities and cover more than just MLB now, it's still great to come back to this, my original column, one that still feels like home.

The original mission is still in place as well. I want to look at baseball through the lens of sports medicine. I want to tell the stories of the doctors, athletic trainers and players that overcome and prevent injuries. There's still a long way to go, since in the years I've been doing this, injuries haven't gone down and teams aren't doing enough to reverse the trend.

There will be plenty of injuries and plenty of stories this season to keep UTK filled with stories, but there's a couple things I want to focus on this year. The first is context. If you want just the basics, you can get that anywhere. Cole Hamels' shoulder is sore and Kris Medlen's elbow looked bad coming out of the game this weekend. What I want you to understand is why those happened and what is likely to happen next. Context is everything.

The other is a subfunction of context and it's really functional. Biomechanics are underused in the sport, but what's the next "oblique?" Remember about eight years ago when instead of a side strain we started hearing oblique strain? I think I know what's next and again, the why is more interesting than the what.

For now, there's plenty of injuries as we hit the halfway point in camp and gear up for fantasy draft season. Be sure to check out the Risk Ratings (which are the same system I've used for Team Health Reports for over a decade) and avoid the worst. Powered by another season of telling the stories of men like Dr. Frank Jobe, on to the injuries...

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