Spring training is here and with it comes the best and worst of America's pastime.
The first games of a new season are chalk full of prospects hoping to make an impression on the big club, veterans looking for a final shot in the big leagues and, more than anything else, an abundance of hope that this might just be the year.
Unfortunately, a new season inevitably brings injuries.
Seasons, even careers, can be ruined in meaningless games. Championship hopefuls can find themselves on the outside looking in at a playoff race.
So far, 2011 has been rather kind to the health of Major League Baseball players, with one notable exception. Still, seemingly minor injuries in March can stay with a player all season.