In 2011, we have seen rising stars like Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants as well as team-leading veterans such as Johan Santana of the New York Mets fall to injuries, an inevitable part of the game.
The unpredictable phenomenon of injuries can never be completely accounted for in the building and development of a team. They can cut careers short and damage player value.
More importantly, they can cause promising teams' seasons to fall short. Just when a franchise seems to have collected all of the puzzle pieces that would bring them success, a stroke of bad luck could topple the tower and nix their chances.
While there have been many injuries in 2011, ranging from gruesome to comical, some have had a greater effect on the welfare of teams than others. The following list will count down the top five most debilitating injuries of the 2011 season.