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2012: Year of the serious injury

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
Sights like these have been all too common this season. (Getty Images)

When blogging about injuries, it's easy to use anecdotal evidence and say something like "man, it feels like there have been tons of injuries this season." In 2012, I've definitely thought that a few times. As it turns out, this season has been prolific in churning out major-league injuries.

Through Monday, there has been a 28 percent spike of trips to the 60-day disabled list from last season, and it's a whopping 55 percent higher than in 2010, reports USA Today.

"It's been brutal this year," said Blue Jays president Paul Beeston (USA Today). "As an industry, we have to look at why this is happening."

The Blue Jays have been one of the most afflicted this season. Due mostly to injuries -- several of the season-ending variety -- the Jays have used a franchise-record 32 pitchers. Plus, they've lost offensive nucleus members Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie, among others, to injury.

By no means are they alone. Whether it's the Padres or Red Sox or Royals or Brewers or anyone else, I almost feel bad anytime I mention a team has had injury woes, because nearly every team has been battered in a big way. Even the Reds -- who still have only used five starting pitchers all season -- have gone a long stretch without their superstar, Joey Votto.

Are there any answers as to why this rash of injuries has occurred this season? It doesn't sound like it.

"Everyone is looking around asking if we're doing something wrong," said Dr. Lewis Yocum. "I don't think it's a training or conditioning thing. It seems like we just go through cycles."

Yocum is the Angels' team doctor and probably the second-most famous othopedic surgeon, after Dr. James Andrews, in the country. If he doesn't know, I'm sure as hell not going to take a guess.

Whatever the reason, we're seeing a historic season when it comes to injuries. The USA Today report says we're on pace to see the most DL stints since the data starting being tracked in 2002.

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