Baseball Draft Kit: Injury Analysis
Baseball Draft Kit: Injury Analysis

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

Injuries and how a fantasy player responds often dictate how the final standings shape out. Losing a top investment to injury can invalidate a draft-day strategy and force owners to pivot in order to remain relevant. As a result, examining a player's injury-risk profile becomes a must prior to draft day and should be considered when constructing your draft board. Variables like age, career workload, previous injuries and playing style can all influence where and when a player should be drafted. The work of the individual's training staff can also come into play. Certain teams are prone to utilizing the disabled list more than others. In the 2018 season, the Angels, Dodgers, Cardinals and Rangers led the league in total DL stints while the White Sox, Astros, Reds, Diamondbacks and Royals finished with the fewest stints. Let's take a look at a few individuals that will carry an assortment of medical red flags entering the 2019 campaign.

Chris Sale, SP • RED SOX
A late-season swoon burned a majority of Sale's fantasy owners as injuries hampered his productivity. Reoccurring shoulder inflammation limited Sale to just 29 second-half innings, including just 17 total innings pitched over the final two months of the regular season. The problem was ultimately diagnosed as shoulder tendinitis and surgery was deemed unnecessary. Sale spent the offseason resting but the Red Sox have hinted they will alter their approach on how he is handled moving forward. The team remains tight-lipped on what exactly that means, setting

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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