As we head towards the first games of spring training for the 2015 season, I can’t help but notice that injuries are already dominating the headlines.
In some cases, recent injuries. In others, injuries carrying over into camp.
The lead story for the Cardinals is Adam Wainwright’s abdominal strain. There is a focus on whether or not he’ll be ready to go on Opening Night. Or, for that matter, if he should go on Opening Night.
I don’t know about you, but the thought of the new-look Cubs trotting out Jon Lester to face Waino at Wrigley Field the night of Sunday, April 5th had me pretty giddy.
Lester versus Lance Lynn? I mean… baseball will be back, so that’s nice and all. But it’s a little less thrilling.
More battered pitchers with Homer Bailey throwing 20 pitches in recovery mode for Cincinnati. And young Pirates starter Jameson Tailon is also recovering from Tommy John surgery.
For position player injuries, look no further than Milwaukee, where Ryan Braun’s thumb is getting a lot of attention.
We still have five more weeks of every team having a 0-0 record and yet we’re already focused on how these teams are being affected by injuries.
It’s a little discouraging.