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When it comes to the injury epidemic, in general, there also is no unanimity about why so many are going down so often. But there are two factors that work in tandem that make the most sense to me:
Scheduling has become more arduous at a time when bodies might not be recovering quicker from the use of illegal performance enhancers.
But at the same point in 2010, there were just 104 DL stints for 1,078 days lost and the year before 92 for 1,019.
Last year, there were 521 DL stints in the majors covering 29,387 days lost. Again, the numbers had similarity to 2011-12. But in 2010, it was 459 DL stints for 23,579 days lost and in 2009 it was 478 for 26,173 lost. In 2008, the numbers were huge (532 DL stints/28,459 days lost), but it was an outlier because from 1998-2007 total DL stints ranged from 410 to 480.
Think of that this way: Last year, each of the 30 teams averaged 980 days lost compared to 786 in 2010. The difference of 194 days is roughly six players being lost for an additional month each. Ten years earlier, in 2003, teams averaged 748 days lost. The difference between that and last year is 232, or roughly eight players being lost for a month
It is just grueling on the body to do 162 games in 183 days moving consistently in different time zones
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