The Rays, compared to their competition, have been more fortunate in regards to injuries so far in 2010. Using the OwnersEdge.com Injury Database, I found the Rays have the fifth lowest total in regards to days players on the 25 man roster have spent on the disabled list at 229. That number does not include J.P. Howell as he was expected to miss the entire season before the season started but it does include: Gabe Kapler, Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann, Carlos Pena, Grant Balfour, Andy Sonnanstine, Jason Bartlett, Kelly Shoppach, and Matt Joyce. Additionally, most of those names have only recently hit the disabled list as the Rays enjoyed an unbelievable stretch of good health in the first half.
The table below lists all thirty clubs and how many days their players have spent on the disabled list, how many players have been on the list, and how many wins the club has.
I bolded the totals of the Rays’ main competition for the playoffs so you could see just how fortunate the club has been in relation to them, particularly Boston. To date, the Rays have had their injured players total less than one-third of the amount of time the Red Sox injured player have accumulated on the disabled list which is a stunning number no matter how you look at it. The fact that Boston is still just five games behind the Rays despite such epic decimation of their 25 man roster is a testament to the work of Terry Francona and Theo Epstein. Do injured players equate to a broken team? Julia E. Seaman and I. Elaine Allen say no. Unfortunately, I cannot find access to their complete paper and can just link to their press release findings which state, among other points, that the fewest days on the disabled list does not always associate with performance in the post-season.
Kudos to the Tampa Bay Rays training staff who does an excellent job of taking care of this team and doing what they can to prevent injuries as much as possible.