Dr. HQ: Injuries are up
The first half of the 2007 season is in the books, and the record pace of disabled-list moves in April continued all the way through the All-Star break. At the end of April, we reported that DL moves in 2007 were up more than 16 percent compared to last season. As of July 8, major league teams had made 350 DL moves compared to 293 in the same time frame last year. We must also note that there are other injured players who could be placed on the disabled list retroactively. So the increased rate in injuries compared to last season may be even higher.
• There is an old baseball adage that teams need to stay healthy to win, and the surprising Milwaukee Brewers have made only seven DL moves to date. They are tied with the Houston Astros with the lowest number of DL moves so far in 2007.
• Entering the 2007 season, the Chicago White Sox were ranked first in fewest DL days the past five years (with just 1,781). This year, they have already made more DL moves than all of last season, with Scott Podsednik (twice), Darin Erstad and Joe Crede leading the way.