MLB Opening Day 2014: Infographic on 2013 injuries, arm leads, not head


Feb 13, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; A general view of MLB baseballs before the Pittsburgh Pirates first spring training workout at Pirate City. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Opening Day of Major League Baseball is right around the corner, but there are already some players headed to the disabled list. For instance, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish won’t be available to open the season up, meaning fans will miss out on an intriguing match up against former Ranger Cliff Lee.

The folks at SimpleTherapy came up with an interesting infographic breaking down injuries between pitchers and hitters and by body part. The motive for the survey used to collect data was the new MLB rules in the 2014 season to help protect players from head injuries.

SimpleTherapy‘s research discovered that head injuries just accounted for 6.3 percent of all injuries. You’ve likely heard about the padded caps to protect pitchers, well head injuries were only 1 percent of all injuries to pitchers.

This might not be shocking, but SimpleTherapy‘s data showed that the majority of injuries to pitchers were to the elbow and shoulder. Position players suffered a higher volume of leg injuries though, and that they spent lest time on the disabled list than pitchers – in fact, 6,726 days less.

Check out this infographic below:

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