While spring training numbers are important and look nice, injuries are far worse than any on field struggles. Here are some of the biggest injuries that have been announced this spring.
L.A. Angels-Mark Mulder
One thing that the Angels desperately needed this off-season was improved starting pitching. After Jared Weaver and C.J. Wilson, their rotation has lacked punch. Because of this weakness, the club gambled by bringing Mark Mulder out of retirement to compete for a spot in the middle of the rotation. This comeback however ended quickly as Mulder ruptured his Achilles tendon on the first day of spring workouts. His season and career appear to have ended.
Arizona Diamondbacks-Patrick Corbin
Last season, Patrick Corbin was the best pitcher on a solid D-backs staff. He went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA, appearing in his first all-star game. At just 24 years old, his future was very bright. This spring however after some elbow pain, it was announced that he will undergo Tommy John surgery. He will miss the entire 2014 season.
Detroit Tigers-Jose Iglesias
Jose Iglesias had a solid rookie campaign last season with the Red Sox and Tigers finishing second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. He not only played strong defense at shortstop, but also hit better than expected, too. His talents look good enough to be mentioned in the list of the games next great shortstops. But, he will not be starting the season with the Tigers as it was announced that he has stress fractures in both legs. Although he is hopeful to play this season, he will miss significant time recovering.
Oakland Athletics-Jarrod Parker
After a slow start last season, Jarrod Parker established himself as the ace of the A’s staff. But after getting his arm looked at, he will need to undergo his second Tommy John surgery, leaving the A’s without their ace for the upcoming season.
Atlanta Braves-Kris Medlen
Kris Medlen was originally slated to be the Braves opening day starter, but instead he will not pitch a game this season. He will be heading to Dr. Andrews for, like Parker, his second Tommy John surgery in his career. This loss is a huge blow to the already hurting Braves rotation.
Minnesota Twins-Miguel Sano
Although he has not played in a big league game in his career, top Twins prospect Miguel Sano showed the club that Tommy John surgery is not just for pitchers. The young slugger, who is one of the most feared bats in the minor leagues drawing comparisons to Miguel Cabrera, was expected to see a call up at some point this season. Now his debut will be pushed back at least until 2015 due to the surgery.
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