The news isn’t too shocking, but through May 6th, the Yankees lead all of baseball in days on the DL with a total of 358. The Blue Jays aren’t far behind, ranking second with 349 days, and the Marlins are third with 323 days.
Though the numbers appear close, the Yankees have undoubtedly taken the biggest hit in terms of disabled players. The majority of their days lost come from their projected starting lineup and rotation, while the Blue Jays have pitchers Kyle Drabek and Luis Perez sitting on the 60-day DL. Though the Yankees ranked just 12th overall in pitchers days lost, their position player injuries have far outweighed the amount and scope of other teams. Their 234 days lost by offensive players is 29 days ahead of the Brewers, and none of these injuries came against bench-types. Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Cervelli, and Kevin Youkilis would all be included in the starting lineup if healthy.
In terms of other teams, the Dodgers have probably taken the biggest hit when it comes to pitching. Their 197 days on the DL come from Chad Billingsley, Scott Elbert, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano, and Zack Greinke. The Braves have also had a number of big name players DL’d, including Brandon Beachey, Brian McCann, Jonny Venters, Freddie Freeman, and Jason Heyward. Though the Red Sox have are ranked high, the majority of their days come from Ryan Kalish, Craig Breslow, and Franklin Morales. The Indians and Padres have also taken major hits.
The best surviving teams have been the Phillies, (though they added Roy Halladay to the DL today), Tigers, Nationals, Mariners, and Rockies. Surprisingly, the Mets, Rangers, and Royals haven’t DL’d a single position player in 2013, pretty remarkable. Before the Halladay DL, the Phillies’ only disabled players were Delmon Young and John Lannan. The Rockies have also survived with short 15 day DL stints to just Jhoulys Chacin and Todd Helton, while Edwar Cabrera sits on the 60-Day DL.
Pitchers have spent a lot more time on the disabled list in comparison to position players. Their total of 3,519 days is 54% more than the 2,282 days that hitters have seen. In terms of leagues, the AL and NL are very close to days missed, with the AL seeing 2,830 and the NL with 2,710. Going by division, the AL East seen the most injuries by far, with 1,247 days lost, which is followed by the NL Central (1,070), the NL West (1,014), the NL East (887), the AL West (839), and the AL Central (744). Here are the total days missed and ranks by teams for pitchers, hitters, and their totals.
|Rank||Teams||Pitcher Days||Teams||Hitter Days||Teams||Total|
|8||Cubs||144||Red Sox||117||Red Sox||244|