Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 5/8/12

With over 20 games played, we’re certainly only in the beginning part of the baseball season. But to the dismay of many fans, and managers around the league, there have already been some big injuries that are impacting teams. And as always, the thought of losing a star player for an extended period of time has fans a bit worried.

While baseball is one of the sports where the athletes don’t make contact with one another often, the potential for serious injuries still exist. Professional athletes and younger players coming up should be sure to have an individual health insurance plan in place to help cover surgeries and rehab.

Two Big-Name Injuries

One of the most widely-recognizable injuries thus far in the season is a big one. Star third baseman Evan Longoria, of the Tampa Bay Rays, will be out for four to eight weeks.

Initially described as soreness behind the knee, an MRI revealed a partially torn left hamstring. The three-time All-Star was placed on the 15-day disabled list, after getting off to a hot start – he was hitting .329 with four homers and 19RBIs. As it has been noted, the “finicky” nature of the injury could put out the Rays’ best player until July.

Another player on the 15-day disabled list is Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis. After missing three games due to a lower back strain, the Red Sox opted to take this measure to give the star some much-needed rest.

The eight-year veteran has experienced flare ups due to his back lately, so hopefully the move by his team will help his back in the long run. However, like Longoria, this is one type of injury that could come back to haunt him.

Gamel Out for the Season?

Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel may be out for the season. With a torn ligament in his right knee, word is that Gamel will need surgery to get him back on the field.

General Manager Doug Melvin “stopped short of declaring Gamel out for the season,” according to the report, but things are not looking good. The already-struggling offense of the Brewers can ill-afford to lose a starter.

Current State of Injuries – And Other Risks

The aforementioned injuries are all big blows to their respective teams. While Gamel is not necessarily a big-name player, this is a Brewers team that is struggling, especially on offense. For the Rays, Longoria is a superstar and their best player, so the impact is obvious. Boston is perhaps best prepared for the injury, with their impressive offensive lineup. Youkilis has already been called out for his effort by his own manager, he and the team didn’t respond well to that. He may not be in a rush to get back on the field.

There are plenty of other risks and injuries that come along with the job of playing in the majors. One of the biggest injury risks in the sport, Grady Sizemore, is due off the disabled list on June 3, he went down with a back injury but has suffered through a few different aches and pains. While not an injury risk, the Yankees reserve infielder Eric Chavez suffered “a whiplash injury” and possible concussion in a game recently and may be forced to miss time.

There are plenty of injuries happening around the league and the impact they have on teams can be obvious. From the freak injury to a reserve infielder to long-term prognoses for a star player, fans are certainly aware of the devastating nature of injuries to their team.


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