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Outside The Confines: Injuries galore, in spring

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A spate of injuries is setting in ahead of the start of the season.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It is impossible to get through a season without a team experiencing injury on some level. Usually by the time the trade deadline comes around, contending teams are on the hunt to replace players lost to injury, and it’s impossible to know when a pitcher will need Tommy John surgery, or a fielder will strain a muscle.

The past few days in spring training an incredible spate of injuries struck, leaving some major players sidelined for indeterminate time periods.

The Blue Jays, especially, are struggling with injury. George Springer has a Grade 2 oblique strain and will be out at least a few days; pitcher Robbie Ray has a left elbow bruise, but should be in good shape for the Opening Series; reliever Kirby Yates will unfortunately most likely need Tommy John surgery and miss the whole season.

For the Padres, Fernando Tatís Jr. exited a spring training game with shoulder pain, though it appeared he was holding his hip as he left the field. He will be reevaluated, and hopefully it won’t be anything serious. The Rangers’ Khris Davis left a game with left quad strain the same day and will be reevaluated soon as well.

Kyle Freeland of the Rockies experienced a left shoulder strain, showing clear discomfort before leaving the game.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of recent injury concerns, more can be found at the link above, but it seems like the moves teams have made to be competitive for the new season might not be able to get past the wrath of the injury gods.

Now onto the links!

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.