November 12, 2012
2012 Year-End Injury Summary: AL Central
The American League Central is the healthiest division in baseball. This hasn’t always been the case, but the White Sox are consistently near the top of the health charts. However, Chicago’s rivals are now starting to give it a run for its money.
Division: American League Central
WARP lost Divisional Ranking (Overall Ranks—Best to worst):
Per its fourth-place TAWL ranking, the Cleveland Indians were the AL Central’s best at keeping key players relatively healthy. The club managed to use only 13 DL trips, which was fifth in the majors. The Indians ranked 14th when factoring in the days lost, though, indicating there were more long-term injuries.
Travis Hafner cost the Indians lineup the most TAWL in 2012. Hafner had surgery for a torn meniscus, and contemplated surgery for a bulging disc. In total, Hafner missed 78 games, which led to a 0.70 TAWL, good for 42.4 percent of the team’s total. Jack Hannahan missed 28 games as a result of low back soreness and a calf strain, worth 0.21 TAWL, or 13.2 percent.