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Under The Knife 

Under The Knife

Will Carroll's Under The Knife is called the "industry standard" by Peter Gammons and that's good enough for us. Carroll's groundbreaking work on injuries have led to it becoming a standard part of the discussion in baseball. Whether you're a fantasy fan or checking out how your team will be without a star, there's simply no other place to get this kind of daily information.

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09-29

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Under The Knife: Fade To Black Album
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Will Carroll

09-27

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14

Under The Knife: A Small Part Of Tenth Inning
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Will Carroll

09-24

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17

Under The Knife: Explaining The Life of a Medhead
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Will Carroll

09-21

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15

Under The Knife: A Strain is a Tear
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Will Carroll

09-20

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41

Under The Knife: Concussion Problem Worsens
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Will Carroll

09-17

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13

Under The Knife: Is Ryan's Way Working?
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Will Carroll

09-15

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Under The Knife: About Those Pitch Counts
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Will Carroll

09-13

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Under The Knife: Not So Dangerous Times
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Will Carroll

09-10

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Under The Knife: A Leg and a Prayer
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Will Carroll

09-08

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15

Under The Knife: Before there was Tommy John
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Will Carroll

09-06

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20

Under The Knife: A Difficult Task
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Will Carroll

09-03

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15

Under The Knife: Progress at a Snail's Pace
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Will Carroll

09-01

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51

Under The Knife: The Toughest Month for Injury News
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Will Carroll

08-30

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27

Under The Knife: Looking for a Strasburg Scapegoat
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Will Carroll

08-27

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42

Under The Knife: Surgery for Strasburg
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Will Carroll

08-17

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Under The Knife: 998
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Will Carroll

08-16

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Under The Knife: 997
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Will Carroll

08-13

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Under The Knife: 996
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Will Carroll

08-11

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32

Under The Knife: Put Me In, Coach
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Will Carroll

08-10

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13

Under The Knife: Back Home Again in Indiana
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Will Carroll

08-06

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Under The Knife: 28 Hours to Texarkana
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Will Carroll

08-04

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10

Under The Knife: Win One, Lose One
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Will Carroll

08-03

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28

Under The Knife: On Will's Mind
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Will Carroll

08-02

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Under The Knife: No Two Injuries are Alike
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Will Carroll

07-28

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16

Under The Knife: To Be Determined
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Will Carroll

07-27

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Under The Knife: The No Fun League?
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Will Carroll

07-26

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Under The Knife: An Injury Stack Strikes the Tigers
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Will Carroll

07-22

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Under The Knife: It's Strasmas in Cincinnati
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Will Carroll

07-20

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Under The Knife: A Case for Encyclopedia Brown
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Will Carroll

07-19

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Under The Knife: Double Rainbow All the Way
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Will Carroll

07-12

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Under The Knife: Hitting Pause
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Will Carroll

07-08

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Under The Knife: Peavy's Unique Injury
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Will Carroll

07-06

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Under The Knife: The All-Star Effect
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Will Carroll

07-05

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Under The Knife: Reactivation
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Will Carroll

06-28

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25

Under The Knife: The Red Sox Report
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Will Carroll

06-24

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Under The Knife: Occam's Razor in Reverse
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Will Carroll

06-23

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Under The Knife: Beltran's Clock Ready to Tick
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Will Carroll

06-21

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Under The Knife: A Mixed Bag for the Rockies
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Will Carroll

06-17

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Under The Knife: Peavy's shoulder comes up
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Will Carroll

06-16

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Under The Knife: Gain a Pitcher, Lose a Pitcher
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Will Carroll

06-15

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Under The Knife: Happy Returns?
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Will Carroll

06-14

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33

Under The Knife: Monday Update
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Will Carroll

06-11

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Under The Knife: Friday Update
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Will Carroll

06-09

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Under The Knife: Wednesday Update
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Will Carroll

06-07

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Under The Knife: Monday Update
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Will Carroll

06-04

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Under The Knife: Friday Update
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Will Carroll

06-03

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Under The Knife: Thursday Update
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Will Carroll

06-01

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Under The Knife: Tuesday Update
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Will Carroll

05-31

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Under The Knife: Monday Update
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Will Carroll

05-27

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Under The Knife: Thursday Update
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September 29, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: Fade To Black Album

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Will Carroll

One final look at injury news from around the major leagues.

There's no easy way to say goodbye, but there's always a time when we have to do it. Life turns like a season, and as the leaves change, so do the circumstances of our life. Eight years is a long time to do any one thing at any one place. I think in some small way, I've been able to perform the core mission I hoped to when I started writing about sports medicine: to educate the public about the overlooked importance of health, safety, and the hard work of medical staffs in winning baseball.

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September 27, 2010 12:00 pm

Under The Knife: A Small Part Of Tenth Inning

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Will Carroll

Baseball Prospectus radio has a bit role in Ken Burns' latest film, along with a look at injury news from around the major leagues.

Looking back at the things I've done here, there's one where I really wish things had gone different. Brad Wochomurka got the chance to interview Buck O'Neil one day. He was at the studio in Indianapolis and there was a time window where O'Neil was available. I couldn't make it into the studio in time, so Brad did it alone. Joe Posnanski's book The Soul of Baseball is one of my favorite books, baseball or not, and the lessons of O'Neil are just stunning in any context. O'Neil's passion in Ken Burns' Baseball is one of those enduring images. O'Neil should be in the Hall of Fame. In fact, I think we should have a place for people like O'Neil, who spent their lives furthering the game, building the spirit, and showing just what baseball can do. I'd love it if it were the Buck O'Neil Ambassador Award, or something, where others who have given their very souls could be rewarded, where for one afternoon they could hear the roar of a Cooperstown crowd and see their life immortalized on a plaque. I only wish Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame had seen fit to do so for O'Neil, but I think he understood.

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September 24, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: Explaining The Life of a Medhead

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Will Carroll

Writing about injuries and their impact on winning and losing remains the domain of just a few.

One of the hardest things I have to do is explaining what I do. I tried to get the word "medhead" to stick, but it never did. I'm a writer focused on telling the story of sports through the lens of sports medicine. Since few others try to do this, it's a hard concept to grasp for some, despite injuries being one of the greatest factors for winning and losing, second only to talent. I'm not a stathead. Never have been, never will be. When I first came to work at Baseball Prospectus, I was told by one of the original writers that I wouldn't fit in and he was right. While I've attempted to use some statistical tools to help bring the medhead side up to speed, it's always been with assistance. In the media, I often get asked to explain what PECOTA or VORP is and I can articulate it well enough, but the fact is, I'm the guy who can't balance his checkbook and only passed Algebra II because I played baseball. When writing about injuries, I don't have box scores to work from. I don't have the whole of Baseball-Reference or Retrosheet to check against. The outright arrogance of some statheads and the inability to market any of the tools they've developed have held things back. I'm sure the same could be said of me and the medhead side of things. I'm not shy, I say plenty of stupid things, and that's led to some focusing on the persona rather than the work. If there's one thing I could change in the last nine years, it's that.

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September 21, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: A Strain is a Tear

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Will Carroll

Revisiting one of the more misunderstood concepts of sports medicine while also checking on the injury news around the major leagues.

UTK Flashback

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September 20, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: Concussion Problem Worsens

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Will Carroll

Jason LaRue, still feeling the effects of kicks to the head by Johnny Cueto, has decided to retire, along with the rest of the injury news around the major leagues.

Jason LaRue (concussion, 10/4)

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September 17, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: Is Ryan's Way Working?

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Will Carroll

Nolan Ryan and Scott Servais have pushed the Rangers' pitchers harder than any other organizations but has it made a difference?

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September 15, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: About Those Pitch Counts

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Will Carroll

Pitch counts can be the worst thing or the best thing to happen to a pitcher.

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September 13, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: Not So Dangerous Times

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Will Carroll

The injury rate isn't much higher today than it's ever been.

UTK Flashback: More Injuries?

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September 10, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: A Leg and a Prayer

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Will Carroll

Jim Tracy believes Aaron Cook can return from a broken leg this season but that is highly doubtful.

Aaron Cook (fractured fibula, ERD 10/4)
A broken leg might not be season-ending? That's pretty aggressive. After seeing Cook crushed in the shin by a Joey Votto comebacker (preventable, by the way), there was little doubt that we'd seen the last of the right-hander this season. However, Jim Tracy was holding out some hope. Cook was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fibula on his push leg. If you listen closely, you'll hear the crack of Cook's bone on this MLB video. Cook didn't have his leg planted, but the liner was probably moving at Aroldis Chapman speeds. There's very little real chance that Cook returns this season unless the Rockies go deep into the playoffs. The fact that it was the fibula helps, but I get the sense that Tracy was trying to be positive more than he was trying to be factual. Late word is that Jeff Francis will come off the DL to replace Cook.


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September 8, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: Before there was Tommy John

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Will Carroll

Elbow surgery, rudimentary as it was, goes all the way back to Dazzy Vance's days.

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September 6, 2010 8:00 am

Under The Knife: A Difficult Task

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Will Carroll

There is no easy way to quantify the value in dollars that a team loses over the course of a season because of players going on the disabled list.

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September 3, 2010 10:45 am

Under The Knife: Progress at a Snail's Pace

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Will Carroll

Major-league teams are only very slowly warming to biomechanical analysis.

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