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Ben and Sam discuss the possibility that the Nationals might enter the playoffs without either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg, then talk about how the White Sox have defied injuries yet again and proved the pre-season predictions wrong.

Ben and Sam discuss the possibility that the Nationals might enter the playoffs without either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg, then talk about how the White Sox have defied injuries yet again and proved the pre-season predictions wrong.

Effectively Wild Episode 23: "Benching Bryce Harper/Why We Were Wrong About the White Sox"

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February 16, 2010 10:23 am

Team Health Reports: Oakland Athletics

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Will Carroll

The signing of Ben Sheets brings plenty of risk to the East Side of the Bay.

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March 26, 2008 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Kansas City Royals

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Will Carroll

Among the many things the Royals have needed to fix has been how they handle injuries. Will this be another area of progress under Dayton Moore?

The Facts
Head Trainer: Nick Swartz
Player Days Lost: 1,383
Total Dollars Lost: $16.64 million
Three-Year Rank: 27





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March 10, 2008 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Chicago Cubs

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Will Carroll

Can the Cubs' staff get more reliable work from some repurposed players?

The Facts
Head Trainer: Mark O'Neal
Total Days Lost: 1,093
Total Dollars Lost: $10.66 million
Three-Year Rank: 25





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March 5, 2008 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Philadelphia Phillies

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Will Carroll

Last season's surprise division-winners--and their trainer--will have to prove themselves a second year in a row.

The Facts
Head Trainer: Scott Sheridan
Player Days Lost: 1,049
Dollars Lost: $19.95 million
Three-Year Rank: 14





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February 28, 2008 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Seattle Mariners

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Will Carroll

With concerns about King Felix up top and the farm system down below, player health is a major factor for the Mariners.

The Facts
Head Trainer: Rick Griffin
Player Days Lost, 2007: 993
Dollars Lost, 2007: $5.1 million
Three-Year Rank: 18





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June 13, 2007 12:00 am

Under The Knife: Seeing Verlander in a Different Light

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Will Carroll

Some things we get right, and sometimes, guys do something that keeps us humble.

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February 20, 2006 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Thomas Gorman and Will Carroll

Will the D'backs have a healthy crop of veterans to go with their youth movement? Find out in today's Team Health Report.

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July 14, 2005 12:00 am

UTK Special

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Will Carroll and Michael Groopman

With no Redbook to turn to, Will Carroll and Michael Groopman unveil a new injury accounting system.

There are problems with the data, mostly due to two factors: collection and transparency. We collect our information from public and private sources, attempting to get the most accurate view of injuries via the disabled list. It remains possible that we will miss some underreported transaction, though the use of multiple sources plus our double- and triple-check procedures should reduce this doubt. Using the disabled list has its own problems. A recent discussion with a major league trainer last week highlights this. The trainer bemoaned the use of the DL by teams to "hide players" or make roster moves and its effect on teams' stats. Another trainer advocated a system used in the minor leagues, where each trainer lists each player on his team as either "able" or "unable" to play. This system would give much more accurate views on minor injuries that do not necessitate disabling, yet would require a co-operation and co-ordination unheard of in MLB, especially with an independent outside organization.

That said, what do the data tell us about what we have seen in 2005 thus far? Quite a bit actually. There's been a perception that injuries are up this year. Viewed in a year-over-year manner, though, injuries are actually down a bit overall using days lost. Total salary dollars lost are up, however. The big-dollar injuries to players such as Barry Bonds, Jim Thome and Kerry Wood create a monetary imbalance--a month of Bonds costs a team as much as 10 full seasons of a player at the minimum salary. They also create a public perception of increased injury. There are some interesting reductions in injuries that we see in position, age, service, and contract groupings. Our first chart, days lost to the DL, makes it very clear why the Mariners, Reds, and Dodgers are struggling.

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May 30, 2003 12:00 am

Under The Knife: A Visit with Dr. Tim Kremchek

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Will Carroll

There is no other hospital I have ever seen that includes its Astroturf infield in the tour. Hidden away just off the Interstate in northern Cincinnati, I was invited to go into, what for me was essentially the mouth of the beast. Swerving through the new construction of a suburban office park, almost anonymous from the outside, Beacon Orthopaedic Clinic beckoned me to come inside, to let my guard down, and to face the man I'd criticized in print more than any other. It was the equivalent of Rush Limbaugh being invited into the Clinton White House. It was Doug Pappas being invited to a Selig family picnic. In my years as an injury analyst, there was no name that had come up more than Ken Griffey Jr.. When speaking of Griffey, there was no way to avoid involving Dr. Tim Kremchek in the discussion. Like many, my opinion of Kremchek had descended from joking derision. My views were colored by incidents which, from the outside, supported my views. More recently though, Reds Assistant General Manager Brad Kullman convinced me to keep an open mind, that I might be wrong about Kremchek. I decided to try and find out for myself.

In my years as an injury analyst, there was no name that had come up more than Ken Griffey Jr.. When speaking of Griffey, there was no way to avoid involving Dr. Tim Kremchek in the discussion. Like many, my opinion of Kremchek had descended from joking derision. My views were colored by incidents which, from the outside, supported my views. More recently though, Reds Assistant General Manager Brad Kullman convinced me to keep an open mind, that I might be wrong about Kremchek. I decided to try and find out for myself.

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March 4, 2003 12:00 am

Under The Knife: A Day in the Life

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Will Carroll

The second most frequent question I get after "What the [bleep] is wrong with Nick Johnson?" is "How do you do what you do?" My friend Robert Herzog called me on my radio show last year and really grilled me. He's a friend now, but it was really an annoying question. At the time, my answer was "lots of phone calls and a lot of perseverance." True, yes, but not really the key to it. Becoming a baseball injury analyst was something of a wonderful accident of luck and timing. Under The Knife started as my answer to another injury analyst who gave incorrect information and answered a question with, "What do you expect for a hundred bucks?" I'd had just enough coffee in me that day to think that I could do better.

It took four years of working as a student athletic trainer on all sports, including baseball. It took medical training. It took the creativity to diagnose something from afar. It's at times like a giant puzzle; I get enough pieces to put things together, but I don't have the box cover to go off of and there are always pieces missing.

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Steroids in Baseball

The issue of steroid abuse in baseball isn't a new one. Accusations about the use of anabolic steroids to enhance performance have been around for many years. Estimates about the extent of the use of anabolic steroids in baseball run as high as 50% of players in MLB, and a comparable number in the minors.

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