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Baseball Pitchers Are Taking The Heat

A new study of baseball players between 2002 and 2008 shows that pitchers are getting injured hand over fist!


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Unsurprisingly, 67% of these injuries were to the upper extremities.

At their annual meeting, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) featured a study of baseball players – and their injuries – between 2002 and 2008.

The study gave a thorough run-down of the who, what, where and why’s of Major League Baseball’s infamous disabled list. Can you guess which position dominated the list?


That’s right. The big men of the mound.

Pitchers were discovered to be 34% more likely to appear on the injured list than any other position in the Major Leagues. Also unsurprisingly, 67% of their injuries were to the upper extremities (arms, shoulders, etc.)

If that wasn’t bad enough, the study also found that 77% of all MLB injuries occurred before the All-Star Game.

Read More:

  • Major League Pitchers 34 Percent More Likely to Be Injured Than Fielders (Science Daily)
  • Major Leaguers Seem Prone to Injury in First Half of Season (HealthDayNews)

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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