Sarris: Everyone is on the disabled list right now

From SABR member Eno Sarris at FanGraphs on May 17, 2017:

Over the course of the last week, the Dodgers placed four players on the disabled list, most in baseball. Andrew Toles, with his torn ACL, would have gone on the DL in any other year, and that might also be true for Adam Liberatore and his strained hamstring. But Kenta Maeda (tightness in hamstring) and Brandon McCarthy (sore left shoulder) are dealing with less debilitating issues. They might not have been placed on the DL if not for the flexibility allowed by the new 10-day option. But has that flexibility really created an explosion in DL usage? What ramifications would that have on the game?

 As with most things in baseball, it’s important to put the problem in numbers in order to better comprehend what’s going on. “This is why we can’t have nice things” has long been a refrain when a blizzard of injuries hits — and so, even as it feels like everyone in baseball is hurt right now, it’s better to get a numerical sense of the situation. Maybe we’re just in one of those pain tempests.

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Originally published: May 17, 2017. Last Updated: May 17, 2017.