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First Pitch: When Does a Player Become Injury Prone?

Elias Diaz had an injury filled season in 2016 after a very healthy career. Photo Credit: David Hague
First Pitch: When Does a Player Become Injury Prone?

This hasn't been a good year for Elias Diaz in terms of health. The catcher missed about half the 2016 season with an elbow injury, with a few setbacks along the way. He returned later in the season, but then missed time with a leg infection. Diaz was back in action in the Dominican Winter League, but has been shut down for over a month with an oblique injury, which he suffered while swinging the bat.

It wasn't a good year for Austin Meadows in those terms either. He missed the first month of the season after a freak injury where a ball skipped up and hit him in the eye during Spring Training. He missed a month in the middle of the season with a minor hamstring issue. And then he was shut down early and missed the end of the year with an oblique injury.

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