February 22, 2013

Injury bug can really hurt

The Yankees found out how tough it is when a key player like Derek Jeter goes down, and out.

The Associated Press

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Derek Jeter
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Derek Jeter, swinging the bat in spring training, hopes to be ready for the Yankees’ opener April 1. A broken ankle in the playoffs last year ended his season and the Yankees’ playoff hopes in 2012.

The Associated Press

Roberts has been with the Orioles his whole big league career but when the team finally made the playoffs in 2012, he'd had season-ending hip surgery in August. After another operation for a sports hernia in December, it uncertain whether the second baseman's body can hold up.

"I just need to play. That's going to be the biggest thing, to just get out there," Roberts said.

No matter what a team did during the offseason, a significant injury can ruin the best of plans. The Blue Jays look like contenders in the AL East after acquiring Jose Reyes and R.A. Dickey, but Bautista was limited by those left wrist problems last year, hitting only 27 home runs after slugging 97 over the previous two seasons.

Atlanta was among the biggest newsmakers in the National League, signing B.J. Upton and trading for his brother, Justin. But there's still a question mark at catcher because Brian McCann is returning from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Johan Santana of the Mets missed a year following shoulder surgery in September 2010, and although he looked plenty healthy last June 1 when he threw the first no-hitter in Mets history, his season ended in August because of ankle and back problems.

"What's important right now is to stay healthy," Santana said. "As far as numbers and all that, if I'm healthy and I'm there, I have a good chance to put up those numbers."

 

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