With Bryce Harper out, are the Nats the most injured team in baseball?


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The Washington Nationals lost catcher Wilson Ramos to injury during the season opener, but luckily they acquired Jose Lobaton in the offseason to provide a stopgap. Right-handed starter Doug Fister has an inflamed elbow and has yet to make a start for his new team, but Tanner Roark has provide to be a reliable, short-term fill in. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and reserve outfielder Scott Hairston both landed on the disabled list but second-year player Anthony Rendon has helped pick up the slack. Denard Span suffered a concussion, which is always a reason for caution no matter how serious.

And now Bryce Harper will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and could be out until July.

But before fans in the nation’s capital cry foul, they should know that they aren’t even the most injured team in the league. They aren’t second, either.

The Texas Rangers have lost 192 games to injury while the San Diego Padres stand at 152 games lost. Both have comparable records to the Nats. Texas is 15-11 and in second place in the AL West while the Padres are in 13-14 and in fourth place in the NL West. The Nationals are 14-12, which places them third in the NL East, but they’ve won two of their last three.

“Nobody is going to feel sorry for us,” Nats General Manager Mike Rizzo said.

That’s true. Injuries are a given in the big leagues, and it is how the team responds that separates the pretenders from the contenders.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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