Greetings Razzle Dazzlers,

Your Saturday Doom ‘n’ Gloom report about fantasy baseball injuries has arrived early. I will be bringing you coverage of continuous, updated, and potential injuries to consider for your draft and beyond. Let’s jump head first into this assuredly great season of suffering!

A gif of Jesse Ventura asking if you are ready for pain and suffering.
In the first preseason edition of Ambulance Chasers, I need to inform you that you are being haunted by the Ghosts of Fantasy Baseball Past, Present, and Future. These ghoulish spectres may visit your roster in the near future.


Ghost of Fantasy Baseball Past: Previous Injuries

You have likely heard the saying “The best predictor of future injuries is often past injuries.” It sounds like a cliche, but it is a thoroughly researched statement. There is a higher likelihood for an injury to occur again after an initial injury. Jacob DeGrom, Fernando Tatis Jr., Ronald Acuna Jr., and other top ranked players who have had initial and continuous ligament and muscle injuries carry a higher level of injury risk.

Unfortunately, you can expect to see some of these injuries to return or continue for players in the 2022 season. Choose your flavor of risk wisely.

Ghost of Fantasy Baseball Present: The Lockout


The ongoing MLB lockout means that MLB Opening Day, scheduled for March 31, 2022, may come and go without baseball. While the MLB and MLBPA trudge along with negotiations, players still, well, exist. In terms of injuries, the lockout is an important aspect to factor when drafting players.

During the lockout, players are prohibited from talking to and meeting with team staff, including medical and training staff. Players can use their personal coaches and trainers as intermediaries. However, like any game of telephone, communications may become muddled once they arrive to the player.

Jameson Taillon shared a humorous but frustration-tinged tweet that provided insight on what it is like to be a recovering from injury during the lockout. Other players that have shared the difficulties around rehab during the lockout include Nick Madrigal, Charlie Morton, and Dustin May.

If this sounds familiar, it is because players experienced a similar type of disconnection before the 2020 MLB season because of the COVID-19 lockdown. The lockdown resulted in a higher rate of injury that suggested players had “irregular or insufficient sports specific preparation“. Unfortunately, there might be a repeat cycle of these type of injuries in 2022.

Ghost of Fantasy Baseball Future: COVID-19

COVID feels ubiquitous at this point. Yet, it is still difficult to say what the future of the virus might look like. The Delta and Omicron variants appeared within less than a year of each other. Although the Delta variant generally caused more severe illness, the Omicron variant spread wildly through all aspects of society including the NFL. During the December 26, 2021 – January 8, 2022 period, the NFL reported 380 players (around 22% of the NFL’s active roster) tested positive for COVID. The thought of this scenario occurring in the MLB is not a great thought.

Luckily, there is evidence that shows Omicron is slowing down. This means Omicron will not be as insidious for the MLB as it has been for the NFL. Unfortunately, COVID, will very likely still be hanging around and haunting your line-ups.

Tune in next week as I bring you with me head first into the void of player specific injuries and recovery.


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Harley Earl
Harley Earl
6 months ago

I look forward to your analysis on Jacob DeGrom. I don’t own any shares but I’m just curious what the future looks like for the best pitcher in baseball. Also, welcome to the site. Haven’t seen you or read you before, so I’m assuming you’re a newbie :o). At the very least, we finally have some eye-candy around here. Grey and his pornstache just doesn’t do it for me anymore.

Last edited 6 months ago by Harley Earl
everywhereblair
Reply to  Harley Earl
6 months ago

Can’t believe Harley doesn’t consider me eye candy

JKJ
JKJ
6 months ago

Won’t lie to you, I’m not gonna miss doing these.

Godspeed in 2022, Keelin.

Excited you’re on board!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  JKJ
6 months ago

yeah, doesn’t seem like an enviable “beat” to cover!

Yants
Yants
6 months ago

You had me at “Greetings, Razzle Dazzlers.” Welcome aboard. Keelin it real.

Grey
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Reply to  Yants
6 months ago

Oh, here comes the nerd brigade

Yants
Yants
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

REPORTING FOR DUTY SIR

Grey
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Reply to  keelinbillue
6 months ago

Pfft, whatever, I’m going to act out the 2022 MLB season with sock puppets I’ve darned