Graph of the Intermittent Time Period

Now that Chase Utley and Placido Polanco have been placed on the disabled list, it’s once again time to look at just how badly the injuries are piling up for the Phillies. I have created a timeline detailing the length of each player’s stint on the disabled list. The red bars indicate DL stints; light red bars indicate games missed with day-to-day injuries; and gray bars indicate when the player was not on the active roster.

Click on the thumbnail below to view a much larger version.

And the data:

Player Absent Injury $/Gm $ to Date Injury Cost
Brad Lidge 41 R Flexor Tendon
Surgery / R Elbow
$70,988 $5.25 M $2.91 M
Jimmy Rollins 58 R Calf Strain
(Grade II, Grade I)
$46,296 $3.43 M $2.69 M
Ryan Madson 55* R Big Toe Fracture $27,778 $2.06 M $1.53 M
J.C. Romero 22 L Flexor Tendon
$24,691 $1.83 M $0.54 M
Chase Utley 5* R Thumb UCL Sprain $92,593 $6.85 M $0.46 M
J.A. Happ 67* L Forearm Strain $2,901 $0.21 M $0.19 M
Carlos Ruiz 16* Concussion $11,728 $0.87 M $0.19 M
Placido Polanco 5* L Elbow Bruise $30,864 $2.28 M $0.15 M
Joe Blanton 24 L Oblique Strain $6,173 $0.46 M $0.15 M
Chad Durbin 7 R Hamstring Strain $13,117 $0.97 M $0.09 M
Brian Schneider 13 L Achilles Strain $6,173 $0.46 M $0.08 M
Antonio Bastardo 13* L Elbow Ulnar Neuritis $2,500 $0.19 M $0.03 M
Juan Castro 5 L Hamstring Strain $4,321 $0.32 M $0.02 M
TOTAL 331 $25.17 M $9.04 M

* Still on disabled list

Of the nearly $140 million the Phillies are paying out this year, more than $9 million (6.5 percent) has been lost due to injuries. With seven players currently on the disabled list and several more sure to join them given the daily grind in a baseball life, that number will only continue to grow as the season progresses. 2010 is not looking like a charmed season for the Fightin’s. If the Phillies are to reach the World Series for a third consecutive year, they are truly going to have to earn it.

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  1. TBOH

    June 30, 2010 08:16 AM

    Boy that is a lot of red. Don’t worry, everyone, Danys Baez is fine.

  2. nik

    June 30, 2010 09:58 AM

    7 guys currently on the DL. I’m fearing the worst with Utley, hopefully he’ll at least be back for a September run. Polanco to me is the key right now. With Utley most likely out for a while, Polanco gives us the extra flexibility to pick up a 2nd or 3rd baseman as Polanco can more than handle either position. We could take a flyer on Garrett Atkins (instant upgrade over Dobbs) or try to trade for Wiggington or Kelly Johnson

  3. Jim

    June 30, 2010 12:57 PM

    I don’t see how Lidge being on the DL is a negative.

  4. jake

    July 01, 2010 10:41 AM

    thats too bad–look what happened to the mets last year

  5. jake

    July 01, 2010 10:43 AM

    so i guess all the philly fans will be or already crying !

  6. paco

    July 01, 2010 11:13 AM

    Wow! That is almost considering getting somewhat near (sort of but not really) to what happened to the Mets last year. I remember the Phillies fans saying not to cry about it…

  7. TBOH

    July 01, 2010 11:53 AM

    I just throw these reasons in there with rest of my daily crying. Saves time.

  8. hk

    July 01, 2010 03:25 PM

    jake and paco, who’s crying? Bill’s just providing facts. The information is not intended to be an excuse of any sort. If the Phils don’t win the division, it will be because the Mets or Braves were better this year.

  9. pounded clown

    July 05, 2010 10:11 AM

    Well big talk from Mets fans with just half through the season – there is plently of time for the wheels to fall off RA Dickey’s knuckleball wagon, Big Pelf to return to earth (though I think he has improved but he’s not Cy Pelfrey)and the second time thru the league – well the training wheels come off for Niese. While I wish the Phillies would take some pointer from the Mets ability to manufacture runs, you can’t expect to small ball it all the way thru the season esp. if the aforementioned pitchers start to falter. Oh and I forgot Pagan’s Icarus wings will also melt soon.

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