Graph of the Intermittent Time Period

More bad news, via Matt Gelb on Twitter:

[Ryan] Howard to the DL.

Although Howard himself and Charlie Manuel spoke optimistically about his left ankle injury, this was viewed an inevitability by just about everyone else. The black cloud continues to hang over the Philadelphia Phillies.

It’s been a while since we’ve updated the “Salary Lost to Injury” data, so that is today’s topic. Since we last discussed injuries, Jamie Moyer and Shane Victorino have joined Howard on the sidelines while Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Placido Polanco, J.A. Happ, Ryan Madson, and Antonio Bastardo racked up more injury time, costing the Phillies plenty of cash money not to mention the loss in on-field production.

The injury timeline (click to view a much larger version):

The data:

Player Absent Injury $/Gm $ to Date Injury Cost
Chase Utley 35* R Thumb Sprain $92,593 $9.81 M $3.24 M
Brad Lidge 41 R Elbow Surgery/
$70,988 $7.52 M $2.91 M
Jimmy Rollins 58 R Calf Strain $46,296 $4.91 M $2.69 M
Ryan Madson 63 R Big Toe Fracture $27,778 $2.94 M $1.75 M
Placido Polanco 19 L Elbow Bruise $30,864 $3.27 M $0.59 M
J.C. Romero 22 L Elbow Surgery $24,691 $2.62 M $0.54 M
Jamie Moyer 13* L Elbow UCL $40,123 $4.25 M $0.52 M
J.A. Happ 88 L Forearm Strain $2,901 $0.31 M $0.26 M
Chad Durbin 18 R Hamstring Strain $13,117 $1.39 M $0.24 M
Carlos Ruiz 20 Concussion $11,728 $1.24 M $0.23 M
Shane Victorino 6* R Abdominal Strain $30,864 $3.27 M $0.19 M
Joe Blanton 24 L Oblique Strain $6,173 $0.65 M $0.15 M
Ryan Howard 1* L Ankle $117,284 $12.43 M $0.12 M
Brian Schneider 13 L Achilles Strain $6,173 $0.65 M $0.08 M
Antonio Bastardo 26 L Elbow Ulnar Neuritis $2,500 $0.27 M $0.07 M
Juan Castro 5 L Hamstring Strain $4,321 $0.46 M $0.02 M
TOTAL 452 $56.01 M $13.58 M

* Still on disabled list

And another chart:

Just by spending one day on the disabled list, Howard has already cost the Phillies more ($120,000) than Bastardo, Brian Schneider, and Juan Castro did (individually)  with their entire stints on the DL — $80,000, $70,000, and $20,000 respectively.

The team as a whole has gained an additional 121 DL days and an additional $4.5 million in salary since the last update. Fortunately, though, the Phillies have had most of their soldiers heal up as the percentage of salary lost to injuries has decreased from 36% from our last update to 24% presently.

Of the 38 players that have spent at least one day on the Phillies’ 25-man roster, 15 of them have spent time on the disabled list. That is a whopping 39% for those of you keeping score. Then consider that Paul Hoover, Dane Sardinha, Domonic Brown, Mike Zagurski, Scott Mathieson, Vance Worley, and Andrew Carpenter have barely spent any time on the roster.

*Note: I originally included Juan Castro in my count, but he never spent time on the DL. However, his hamstring injury did cause him to miss some time which is why he is included in the table above.

My comment on the Phillies for this week’s power rankings at ESPN, posted yesterday, read:

Injuries continue to decimate the Phillies’ roster. Yet somehow they are within 2.5 games of first place in the NL East.

It is quite amazing that a team decimated this badly by injuries is still within (now) three games of first place. The Phillies won 17 of 31 games so far without Utley and will now have to tread water without Howard as well.

Talk about the Phillies’ flaws all you want (and I will), but this team has overcome a tremendous amount of adversity this year. We are very fortunate to still watch our favorite team compete for a division crown.

Tonight’s lineup has Raul Ibanez hitting second, Ben Francisco fifth and Ruiz sixth, and includes both Cody Ransom and Wilson Valdez. Be very grateful if they play .500 baseball in August, then hope that the Phillies can go on a patented September hot streak with the return of Utley.