Phillies Injuries Proving Costly

Last year, I posted updates about the many injured Phillies, tallying up exactly how much money the Phillies were spending on shelved players. Unfortunately, the injury bug followed the Phillies into 2011, demanding yet more updates. The following is a summary of the team’s injuries so far, accurate as of yesterday’s game.

Player Injury DL Date Absent 2011 Salary Salary/G Injury Cost
Chase

Utley

Patellar tendinitis

R Knee

3/22 27 $15,000,000 $92,593 $2,500,000
Brad

Lidge

Rotator Cuff Strain

R Shoulder

3/25 27 $11,500,000 $70,988 $1,916,667
Joe

Blanton

Medial Impingement

R Elbow

4/24 7 $8,500,000 $52,469 $367,284
Jose

Contreras

Strained R Flexor

Pronator Tendon

4/22 9 $2,500,000 $15,432 $138,889
J.C.

Romero

Strained R Calf 4/19 12 $1,350,000 $8,333 $100,000
Domonic

Brown

Broken Hamate Bone

R Hand

3/22 27 $414,500 $2,559 $69,083
Carlos

Ruiz

Back Stiffness N/A 3 $2,750,000 $16,975 $50,926

Injuries have cost the Phillies over $5.1 million through 27 games, spanning 109 disabled list days (the remaining three include Ruiz, who has missed time but did not land on the DL). The injuries to Utley and Lidge represent approximately 87 percent of the team’s injury cost, a combination of their not having played a game in 2011 and their $15M and $11.5M salaries, respectively.

As for the return of some of these injured players, Matt Gelb has the latest. To summarize:

  • Chase Utley could be in Florida by the end of the week to begin his rehab.
  • Domonic Brown was optioned to Lehigh Valley. He had been hitting .400 with two home runs in 15 at-bats for Clearwater.
  • Joe Blanton will throw off of flat ground on Tuesday.
  • Carlos Ruiz could be ready by Tuesday.
  • J.C. Romero could return to the Phillies by Wednesday.