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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Holy crap: Reds players spent more time on DL than any other team (2002-2008)

Ok, here's a graph from TucsonRoyal's post today at BtB:Those are 2002-2008 data, total time spent on the DL.

There's no doubt that Griffey's part of this. From 2002-2008, Griffey spent a lot of time on the DL. But the figure indicates that it's Reds' pitchers, not hitters, that are the biggest problem.

I'm trying to think of who the big candidates are. Paul Wilson, Eric Milton (his last season), and maybe Brandon Claussen come to mind. Grant Balfour spent a full year on the 60-day DL, right? Jose Rijo?

I'm just wondering if part of this result reflects a strategy of signing injury-prone or already injured players on the cheap and hoping to catch them healthy at some point...? Or should the Reds' training staff just be sacked? Thoughts?