Baseball seasons are demanding. Virtually every baseball player gets hurt. Or, possibly, every big league baseball player becomes debilitated at various points along the way - Cal Ripken being the exception which proves the rule.
The 2010 Texas Rangers are counting on a sizable group of players who have histories of being injured. The Rangers work closely with sharp medical staff, and hope to gain competitive advantage via shrewder than normal assessment of injury risks.
Ranking Texas Rangers Injury Risks
Level One: Extreme Fragility
Frankie Francisco, Brandon McCarthy
Level Two: Fragile
Rich Harden, C.J. Wilson, Matt Harrison, Vlad Guerrerro, Josh Hamilton, Taylor Teagarden, [Joaquin Arias]
Level Three: Somewhat Fragile
Colby Lewis, Chris Ray, [Eric Hurley], Ian Kinsler
Level Four: Ever So Slightly Fragile (i.e. have sustained past injuries), But Not Worrisome
David Murphy, Chris Davis, Michael Young, Julio Borbon
Level Five: Dear Texas Rangers, Do Not Use Pennant Fever As Excuse To Overload and Risk These Healthy Young Arms
Tommy Hunter, Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz
Level Six: Clean Careers, So Far
Dustin Nippert, Nelson Cruz, Elvis Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia*
Level Seven: Iron Men (Knock on Wood)
Scott Feldman, Darren O'Day, Darren Oliver
* re Saltalamacchia: am ignoring what I consider a freak rib problem which has zero chance of recurrence. Tall catchers do tend to have knee and back problems late in their careers. Saltalamacchia, however, is too young for that.