Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Comparing the Twins' injury woes with the rest of MLB

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB, Twins game coverage Updated: June 30, 2011 - 10:37 AM

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This will probably go down as The Year of the Injury for the Twins, but they certainly aren't alone.

Dan Szymborski posted some research on (requires insider access), that shows how many days each team's players have spent on the disabled list.

Believe it or not, the Twins actually rank in the middle of the pack. Here's a look at the MLB rankings for DL Days missed, according to Szymborski's research:

1. Texas -- 652
2. Yankees -- 648
3. Nationals -- 552
4. Dodgers -- 518
5. Pirates -- 506
6. Phillies -- 468
7. Brewers -- 451
8. Padres -- 437
9. Angeles -- 432
10. Oakland -- 425
11. Reds -- 416
12. Astros -- 416
13. Giants -- 399
14. St Louis -- 390
15. Mets -- 390
16. Twins -- 384
17. Toronto -- 379
18. Red Sox -- 359
19. Indians -- 352
20. Mariners -- 326
21. Tigers -- 313
22. Braves -- 287
23. Royals -- 272
24. Marlins -- 271
25. Cubs -- 268
26. Orioles -- 267
27. D Backs -- 260
28. Rockies -- 222
29. Rays -- 145
30. White Sox -- 112

Of course, it's one thing for the Twins to lose Joe Mauer to the DL and another for the Brewers to lose Jonathan Lucroy. (Point being DL Days missed isn't an apples-to-apples comparison). Szymborski, who writes for Baseball Think Factory, uses a formula called ZIPS-projected WARP to analyze how many wins each team would have if they were healthy.

Szymborski estimates that the Twins would have five more wins, while the White Sox would have four fewer wins if you adjusted their injury woes to the league average.

Clearly, injuries are on the rise throughout MLB. Last Friday, the New York Post's Joel Sherman tweeted: "Wow stat: There's been 1,699 MORE days spent on DL this yr than corresponding period last yr, or roughly 2 extra months of DL time per team."

So yes, the Twins have had big-time injury issues, but so have a lot of teams.


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