The Braves catcher has been placed on the disabled list with a back injury. The team has diagnosed the injury as a bulging disc in the thoracic region of his spine.
The spine itself is comprised of 33 vertebrae and divided into five segments. The cervical region is the first seven vertebrae and makes up the neck. The next 12 vertebrae are included in the thoracic region and articulate with the rib cage. The lower and larger five vertebrae comprise the lumbar region followed by the fused bones of the sacrum and coccyx. The vertebrae of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar area form the articulating spine. These bones are specifically designed to allow for movement and are each separated by an intravertebral disc.
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