This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.Stephen Strasburg
Last season, in the middle of Strasburg's six-week stretch of reoccurring neck and back injuries, I compared him to a Rube Goldberg machine. A Rube Goldberg machine is a complex device that depends on a series of elaborate motions to complete a nominal task. The most famous example is the board game Mouse Trap, in which everything from a diving man to a miniature bathtub is used to complete a simple rodent-catching device. I went on to compare Strasburg's body to one of these contraptions, explaining that throwing a baseball with velocity and precision depends on numerous muscles, tendons and ligaments working in a synergistic manner. A breakdown or limitation in any area along the way can result in a cascade of problems for an athlete.
This is precisely the reason why...
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