MLB Injury Analysis: Yankees Injuries Pile Up
MLB Injury Analysis: Yankees Injuries Pile Up

This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.

The New York Yankees

It's been a rough start to the year for the Bronx Bombers as they have sent 11 players to the injured list since the start of the season. The list includes multiple All-Stars, key members of the starting rotation and rising talent. While players like CC Sabathia and Dellin Betances are expected to return in the near future, things are not going as smoothly for players like Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks, Troy Tulowitzki and Giancarlo Stanton.

The most concerning injury appears to be Andujar's injured right shoulder. The promising third baseman suffered a torn labrum in the area after a headfirst slide into third base. The labrum is a fibrocartilaginous ring that helps stabilize the glenohumeral (GH) joint, the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder. The GH joint's design is similar to a golf ball sitting on a tee. The head of the humerus, the primary bone of the upper arm, serves as the golf ball resting in the "tee," the glenoid cavity of the shoulder blade. This positioning allows the ball (humerus) to easily pivot on the tee (glenoid cavity) allowing for a large degree of motion. The labrum, as well as surrounding ligaments and musculature, fortify the area to insure the ball remains on the tee.

Unfortunately, the labrum can be damaged, often following a sizeable force that jars the humeral head. Even a tiny tear of the labrum can be very painful and lead to chronic instability in the shoulder. Treatment

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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