This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
When we prepare for fantasy drafts, it's important to know the health status of recently injured, draft-able players. In the next two articles, I will look at players who were injured at some point either during the past short season or just before. First up will be the National League, which will be followed next week by an analysis of American League players. Let me know in the comments section of any injured player you wish to have updated.
Later in the article I write about "waiting mode." It's an important concept for me, and one I will share with you.
National League Injuries
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals – elbow bone chips
I was fortunate to watch almost every game Paul Goldschmidt played with the Diamondbacks. As Goldschmidt drifted toward his free agent year, his elbow began to bark. Badly. But he never missed many games, choosing to play through the pain.
Without a doubt, Goldy's swing was negatively impacted with Arizona. Even with limitations, Goldschmidt was an All-Star in 2018, his last season playing in the desert.
His elbow issue followed him to St. Louis, but he once again played through the pain. He did have a mediocre 2019 season, hitting .260/346/.476/.821. That was totally unlike Goldschmidt, but blame can be placed partially on a swing that was impacted by a bum elbow.
Finally, after the Cardinals were no longer viable for a postseason appearance, Goldschmidt left the lineup. He did, however, play 58 of the 60 games