This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.
It's not often you have a trio with this much star power suffer the same injury in a short timeframe, but each of these three All-Stars was hit by a pitch within the last 10 days.
Every time a batter steps into the box they are exposing themselves to being hit by a pitch. While helmets are mandatory to protect the head, players may elect to wear additional protective equipment while batting. The majority of protective gear is designed to brace and protect areas that are particularly vulnerable to injury, specifically areas where bone is exposed due to a lack of little or no natural paddings. These areas include the elbow, forearm, knee, shin and foot. While the extra gear can lessen the impact of a stray pitch, additional padding doesn't completely eliminate the risk of injury.
Once the injury has occurred, the initial step is usually getting an X-ray to determine the extent of the damage to the underlying bone tissue. If a fracture is ruled out, the focus shifts to treating the associated symptoms, including pain and swelling. The timeline here can vary based on a multitude of factors, including individual pain tolerance and the precise area struck by the rogue pitch.
Fortunately, the fantasy-friendly trifecta managed to avoid serious injury in each instance. Betts was struck in the right forearm by a Rafael Montero fastball and missed just one game. The incident doesn't seem to have altered Betts' approach