The number of injuries that the Chicago White Sox have dealt with so far this season is nothing short of incredible. There are some key guys that are out right now and the team keeps chugging along. We know about who is out and what that means for them but it is fair to wonder why this is happening.
The Chicago White Sox are hoping that the injury bug leaves town really soon.
There are a few things to point to as reasons why but it is smart to remember that every team in the league has dealt with it. Rick Hahn told the media that the staff has been looking into this and going to try and figure it out but they may never reach a real conclusion. Every team in the sport is asking the same questions. It is more magnified for the White Sox because of the big names that have been going down.
Entering play on Monday, there have been 501 players on the injured list. In 2019, the last full season, there were 357 on this date which is significantly less. There were 348 in 2018 and 325 in 2017 so it isn’t like 2019 was an outlier either. The number is significantly up from years past and nobody knows for sure why.
Now, Steve Stone is adamant on every broadcast that the 60-game 2020 season has a lot to do with this. He claims that something about the short spring going into the offseason messed with these guys and they are paying for it now. It sort of makes sense but nobody can know for sure. It is certainly strange to see the number that far up from the last few full seasons.
Of course, this conversation is sparked now because of the fact that Nick Madrigal was put on the 60-day IL after tearing his hamstring. It is a tough loss to go with the rest of the injury trouble that the team is dealing with right now. All of this would lead to a really great story if the White Sox were able to go on a magnificent run to the World Series but that is a story for a later date.
Hopefully, Major League Baseball sees the number drop down to the average next season because this is not cool We want to see the White Sox at full strength playing against the other elite teams at full strength. It is cool to see the White Sox in first place with all of this adversity but things could be even better if they were healthy.