Baseball Draft Kit: Injury Analysis
Baseball Draft Kit: Injury Analysis

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

Even the best executed draft day plans can succumb to failed ligaments, strained muscles and fractured bones. Injuries are a constant and inevitable aspect of fantasy baseball and can make or break a season, regardless of format. While preventing injuries is impossible, the prudent fantasy owner can look to mitigate overall injury risk by avoiding players predisposed to injury and individuals with underlying areas of concern. Identifying which players are destined for the injured list can prove difficult so let's take a look at several players that could rise or fall on draft day due to injury concerns.

Corey Kluber, SP, Rangers

The two-time Cy Young winner spent the majority of his final season in Cleveland on the shelf due to a pair of injuries. Kluber's problems began in May when he was struck by 102-mph line drive in the right forearm. The impact caused a non-displaced fracture in the area that ultimately sidelined him for over three months. He then suffered an oblique strain during his rehab assignment that eventually ended his season. Now the veteran right-hander will look to bounce back with the Rangers after an offseason trade landed him in Texas. The arm should be a non-factor moving forward as bone tissue generally heals well and is capable of returning to its pre-injury strength. The oblique strain should also be fully healed after a lengthy offseason, giving Kluber a chance to position himself as Texas' Opening Day starter. He's not the elite player he was just

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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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