Summary: The White Sox are consistently among the healthiest teams in the game. They have ranked first in DMPI [Days Missed Per Injury. The average number of days missed per team injury] in each of the past two years and have lost the fewest days to injury three years running. The organization as a whole is dedicated to medical care, and it shows in the results above and on the field. Even a healthy Chicago club wasn’t quite good enough to take the division from the Twins last season, but most of the players whom General Manager Kenny Williams added over the winter in an attempt to make up ground don’t appear to have upped the team’s health risk by a significant margin. …
March 18, 2011
February 18, 2011
[Chris] Sale did manage to “bulk up” to 175 pounds over the winter, but the youngster is still rail thin. Maybe that’s why conditioning coach Allen Thomas has been putting protein shakes in Sale’s locker.
MLB.com still has Sale at 170 lbs.
October 15, 2010
… If Schneider has the magic touch, he must be among the most valuable non-players in the game; the head trainer has served the Sox in that capacity since 1979, but since our records go no further than 2002, we can’t check to see whether the long-tenured Schneider’s success predates Cooper’s arrival. For what it’s worth, pitcher DL days and position player DL days were weakly correlated at the team level during the 2002-10 period, with an r of .32, though that could reflect common approaches to injury treatment more so than similar incidences of injury occurrence. …
October 14, 2010
March 3, 2010
The Comeback: Almost no one comes back from plantar fasciitis. The one big exception? Pujols. Of course, he’s not human, and Quentin is. The effectiveness of the medical staff at keeping Quentin productive could be the difference between first place and fourth. One new therapy that’s being used is called lithotripsy. Originally developed to help with kidney stones, it consists of pulses of sound being carried into soft tissue to break up the small osseous spurs that cause the inflammation. If you’ve ever stood in front of a speaker at Prive on a Friday night, you still have no idea what this is like. Pujols described his experience as “like being hit on the feet with sticks.” We’ll see if the advanced techniques of sports medicine and a great staff can make Quentin like Pujols in at least one way.
He has 3 guys on red: Carlos Quentin, John Danks, and Freddy Garcia, and 3 on yellow: Gavin Floyd, Jake Peavy, and Bobby Jenks.
February 28, 2010
Since I have already looked at the salary lost to the DL for individual player totals and teams totals from 2002 to 2009, I will now look at the individual teams by year (injury information from Josh Hermsmeyer at RotoBlog.com) . Looking over the lists the only points I noticed was that the Mets and Dodgers did not do a good job of keeping their high priced players off the DL while the Chicago White Sox did an amazing job. Here is the top 20 teams and bottom 10 by total salary lost (link to a spreadsheet with all the teams and years for reference). …
February 22, 2010
I thought I might be able to whip up a quick but interesting and possibly useful metric to gauge the number of wins lost or saved due to injury from the table Jeff whipped up. I like the percent of salary measure, but I thought the total days tally might be more telling of training staff aptitude. …
February 19, 2010
Rank Team Total Salary Salary Lost Total Days Number of Trips Percentage of Total Payroll 1 LAD $802,269,413 $214,186,872 6717 61 27% ... 30 CHW $677,133,665 $38,169,033 2135 38 6%
… Teams should figure out what the White Sox are doing to prevent injuries. They are amazingly good.
January 21, 2010
As for Thome, Guillen said there is no bigger fan of the veteran than him, but life in the American League is changing.
“No one except his wife is a bigger fan of Jim Thome than me,” Guillen said. “I will be grateful and pleased one day to say that I had an opportunity to manage this man, but this game is changing a little bit. It’s easy for manager when you don’t have a true DH. I can move things around, give guys more playing time. That’s the way it’s going to be.
“Fans out there will be looking at this team a little different. They might be saying, ‘Hey, we’re missing something.’ I think we’re going in a different direction, but the right direction. Our team is going to create different things. That’s why things will look weird. People shouldn’t be worried about that. Thome to me is one of the best guys ever to wear the uniform, but DH is changing. Few teams will have a legit DH. Those days are going away.”
Easy for manager? No. It’s easy for the other team’s manager. 2010 is gonna suck. Save us Kenny
BTW, Ozzie will be at ‘Chicago Tribune Live‘ today at 5:30 p.m. E-mail him at CTL@comcastsportsnet.com
UPDATE: More sadness/craziness from Ozzie:
” … (Thome’s departure) gives this ballclub an opportunity to give more people more at-bats and to be flexible in different ways.”
… “To me, it’s easier and we get more production with the team we have now that way,” Guillen said.
… ”Fans, they’re not going to be happy about something,” Guillen said. “Or a question mark as to why we don’t have a big left-handed hitter. We did for a couple years. The ballclub we had in the past didn’t create that many runs.
“We’re going to play different. We’re not going to wait for guys who can hit 30 home runs. I hope not. I hope they don’t come to the mentality that we need pop.” …
“But [the DH by committee] gives this ballclub an opportunity to give people more at-bats and to be flexible in different ways.”We are not a home-run team anymore.”
… “We have that big left-handed bat for a couple of years, and I think the ballclub we have in the past is a club that can’t create runs,” Guillen said. “We still have guys who can hit 30 home runs, but I don’t want them to come with the mentality that we need power.
“Sometime we will be down by one run in the ninth inning and wish we had [Frank] Thomas or Thome, but this is a different type of game. We have the ballclub to play baseball, make the catch and make the plays. We change everything around.
“It’s not to say we will win. But we are going in the right direction. I think this team is almost set.”
June 29, 2009
Carlos Quentin took early batting practice and wrapped up his session by hitting several deep drives to right field. Quentin headed to the right field line to run a series of 90-foot sprints at about three-quarters speed and is currently performing more agility drills under the supervision of conditioning director Allen Thomas.