7 MLB Injuries Already Defining the 2014 Season

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At a time when baseball players are dropping like flies, it’s safe to say the sport has caught an injury bug it can’t shake.

Aside from the in-game tweaks and strains, a disturbing trend of Major League Baseball pitchers needing Tommy John surgery in 2014 — the total has hit 12 as of April 11 — has the medical field searching for answers. Dr. James Andrews, the man who’s performed a great deal of these surgeries to repair torn ulnar collateral ligaments (UCLs), thinks it’s an epidemic that starts with intense pitching regiments in high school.

Whatever the cause, injuries both accidental and years in the making have crippled baseball teams at the start of the 2014 season. Here are seven players whose trips to the disabled list are already defining the season for their teams.

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