By looking at the past, one can make predictions about the future. This is complicated when it comes to injuries. Having admitted that, however, I feel that we should be able to determine the likelihood of injuries to our remaining players.
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Let me try to list the ten players examined in this slideshow in order of who I think may be next on this metaphorical injury bus. Note: I have removed Lance Lynn from contention for this list since he is already out for 2016.
- Jaime Garcia
- Matt Holliday
- Tommy Pham
- Matt Adams
- Randal Grichuk
- Carlos Martinez
- Jordan Walden
- Adam Wainwright
- Mike Leake
Why this order? For starters, I feel that Jaime is almost always one breathe away from injury, and that one day his arm is literally going to fly off mid-pitch (homage to my cousin for his dream fears). Second, I feel that Holliday- due in large part to his age- is likely to see additional “small” quad and back injuries. Finally, Pham- who I do adore- has simply spent the duration of his career battling some injury or another.
Let’s all hope that the Cardinals make it through the rest of spring without any further injuries. Let us also hope that the names listed above remain healthy and produce at the levels we all know they can. Noting the depth on the roster, I feel that should further injury befall the Cardinals in 2016, that the team will survive the impact. Follow me on Twitter and let’s watch as the season approaches with our wishes for health and success!