Is there a reason for the White Sox’s endless injury streak, or is it just ‘bad luck’?

At the end of the season, I go to medical school.

Being around the White Sox this year — in fact, the past few years — has exposed me to hamstring injuries, torn tendons, strained obliques, elbow and shoulder inflammation, even the elusive tear of the pectoral tendon.

With such vast knowledge of so many health issues, it only seems fair to decipher the books and do a little medicine.

Alright, maybe not.

But it was another odd run spanning a Sox team that was expected to rack up wins this season, but has instead racked up injuries since spring training ended.

Heading into Saturday’s game, the White Sox had 10 players on the injured list and just about every other player on the list was ruled out with a bump, bruise or leg injury during the first three months of the season.

The Sox were also beaten last year, and the injury streak has been happening for several seasons.

The obvious question is why?

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn addressed the issue a few days ago.

“Listen, we obviously take the injury situation very seriously,” he said. “You don’t want any of these guys going through anything that not only jeopardizes our competitiveness but more directly his career. So any time there’s an injury issue, whether it’s one guy or multiple guys, we’re looking at it pretty seriously in terms of the causes and how we can improve.”


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

The Sox have a head athletic trainer. They have a medical advisor. They have a new Director of Strength and Conditioning, Director of Rehab, Assistant Athletic Coach and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Massage Therapist.

It’s a big squad and they’re responsible for keeping White Sox players healthy and getting them back on the field when they’re not.

Are they down on the front-end?

“There are many possible explanations, ranging from the most insular to something we may be doing in our training methods, to the broadest in terms of the unique offseason we all had and shortened spring training. “Hahn said. “It’s something that happens throughout the game. That doesn’t mean that we don’t try to answer that question every day in terms of what we maybe do, if it’s not appropriate. , what can we do to help stem this tide on the fly?

“It will be difficult during the season to change maybe the results over the next few weeks and months in terms of health. It’s more something you have to build over a long period of time in a normal off-season, I think, in terms of building the right foundation, so that a guy can get through a seven-month season, ideally unscathed.”

Hahn is right that abbreviated spring training preceded by a 99-day lockout is bad for good health.

He’s probably right that better days are ahead for the Sox coaching staff. And the general manager is absolutely right that injuries have plagued most major league teams this year.

That being said, watching the White Sox underperform so far this season has been a painful exercise on two fronts.

There was the inability to break through the 0.500 mark, to begin with.

Medically, outfielder Adam Engel just went to IL with a strained hamstring. It’s the same problem that has plagued a roster full of Sox players in recent years.

Why?

“I’m sure someone smarter than me could give you a better answer,” said Engel, who missed almost three months last season with another hamstring injury. “I know within our organization we have a lot of really smart people doing everything they can. If there’s a reason there, I’m sure they’ll find it.

“It’s hard not to attribute that to bad luck. I think we have a lot of guys who are very fast, maybe tighter than other teams. I don’t even know if that means more risk of injury. Again, there are smarter people than me out there.”

The Sox overcame a series of injuries last season and easily won the AL Central. That won’t happen this year, but manager Tony La Russa still believes his side can overtake the Twins and Guardians and finish first in the division again this season.

“Injuries are part of the game,” La Russa said. “You can stay in the game because you don’t get discouraged and don’t let it get you down. I’m like everyone else. I wish we had more roster members, but we don’t. I know we have enough to win whoever we play with.”


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