Over at the Huffington Post, Jacqueline Howard discusses a new study done which identifies the biggest injury risk to catchers.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the rate, type and severity of injuries suffered by MLB catchers during the 2001-2010 seasons. The injuries were recorded in the MLB Electronic Baseball Information System and confirmed by public records or news reports.
A total of 134 injuries occurred, of which only 20 were collision injuries.
And while collision-related injuries typically required an average of 39 days off to recover, non-collision injuries, like getting hit by a ball or bat or suffering tendinitis from throwing, required an average of 59 days.
Unfortunately, I don’t really see what can be done to help protect catchers from these sort of injuries. MLB has doen a good job of cracking down on home plate collisions, something that was in their control, but what can be done about a foul tipped ball?