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Study: Pitchers More Likely to Be Hurt Than Fielders

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A new study has some bad news for aspiring young people whose dream is to pitch in the major leagues someday.

shoulderx ray Study: Pitchers More Likely to Be Hurt Than Fielders

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KYW medical editor Dr. Brian McDonough reports that data shows pitchers are more likely to be hurt than position players and spend more time on the disabled list.

It has definitely been a tough year for the Phillies — injuries to Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, and several key relief pitchers have certainly contributed to keeping them out of first place.

But if a new study is to be believed, things might get better.  According to research, of all injuries between 2002 and 2008, 77-percent occurred before the All-Star Game. As far as the breakdown of injuries, pitchers are 34-percent more likely to be injured than fielders. This study was just released at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.

Now, in case you’re wondering, this study found that upper extremity injuries accounted for 51.4-percent of all injuries, while lower extremity injuries accounted for 30.6-percent.

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