This is not a diary entry in which I am trying to complain. I am looking to clarify.
Has there ever been a Cardinals' season so marred with injuries as this one? It seems that more people have gone down than I have ever remembered. We'll get to a list in a second, but I just want to reiterate that the Cardinals "jumped out" to a 9 game deficit in the first thirty games played...so the probably weren't going to be great this year anyway (they won 4 of the first 5 times Carpenter was supposed to pitch (losing only in the game that he pitched)). Also, I know that the owner/GM left the team with a lot of older players that are more injury prone; however, this is CRAZY.
Here's this list this season, thus far - only time lost to the DL (or worse):
Chris Carpenter - April 9th - present
David Eckstein - June 16th - July 12th
Jim Edmonds - June 16th - July 19th
Juan Encarnacion - Beginning - May 13th
Juan Encarnacion - part 2 - September 4th - ?????
Josh Hancock - died April 29th, 2007
Tyler Johnson - June 19th - *August 6th
Adam Kennedy - August 12th - present
Josh Kinney - Beginning - present
Braden Looper - June 16th - July 2nd
Mike Maroth - August 5th - September 1st
Yadier Molina - May 30th - June 28th
Mark Mulder - beginning - September 6th
Scott Rolen - *August 29th - present
Scott Speizio - *July 13th - July 29th
Scott Speizio - part 2 - August 9th - present
Todd Wellemeyer - July 9th - August 24th
Preston Wilson - May 6th - present
* - approximate start time...not listed as a transaction on stlcardinals.com
Overall, that is:
1 second baseman
1 third baseman
4 starting pitchers
4 relief pitchers
You could almost field a full team with that. Play Speizio at first and you could play a game without any fielding/running/pinch hitting substitutions. That's quite ridiculous.
Has there been any team in history with this expansive an amount of injuries in one season?