By Steve Buchanan @sbuchanan24 on June 24, 2014
The 2014 MLB has been riddled with major injuries to big-name players. Here are 10 players whose injuries have brought major disappointment to fans around the league.
Santana could have been a great feel-good story for the 2014 season. Recovering from shoulder surgery in 2013, he was on the verge of starting a minor league assignment for the Baltimore Orioles when he tore his Achilles tendon. With the injury, he'll miss the remainder of the season.
While the elbow injury to Arroyo isn't devastating, his DL stint is disappointing because this is his first trip in his 15-year career. Arroyo may not be the best pitcher in the majors, but the fact that he's never been on the DL until this year is amazing.
Parker underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his young career. Having his first one done in 2009, Parker was slated to be the Opening Day starter for the Athletics. He may never pitch again as the success rate for a second Tommy John surgery lies at 40 percent.
Arenado was absolutely tearing it up with the Rockies before he broke his finger sliding headfirst into second base against the Atlanta Braves. While he was able to avoid surgery, it's disappointing for the young third baseman to miss a good chunk of the season, especially while he was being so productive. The Rockies can't wait to get him back.
Trumbo got off to an epic start for the Arizona Diamondbacks, hitting five home runs in nine games. After that surge, his play dropped off considerably. The stress fracture in his foot put him out for 6-8 weeks. The Diamondbacks really miss his bat in the lineup.
Parnell saved 22 games for the Mets last year and held a 2.16 ERA in 50 innings pitched. With the one-year timeframe of recovery, it will be a while before we see the Mets' closer out to close another game.
Once again, Tommy John rears his ugly head, as Medlen went under the knife for the second time at age 28. This one hurts even more because of how talented Medlen is.
The ironic part about this injury was that Harper was benched for a lack of hustle a week prior to it. On a play which required hustle, Harper sprained his thumb and sustained ligament damage. Go figure.
Well, I don't think this is how the Texas Rangers envisioned their first season with Fielder, who will sit out the entire 2014 season after back surgery. What scares me is the fact that Fielder isn't getting any younger, and all those years of being so durable might be catching up to him.
If you're a fan of baseball, the news of Fernandez needing Tommy John was terrible news. The 21-year-old ace is an absolute pleasure to watch. He was off to another fantastic start to the season with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts. Here's hoping to a speedy recovery.
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