Hardly. There are more injuries because we're better as a culture recognizing them. We have tools now that can see microfractures and stress reactions and players don't shorten their careers by playing through them. Moreover, there is more money at stake than ever so you're going to have decisions made differently for players based on injuries. Together, we can probably think of a dozen pitchers who had injuries identified in modern times that just 20, 30 years ago would have pitched through those injuries, had a more significant injury, and possibly never pitched again. Michael Wacha comes to mind. Ryan Helsley comes to mind right now.
The forearm injury that caused Kyle Lohse such issues would not have been discovered with out modern tech and the creativity/knowledge of a team doctor to recognize how to get a better view of what was happening within Lohse's forearm.
That's a $40 million diagnosis for Lohse. How long would that have been impossible?
I understand why there is the frustration when there is this roll out of diagnoses, but that speaks to the level of tech/advancement we've made as a world. Just look at the number of different scans we've talked about. Ballparks used to have a x-ray-type machine available. It would show the big injuries. Now, teams have access pretty quickly to top of the line x-ray machines, MRIs, and ultrasounds. Just look at the lingo and how it's changed. I think we should still call concussions brain injuries, but that's another conversation. In my time at the Post-Dispatch, here are some descriptions of injuries that I've used:
Tearing of the abdominal wall.
Those are all descriptions of the same injury that we've seen grow from being dismissed as a groin strain to something we know so much more about and we, as writers, can more adequately describe.
Fragile dolls? Give me a break. You were right with your first sentence. Never been better.