I see your point, I do, but it's not a Cardinals-specific problem.
Baseball is behind other sports at preventing preventable injuries, specifically soft-tissue injuries.
No team has figured it out.
It's a combination of the length of the season, the way baseball has trailed other sports at monitoring and securing rest for the players, etc.
And it's all coming to a head this season.
Stan Conte, a former head trainer with the Giants and Dodgers who now runs his own injury analytics firm, has told multiple outlets including the New York Times that soft-tissue ailments, like muscle strains, were up 117 percent through the start of 2021 spring training and the first two months of the season compared to the same stretch of time in 2019. Groin injuries were up 700 percent. Hamstrings up 194 percent. Obliques up 83 percent.
Those numbers were in a fascinating article by James Wagner I read recently, but Conte has talked to plenty of others too.
Many think it is the year not mentioned: 2020
The 60-game sprint, the stop-start of that season, and then the return to the full 162-game grind this season, which baseball is not even halfway through.
Every team feared there could be an uptick in injury issues this season due to last season's strange schedule, but it's turned out to be worse than imagined.
And no team is immune. Mike Trout. Fernando Tatis Jr. George Springer. Jack Flaerty. Trevor Story. The list goes on, and on, and on.
It's in the best interest of every team to make sure they are preparing their players the best way possible, and it's fair and smart for the Cardinals to examine their approaches, but a suggestion they are doing it worse than other teams doesn't match up what we are seeing across the league. It's a baseball-wide problem.