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BID Injury Report

Ballplayers and Finger Injuries Go Hand and Glove

by Gary Gillis


Ryan Hanigan at bat.



Some people collect stamps. Others prefer bird watching or beachcombing. Me? I comb Major League Baseball's website to see who's on the injury reports. It's a bit unusual, but I had to find another hobby when my competitive karaoke league collapsed. But that's a story for another day.

It will likely come as no surprise that the majority of injuries have to do with players' arms. Out of the 187 injuries listed (at the time of writing), 94 are for injuries or conditions somewhere between the top of the shoulder and the tip of the finger.

Certainly it makes sense that injuries related to throwing would be most numerous because it is the most common activity in baseball. As for unprotected throwing hands or those gripping a bat, I'm actually a bit surprised that there aren't more of them.

"Broken fingers are a common sports injury," according to Dr. Tamara Rozental, a board certified orthopedic surgeon in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. "We refer to the most common type of fracture as a 'boxer's fracture.' Not because we see a lot of boxers in our practice, but because those injuries are usually caused…

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Physicians at BIDMC do not treat Red Sox players and have no specific knowledge of player conditions.