One of the biggest reason the Royals were able to stay around .500 for most of last season was team health. Going into the season, the Royals knew Duffy and Paulino would start the season on the DL, but otherwise the team's health held up pretty good. The regulars were able to stay on the field for most of the season, but will they continue the good health into 2014.
Here are the ten times the DL was used by the Royals in 2013:
|Name||Day on||Day off||Days lost|
Here are some interesting points
- The team had the least number of days on the DL with 461 days lost (league average was 983 days). The Tigers had the second least number of days lost at 474. On the other end of the spectrum, the Marlins lost 1538 days to the DL.
- In trips to the DL, the 10 total trips was 2nd to the Mariners 9 trips. For comparison, the Yankees used the DL 28 times.
- Not one regular starting or relief pitcher went on the DL once the season started.
- Only 76 days were lost to regular position players.
- I know Arguelles wasn't ever on the team, but every team will use the 60-day DL to help expand its roster when needed.
- Over the last four seasons, the Royals have average 200 less days and five less trips on the DL compared to the average team.
- One reason for the better health is the team average being one year younger than other teams.