MLB teams across the league have been upgrading their medical staffs in recent seasons, expanding their ranks to include physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports scientists and countless other health-related positions. These groups are designed to not only treat injuries when they inevitably occur but also work toward building a complex injury prevention protocol. Sadly, even the best care possible cannot completely eliminate the risk of injury, especially in a sport where a stray foul ball or pitch can prove devastating. This was particularly apparent last week as multiple players missed time due to rogue baseballs.
The Red Sox outfielder missed Sundayís contest against the Royals after fouling pitches off his left and right leg. The two incidents left the MLB home run leader nursing a sore left calf and a sore right foot.
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