The fun stat of the day rolling around Twitter this fine Wednesday morning has been this gem from Lou Merloni:
The 2012 Red Sox hold the record for the most different players placed on the disabled list. The number? 23.
Well, make it 24, I guess.
That's a pretty staggering figure, especially considering that the season still has nearly two full months left to it.
The injury excuse has been thrown around a lot over the past few years. In 2010 it was obvious and in-your-face, in 2011 slightly more subtle and a matter of missing starts and late ineffectiveness by a pitching staff that just needed that one extra inch to push it, and the team, over the top.
In 2012, though, it's just been hilarious. This bunch would not be a good team, and its positional balance is certainly lacking given that there's not a single catcher to be found, but yes, this is almost a 25-man roster. Throw Jose Iglesias in there, who has appeared on the minor league disabled list, and that's a wrap.
So to celebrate this...questionable achievement, I've put together a little Sporcle game. Rack your brain and see if you can remember all the depressing news stories from the past four months as you name the injured 2012 Red Sox.