A-Rod figures to miss a few games

Updated: April 22, 2008, 3:25 PM ET
By Stephania Bell, ESPN.com
It seems there have been plenty of viruses floating around baseball this spring.

First it was the "back spasm" virus that pitchers Josh Beckett and Andy Pettitte caught. Luckily, that virus was short-lived, and both pitchers have recovered nicely to return to their respective rotations. Then, along came the "hamstring strain" virus, which seems to have felled hurlers (Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine) and hitters (Carlos Pena, Howie Kendrick) alike. Most recently, the "quadriceps strain" virus has infiltrated several teams, and apparently it is contagious. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went down with a quad strain over the weekend, only days after Derek Jeter returned from one. Atlanta's Chipper Jones is also fighting off this particular virus.

Of course these injuries are not viruses at all, but their rapid dispersal among so many clubs is reminiscent of viral behavior. It does make one wonder if there is something to be studied here to try to understand why baseball players seem to be more susceptible to certain types of ailments. Hmm. In the meantime, let's look at the recent injuries.