No, Royals fans, it isn’t your imagination. The injury bug has hit harder this year than in the last two pennant-winning seasons.
A year ago, Royals players missed 501 games on the disabled list because of injury, not including Kris Medlen, who the Royals knew would start the year on the disabled list when he was signed in the offseason. This season, Royals players have already missed 268 games through Tuesday.
There were 11 Royals on the disabled list in 2015. This season, there have already been 10 players placed on the disabled list, including four who were All-Stars a year ago: Wade Davis, Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas.
This season, players who were expected to be in the starting lineup have missed 99 games because of injury. A year ago, that number was 94 games and just 59 in 2014.
Here is a detailed look at how many games Royals players have missed while on the disabled list during the past three seasons.
Players listed here are ones the team expected to contribute that season, so someone like starting pitcher Jason Vargas (who is not expected to pitch this year) are not included. (Statistics through Tuesday, July 5)