What’s the deal with all these oblique injuries?


As you’ve probably noticed, the Yankees have been dealing with an abnormal amount of oblique injuries this year. Curtis Granderson is the latest casualty, but Joba Chamberlain, Greg Golson, and Sergio Mitre have also been hit at some point. Dan Barbarisi spoke to Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the co-chair of sports medicine at Mt. Sinai, who indicated that the rash of oblique issues could be tied to imbalanced training. “There’s been a rash of focus on core strengthening, the generic core,” said Glashow. “But it’s not so simple. If you strengthen part of the core more than another part of the core, it creates an imbalance and leads to these oblique injuries.”

Essentially, players might be working their abs and back too much during the offseason (or, more likely, their obliques not enough), creating muscles that are more developed than the connecting tissue. I’m no doctor, but I’m guessing you can think of it like a chain, meaning the core muscles are only as strong as the weakest link. Whatever’s going on, hopefully it stops soon and everyone heals up in a timely manner.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. UkYankee says:

    It’s exactly like a chain. A kinetic chain. Rotational force injuries are often cause because of ‘weak link’ or more likely being used ballistacally when fatgued or overused

  2. UncleArgyle says:

    At least its not as bad as the Hamstring Epidemic of a couple springs ago….

  3. Jason says:


  4. Yank the Frank says:

    They should just stick to the Babe’s regimen of hot dogs and beer and bow legged women.

  5. theyankeewarrior says:

    Baseball players … masters of the muscle injury

  6. Jobu The Voodoo Troll says:

    My key take away from this is that Joba needs to do less situps.

  7. steve (different one) says:

    Put this one in the pro column for Colon, don’t have to worry about this one…

  8. SteveD says:

    I was just thinking about all these injuries the other day. Is it because of there off season workout regimen? Or is it from their spring training workouts? I think its from the latter. So it lies on whom ever is in charge of their workouts. When they had all those hamstring issues didnt their exercise guy get the boot?

    • Mickey Scheister says:

      Yep, the strength and conditioning dude got the axe that year. Wasn’t it 4 or 5 guys all with hammy issues, I remember Mussina getting hurt, I’m drawing a blank on the others.

    • Urban says:

      …it could also simply be a statistical blip. Have the Yankees changed their Spring Training strength and conditioning coach this year?

  9. Jess says:

    Not just the Yankees. All of baseball this ST. Blame P90X.

  10. Cuso says:

    obla-dee, obla-dah, obla-dique ah!

    la-da-da-da life goes on!

  11. Juke Early says:

    Yeah finally. Somebody else notices. Once a sport that used to avoid muscle building, this is the by product of the steroid era. Likely focusing more accurately on upperbody than below the waist. They play too tight some days & overdrive their musculature. Those here just whistling this off must not care too much about other people’s health & career. The incidence of injuries is way too high across MLB.

  12. MannyGeee says:

    I think the surprise for me in this group is Granderson. I could see where Chamberlin and Mitre could injure an oblique, and Golson I guess is a wild card, but Grandy seems like a really fit guy. like, naturally fit.

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