When asked about White Sox pitchers and their decade-long run of good health, don’t be surprised if Rick Hahn scans the room for the nearest exit.

The White Sox general manager jokes he doesn’t want to discuss how the team’s pitchers have managed to stay healthier by a significant margin than their competition over the years.

He’s afraid if he acknowledges the subject matter, it might reverse course on him and the team.

But facts are facts: Even with recent long-term injuries to Jake Peavy and John Danks, White Sox pitchers stay healthier longer than anyone in baseball.

The team’s track record gives Chris Sale confidence he’ll hold up in 2013 although he has been identified as an at-risk pitcher because of a sharp increase in innings pitched last season. Sale has seen the positive effects of a rigorous strength and conditioning program designed for pitchers that takes them from the gym to the training room and pays attention to their workload in games. But asked about the most important aspect of it all, Sale said one variable stands out.

“There’s a lot of things that go into it, but the main thing is communication is open,” Sale said. “Everyone’s being honest with everybody and letting everybody know how they feel. No one’s really trying to be a hero and go out do something that would hurt themselves.”

From 2002-2011, the White Sox had the fewest pitchers go on the disabled list in Major League Baseball and were one of only two teams with fewer than 50 DL trips by pitchers, according to a study done by Fangraphs.com.

Last season, the team had the second fewest overall days on the DL in the majors and their pitchers ranked fifth.

The team’s pitchers lost about 1,800 days to the DL from 2002-2011, roughly 400 fewer than the next lowest franchise (Minnesota Twins). Every other team in the majors had at least 2,800 days of injuries to pitchers and the Texas Rangers lost pitchers for more than 6,000 days in the 10-year window.