The Arizona Diamondbacks put Madison Bumgarner on the injured list Monday afternoon, as he became the latest in a large group of pitchers suffering injuries. In just 18 days, the IL has been packed with 56 pitchers, in the latest sign that Major League Baseball rushed the start of the 2020 season.
This season has seen far more hurlers hit the injured list than in previous years. During the first 18 days of the 2019 season, 24 pitchers went down. In 2018, the number was 19. If we're looking at it logically there is only one major difference here: the time pitchers had to get ready for the season.
Before the coronavirus pandemic decimated the 2020 MLB season, pitchers and catchers reported to spring training around February 11. Opening Day was scheduled for March 26. That gave pitchers 44 days to prepare for the season.