Back tightness is the new oblique strain

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Remember last year how we couldn’t go a day in spring training without hearing about strained oblique muscles?  Yeah, that was great.  This year we have a new fashionable muscle strain: starting pitcher backs.

Tim Lincecum the other day, Clayton Kershaw yesterday.  Today it’s Wandy Rodriguez.

Will back strains become as popular as strained obliques?  Hard to say, really. It used to be that the classics — hamstrings, mostly — never went out of style.  Now we’re in a strange new world where there are no limits to what can rule the injury fashion landscape.