He's no Cal Ripken Jr. when it comes to durability, but Dodger third baseman Tim Wallach had hoped to end his career without ever having gone on the disabled list.
But midway through his 13th season, Wallach was put on the disabled list for the first time July 18 because of a broken rib suffered the night before when he was hit by a pitch.
"That's what upset me about it, that I had to go on the DL," Wallach said.
Over the years, Wallach has had his share of strains and breaks, but nothing serious enough to keep him out for long.
In an era of the two-month hangnail, Wallach took pride in his work ethic.
"You look at the number of guys who have been on the disabled list in the last 10 years," he said. "It's definitely way up from where it used to be."