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4 Starting Pitchers in Jeopardy of Getting Injured During 2019 MLB Season

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In a league dominated by innings limits and pitch counts, a workhorse pitcher is hard to find these days. Yet, on the rare occasion, a pitcher finds his way to a 200-plus-inning workload. However, those innings can take a toll and put those pitchers in jeopardy of injury the following season.

With that in mind, here are four pitchers that could potentially spend some time on the injured list during the 2019 season.

4. Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals

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Miles Mikolas was a breakout sensation, and a deep sleeper in fantasy baseball, for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018. But he could be in line for arm problems in 2019. The 30-year-old righty pitched a career-high 200 2/3 innings last season. Mikolas was pitching in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants from 2015 to 2017 and had thrown less than 100 innings in his MLB career prior to last year's out-of-nowhere All-Star appearance. it's not out of the realm of possibility that an injured list stint is in his future.

3. Kyle Freeland, Colorado Rockies

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Kyle Freeland is a popular regression candidate this season, for a bevy of reasons, but injury risk should be chief among them. The 25-year-old lefty is coming off a 200-plus-inning sophomore campaign, having thrown just 156 innings as a rookie. Durability is key when it comes to a young pitcher and if the wear and tear from last season proves to be too much, Freeland may end up missing some time in 2019.

2. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies

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Aaron Nola had a Cy Young-caliber season last year, but another strong one may be tough considering his increase in innings in 2018. The 25-year-old righty tossed a career-high 212 1/3 innings last season, 41 1/3 more than his previous career high. Nola is no stranger arm injuries, having elbow problems just two seasons ago. It was even rumored that he would need Tommy John surgery. He rehabbed instead, and turned into one of the best pitchers in baseball last season. However, hearing the words "Tommy John" is never a good thing for a starting pitcher.

1. Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

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Justin Verlander will be 36 years old on Opening Day and has thrown at least 200 innings in 11 of the last 12 seasons. The future Hall of Famer has been the definition of a workhorse and, for all we know, could have another excellent season. However, there's an equal possibility that all of those innings finally catch up to him and he ends up on the injured list at some point in 2019.

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