THE BIG HURT: Hurt file, April 26-May 1

One difficulty in evaluating injuries is that teams don’t release all relevant information. That leaves us guessing somewhat, trying to diagnose the extent of an injury based on the team’s timeline estimate or the player’s description of his symptoms. In addition, while teams may provide an estimated return date, they rarely discuss the distribution of possible outcomes, nor do they talk about risk of recurrence.

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