The Red Sox are working to be at the leading edge of assessing, treating, preventing, and perhaps even forecasting injuries so effectively that it creates a competitive advantage.
In an age when baseball stars command a kings ransom and team doctors serve both the players and club owners, their triangular relationship has turned the company physicians office into an arena ripe for high-stakes conflicts.
Major league physicals
Take a look at the deep medical scrutiny a pro athlete is subject to when he signs a big deal with a team.
Check MLB records for players who have been on the disabled list over the last two seasons.
The jock doc
Meet Dr. Thomas J. Gill, who is every bit as competitive as the teams he treats, including the Red Sox.
Focus on future
With injury and illness behind him, utility infielder Jed Lowrie is eager to play up to his potential.
Red Sox trivia quiz
Which Red Sox once hit four homers in a game? Who was a star running back in high school? See how well you know the 2011 Red Sox.
Ranking the Red Sox
Before spring training, Chad Finn rated the players from 25 to 1. At the end of the gallery, you can too.
The Red Sox are loaded for a serious run at the World Series. Here's a portrait gallery and brief bios of the players likely to be on the opening day roster.
Stats and stuff
Farrell: 'We can do better defensively'
Were this the regular season, Red Sox manager John Farrell would have convened a team meeting and aired out the players a bit.