It’s a really small sample size, so there’s no reason to panic.

That’s something you hear time and again in the early stages of every MLB season, and more times than not it’s correct.

When you’re talking about a 162-game season that spans seven months, a few weeks don’t add up to much in the grand scheme of things.

However, it’s easy to overreact early on now that the games finally matter and fans around the league are hyped for the season.

And while the small-sample-size point usually holds true, sometimes warning signs emerge in the first few weeks of the season that can serve as an alert for bigger issues to come.

So with that in mind, what follows is a look at 10 early-season MLB concerns and whether patience or panic is the right response.

It’s a mix of individual players who are off to slow starts, injury concerns and larger team-wide issues.

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