Under The Knife: Nationals likely to play it safe with Harper's injury
Bud Selig got his scalp ... or did he? Danny Knobler of CBS Sports broke the story that Mike Jacobs tested positive for HGH, the first North American professional athlete to do so. There have been others, but those were nonanalytic positives, the term for being caught by shipping receipts and paperwork. We still don't have all the details on how Jacobs was caught. Was this a random test, or did the testers target him the same way they did with
Harper might be called many things, but until Thursday, no one could question his durability. Harper injured himself running up the line on what one source called a "dumb hustle play" and ended up being helped off the field. The Nats said it was a significant strain, likely a Grade II and with the minor league season ending in two weeks, it's likely to end his season. The Harrisburg Senators are a
The Giants got a bit of positive news after all their injury problems. Wilson hopped a flight to Pensacola, Fla., to have his elbow checked by Dr. James Andrews this week. Andrews found nothing more than inflammation, though having no real cause is still a bit of worry. Wilson will work with the Giants medical staff to calm down the inflammation, and his workload will have to be monitored. It's less about innings and pitches than how his elbow is recovering between outings. There was a bit of concern deeper in some stories, in that he wouldn't need surgery "right now." That sort of issue wasn't there in Dave Groeschner's statement. In fact, neither Groeschner nor Andrews saw a need for surgery after the season. Wilson is out through the weekend and may lose a couple save opportunities over the next few weeks.
Let's just acknowledge that Ruiz has a
The Mets have been soft-pedaling all the discussions about Reyes and his return. They've been decidedly negative, actually, which is a huge difference from the normal pattern. It's as if the smart guys in the front office decided that there was a better way to handle these things. Terry Collins has been the first and last word to the media, with a lot less leaks, which is usually a positive indication (even as it makes my job a bit harder.) Reyes is scheduled to run on Friday with a chance of coming back next Tuesday at the minimum, but sources tell me that Reyes is "almost definitely" coming back next Tuesday. They tell me that he's met all the bilateral strength tests, that it's recovering well, and that this is just a matter of figuring out how to strengthen around the area that's failed twice. More importantly, Reyes is very comfortable with the process and personnel. The way they've handled these two incidents might be keeping them the leader to have Reyes next year, risk and all.
I had an error in Wednesday's UTK and a mistake. The error was listing the Giants 3B as "Pedro" Sandoval, rather than Pablo. The mistake was in forgetting just how good