Under The Knife: A-Rod's swing mechanics may speed return
There's folly in thinking you can know the future. Whether it's the Wall Street analysts who get paid to predict earnings and
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro got out his tea leaves, entrails, and octopus and came up with a big deal to keep Cole Hamels. I'll leave the money to
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The fracture was to the fifth metacarpal, the "karate chop" bone of the hand. It's easy enough to test what most people think is the function of this -- grip, which is true. The bone articulates as well as moves medially a bit, which you can test yourself by touching the bone and then articulating the hand. The problem with this simple test is that it's not showing the real problematic force. Rodriguez doesn't put his pinkie over the knob as many do, but he does seem to
Swisher "definitely" won't play on Friday, according to Brian Cashman. Beyond that, it doesn't look like it will be too long before Swisher is back on the field. There are some rumblings that this is more than a simple hip flexor strain. Some riumblers say that this is more like the hip labrum situation that Alex Rodriguez and others have been through. Other rumblers say that it's a sports hernia or situation like Troy Tulowitzki had surgically repaired. My sources tell me that the rumbles are wrong and that this is nothing more than a strain, and a relatively minor one at that. The trade for Ichiro Suzuki had nothing to do with Swisher, but it allowed the Yankees a little more flexibility in giving Swisher some time off. Swisher should be fine once he gets over this minor situation, so don't worry about putting him back in your lineup once Joe Girardi puts him back in his.
Imagine what might have been if Beltre hadn't been wearing a helmet. For a guy that doesn't like being touched on the head, being hit by a 92 mph fastball with bad intentions was bad, but could have been worse. Players wear protection for a reason, but perhaps not enough of it. Beltre had a small bruise despite the force being mostly dissipated by the helmet, but no concussion symptoms. He was cleared as per the concussion guidelines and was back in the lineup on Wednesday. With a big series coming up against the Angels -- and I'll be there -- Beltre is needed as the Rangers try to overcome the summer doldrums that infected previous Rangers squads.
It took more than a simple infection to keep the Dodgers from trading for Ramirez. He packed up his gloves, his bats, and hopefully his antibiotic and headed for Los Angeles after a deal sent yet another star player out of Miami. Ramirez's hand is clearing up, but his future remains unclear. Ramirez was noted as a bit of a "tweener" by scouts leading up to this deal -- not a real 3B, not a good enough SS anymore -- but all that is rendered moot if his bat plays. Ramirez seemingly hasn't been the same since his shoulder surgeries, though Joe Sheehan pointed out that much of the difference in his stats is luck ... or at least BABIP. The shoulder question makes me think of the Upton brothers, but Ramirez's biggest drop-off came before the shoulder surgery. All that points to it being a bit of luck, a bit of talent, a bit of time, and only a bit of an injury or physical issue, making it an expensive gamble for the Dodgers. (The Dodgers cleared space for Ramirez by placing Adam Kennedy on the DL.)
It's a bit sad that for the last 100 years, catchers haven't really had any new protection. Sure, the masks are a little better, with the hockey-style mask being the one major change in the last decade. They still have significant areas of their bodies exposed to fouls, and the equipment they have weighs them down and heats them up on August afternoons. There's nothing out there in use that would have helped Arencibia. He took a
In something of a surprise, the Diamondbacks are shutting down Bauer. The expectation was that they'd just send him back to Reno (AAA) and have him focus on command. Then again, that wasn't a problem last time he was at Reno. By shutting him down, similar to what the Brewers did with Zack Greinke, and that Nick Piecoro of the