Fatigue is the enemy. As you watch the faces of runners coming down the home stretch during the Olympics, seeing them struggle for just a bit more speed for a few more meters, you'll often see them grimace, their muscles tightening. It's like that for baseball players, too. It's not just the fatigue of the game, but the seasonal toll, the travel, the odd sleep patterns, the hotel room beds, and who knows what else. It's at this point in the season where we see injuries spike a bit as the fatigue bites.
While too many worry about in-game fatigue for pitchers -- look, 130 pitches absent any other information doesn't indicate abuse -- few are noting the seasonal problem. Some teams have begun looking at ways of dealing with this, while others have whispered that players are missing their greenies. Just watch the faces of the pitchers and players as they come down the home stretch of the 2008 season. Some have it and some ... don't. Let's get to the injuries:
(Note: DXL is "Days eXpected Lost", or how many days I am estimating the player will lose. The dollar figure after the slash is "Injury Cost", an estimation of how much value is lost, using the player's PECOTA-calculated value divided by 180, then multiplied by the DXL. It's calculated in millions of US dollars.):
You want to know what's up with Beckett? The best indicator might be something
Oh, and "SXL?" That's start's expected lost. Saying that Beckett will miss nine days (1 start and the days around it) skews the Injury Cost calculation too much. This is an experiment, calculating the Injury Cost as MORP divided by 34 times SXL.
Headlines stink. "Ramirez Exits Game With Injured Thumb" really doesn't tell you anything, but I bet a lot of fantasy owners and both Marlins fans felt their heart jump when they saw it. Ramirez
There's some value in a second opinion. Kinsler got one and there may be some hope that he can avoid surgery and play again this season. By playing, the idea is that the sports hernia, if it gets worse, could still be corrected in time, and therefore, the risk would be that Kinsler could be in pain. Most players, especially ones as intense as Kinsler, gladly accept that kind of risk. The team's concern is for the long term, and sports hernias tend not to be long-term problems once corrected. He'll still miss at least the next two weeks and the rest of the season is in doubt, but for Rangers fans, they're starting to get used to a new feeling: hope.
Wagner came out of Thursday's tests with ... well, not much. The Mets closer won't be throwing any time soon, but the chance is still there, which is better than most expected. Still, the flexor tendon in his elbow is inflamed and painful, which means the Mets will have to find a way to patch up the end of their bullpen before Wagner even has a chance of getting back. The team and Wagner both insist he'll be back this season, but as we've seen time and again, this type of injury seems to have a tipping point where once it's crossed, the pitcher simply can't get back without re-aggravating the injury. The other curious part of this is the fatigue factor. Wagner's injury may have been brought on by the seasonal fatigue he's always dealt with, seemingly earlier each season, but this injury could help him stay fresh further into October, much in the same way that the blister worked for
I met up with a small group of readers to take in Price's second Triple-A start, coming in Indianapolis. We were seated next to Price's family and a crew from ESPN, who was shooting an E:60 piece on Price, so it was an
The Rays got some good news. First, Fay made a bit of a right turn and seemed to veer away from the Trop, so that's good. Then they found out that
The Astros signing of Matsui was supposed to charge up their offense. Instead, it's just provided me a lot of material. He's back on the DL with a back strain, and while when healthy he's put up similar stats to what he did in last year's Colorado campaign, I think he still has to be considered a disappointment since the major concern was his injury history coming in. The back problem isn't serious and shouldn't keep him out much longer than the minimum, with
Here's something to know going into the next few weeks. Teams will be very reluctant to use the DL for short-term injuries at this point in the season. Roster expansion comes in less than 15 days, so putting someone on the DL has an additional cost ... When a trainer came to the mound in the fifth to check on