The Bump and The Grind

This might be a random collection of events, but taking the mound against the Cubs has had it's risks. It dawned on me that we've seen some season ending injuries happen to our opponents pitchers. Coincidence? Or Death Cab for Cutie?

Follow the link to the pitchers who've risked entering the valley of shadows:

Tom Glavine -- He's had two rough starts against the Cubs and immediately landed on the DL each time. His diagnosis is a strained left pitching elbow, supposedly a tear in flexor tendon origin. This second episode occurred after two months of attempted nonsurgical rehab. It almost definitely ends his season and possible starts his 5 year clock to make it to the Hall of Fame. If he ops for surgery at age 42, who knows what else will break down. Glavine had never been on the DL before this season. Father time has finally caught up with him.

Chris Carpenter -- Reinjured his pitching arm last sunday (video link) and is again on the DL. He was matching pitches (with his signature low pitch count) through 5 innings against Ryan Dempster (with his signature high pitch count).  The diagnosis is triceps strain which is the muscle/tendon on the back side of the arm. Basically, it's not his reconstructed collateral ligament but all the anatomy around the elbow is closely related. Given his history the Cardinals need to be very worried about a quick return with only 6 weeks left in the season. This was his third start back after a 1-1/2 years of rehabbing two elbow surgeries including an elbow scope for arthritis followed by a "Tommy John" ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction procedure when it was clear the first surgery had not helped. The Cardinals were counting on their one time "ace" to give them the boost to make the playoffs after the team has played incredibly well given that everyone had written their season off in preseason polls. Now back on the DL, it looks like the redbirds last pitching hope is limited to Adam Wainright's recovery as Carpenter, Mulder and Matt Clement are ticketed for the land of #22 and perpetual rehab.

Yovani Gallardo -- Ripped his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) on this play during the game May 1st, it was a major blow to the Brewers rotation for at least May and June. The injury subsequently cost the Brewers last years first round draft pick, Matt LaPorta, to replace him with someone even bigger than Prince Fielder. Prince has said that he is Sabathia's "mini-me". Or Fielder at least thinks of Sabathia as one very big potato. Gallardo's injury was a significant timeline change, thus Capt Kirk and Mr. Spock are still looking for McCoy and Joan Collins to rectify things. Gallardo just started light tossing and won't resurface until next spring.

To be honest, this hit list is based on a fairly flimsy argument since Carpenter and Glavine's aging arms were hanging on with duct tape, but still it begs the question: Who's Next?

 

 

Comments

Dunno, but I won't get fooled again. No no.

I half-expected that to end: "I'm a surgeon, not a fortune teller." :-)

My mind's tellin' me NOOO.

Buy my body -- my boooddddddy is tellin' me YEEEESSSS!

Wait, I thought it was Chad who sold his body on here?

Their ego's were writing checks their bodies couldn't cash.

The plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies room.

Considering the type of freakish injuries we've experienced over the years to our front - line starters (whirlpool, baserunning, etc.), I weep not for our opposition's pitching woes. No, if someone would just trip Sabathia on his way to the post - game spread after his next start...

Something else tasteless: http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/27024449.html

Actually, I wouldn't know if it's tasteless or not, but odds of great taste are... not so good.

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    Charlie 8 min 19 sec ago view
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    jacos 24 min 16 sec ago view
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    Eric S 25 min 54 sec ago view
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    Eric S 30 min 31 sec ago view
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    crunch 57 min 25 sec ago view
  • Good gravy, was that a much-appreciated top of the first.

    Transmission 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • That's a good analogy, bb...  Nice to see tonight's game start with a 104 yard kickoff return TD.

    Transmission 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • Grichuk won the game last night but a decent CF would have caught that drive by Ross. Good Cubbery!

    Cubster 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • this game is WAY better than last night.

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    crunch 1 hour 29 min ago view
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    billybucks 2 hours 57 min ago view
  • Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is a great option. I'm sure Chad loved it.

    Tito 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • Amen Brick. What's the point of following early-season games if you can't over-react to them? What, we should be reading books now?

    billybucks 4 hours 19 min ago view
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    No, I think you're thinking of Radiohead, The 1975, or Bowie's last album.

    Although The National's Greatful Dead tribute is pretty cool.

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    Tito 4 hours 43 min ago view
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