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It happens every spring
2006-02-26 09:47
by Bob Timmermann

Brian Lawrence of Washington becomse the first notable player to go down with an injury during spring training. Lawrence has a torn right labrum and is expected to be out until at least August, although he could miss the whole year.

I still wonder why teams think that their players participating in the WBC are more prone to injury there than they are in training camp. Are Buck Martinez, Luis Sojo, or Manny Acta going to destroy every pitcher's arm. I've read also that some teams are worried that an inexperienced pitcher may hit someone with a pitch.

But consider the case of Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth who got hit by a pitch by Josh Beckett A.J. Burnett in the first game of spring training last year. Werth's wrist still hasn't healed correctly. What about Eric Gagne hurting his knee playing pepper?

Players are going to get hurt. There's no point in sticking them inside a plastic bubble. Some guys will still hurt themselves.

2006-02-26 10:08:10
1.   Icaros
I think it was actually another former Marlin, A.J. Burnett, who broke Werth's wrist.
2006-02-26 10:08:54
2.   Icaros
If you see your cat today, say hello for me.
2006-02-26 10:38:36
3.   Bob Timmermann
Thanks for the correction, I always got those guys confused.

Casey is still behind the stove.

2006-02-26 11:04:48
4.   Icaros
Maybe you should change his name to Gretel.
2006-02-26 11:05:32
5.   Icaros
Or Hansel. Which one was the boy?
2006-02-26 11:30:17
6.   Bob Timmermann
Hansel was the boy.
2006-02-26 11:37:43
7.   Andrew Shimmin
Have you tried bribery? My mom always insisted that the way to get a cat to adopt a new home was to smear butter on his front paws. She thought that once a cat groomed himself, he'd be comfortable. I have an alternate explanation for the phenomenon, which mostly has to do with cats liking butter. But, either way.
2006-02-26 11:58:56
8.   Bob Timmermann
I would tend to the latter explanation there too.

I've read through a bunch of cat behavior web sites. This is not unusual behavior. I did take a picture of Casey hiding behind the stove. The flash made his eyes turn orange.

2006-02-26 12:31:58
9.   Andrew Shimmin
The flash made his eyes turn orange.

He's a witch! Burn him!

2006-02-26 12:50:24
10.   Bob Timmermann
But he's too close to the gas line for the stove to do that right now.
2006-02-27 07:43:47
11.   Cliff Corcoran
Meanwhile, the concern over injury is that the players will be playing harder in the WBC than they would normally be in spring exhibition games, thus higher risk of injury. I think the end result is that the level of play in the WBC will be substandard because players are a afraid/have been told not to play all-out, but someone will get hurt anyway and there will be a big hubub about that. The whole thing is something of a can't win as far as I see it.
2006-02-27 10:24:27
12.   Bob Timmermann
I think the risk of players getting injured because they're playing at 80% speed is not as great as it would be in a contact sport like football or hockey. If you try to let up in those sports, you will get hurt.

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