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Man down for Mexico and Washington!
2006-03-18 10:15
by Bob Timmermann

Luis Ayala will miss the 2006 season after suffering an acute ligament sprain in his right elbow during Mexico's win over the USA Thursday night.

Nationals president Tony Tavares wasn't not happy when interviewed:

"We thought it was a bad decision to let him pitch," Tavares said by phone Friday from Washington. "It doesn't take a genius to figure this out. You know what surgery is like on elbows. It takes time to rebound from them. It's usually a process that has a certain cadence to it. This was accelerating that cadence. We were concerned, very concerned -- and as it shows right now, for good reason."

And of course Jim Bowden is irate and smugly self-confident:

"Our medical staff has advised me that they don't believe that this injury would have happened if he had been in the care of our medical staff and on our plan," Bowden said. "This is a devastating injury. It's a devastating loss to the club."

2006-03-18 12:36:26
1.   grandcosmo
Well two elbow surgeries in two years plus a missed season certainly will curtail Ayala's earning power for the rest of his baseball career.

Regrets? He'll have a few.

2006-03-18 13:10:45
2.   Sam DC
Fire Frank Robinson --
2006-03-18 13:15:53
3.   Bob Timmermann
I thought that "real men" would do everything Frank Robinson says without hesitation.
2006-03-18 13:52:59
4.   Sam DC
Well, I guess they do, and then blow out their arms in 3 years. Or not.

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