Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Injury bug chomps down harder on the Tribe

You've heard the expression 'no news is good news.'

Well today there's plenty of news about the Tribe. Injury news.

MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince is reporting it all on his blog tonight.

First up: Travis Hafner is going to see the Kevorkian of shoulder doctors - Dr. James Andrews.

The name alone is scary.

But, according to Castrovince, the Tribe doesn't think Hafner needs an operation but is going to see Andrews so he can "offer advice on a proper return-to-play program." Hafner was supposed to go out on rehab this week, but the shoulder is still too weak.

The news on Fausto Carmona is equally bad, at least as reported by Castrovince.

It seems Carmona felt soreness in his hip after a 50-pitch simulated game at Mahoning Valley yesterday. The Tribe isn't sure if he has re-injured the hip or he just wasn't fully healed from the original injury. Either way, his rehab stint - also expected to start this week - is also on hold.

Also in his blog Castrovince reports that Josh Barfield's middle finger required surgery and that he will miss 6 to 8 weeks.

And for good measure, The Buffalo News reports that Michael Aubrey - the oft-injured Tribe farmhand who had a cup of coffee in the big leagues a few weeks back - is also back on the Buffalo DL.

The delay in Hafner's rehab was already known, but the Dr. Andrews news is new and ominous. As we said, the Tribe says it's not as big a deal as it might sound, but how often has the Tribe been honest with us about injuries this season?

The Carmona news is also a major cause for concern as Jeremy Sowers is a fifth starter trying - but not really succeeding - to replace a No. 2 with ace-like tendencies.


the moose said...

why dont the guys that I would not want to play get hurt so they couldnt play

ps - I really dont want anyone to get hurt

it just would be nice if our useless guys get hurt

bobbydb19 said...

Hmmm.....would that guy be named Jhonny?

What a pathetic display last night, but as Wedgie says "I am not disappointed in our at bats. We hit the ball hard."

Dude, it was freakin 10-2. Care to comment on the pitching.

Ron Vallo said...

I would say in this instance Wedge's "we hit the ball hard" comments are accurate.

I watched through the top of the
6th and went to bed when Choo was robbed of a bases loaded single which was turned into a DP. But he did hit that ball hard, as did a lot of other guys who had catches made on them.

As far as the pitching goes, you don't have to be a chemist to know that a mixture of Coors Field and Paul Byrd is highly combustible.

the moose said...

sal fasada - 36 years old
that will help !!!

see terry pluto on cleveland.com

theseason isover - the players know it, the manager knows it

and the moose knows it

Ron Vallo said...

I made the the same case nearly two weeks ago. They made a little run and I started to think I could be wrong. But, alas, they're back in a tailspin, eight back as I write this and the injury news just getting work.

The most positive thing about the Pluto article was the hope that Casey Blake could find a new home. Also interesting is his call to then let cabrerra play SS and see if Peralta can handle third while letting Marte prove once and for all that he's not the answer there.

Can't say I disagree with any of it, including the part about the season being done. There's just not enough on this team to make the kind of run they will need to make to win the division.