04-24-2013, 05:20 PM #1
Berardino: Mastroianni Out Awhile + My Twins Med Staff Rant
Mike Berardino gives us some bad news in a lot of ways....
Placed on the disabled list one week ago with a stress reaction in his left ankle, the speedster initially had hoped to return within three weeks. However, that is sounding less likely by the day.
The plan now is to have Mastroianni wear the walking boot another week or so, then undergo a third magnetic resonance imaging exam on his ankle. Even if he's able to escape the dreaded boot at that point, a lengthy period of rehabilitation figures to follow, including a minor league assignment.
1. If Hicks doesn't get any better, what the hell do the Twins do for CF? Is he stuck here now, no matter how much it might hurt him?
2. So the Twins waited three weeks to put him on the DL - and now he could be out for months?
3. How come the Twins are the only team that seems to never find anything the first few times on and MRI? Is it possible they're not using the right end?
And here, of course, is the best part when talking about the disfunctional nature of the Twins medical environment...
Mastroianni even took early batting practice that next day in an effort to get loose, but when Twins manager Ron Gardenhire saw him limping during regular BP, that was it.
"He caught me," Mastroianni said. "I wasn't going to say anything. I was going to try and play. I knew it hurt. It was getting close and I was trying to get through it. He said, 'Son, I can't put you in the outfield like that. You can't even walk.' I tried to tell him I could still go and he said, 'Go inside and get this thing worked on.' "
Minnesota Twins: Darin Mastroianni could be out awhile - TwinCities.com
04-24-2013, 05:29 PM #2Is nobody on the training staff/medical team watching this stuff?
04-24-2013, 05:41 PM #3
The other thing that really bugs me about the Twins is that they insult people's intelligence with their medical reports. Here is the issue with this case (Same quote, bold mine) :
placed on the disabled list one week ago with a stress reaction in his left ankle, the speedster initially had hoped to return within three weeks. However, that is sounding less likely by the day.
The plan now is to have Mastroianni wear the walking boot another week or so, then undergo a third magnetic resonance imaging exam on his ankle..
what's next? Booboos and owies and bumps?
Regardless, I think that Hicks stays. The only other option is Clete Thomas who is hitting .347/.448/.571 with 3 HR, but I doubt that they pull the trigger because that would mean DFAing Butera or something to add him to the 40-man roster.-----
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04-24-2013, 05:45 PM #4
Well, with Hicks struggling and Mastro having good spring himself, it's to be expected that Mastro is going to do whatever he can to stay with the big club and the chance to start in CF. But everyone should know that, and that he's going to try to play through whatever he can in order to keep that job in sight. So I agree, the lays at the feet of the medical staff as it's not Gardy's job to find these things out, especially if his players have mixed motivations concerning telling the truth about injuries and pain.
What do we do now? Even if Hicks finds a way to improve, we have no good CF backup on the current 25 man. Escobear?Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.
04-24-2013, 06:08 PM #5
1) If Hicks needs to go down, they'll find someone (Benson or a AAAA) to take his place. Mastro is a nice player but hardly irreplaceable.
2) Sounds like it.
3) You only pay attention to the Twins but I'm sure it's a somewhat fairly often occurrence. Orioles fans are going nuts over uber prospect Bundy needing a second MRI despite the first one looking great, for instance. Fangraphs did a study, using 10 years worth of data on DL trips. It found that the Twins were one of the healthier teams, by that model. Only three teams had lost fewer days to the DL. I know one common complaint is that the team doesn't use the DL fast enough (although I'm sure that's a common problem, too) so games missed while not on the DL wouldn't be counted but even if you added another 1000 days to their total, they'd still be in the lower half.
04-24-2013, 06:14 PM #6
I do enjoy when people who have no experience in the medical field try to second guess doctors who often times are at the top of their fields. It always comes off as silly to me.
The Yankee doctors missed a second fraction on Jeter until recently...these things happen all the time in baseball/sports/life in general, things take times to diagnose.
04-24-2013, 06:15 PM #7
Clete Thomas is next in line if they pull the plug on Hicks, but everyone knows how that will end. Guys had plenty of chances & wont do much more than Aaron is already doin.
04-24-2013, 06:24 PM #8"Maybe you could go grab a bat and ball… and learn something. Maybe you will get it."
- Strib commenter educating the elitists on the value of RBI's
04-24-2013, 06:25 PM #9
Either way, it needs to change.
04-24-2013, 06:26 PM #10
04-24-2013, 06:30 PM #11
Last year with Baker was the most ridiculous considering they didn't even know he needed Tommy John until he had his arm cut open.
Some of these injuries can just be fickle and every team deals with them, misdiagnosis or what not.
04-24-2013, 06:31 PM #12
04-24-2013, 06:35 PM #13
My only problem with the Twins is when you have some back up like Mastrio and he is going to miss more than 3 or 4 games you need to just stick him on the DL, especially considering he is very replaceable. If it's Mauer/Morneau or one of the SP I understand waiting a few extra days to be honest.
Then again, if Mastrio wasn't being 100% forthright it's on him quite a bit as well.
A lot of times people are good at masking pain/injury. For instance, I got hit in the nuts last Sunday during my baseball game (I was told I was DHing and at the last minute put in at 1st base), nobody knew I had gotten hit or was hurt until I literally thought I was going to vomit in the dugout the following half inning.
The only real way to find out if a guy is withholding pain is to give him a physical before and after every game. But I imagine the players union wouldn't be thrilled with having their players "turn their heads and cough" 300+ times a year.
04-24-2013, 06:36 PM #14
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04-24-2013, 07:21 PM #16
Regardless of eveyone's medical background, the facts remain...
1) This problems started on 3/25
2) It took 3 weeks to get him on the DL
3) Within a few days, the diagnosis has changed dramatically and for the worse.
The most likely explanations seem to be:
1) that Mastro is REALLY good at hiding the problem, which he might be, but it's not like they didn't know he was injured. They openly talked about how limited he would be and when he could come back to the lineup. Or...
2) that he wasn't all that bad, but it got a lot worse. Well, yeah, that can happen when you continue to play on an injury.
And if it was one time, that would be fine, but it happens over and over. Baker, Pavano, Span, Plouffe, Morneau... and that's off the top of my head.
04-24-2013, 07:26 PM #17
My personal favorite is the people who claim to know the trade market for a player. Claiming that they know the Twins could have gotten a better package for a player with absolutely zero knowledge on the situation.
04-24-2013, 07:36 PM #18
04-24-2013, 07:59 PM #19"Maybe you could go grab a bat and ball… and learn something. Maybe you will get it."
- Strib commenter educating the elitists on the value of RBI's
04-24-2013, 08:01 PM #20
I thought they had replaced the trainers, but maybe the issue isn't the people, it's the methods/philosophies.