A couple of interesting quotes from Shipley's article. Really good stuff (and emphasis mine) :
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An MRI and examination by specialist Dr. David Altchek of the pitcher's sore right shoulder, bothering Pavano since spring training, revealed a bruise on his humerus bone that requires rest alone to heal.
A couple of things are really scary here:Quote:
Pavano, 36, had trouble reaching full velocity on his pitches throughout spring training. He and the team seemed to believe that if he kept pitching, he'd have a breakthrough from the shoulder pain and weakness.
- First of all he was hurt since ST (Like Baker - pretty much but different part of his body) and they kept trotting him around so basically giving up on every fifth game.
- This whole attitude that if something is hurt because of a repetitive motion and hurts while you are repeating that motion, if you keep doing it will hurt less, is Medieval. Like if you are running barefoot on gravel I am sure that it will hurt less at some point. Eventually. Keep doing it son... it builds character.
This goes beyond the medical staff. It shows front office and pitching coach and manager attitudes as well.
The Twins Medical Staff should really update their methods of Treatment.
Sweet Jesus are you kidding me?Quote:
Twins outfielder Denard Span was supposed to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam on his clavicle today, but he couldn't go through with it.
Why? Well, anyone who has had an MRI knows that many of those machines have chambers that are very confined. Span revealed today that he's claustrophobic and just couldn't go through with the exam - and that was after taking a few milligrams of Valium and being strapped to a table.
"I didn't have enough Valium," he said.
I have covered players who are claustrophobic and wanted to keep that a secret. Span is the first one to admit it on the record. He knows he might take some flack for it.
"I'm not happy about it, either," he said.
Span said he does feel better and actually wants to take a few swings and see how he feels. If he has to got back in and try to get another MRI, he will. He's relieved that he was able to make it through a MRI of his neck yesterday.
The Twins might be running out of patience, however, if this goes on more than a couple more days. Stay tuned.
Who the hell needs sitcoms and daytime dramas if you have the Minnesota Twins... You can't make this S%@t up!
There are stand up MRI'S which really helps people with claustrophobia.
I don't get it.
So now we're mocking guys for having phobias? Really?
It's actually quite common that people can't do face first MRI's, I'm surprised they couldn't get him to an open one though.
The obvious continued implications about the medical staff aside...
Whether or not Pavano was able to return to this year's rotation for a few Sept starts was and is meaningless. He was never going to be part of another Twins team.