Friday, May 9, 2008
There's always room for...
The largest bowl of wiggly jiggly badness being Mike "Mad Libs" Hampton with his injured ______ (body part) and rehab setback of ______ (time frame). But the past two years it has been more than just Hampton that has been spending time on the Jell-O list.
Minor injuries to JoJo, James, Hudson, Smoltz, and Glavine and major injuries to Gonzalez, Soriano (I'm pessimistic about the "tendinitis"), Moylan, Lerew as well as nagging injuries to the position players makes me wonder about the Braves conditioning coach. Injuries are part of baseball, but the frequency and severity of the injuries especially in regards to the pitching staff concerns me. While age might be part of the puzzle it seems strange that a team could consistently lose 1-2 players a year to the knife of Dr. James Andrews and also have a quarter of the roster spend large amounts of time in Richmond and Mississippi each summer.
Perhaps I'm spoiled by the healthiness of the 90s Braves and age has caught up to them but I can't help but wonder if there isn't something more behind it. I'm not saying the players aren't conditioned well, other than Brayan Pena and JoJo the Braves seem like one of the more athletic looking teams (strange to say that) in the league but perhaps more flexibility/stretching work needs to be done.
That said, I could just be frustrated with the $30 million dollars we've paid Hampton. At least, I guess, insurance has picked up some of the tab.