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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
UTK Quick Hits
From today's UTK:
- It looks as if Drew is a coin flip for surgery to set and align the fractured wrist, which would end his season. A simple fracture would take the better part of two months to return from, and by that point, it would be stunning to see the Dodgers in a pennant race. Drew's injury shouldn't be viewed as connected to anything in his past unless he goes beyond the normal timeframe for healing. There's long been speculation that Drew has a "tissue issue"--a genetic predisposition for slow healing seen in many athletes. Our lack of understanding about the processes puts too many rehabs in a black box, leaving everyone hoping for a predicted result.
- For those predisposed to see Troy Glaus's exit from an Angels uniform as a bad thing: There's only so much that cortisone can do. For short periods of time, it's a miracle worker, but at some point, it starts being the dingo that eats the baby. There are tales of surgeons going in and seeing tendons eaten away by cortisone, and even seeing the injected substance held in suspension, not being absorbed at all into the affected area. There's certainly an effect, placebo or not, in most cases. Troy Glaus is making it through the season with a series of injections into his damaged left knee and doing well enough to challenge career highs in many categories. The D'backs--who led the league last season with more than 1,800 DL days--are managing this injury well in the short term, but I question how it might affect Glaus in the next three years of his big-money deal.