Busy day at the respective offices for Carson and I so there's not much time for the ol' blog, but I wanted to make my view clear on the San Fran/Victorino "brawl." Give me a second while I channel my inner Al Gore. Okay, here I go:
No suspension for Ramirez? Bulls--t! No suspension for Whiteside? Bulls--t! A fine for Polanco? Bulls--t!
I understand why Victorino got suspended. He took off into the pile and tackled somebody. Probably should have just allowed himself to be restrained. But for Polanco to get the same "penalty" as Ramirez/Whiteside is odd. And for the instigators to get off without a suspension is even odder. The whole decision is laughable.
The only thing more laughable than Joe Garagiola Jr.'s decision on this case is the description of Eli Whiteside's dance routine by philly.com write Frank Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick wrote that Whiteside was "bouncing on his toes like a very bad middleweight or a Castro District hoofer." Castro District hoofer!? Classic.
So Placido has a "sports hernia." Great. And by "great", I mean "aw crap."
The talk is surgery vs. non-surgery. Disabled list or steroid and pain injections. Ruben Amaro even said, "Frankly, a lot of guys have sports hernias. It's a matter of... discomfort." He also said they weren't looking for third baseman in any trades.
It's all smoke. Most of these injuries need surgery. Guys can play through it, sure, but find me one guy who's played through the pain and been anywhere close to their expected level of production. How'd Donovan McNabb look when he played with his? [If you are a football fan, you know how this injury affected Kaka, Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, etc.]
The way I see it, the Phils have two options 1) get Polanco the surgery and trade for another third baseman now (Casey Blake, Ty Wiggy, etc.) and hope Polly can get back for the playoffs or 2) go with the rest/rehab/steroid, pain injections and trade for a third baseman in August if he's not getting better. Either way, we won't see a 100% Polly until 2012.