Ryan Howard - hurt. Really hurt.
Placido Polanco - hurt. And old.
Hunter Pence - hurt.
Cole Hamels - hurt. Double whammy.
1) Ryan Howard has a ruptured Achilles and will require surgery. Timetable for return cannot be determined until post-op and the operation cannot take place until swelling goes down. It's believed that he'll miss a couple months of the 2012 season and there's a chance he'll never be the same. Is now a good time to bitch about Amaro signing him to that extension again? Because, need I remind you, Howard would have been a free agent this offseason and surely wouldn't have nabbed 5 years and $125 million while broken.
2) Polly has a sports hernia and surgery is forthcoming. He's back again next year, meaning we can look forward to even less production than he provided this year. We're talking a .260ish singles hitter. Oh, eff!
3) Pence also has a sports hernia, who knew? Well, Hunter did...or did he? Anyway, he'll have a MRI to determine the extent of the damage and go from there.
4) Cole has loose bodies in his elbow and a inguinal hernia. He'll undergo two surgeries. That's two surgeries too many!
*Type in "hernia" in a Google image search with safe search filters off and be disgusted.
Unless you are attending one of the sports medicine schools. Then you probably won’t be disgusted by any sports injury.