Notes and Quotes: Ranting on the Sizemore InjuryMy computer issues have been well documented, here especially. A few weeks ago it went haywire again (mind you we just had the motherboard replaced twice and the LCD screen, four, count'em four times) this time something different. Basically I was viewing a 600some by 400some pixel picture with 4 bit color on a wide-screen Dell Latitude laptop that has far better color capabilities. After a day or so of rest and a few restarts, it sort of comes back, only not at my normal resolution.
After a day of using it like that (every time I scroll, it lags, everything looks scrunched, it isn't right) it comes back to normal. I think, okay whatever, let's continue on. The warranty lasts a little longer, so we have time to see if it does it again. It did it again on Saturday... Sunday repeated the process of scrunchy viewing and lagging scrolling and now today it is back to normal.
Can someone explain this to me? It is as disappointing as yesterday's loss, which I still haven't fully taken in yet.
With a computer back to normal (for now) we have a lot to go over, especially after yesterday's "wasted" effort.
[MASTER OF LUCK]
"What can you do?" Masterson said with a smile. "You're going to catch some breaks, and you're going to not."
Justin Masterson has caught not a single break this year. And when he hasn't been in the position to catch a break (which hasn't been much) he's been getting battered by both the fans and the opposing offenses.
Masterson's success yesterday was credited to a mechanical adjustment that he says keeps him on top of the ball and keep better control of the ball. It certainly showed as he only walked Alex Rodriguez and as I pointed out yesterday, it was a purposeful walk.
The lone mistake he made came to Derek Jeter in his last pitch of the outing when his sinker floated towards the middle of the plate rather than inward.
You still kind of forget though that Masterson was actually in a position to still win this game, if only Tony Sipp came through. But as Tony put it, you just have those days sometimes. Unfortunately Sipp had two of them, both in New York, both this weekend.
"Things are still good," said Sipp. "I still like New York. I still wake up and get to come in and play baseball for a living. I'm not complaining. . . . You're going to have days like this. It does happen."
Win or no win though for Masterson, he holds onto his job and if he pitches like that most of the time, he won't have to worry about losing it. Derek Jeter said, obviously being used to facing him in Boston, that Masterson is never an easy at-bat and we know that is true after yesterday. Did the mechanical adjustment fix everything? No it didn't, but it certainly helps. Acta said he didn't tell Masterson his job was on the line and Masterson said he doesn't concern himself with that type of stuff.
Aaron Laffey's demotion was certainly a curious precursor to what could be a move involving Masterson. Acta said he expects Laffey to be stretched out in Columbus, which can only mean they plan on getting him back into the rotation.
This is a move though that probably had to be made, especially the way Laffey has been pitching. Lewis certainly did himself no favors in his first game back, but what's new with him? Never really right-place right-time for him.
[SURGERY FOR SIZEMORE]
Grady Sizemore will undergo surgery this week in Colorado, but what type of surgery he undergoes is still a little bit unknown. Okay, we do know that he'll arthroscopic undergo surgery that will keep him out six-to-eight weeks, but during his surgery, with the date still to be determined, Dr. Richard Steadman could decide to do microfracture surgery, which would basically end his 2010 season.
Here's the most annoying part of all this.
Castrovince revealed that Sizemore suffered this knee injury at the end of spring training. Which makes it two straight years now that he was in fact playing hurt from the get-go. We all assumed he was healthy and that he was just struggling.
In a way it does explain the struggle and how he absolutely killed the ball during spring, but come the season he fell off the map. But it also is frustrating because Sizemore is starting to look more and more like Ken Griffey Jr. without more years of success that Junior had before breaking down.
So I ask you this though... If Sizemore sustained that injury at the end of spring training and he suffered an entire month not hitting worth a lick.
WHY WAS HE STILL PLAYING?!
If he was struggling like he was and I KNEW he was hurt, I would have shut that down before it became even more of a problem. Now look at where we are at. We don't have Sizemore period and likely won't for quite possibly the rest of the season.
Was it worth it? Whoever made the call, Shapiro, Acta, collectively, was it really worth it?
This is is really irritating because we all assumed that Sizemore was healthy and a healthy Sizemore equals a good Sizemore. I'm still convinced of that because the bad Grady that we saw was hurt. We haven't seen healthy Sizemore in a few years and quite frankly, I'm sick of it.
If the guy is hurt, sit him down and let him get better. Don't putz around like this. I know it is probably partially Grady's fault because he's so damn hard-headed in playing, but he has to set his friggin pride aside and realize he's WORTHLESS when he's hurt. I'd rather not have him for a few weeks because he's getting better rather than have him for a month and a half when he's playing like the way he was. Trevor Crowe is playing way better than he did and he's a lot more productive because, HEY SHOCKER HE'S HEALTHY!
It just is very irritating to see this happen yet again. They did it last year (stupid), they did it the year before with both Hafner and Joe Borowski (even more stupid), and now for a third straight year they let a player dictate to them how to handle an injury and I have no doubt it has everything to do with Sizemore's status as not only a regarded "guts for glory" type of a player and pretty much the gas that makes this team go.
Whatever... Kiss your season good-bye anyway. You may have not had a chance with Sizemore missing time to start the season, but you definitely don't have a chance now and you may even put the future of your club in jeopardy if this lingers. This team will go no where without a healthy Sizemore because at this point he isn't producing and you sure as hell aren't getting full value from him at this stage.
[HUFF COULD BE READY FOR NEXT START]
After that little rant... I think I've run out of gas. But I'll throw in one last note. David Huff looks like he'll be ready to make his next start as scheduled as long as nothing pops up between now and his start.
It looks like Huff is going to survive that little incident with a lump on the side of his head and nothing more. Huff was so cognizant after getting hit he recited his brother's phone number and instructed trainer Rick Jameyson to call him and let him and his parents know everything was alright.
The first thing that I thought when I saw the hit was, "Oh my god, I hope it missed his temple." A shot like that to the temple could honestly be fatal and as Huff said, an inch away and he might have not been so lucky.
"It could have been an inch this way or that way," Huff said, pointing near his eye and his temple, "and I wouldn't be here talking to you. I was definitely lucky."
Lonnie Soloff said the fact that the ball traveled so far after hitting Huff was better than if it had just bounced off and landed closer to him. I guess that makes sense, but I'm not a physicists nor a doctor so, I don't know if balls bouncing off your head and traveling one distances is better than another, but I do know a ball hitting your head is bad either way. Thankfully though David looks to be alright and possibly ready to go for his next start.