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He's only mostly dead
2005-04-21 10:56
by Derek Smart

The word is that Nomar Garciaparra will be out 2-3 months with the injury sustained during last night's game. Here's a phrase one never wants to read in relation to someone's groin:

Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal said the muscle pulled away from the bone.

Guh. That's all the detail I need.

Ronny Cedeno got the call from Iowa to fill Nomar's roster spot, and while I'd always rather have our ill-fated boy in the lineup, it could be interesting to see what Cedeno can do in the bigs, especially since he started the year hitting .348/.400/.565 in 46 AAA at bats. He's supposed to be good defensively too, despite his three errors thus far, so while this whole episode is deeply saddening, something positive could come of it yet.

But of course, it's not positive, and I'm not going to say that Nomar's possible July/August return will be like making a great deadline deal, because it won't be - he was supposed to be playing all year, and trying to frame an obvious loss to the club as a potential gain is intellectually bankrupt. However, from the looks of things, he will, indeed, return, and given the alternative, that's good enough news for now.

2005-04-21 11:11:39
1.   Mike Carminati
He wants to come back in order "to blathe".
2005-04-21 12:19:23
2.   cmat
Which, as we all know, means "to bluff."

So, he was probably bluffing...ah, I should stop now. I'll quit it.

"Anybody want a peanut?"

2005-04-21 12:53:39
3.   84 Cubs
No way to spin this - it just plain sucks. We all knew Nomar was going to bust out of the slump and return to his Spring Training - and career - form. Now we pray, even more, for the health of those elbows and shoulders; only our pitching will save us.
2005-04-21 13:33:05
4.   The Boar
GREAT title, Derek, and nice comments Mike Carminati and cmat. I laughed out loud, which was a nice reaction to have when reading a blog about Nomar's groin.
2005-04-21 13:33:32
5.   Sandus
The big problem is that Nomar was supposed to make up a bit for the overall lack of power in the lineup. Without him, the Cubs are like the Devil Rays minus Aubrey Huff and a good manager.
2005-04-21 13:36:22
6.   The Boar
Brenly and Kasper were apparently reporting that if Nomar has surgery, he's done for the season, and that if he doesn't, he wouldn't be able to play until October/November. Not sure of the veracity of this as I read it from another blog commenter.

My question is, why would surgery put him out longer than no surgery? I thought the purpose of a potential surgery would be to accelerate the healing process. If not, why have it?

Just curious if anyone has anything to add in this regard.

2005-04-21 14:03:45
7.   aqc
The Boar,
There are couple things that come into play with surgery.

One is that there is a long rehab process that accompanies any surgery, one that will surely put Nomar out of comission for the season.

The second is that the need for surgery is usually indicative of the severity of an injury, meaning that if Nomar needs surgery, it's really bad.

Usually surgery is required to fix serious problems that would not heal on their own, particularly with sports injuries, and not necessarily to 'speed up' the process.

Hope that clears some things up.

2005-04-21 15:12:00
8.   The Boar
Yeah, it does, thanks aqc. Keep up the great work guys!

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