When to worry over injuries

Vogelsong’s back is hurt, Wilson is on a restricted schedule, Freddy won’t throw to first and Timmy has sat out practices.

This time of year can make it very easy to panic. Injuries that would be overlooked during the season will shelf a guy for weeks. At the same time, we learn about issues that could plague players throughout the season.

The big question is what’s a legitimate worry and what should be shrugged off. Lincecum’s back looks to be normal soreness from shaking off the rust, but Vogelsong’s strain may well be the sort of injury that persists throughout the year, in itself and as secondary injuries that come from compensating.

Wilson seems to be just a precautionary measure, but given his history of injuries you have to wonder. Not only is he prone to getting hurt, but his work ethic has also lead him to make small injuries much worse.

In this case, it might be better for the team to make a mountain out of a mole hill. All injuries should be treated as serious issues at this point and, doomers be damned, guys should shut things down even if it means not being at top shape in early April.

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31 Responses to When to worry over injuries

  1. unca_chuck says:

    FWIW, Timmy’s been throwing live off the mound at full speed ans isn’t reporting any problems. Voggy? He should be fine. Wilson has been my biggest concern all offseason.

  2. Chico says:

    I tweaked my back doing squats about a year, year and a half ago and it healed in a few weeks. But I’m not a pitcher at the MLB level either. I guess the glass half empty way to look at it for me is that I wasn’t even close to the shape MLB pitchers are in, but I’m a little concerned. Henry tweeted today that Vogey was ahead of schedule, decent news there. I don’t know about Timmy, haven’t heard any news on him although Chuck seems to think he’s fine. Wislon is my biggest concern. . That kind of eccentric personality is hard to read, especially when the coaches can’t get a straight fucking answer out of him. I don’t think he did, but if he pulled a Rob Nenn like others have speculated about, I’ll forever be greatful for the championship and what Wilson did for Giants baseball and its fans. I’m also concerned about Freddie, but cautiously optimistic that he’ll pull through. If Wilson and Freddie both have issues throughout the season, I give a HEAVY edge to the DBacks to take the west. Hell, I think they’re the team to beat already. My mind says NO!! But my gut says otherwise.

    • shaman138 says:

      Yeah, it’s gonna be tough for the Giants no matter what….especially now that AZ has Cahill, who stands a good chance of simply being a pitcher on fire this year.

      • JDR says:

        I don’t think Cahill’s going to be the world-beater some seem to think. Aside from a 2010 season in which he benefited from a ridiculously low BABIP, his numbers have been less than inspiring. Kennedy is good, but you have to question whether he will be able to replicate last year’s numbers or if it was just a career year for the guy. Keep in mind that Arizona was playing out of their collective minds for the last two months of the year. It’s possible that they’re going to be the 100-plus win team they were in August and September, but IMO it’s more likely that they’re a club full of young guys that got hot and other team’s didn’t have a book on, a la the Rockies and Padres clubs of recent years.

        • lasttraintoyuma says:

          Collmenter is another guy primed for a dropoff. Still, their rotation is better than last year’s rotation and their hitting is rock solid. They’re going to give the Giants fits all season.

  3. Chico says:

    Holy troll accounts! How in the fuck do these people get these many e mail addresses? Dude is back with three new accounts on the splash. Gonna be an interesting year!

  4. unca_chuck says:

    I tell ya, Chico, the Giants medical staff doesn’t thrill me very much either. Between Lowry’s misdiagnosis, Freddie Sanchez, and the mystery injuries that Wilson, and now Whitehead apparently had, it’s pretty hard to get a straight answer out of them as well . . .

  5. Chico says:

    My wife just informed me that Moneyball lost. . . To a silent movie! LMAO!

    Mossback must feel crushed.

  6. JDR says:

    Dodgers just issued a statement that the next round of bidding has commenced. For it to move that fast it sure sounds like one or more parties agreed to give Frank the parking lots.
    IMO, worst case scenario for the LADs is that the team goes to one of the groups backed by a broadcasters who would rather pay $1.5bn for the whole team than $3bn for a TV rights deal. Frank gets his parking lot cash, the TV station saves a bundle on broadcast rights and the team itself gets just enough money to compete with the Giants and keep ratings up.

    • mailorderwife says:

      I don’t believe Dodger attendance suffered while under Fox ownership. They can just do like the Clippers and put out a mediocre team with a star or two, keep on flashing those celebrity montage clips between innings, expand the all-you-can-eat options and still make money off the team, so long as you own the stadium and TV rights.

  7. Chico says:

    Baseball can’t come fast enough! This is the worst time of year, it sucks!

  8. gerbik says:

    The new MLB At Bat just showed up in the app store, now we’re officially underway 🙂

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