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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Is the World Baseball Classic Injury Effect Real? – The Ringer

Would Smyly be hurt if he hadn’t played in the WBC? That’s an open question. If I were a GM of a team, I wouldn’t want my pitchers in the WBC because I’d expect my training staff to know my players better which *should mean* they’d be in a better position to have my players better prepared to open the season healthy.

It’s understandable that team officials would “remain wary of the WBC,” as Rosenthal wrote. Teams have many millions of dollars tied up in their players’ well-being and the outcome of the regular season, and the loss of a single pivotal player such as Smyly can derail a winter’s work and lead to lasting frustration, even if the GM (in this case, Jerry Dipoto) declines to publicly point a finger at the WBC. For now, though, the evidence of an injury effect isn’t strong enough to justify preventing players from participating, especially since a well-populated tournament is so much fun for fans — and, in the long term, potentially beneficial for baseball, which in turn enriches teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, wbc

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trupin: Drew Smyly’s arm has drowned, he’s out 6-8 weeks

If only he had pitched in meaningless Cactus League games in lieu of meaningless WBC games…

Cool cool cool. Drew Smyly was the acquisition that signaled for many a shift in the Mariners from fringy contenders to Wild Card favorites. With his return expected in June, they’ll have to rely on their considerable but lightly proven pitching depth. Ariel Miranda will get first crack in the rotation, reportedly, and will start the fourth game of the season in Houston. The choice to continue stretching him out as a starter will now come in handy, albeit sooner than anyone would have liked. According to a doctor from Rice University, flexor bundle strains are an elbow injury that develop due to overexertion over time, which makes it equally plausible that this was exacerbated by Smyly’s WBC start, or that he simply would have developed this later on regardless. It’s tough to say. On the somewhat positive side, flexor bundle strains supposedly respond well to rest and rehab. Less cheerily, a similar injury, albeit more serious, ended Adrian Sampson’s season last year, did similarly to Roenis Elias, and contributed to Homer Bailey’s struggles recently. This is trouble, pure and simple.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: March 31, 2017 at 03:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drew smyly, mariners, wbc

Thursday, March 23, 2017

USA beats Puerto Rico for first Classic title | MLB.com

Congrats to the U.S. team. It would have been nice to see the finish live.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: puerto rico, usa, wbc

 

 

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