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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Bob Ojeda’s life with pain (insert Chris Carlin joke here)...a must read, if ever.
My dad and I decided to have a catch in December. Day 1 was fine. Day 6 was O.K. I knew the 1987 season was in danger.
Come January, I was throwing off a mound, and my elbow was occasionally locking. I needed to get to camp in Florida. I needed some pills. Spring, as we said, went O.K. The meds were working. Doc Gooden went into rehab right before we broke camp. Davey gave me the opening-day start. Said I’d earned it. I tossed a gem, and we won. By then, I was on oral steroids. I could get through this — I always had — but I needed to self-adjust my pills. I took it upon myself to double the dose.
I looked as bad as my pitches. Weight loss from the meds and consistent pain were taking their toll. Steve was telling me to throw in the towel. I couldn’t. Wasn’t wired that way.
May 9 was a day game in Atlanta. I headed to the bullpen with Mel Stottlemyre, our pitching coach, and started to get loose. It wasn’t happening. The more I warmed up, the worse it got. My elbow had had enough. I was bouncing balls to the catcher.
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