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    Roch around the Clock (Baltimore Sun)

    Looks like we may have our reason why the Bedard trade was so cautious regarding physicals... there was some buzz regarding one of the players in return for Tejada being damaged goods.

    Patton has a "slap tear" of his labrum, as in where his biceps meets his labrum. Doctors used to perform surgeries on this type of thing... but in nearly every case, the pitchers' career was over. Robb Nen comes to mind. Rocky Biddle is the only case where the pitcher returned to normal value after the surgery (3% success rate... ouch).

    So the thinking now is, it is better not to perform surgery. But this is bad news for Patton no matter how much they sugarcoat it. He will pitch with pain and undeniably lose some velocity.

    I say shut him down for the season and do not perform surgery... let the shoulder heal. But some believe his best bet is to continue pitching and let his body get used to it.

    In any case things are beginning to clear up for the #5 rotation spot. Liz and Penn are apparently headed to AAA so, that leaves Albers, Burress and Olson as the leading contenders.
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    I agree. Shut him down, let it heal. Don't risk ruining his career at age 22.

    As for the fifth spot of the rotation, Burres (one s, not two) will probably go to the bullpen, leaving it to Olson and Albers to try and get it. Albers by all accounts was very impressive in yesterday's intrasquad game, whereas Olson was not as sharp as he would need to be. I've been saying it'd be Albers since he was first acquired, and I'm certainly not going to change now.

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    • #3
      There's a good chance Albers, Scott and Sarfate are all going to be contributors to the 25-man roster this season. Even if Patton never pitches again and Costanzo busts out... these three are a good return for an aging SS with a ton of questions surrounding him.

      I've heard real good things about Sarfate in camp. With Sherrill having nagging injuries this spring, is it possible Sarfate is our starting closer?
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      • #4
        I hope not. Since Ray will likely be returning around midseason, I'd rather not give the closer job to a young guy and cause problems when Ray returns.

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        • #5
          OK, but I would hesitate handing the job back to Ray until I know he's 100%. He only has about 100 IP of good baseball under him.
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          • #6
            Is this worse then a tear in the labrum? I had a torn labrum in my throwing shoulder and was out for 3 months until I could even soft toss, took about 7 months until I could throw somewhat hard without pain.

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            • #7
              It is what it is, an alleged (not confirmed by the team) labrum tear. There are different ways to tear your labrum, and apparently this is a "lesser" one. I feel bad that you had to go through one!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Erik Bedard View Post
                I hope not. Since Ray will likely be returning around midseason, I'd rather not give the closer job to a young guy and cause problems when Ray returns.
                I think Ray's target return date for August is a little optimistic. I think he'll be out a whole season, maybe this September at the earliest.

                Anyway I think closer is a very overrated position to begin with. The O's are a few years away from competing so they don't really need one. Instead they should just stick in someone to rack up some saves then trade him when a contender overrates him. That's been Billy Beene's strategy for a while, and it could really help with the rebuilding process. In fact that's kinda why I think the O's got Sherrill.

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                • #9
                  I think he's supposed to undergo more tests :

                  http://www.sportsultra.com/mlb/team/...jsp?cp=f&a=501

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                  • #10
                    News break: Troy Patton is down for the 2008 season.

                    Looking for a link...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by J W View Post
                      News break: Troy Patton is down for the 2008 season.

                      Looking for a link...
                      Patton is done for 2008, but its not as career threatening as everyone thought, or at least so it seems. The Astros gave AM MRI's for Patton before the trade. Looks like they knew what they were getting into. Its only a slight tear, though. So better chance of returning then if it is a full tear.

                      Heard AM the other day (I think during the Red Sox game), and he's talking like its definite for a 2008 return. Don't seem to be worried at all about a career being over.
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