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Owww: Ichiro Has Bleeding Ulcer

He may be one of the more lighthearted quotes in professional baseball, but Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has some serious stomach issues. According to the ASSOCIATED PRESS, Ichiro will start the season on the 15-day disabled list with a bleeding ulcer, a condition which apparently is no longer bleeding but is still serious enough that the team feels he needs complete rest in order to recover.

There's no early word on what role the recent World Baseball Classic may have played in the condition, but Suzuki put himself under plenty of stress at the event. The outfielder -- who starred for Japan during the country's title run in the inaugural WBC -- was only breaking the Mendoza line (.200) by some 20 points early in the tournament but eventually rallied to bat .273, and knock in the Classic-winning RBI in the process. With his struggles came plenty of stress about failed expectations and, doubtlessly, renewed questions about the enormous contract extension he signed with Seattle last season.

Because the move was made retroactive to March 31, Suzuki can return April 15, which means he could miss as little as a week of action in the first stint on the disabled list in his American career.

By Cameron Smith  |  April 3, 2009; 9:46 PM ET
Categories:  Mariners  
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Comments

Don't jump to the conclusion that he couldn't handle stress. Ulcers are caused by bacteria. Stress may be a factor, but usually minor. The stress myth will probably never die because it's been believed for so long, but maybe next time someone could check the story before publishing.

I know that the editing standards of blogs are lower than for print, but since you are migrating so much content to the web you need to find some way to maintain editorial standards, or else why come here? Unreliable sources are everywhere.

I admit this is an overreaction to the crime, although giving readers an unsupported opinion about his psyche is a low blow. But I'm taking the opportunity to scold you about an issue that's concerned me in general.

Posted by: utec | April 4, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Calm yourself utec, before you give yourself an ulcer!

Posted by: adampschroeder | April 4, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Checking in days later -
Thanks Adam P, well done!
I better go drink some warm milk.

Posted by: utec | April 6, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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