The sun's still shining, right?
That, my friends, is one tough loss. I thought when this homestand started that a 2-4 record would be just fine, an OK showing. Now, Jason Simontacchi must beat Jake Westbrook for that to happen - and a chance to split the homestand and sweep the Indians has gone by.
But as crazy as Chad Cordero's blown save and Nook Logan's - and I paraphrase Charlie Slowes here (he went ballistic on Logan last night on the radio) - "What Was He Doing?", the news with more implications for the long-term came in the postgame, when John Patterson called the media over to discuss the fact that he's going to get second opinions (actually, I believe it's probably eighth or ninth opinions) on his elbow.
Intern Steve Yanda, filling in for me, discussed it in the notebook here. And couple that with the fact that Shawn Hill is going to see James Andrews about his right elbow, and there are some issues.
Patterson's problem isn't as shocking, because he is very particular with how he comes back from injuries (and he's had a few) and he is quite in tune with his body. If anything's out of sync, he's going to feel it. He was taking a very slow approach to his rehab anyway, and I don't think he was in danger of coming back too soon. Hard to know what to expect from the results of these tests, but I think any hope of seeing Patterson before the all-star break have vanished (however faint those hopes were anyway).
Hill's injury is very concerning. He is coming back from that left shoulder injury suffered first when he dove back into a base in Miami, then injured again when he was covering first in San Diego - all in April and May. The thinking - both by Hill and the organization - was that the injured left shoulder affected his mechanics, putting strain on his right elbow. Now, a guy with a history of elbow problems is going to see Dr. Elbow because he has discomfort playing catch. Not a good sign.
It is on, then, Jason Bergmann - who starts tomorrow in Atlanta - to save the rotation (though Chico did a very fine job last night).
I've been off a couple days, so I don't have anything particularly new here. Will be back up from the clubhouse in a while. Here's the lineup on what looks to be a glorious Sunday at the park. Some 32,539 (including yours truly in Section 309) on hand last night. I would expect another good crowd today.
Guzman - 6
Watson - 8
Zimmerman - 5
Young - 3
Kearns - 9
Belliard - 4
Langerhans - 7
Flores - 2
Simontacchi - 1
And take note of that No. 2 hitter. I was thinking last night, the way Lopez is going, that it might not be a bad idea to give Watson a shot up there. This allows Manny Acta to do it on a day when Lopez is taking a break. The more interesting part will be tomorrow, when presumably both Watson and Lopez will be back in the lineup together.
Oooh, Nick Johnson running bases right now. Haven't seen this before. He just took off like he hit a double from the plate. I gotta say, he's still favoring that leg a bit. I talked to him for a long time about it earlier in the week - and never got to publish it for some reason. But he's got the spikes on, and he's running bases. Wouldn't he look good hitting a double in that lineup today?
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