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Starting over

Just a short post from me this morning, then I'll leave the NJ territory to ya'll. You'll have writer Mark Viera at the ballpark today for the Nats coverage. I'll be running some errands by day, and at night, the MASN audience will jump to 9,001. (Oh, and I'll obviously interrupt the blog's somnolence if there's a trade or news of any kind.)

As for today's feature, I decided to write about Chad Cordero -- his attempted recovery, and all of its uncertainty. Most doubt about Chief's ability to pitch again comes from everybody but himself.

For a broader contextual picture of Cordero's thoughts on his injury, I'll take an excerpt from the conversation. This is stuff I addressed only passingly in the story itself...

Q: People always said they saw this injury coming, that you were pitching too much:

I don't know if I pitched too much. Look at [Jon] Rauch. Rauch has pitched in a lot more games than I have over the last couple years. I was only in 65 to 70 games a year and only warming up a couple times a week. I wasn't one of those guys who was going to warm up every day, because that's what the closer's role is. I wasn't really getting up a whole lot. Sixty-five, seventy games in my mind isn't a whole lot. Mike Stanton for us a few years ago, it seemed like he got up every single day. Granted, he maybe threw only one or two pitches, but he would throw every day all of the time. I really don't think I was overworked at all. I think I was handled great.

Q: How far back did you know something was wrong?

If a doctor would look at every single pitcher, you'd find something wrong, whether it's in their shoulder or their elbow - they have some kind of tear. But for the most part it doesn't get any bigger. In my case, it was gonna happen eventually. ... It was just one of those things where it was going to give out eventually. The arm just isn't made to throw in that kind of motion. When you're doing that kind of thing, something is going to happen. I think that's what happened to me. It was the arm's time to give out.

Q: You almost make it sound inevitable.

Well, that first game of the season. I had a feeling something wasn't right. But when you have that type of thing, that type of pain, you kind of have it in the back of your mind that something might be wrong.

Q: Significant pain?

That night I did. but when I came back (off the DL in mid-April), I couldn't feel anything. Some nights it would take me longer to warm up than others, but I didn't have any pain from the time I came back until the time I tore my lat. But when you feel that kind of pain -- the first time I felt it -- I kind of had a hint that something was up. But I didn't really think anything of it. I had the MRIs, and doctors just said it was normal wear and tear, nothing wrong with it, and I believed it.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 29, 2008; 8:56 AM ET
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