posted at 2/13/2012 12:02 AM EST
In Response to Re: Concerned?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Concerned? : Oddly, I don't agree with that statement, however, that does not mean the statement was a correct medical evaluation. Also, you have repeatedly denied Beckett ever hurt his ankle in the first place, despite numerous articles/passages/tweets cited to you claiming the contrary. As has been said before numerous times, players do play hurt. And sometimes, it is becuase the team did not properly diagnose the injury, or becuase it felt fine at the beginning of the day but was aggravated as the game wore on. These are not novelties, and certainly a strong possiblity with Beckett. However, you have repeatedly denied that it is even possible for any of this.
Posted by notin[/QUOTE]
I have referred to Beckett's "injury." For goodness sake, everyone knows that he was removed from a game because something went wrong. I have never denied that. After that is where the real issue begins. Of course, players play hurt, a condition normally referred to as "dinged up," not flattened or nearly incapacitated. ( They came close with Lowell, but he wasn't a pitcher. Pitchers are a different kettle of fish. ) It's pretty clear the Sox finally decided that Beckett's injury was no more serious than that.
Was Beckett removed from any of the games after his return because the problem became more aggravated as the game wore on? Not that anyone has said. He was removed because he was not effective. The ankle must have been checked between starts. Good to go. Out he went for his next start, from which he was not removed because his ankle acted up, or we would have heard about it. And so on.
The handling of the case by the Sox indicates that the club believed the injury to be minor and not likely to affect the man's performance. They sent him out, it has been said, because they were growing desperate to win the wild card and figured even hobbled he would do better than the others who were available. Quite apart from the possibility of further complications, a pitcher hobbled, no matter how good normally, is liable to get lit up, owing to adjustments and distractions that can take him down several notches. Delicate business, that pitching. ( See Dizzy Dean. ) They took proper precautions by holding him out of two starts, and probably had him wear a brace and tape just to be sure. The latter is standard procedure. You should know that, given all the time you've spent in ML locker rooms and club houses. It does not mean that the club thought the player close to hamperingly injured; it is to prevent injury where one, even a minor one, once existed.
Our perspectives differ. I think that the stronger possibility is that a Beckett quite healthy enough to perform close to par hit a slump. You see it otherwise.