As I’ve said before on this blog, “the Texas Rangers just can’t catch a break.”
Just a day after telling MLB.com’s Sean Casey how important staying healthy was for both himself and the team this year, the team announced that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will be out for a few days with some tightness or “fatigue” in his left tricep. Choo bats and throws left-handed.
Now, there are reasons to be somewhat concerned by this development, despite the fact that he is only supposed to be out a few days. Choo missed quite a bit of the 2014 season with elbow soreness and had a bone spur removed on August 29, 2014.
This could be concerning because he had the surgery relatively recently and he may not have healed fully or the injury could be returning, or he it could be something as simple as he just hasn’t built up enough strength in his arm and that’s simply is fatigued which caused the tendonitis.
If I were a Rangers fan I’d fear the worst based on last season and the loss of both Jurickson Profar for a second season and Yu Darvish, who just underwent Tommy John surgery and will not be returning until 2016.
It seems like this is nothing but simple fatigue and he needs work a little more to build his strength back up. It really does.
That’s likely what it is, but when you look at all the Tommy John surgeries lately it makes me worry even for a position player.
Tommy John surgery isn’t just for pitchers, for example, Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had the procedure last June. Luckily for position players the recovery time from the surgery is much faster, usually lasting 9-12 months, as opposed to 12-18 for pitchers.
In this case I’m especially worriedthat Choo will end up needing more surgery because he is a member the Rangers.
As most of you may remember I’ve proposed the idea that the team may be cursed! A small curse, not like the Curse of the Bambino or the Billy Goat, but one that is seemingly lasting long enough, that it could be called a curse
Two seasons of insurmountable and numerous injuries? How often do teams get hit that hard and often with injuries? I’ve seen many over my years as a dedicated baseball fan but this does seem to be a bit excessive, doesn’t it?
Like I said, it’s probably a curse. I guess we’ll find out when Choo either returns or doesn’t.