"I'm speechless. I have no speech."
The more I let it rattle around in the hollow chamber that is my head, the more I sincerely love head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff’s response to the question as to whether or not Grady Sizemore will need arthroscopic elbow surgery at season’s end.
“There is a high index of suspicion for that,” Soloff told reporters Tuesday.
Soloff, who is a true pleasure to deal with (and those of us in the media have dealt with him quite a bit over the last two years), really gave us a gift with that line. Because, let’s face it, that is a much better quote to use in our stories than if he had said, “Yeah, probably.”
But if you asked a girl out, and she replied that there is “a high index of suspicion” that she will accept your invitation, would you feel confident that you were actually going to go out with her?
And furthermore, would you still want to go out with her after she said such a thing?
Something to chew on.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- The numbers were strong for Fausto Carmona again Tuesday night at Double-A Akron. He went seven innings, allowing just a run (a solo homer) on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Emphasis, of course, on the “no walks.” In his two Minor League starts, Carmona has a 0.66 ERA and the opposition is batting .114 off him.
- Wedge said he received positive reports about Carmona’s outing. “The progress has been pretty consistent with him,” Wedge said. But the Indians remain mum on Carmona’s timetable. All that’s certain is he will definitely get at least one more start in the Minors. I’d assume the Indians would want to see him at the Triple-A level at least once before they bring him back into the rotation, but that’s merely my own assumption.
- Obviously, the Indians won’t be able to totally gauge how much progress Carmona has made until he pitches at this level again. “Until you get to the highest level,” Wedge said, “it’s not 100 percent until you do it here.”
- Rafael Betancourt (strained right groin) threw a two-inning, 35-pitch simulated session Wednesday. “I feel pain-free,” Betancourt said. “I feel good right now.” If Betancourt still feels good Thursday morning, he’ll likely join Aaron Laffey in a rehab appearance at Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
- Betancourt provided a little more detail about the extent of his injury. He said Dr. Mark Schickendantz told him the tendon in his right groin essentially exploded. Betancourt also said many hockey players get the tendon snipped so that it doesn’t bother them when skating. So while Betancourt will have missed a significant chunk of the season, when all is said and done, at least this Christmas he can go ice skating at Rockefeller Center without incident.
- As for Sizemore’s take on his potential need for surgery, he said, “Day to day, we’ll see how it feels.”
- Speaking of injuries, Mark DeRosa has strained a tendon in his wrist and will miss at least three or four games with the Cardinals. I’d say that trade has had rough early returns for both teams so far.
- The Double-A Akron Aeros are a (temporary) juggernaut. They had five players have been picked to play in the the Eastern League All-Star Game, which takes place July 15 in Trenton, N.J. Infielder Beau Mills and right-hander Hector Rondon were fan ballot selections, while catcher Carlos Santana, outfielder Nick Weglarz and right-hander Vinnie Pestano were also tabbed to represent the Southern Team.
- Kudos also go out to Columbus third baseman Andy Marte, who was named the International League’s batter of the week after hitting safely in each of his team’s six games for a .478 average and eight RBIs.
- Another 40-man roster castaway, Jordan Brown, also continues to tear it up at Triple-A. He’s hit safely in 20 of 24 games, and his .323 average and .409 slugging percentage are both the fourth-best in the International League.
- Lots of Nebraska football ties in the house tonight. Head coach Bo Pelini, a friend of broadcaster Matt Underwood, and Turner Gill, former Nebraska quarterback and Indians farmhand and current Buffalo head coach, are in attendance. Gill is scheduled to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
- Happy birthday wishes go out to Nate Mosack, manager at Bier Markt and Bar Cento on W. 25th Street (and both establishments are highly recommended).
UPDATE: Whoever posted the link was correct. I do dig this shirt.
UPDATE No. 2: Doesn’t look like the Shaq thing is happening.