Monday, June 02, 2008
Memo to Ryan Zimmerman: Please--NO MORE HEAD FIRST SLIDES ANYMORE.
Memo to Nick Johnson: Sadly, I can only feel sorry for you. At times you have NO LUCK AT ALL. Today's medical update must have been pretty depressing for you--as well as me.
Memo to Our Medical Staff: Please--no longer proclaim ANY OF OUR PLAYERS are Day-To-Day, unless you know for sure.
Memo to Our Washington Nationals: All good intentions aside, if any of Our Players from here on out are injured--please don't waste any more time determining (wishing actually) everything will be alright. Today's press release sure makes it look that way. Give each and every one needing--the proper and best possible care available--immediately. Find out the problem--then get the solution--STAT.
Memo to Our Manager Manny Acta: With Kory Casto added to the Major League Roster--you now have a full squad to use in each and every game. That's a good thing. And knowing you are always positive--please keep that charismatic smile of yours going. We are going to need it.
Memo to self: Eight players all key to the 2008 season are now on The Disabled List. Injuries happen and there is nothing you can do about it. So, make the best of the situation and watch some of Our Young Washington Nationals Players grow. There is no time better than the present to preview The Future of Our Washington Nationals.
Why all these memos?
Because, late this afternoon, Our Washington Nationals announced the medical results of Ryan Zimmerman's MRI today. As depressing as that news was to hear--the unexpected and less than stellar update on Nick Johnson's health felt like a quick double punch combination to the face. Expecting the first blow to "Z" to disable him--the added concern of Our Number 24's continuing woes felt like a knock out punch.
"Z" has a small labral tear in his left, non-throwing shoulder. Rest, medicine and a possible visit to the legendary Dr. James Andrews is in the works. That can't be much of a surprise. So, let's just get Ryan Zimmerman well. He's young and talented. Plenty of good baseball left for him to play in his Major League Career. One season lost--does not ruin a career.
A livelihood which Nick Johnson continues to see slowly slipping away. Nick Johnson's tendon sheath problem in his right wrist has not healed properly--too tender still. Now, NJ's wrist has been re-cast, checkup to follow--in two weeks time. Incredible actually, that Our Number 24 continues NOT to get a good break. Really, you have to feel sorry for the guy. Nick Johnson is so deserving of better health.
And finally--memo to everyone: 2008 is shaping up to be one strange season of baseball with Our Washington Nationals. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches--no matter how hard they hit you. Just like life itself.
Here is the Official "MEMO" From Our Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals today announced the following medical updates for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and first baseman Nick Johnson.
Ryan Zimmerman underwent a gadolinium enhanced MRI of his injured left, non-throwing shoulder today and was then evaluated by Dr. Benjamin Shaffer, team orthopedist. The MRI exam revealed a small labral tear. Dr. Shaffer advocated rest and anti-inflammatory medications. The Nationals are consulting with the following renowned orthopedic physicians for additional evaluations: Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham (AL), Dr. Timothy Kremchek of Cincinnati (OH) and Dr. Robert Cofield of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (MN).
Nick Johnson's wrist was evaluated today by Dr. Benjamin Shaffer, two weeks after his injury occurred.Because of persisting tenderness of the Extensor Carpi Ulnaris tendon sheath in his right wrist, the wrist was re-casted for an additional two weeks. He will be re-evaluated on June 16, at which time rehabilitation options will be determined.