Tropico1804 wrote:I live near boston and the guys on the radio were sayin that he probably should go on the DL but he doesn't want to, which shows us what a high caliber player he is.
That's just being stupid, not high caliber. If you're injured, you go on the DL. I wish the Dodgers had done that with Gagne. Now its going to cost the organization for the next year (or more).
Two points...professional athletes play through pain. It is, in fact, part of the competitive edge that has gotten them to the highest level to begin with. These guys have different mindsets than the rest of us. Fact is, you can go into every MLB clubhouse at this point in the season, and make a case for half the team needing to hit the DL. It's the same story in any professional sport. As for Damon, he's certainly banged up but it's clearly not enough to prevent from playing great ball. He'll likely need to take the occasional day off, and will, but apparently a DL hiatus is unnecessary.
As for Gagne, what were the Dodgers supposed to do? He checked out okay after his DL stint, so he started pitching again. The Dodgrs could have sat him on the DL till 2010 and the same thing would have happened if there was a weakness in the elbow that wasn't showing up in the pictures. The only way they could have seen this coming was if they had Kreskin working for them.