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Postby Bing Hampton » Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:27 pm

johnsamo wrote:If anything, for his long term health, I sort of wish Pujols wouldn't swing so hard. I suspect this injury is due to the fact that he is so strong that he's putting too much stress on his body in a swing. Normally, I'd never say that about a player, but a guy like Pujols could dip in strength by 5% and still have an awesomely powerful swing. It might not mean any 85 homer seasons, but I'd rather have ten years of 65 homer seasons rather than see this injury keep coming up because he's putting too much torque into his swings.


This is about the funniest thing ever.

I know that you are a self-proclaimed Pujols owner/enthuiast, but it is a little crazy to suggest that if Albert stopped swinging so hard that he'd be in line for ten years of 65 HR. If only he'd stop swinging so hard!
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Postby johnsamo » Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:34 am

I'd normally never think that way, but Pujols ain't normal. He's operating at such a high physical level that I worry about wear and tear injuries (like strained obliques) resulting from his strength (and weight). I'm not a physiologists, but I suspect that he strained his obliques because he has so much torque in his swing. I think he might have greater longevity if he wasn't as strong as he is now. I sort of wish he'd drop the heavy weight training, switch to yoga, focus on flexibility and lose around 10 pounds of muscles. Long term, I worry about the back, knees and ankles, and big heavy guys put more wear and tear on them. Especially in baseball, where it's 162 games a season. In football, I wouldn't think this, but baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.

It's just a hunch though. Maybe being super strong is the best way to stay healthy, I don't know.
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Postby zevon » Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:04 am

johnsamo wrote:I'd normally never think that way, but Pujols ain't normal. He's operating at such a high physical level that I worry about wear and tear injuries (like strained obliques) resulting from his strength (and weight). I'm not a physiologists, but I suspect that he strained his obliques because he has so much torque in his swing. I think he might have greater longevity if he wasn't as strong as he is now. I sort of wish he'd drop the heavy weight training, switch to yoga, focus on flexibility and lose around 10 pounds of muscles. Long term, I worry about the back, knees and ankles, and big heavy guys put more wear and tear on them. Especially in baseball, where it's 162 games a season. In football, I wouldn't think this, but baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.

It's just a hunch though. Maybe being super strong is the best way to stay healthy, I don't know.


I feel the same way about Nomar. No doubt the man is flat cut, but he's had so many injuries of late with stuff popping that I have to believe he's got those muscles too tight, and needs to get more flexible. I wish his health the best, he's putting together one heckuva comeback season.
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Postby Slow Pitch » Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:37 pm

Update??
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Postby balmlb119 » Thu Jun 15, 2006 5:35 pm

Slow Pitch wrote:Update??


I know... geez... it's been three hours! :-D
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Thu Jun 15, 2006 5:44 pm

balmlb119 wrote:
Slow Pitch wrote:Update??


I know... geez... it's been three hours! :-D


Yep, don't expect to hear anything for another week at least. They know it's going to take time to heal so they're not going to even bother with another MRI probably until the next week at the earliest.
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Postby Slow Pitch » Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:50 pm

I know I am just prayin he is back b4 the break.

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Postby Slow Pitch » Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:49 pm

This is very good news:

From CBS:

Albert Pujols, who's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list early next week, was optimistic Friday that he'd return from a strained side muscle much sooner than St. Louis officials had originally predicted. The Cardinals slugger was on the field for drills at first base several hours before Friday night's game against the Rockies, contorting his body to get to balls bounced his way by third base coach Jose Oquendo. After the workout, last year's NL MVP said he felt surprisingly good. "I'm pretty excited," Pujols said. And he said team medical personnel were "real excited, but I don't want to talk too quick until I get out there in the field and hopefully play for a week and I don't feel it at all." Pujols was hoping to get clearance to take some batting practice on Saturday, the next step in the process. "I still need to hit and I still need to do some things, and we'll see how I feel," Pujols said. "I can't wait until I start to get some hacks, and we'll go from there. I'm pretty sure I'll be OK. I've been working my butt off this last week." The encouraging development with Pujols came on a day when the Cardinals had to make do without another starter. Pujols, who remains the major league leader with 25 homers and 65 RBI, was hurt chasing a foul popup on June 3 and placed on the DL the following day. At that time the team estimated he would need four to six weeks to recover.

Analysis: Pujols did not accompany the team on a six-game trip that ended on Thursday, but has been running, lifting and doing cardio work daily for the last week. Manager Tony La Russa remained cautious, and he was pessimistic about Pujols making a partial comeback as the DH when the Cardinals begin a stretch of six interleague games on Tuesday, starting with a three-game series at Chicago. But he expects his star to be back before the All-Star break rather than afterward. If you have him, still ask for the moon in trade.


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Postby broomulack » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:49 pm

This is the best news I've gotten in weeks!!! :-D :-°
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Postby Slow Pitch » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:14 pm

More from ESPN:

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols, who's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list early next week, was optimistic Friday that he'd return from a strained side muscle much sooner than St. Louis officials had originally predicted.

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The Cardinals slugger was on the field for drills at first base several hours before Friday night's game against the Rockies, contorting his body to get to balls bounced his way by third base coach Jose Oquendo. After the workout, last year's NL MVP said he felt surprisingly good.

"I'm pretty excited," Pujols said. And he said team medical personnel were "real excited, but I don't want to talk too quick until I get out there in the field and hopefully play for a week and I don't feel it at all."

Pujols was hoping to get clearance to take some batting practice on Saturday, the next step in the process.

"I still need to hit and I still need to do some things, and we'll see how I feel," Pujols said. "I can't wait until I start to get some hacks, and we'll go from there.

"I'm pretty sure I'll be OK. I've been working my butt off this last week," he said.

The encouraging development with Pujols came on a day when the Cardinals had to make do without another starter. Shortstop David Eckstein, the leadoff man, was scratched from the lineup with a minor concussion sustained breaking up a double play on Thursday.

"Something hit my head and it jarred me," Eckstein said. "I just haven't been able to shake the headache."

Pujols, who remains the major-league leader with 25 homers and 65 RBI, was hurt chasing a foul popup on June 3 and placed on the DL the following day. At that time the team estimated he would need four to six weeks to recover.

Pujols did not accompany the team on a six-game trip that ended on Thursday but has been running, lifting and doing cardio work daily for the last week.

Manager Tony La Russa remained cautious, and he was pessimistic about Pujols making a partial comeback as the DH when the Cardinals begin a stretch of six interleague games on Tuesday, starting with a three-game series at Chicago.

But he expects his star to be back before the All-Star break rather than afterward.

"You sit around and you stiffen up unless you ride the bike forever," La Russa said. "If he had a sore leg it would be different, but that's not what's sore. Based on how he's looking, I think he'll play before the break."

La Russa added that he didn't want Pujols back in the lineup until he was ready to finish the season with no repercussions.

"That should be our test: Don't play him until you expect that you're going to get him back for the rest of the season," La Russa said. "If there's any doubt about that, just keep resting him, don't push it."
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