cobbs87 wrote:Well Gomes is also obviously the stubborn type. He probably things its manly to play through the pain despite the fact that hes accomplishing nothing. I finally dropped him for Andre Ethier. Couldnt take it anymore.
Yep. Look at Gomes' minor league and pre-injury MLB numbers. Is it just a fantastic coincidence that this big drop off started right after reports came out of an injured shoulder requiring surgery?
Now, you can say "well the D-Rays wouldn't have a reason to keep trotting him out there if he was really hurt", but think about it, would this be the first time the D-Rays have made a bad baseball decision?
And yes, Will Carroll said when this injury news first came out that he could "keep mashing" but would not be able to throw at all for the rest of the season. Now, I played college baseball, and trust me, for a right handed hitter and thrower, if your right shoulder hurts so bad that you have been told that you can't pick up a baseball for the next 4 months, it is going to effect your swing. You are going to feel some discomfort there. Just knowing and feeling that your shoulder is in tatters is going to prevent you from really cutting loose. And power hitters at this level need to be able to cut loose.
They need to do the right thing and get him fixed. Even if it's just a mental thing of knowing that there is pain in the shoulder, they need to get that cleared up so he can start getting ready next winter and spring.