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Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

Posted on: June 13, 2008 11:14 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2008 11:54 pm
 

Not that Atlanta's recent run of injuries has bordered on the absurd, but a baseball came zooming out of the sky to knock slugger Chipper Jones out of the lineup Friday night in Anaheim.

Just like a meteor or something.

Actually, what happened was this: Jones, leading the majors with a .414 batting average, took a cut during batting practice, drilled the ball skyward ... but it slammed into one of the batting cage poles and ricocheted straight down, slamming into his left eye. Fortunately, the Braves announced late Saturday that X-rays were negative and are listing Jones as day-to-day.

For any other team, it might have been a freak thing.

For the Braves, who took a six-game losing streak into the weekend and were an embarrassing 7-24 on the road, it was business as usual.

The Braves currently have 10 players on the disabled list -- key players, like John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Mike Hampton, Mark Kotsay, Mike Gonzalez, Peter Moylan and a whole host of others.

Then there's reliever Rafael Soriano, who was just activated on June 2 but still can't (or won't) pitch on consecutive days.

And then there's Jair Jurrjens, who was scratched from Wednesday's start in Chicago when he turned an ankle falling down the stairs outside of the Wrigley Field visting clubhouse.

"We've had tough luck," said Tim Hudson, the rare member of the opening day rotation still standing, was saying not long before Jones took the ball off of his coconut and was lost Friday night. "Smoltz, Soriano ... nagging injuries throughout the year.

"Glavine's down. It's tough. We're not going to throw a pity party. It seems like every team is going through it. But we've been hit with some tough ones."

Even before Jones was taken for precautionary X-rays Friday night, the Braves put Smoltz on a conference call at midday to discuss his shoulder surgery. The legendary right-hander, though finished for the season, was optimistic on the call that he will come back.

Meantime, the Braves announced that tests revealed a small tear in Glavine's elbow but that he won't need surgery and should be back around the All-Star break.

It's not good at the back end of the bullpen, either, where Moylan last year developed into one of manager Bobby Cox's most trusted set-up men. Moylan had Tommy John ligament transfer surgery earlier this season.

"His stuff was as dirty as anyone's in the game," Hudson said.

Entering this weekend, 17 disabled list moves had cost the Braves 507 games.

Likes: The Iowa Boy Scouts. Now those are scouts. ... The halo on the Big A outside Angels Stadium being lit on nights following a victory but remaining dark on nights following a loss. ... David Letterman's Top Ten Signs an NBA Game is Fixed the other night, which included: 10. Game begins 20 minutes before visiting team arrives. 7. Missed three-pointers count for two points if they're "pretty close." 3. The team loses even though it led in points, delegates and the popular vote. ... The cab that Dave O'Brien, beat man for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Mark Bowman, of MLB.com, was involved in an accident on the Dan Ryan Freeway in Chicago on Friday morning as the pair were attempting to travel to Southern California. Good news is, it was a minor fender-bender and everyone was OK. But O'Brien, vice-president of the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America, and Bowman were forced to unload their bags from the cab and frantically hail another mode of transportation right there on the freeway. A Super Shuttle picked them up.

Dislikes: Sad, sad day when Tim Russert suddenly passes away at the far-too-young age of 58. Prayers for his family.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Mama, take this badge off of me
"I can't use it anymore.
"It's gettin' dark, too dark for me to see
"I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door."

-- Bob Dylan, Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Comments

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2008 5:57 am
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

Well written Aplgeek!  You were already on my favorites list and I didn't now it til I tried to add you.  Go PHILS!



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2008 5:44 am
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

The Braves are paying back the Universe for all those nights making Baseball fans watch Ted Turner kiss Jane Fonda with nacho cheese on his face and listen to the crowd chant the tomahawk chop.  Torture was never so ripe.  Karma is being served!



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2008 11:21 am
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

when a team is plagued with injuries there is nothing you can do but hope for the best



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2008 3:10 pm
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

Let gonzo come back in the next 2 weeks. a legit stopper at the back of the 'pen.  jorge julio's in now to take some garbage innings off the arms of ohman and boyer.  jeff francoeur and big tex's bats are coming around to complement mccann, escobar and chippers.  This lineup still has pop and our pitching always takes care of itself.  i say we're still around come august. 



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2008 2:27 pm
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

Luvin every minute of Atlanta's struggles.  14 straight divisional championships and now this....shhhh..can you hear that???  Is that what I think it is??  Is someone singing whomp there it is?  I remember that back in 1993.  Familiar...I just can't place but it sure sounds good.  Go Phillies. 



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2008 10:50 am
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

Yeah that is a strong comment.  You don't think your Phils are good enough to win it on their own.  You need other teams to have an extreme rash of injuries.  Shows what type of fan you are.  No wonder no Philly team has had a major championship on over 20 years.

wmgrad, that is ridiculous. The Phillies won the division last year despite losing both Utley and howard for a month each and using 26 different pitchers due to injury.  They already had the REIGNING MVP out for a month this season and their starting CF and where are they? Oh yeah, first place.

They are beating teams, injured or not.  Injuries are a part of the game, particulalry when you have older players such as Smoltz and Glavine. The human body breaks down after a while and while this last incident was freaky in nature,, when was the last time Chipper went through a season without an injury? 

 I for one am rooting for Chipper to hit .400.  I think it would be great to see someone do this in my lifetime.

To link this in some way to the city of Philadelphia not winning a major championship for over 20 years is just ridiculous as if the fans control what the teams do.




Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2008 8:43 am
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

Yeah that is a strong comment.  You don't think your Phils are good enough to win it on their own.  You need other teams to have an extreme rash of injuries.  Shows what type of fan you are.  No wonder no Philly team has had a major championship on over 20 years.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2008 2:38 am
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

It seems like ever since our streak of making the postseason ended, injuries would not stop. I don't know what's up but it needs to stop if we wan to make the playoffs.




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2008 1:02 am
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

14 straight division titles??? your time is way over due, down with the chop, up with the Phils



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2008 12:34 am
 

Somebody take these targets off Atlanta's back

Yes, someone please remove this target or curse or whatever from us. This is getting ridiculous!


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