- Taking out the garbage
- Picking up our kids
- Cleaning snow off the car
"Shoulder injuries are even scarier than elbow injuries, which often can be repaired completely through surgery. The shoulder is quite a bit trickier, and even a seemingly minor strain can turn into a major nightmare.
Just ask Mike Sirotka. He was diagnosed with a strained shoulder after the White Sox traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001 and wound up never throwing another pitch, not in the major leagues, anyway."
Yikes. But EMEDx, a sports medicine and orthopedic surgery site says that: "Most cases of Impingment Syndrome (Rotator cuff tendonitis and tears are collectively known as Impingement Syndrome) will respond to rest, anti-inflammatory medication and a directed course of physical therapy. Resolution of symptoms typically takes several weeks. Return to full activity may, however, take several months depending on the severity of the problem. Occasionally, a steroid injection may also be used to help alleviate pain in older patients."
How's that sound, Cubs fans? Of course Prior, so far as we know, has only a strain--neither a tear nor tendonitis. Rogers points out that he doctors are huddling to determine the best course of action to take to treat the injury. I'm thinking either Tylenol or Advil. It's a muscle strain.
We used to make fun of former Cub pitcher Scott Sanderson, who missed quite a bit of time due to injury in his career. We'd guess the next reason he would miss a game. 'Cut his fingernails too short' was a favorite of mine. He was a pitcher similar to Prior in that he was 6'5" and looked like he had the prototypical body for pitching. He still had a nice career and was a very good pitcher. He lasted 19 years in the bigs and won 20 more than he lost, pitched over 2500 innings and had a career ERA of 3.84. But all those injuries cut into his career. Maybe Prior is the new Scott Sanderson.