Patton Ailing

Not the best of news about the health of new pitch Troy Patton.

Patton, who made three appearances in September before the Houston Astros shut him down with left bicep tendinitis, is bothered by tightness in the shoulder and said he could have a tear in the labrum.

“I didn’t get injected with the [dye], so they said they don’t know exactly,” Patton said. “They said most likely it’s a slap tear. They know there’s something going on in there, but they don’t know how serious it is yet or what it is.”

Patton, 22, conceded that surgery is a possibility, but added that it’s “premature at this point” to speculate.

“I’ve been throwing fine so far,” he said. “My bullpens have been decent. I’m pretty optimistic about being able to pitch this year.”

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“It’s pretty tight right now, but it’s getting better every day,” he said. “I’m doing a lot of stretching and a lot of exercises to strengthen it and get it looser.

“They said most likely it’s a slap tear. They know there’s something going on in there, but they don’t know how serious it is yet or what it is.”

Patton said he’s “pretty optimistic” that he’ll pitch this season and avoid surgery.

Meanwhile, manager Dave Trembley said the team will continue to take a cautious approach and there’s plenty of time for Patton to get caught up.

Not the best of news. I didn’t know what a slap tear actually was, so I went to WebMD and checked it out. Here’s what I found out.

A SLAP tear is a specific kind of injury to your shoulder.

To help make your shoulder more stable, there is a ring of firm tissue, called the labrum, around your shoulder socket. The labrum (say “LAY-brum”) helps keep your arm bone in the shoulder socket.

SLAP stands for “superior labrum, anterior to posterior”-in other words, “the top part of the labrum, from the front to the back.” It refers to the part of the labrum that is injured, or torn, in a SLAP injury.

Doesn’t sound good, so how is it treated you ask?

How is it treated?

The first step in treatment is to see whether pain medicine and physical therapy can take care of the problem.

NSAIDs, which are anti-inflammatory medicines, may help the pain. NSAIDs are available over the counter or by prescription. Aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), and naproxen (such as Aleve) are commonly used NSAIDs.

Physical therapy includes taking part in a home exercise program, stretching, and avoiding activities that cause pain. If therapy at home doesn’t help, your doctor may want you to go to a physical therapist for treatment.

For many people, surgery is the only thing that helps. With arthroscopic surgery, the doctor can get a close look at the injury and also do some repairs at the same time.

It doesn’t really sound good. Maybe it makes sense now why the Astros were so eager to give up their top pitching prospect for Tejada now. Maybe he has surgery, maybe he doesn’t. There’s a chance that if he has this surgery, he might never pan out to be much a pitcher. There’s a chance that he might not pan anyway. That’s the risk with trading for unproven commidities like prospects. Before we start on the ‘woe is us’ bit, let’s remember that there were 5 players we got back.

Patton- maybe he’s damaged goods….maybe he isn’t

Luke Scott- For better or worse, he’s probably going to be the best leftfielder we’ve had in ten years and his bat could possibly make up for Tejada’s. You might laugh at that, but its very likely.

Dennis Sarfate- Trembley’s been raving about his power arm and it looks as if he’ll be a part of the bullpen. If George Sherrill declines the role of closer, Sarfate could be closer.

Matt Albers- He could contend for a backend spot in the rotation.

Mike Costanzo- This spring he reported with pitchers and catchers and is doing some catching. He could be a utility player/DH player.

 Maybe this trade pans out, maybe it doesn’t. But it was the best deal that could have be gotten for Tejada. Troy Patton doesn’t make or break this deal, but he sure would help.


2 Responses

  1. It could be a year or two before we know who got the better of that deal. MacPhail and Wade are like two two riverboat gamblers, each with an ace of spades up their sleeves. One has a ‘roid ridden shortstop, the other an injured pitcher.

  2. I agree. There’s a likely chance none pan out to be anything much, but at this point we’re lucky we got what we got for Miggi.

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