By Danny Mehigan
Spring training is always a time for baseball players to shake off the rust from four months off and to enjoy the sun (especially for the northern brethren). Well, evidently the Brewers really missed spending time with the trainers, because the most beaten path in Maryvale isn’t from the clubhouse to the batting cage but rather from all points of camp leading directly into the training room. A quick update on your bruised and battered:
David Riske, RP – Threw first simulated inning today after elbow surgery (and gave up a dinger to Bill Hall, so that’s probably not a good sign).
Bill Hall, 3B – Beginning to get swings while rehabbing from a calf injury.
Eric Gagné, RP – Officially done with the Brewers, as he had a “make or break” free agent deal for camp, and his rotator cuff and labrum problems cement him as broken.
Mike Rivera, C – Out a week with a strained hamstring.
Angel Salome, C – Lingering back problems. A highly ranked prospect that could have used the work with Rivera hurt and Vinny Rottino playing for Italy in the WBC.
Braden Looper, SP – Out with an oblique strain that was triggered when he sneezed too hard and felt a twinge. Yes, baseball players are athletes.
Tony Gwynn, Jr., OF – Inflammation in his shoulder refuses to go away and he’s been temporarily shut down. With Braun away at the WBC and Gwynn himself out of minor league options, he needs to get healthy to make an impression on new manager Ken Macha.
Even more fringe players and minor leaguers are hurting as well, so while this is relatively common, it seems like there’s a more involved injury report every single day.
*One bonus point for you if you knew the title is a line from Happy Gilmore.