Morning Dump — Saturday, March 5th

Reportedly, Aaron Cook’s recent MRI showed no sign of structural damage in his shoulder, but this doesn’t make me feel any better. I assume that Cook has been examined for a possible labrum tear — the most common shoulder injury for pitchers. Unfortunately, labrum tears are very difficult to diagnose. It’s a delicate piece of cartilage deep down in the shoulder joint and the tiniest tear can cause significant pain. It’s virtually impossible for doctors to find a labrum tear through physical examination. To obtain a correct diagnosis, an MRI is almost always necessary. However, when it comes to labrum injuries, even the trusty MRI is correct just 80-85% of the time. Until Cookie is back on the mound, I remain unconvinced.

The other day, I began a movement — Jonathan Herrera for second base. Just a few days later, the movement is gaining some momentum. Thomas Harding discusses the possibility of Herrera winning the second base job. This is clearly a tip of the hat to me. Thanks Thomas!

He knows who he is. He understands what he needs to do to be an effective player on a championship-caliber team. That’s who Jonathan Herrera is. Every at-bat it takes, he knows what the score is. He knows what’s necessary. — Jim Tracy


Apparently, it’s time to panic. Huston Street is not in mid-season form.

Since being the number two overall pick in 2006, Greg Reynolds has faced a ton of adversity. It’s hard to believe that the Rox selected him over Tim Lincecum and Evan Longoria.

Everyone says I’ve been through a lot of adversity. Everyone goes through adversity. I came to realize that it’s not adversity, it’s just life. It’s just the way it is. If you start thinking about it in terms of adversity and all these obstacles that you have to climb, I feel like you’ve already lost. It’s a state of mind for the most part.

As soon as I grew up and stopped making excuses for myself and stopped feeling sorry for myself, it was a big realization. I put my head down and started working really diligently on how to keep my body healthy and learned a lot along the way about how to keep my arm strength up, how to stay in shape and be ready for a full season of baseball. That was a big realization for me. — Greg Reynolds

ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski was snubbed by Carlos Zambrano for an interview and he used it as fodder for this article.

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Topics: Aaron Cook, Carlos Zambrano, Evan Longoria, Frayed Labrums, Greg Reynolds, Huston Street, Jim Tracy, Jonathan Herrera, Jose Lopez, Spaghetti Labrums, Thomas Harding, Tim Lincecum, Torn Labrum

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