Some Good News, Among the Bad

The surgeons will go in with a scope, wash out [Jason Varitek’s] knee, remove any free or hanging pieces of cartilage, and slap a bandage on the opening. To call this a minor procedure is overstating it. While no surgery is minor if it’s performed on you, this is as minor and easy as surgery ever gets. Varitek should be out about three weeks.

Great news today from Will Carroll.

5 comments… add one
  • I hope, for RSN’s sake this is true, although I have no love for Tek.
    However, Will Carroll has merely positioned himself as a medical authority in the baseball world. He holds no medical degrees and has never practiced so much as accupuncture.
    A catcher with knee surgery will probably require a little more than three weeks of R&R before he is effective behind the plate.
    Who is his source?

    lp August 2, 2006, 5:26 pm
  • Carroll hasn’t merely positioned himself as such an expert, he’s been recognized as such by the baseball community. Very little of what he discloses is disputed. Blogs tend to be a self-policing bunch. If he were crackpot with no sources talking out his butt, he wouldn’t be as respected as he is.

    Paul SF August 2, 2006, 6:04 pm
  • But nonetheless Paul, he offers no source for this information and has no medical training whatsoever. Even if he is a physician, he has not performed the examination nor the surgery. So how does he know the accurate prognosis?
    I tend to trust the opinions of the attending physician over unsourced analysis.
    Carroll wrote a book about sports injuries is why he’s viewed by the media as an “expert”. However if you read a recent NYT op-ed piece he did about steroids, he referred to “greenies” as performance enhancing drugs.
    Hardly a man of science.

    lp August 2, 2006, 6:49 pm
  • Well, I agree with you there, lp. Even if the source is anonymous, he should at least say where he’s getting the info…

    Paul SF August 2, 2006, 6:52 pm
  • I hope he gets better soon…so A-Rod can mow him down a-la Pete Rose to Ray Fosse (I kid, I kid). Nobody wants to see Doug out there (well…maybe opposing teams). Has anyone seen Bard’s #’s? Good thing Wakefield has his personal C. Oh, he’s on the DL too? Dang!

    Nate August 3, 2006, 11:50 am

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