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Delcarmen kept injury hidden while struggling

Dec 8, 2009, 12:58 PM EDT

Manny Delcarmen had a 2.41 ERA in the first half and a 7.27 ERA in the second half, and today agent Jim Masteralexis explained that the reliever kept an arm injury secret while struggling:

He told me his arm just didn’t feel right. He thought he could pitch through it and bounce back, but it never got better. He kept it close to the vest. He wanted to keep fighting through it.

As usual, despite all the macho talk about playing through pain the end result is usually a bad performance, and manager Terry Francona noted that he’d have preferred if Delcarmen let the Red Sox know about the injury so they could shut him down for a while before the playoffs.

  1. Bobby Townsend - Dec 8, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    I can’t stand it when players do this kind of nonsense. Delcarmen really deserves to be taken to task for this. He had nothing to lose and everything to gain by communicating with his manager and the team doctors to see if there was anything wrong. What he accomplished was he really hurt the team (based on several performances in Sept) when he was out there and could have made what was a minor injury a major one meaning he would have missed more time. They could have at least checked him out. Thanks alot Manny but you are not the “macho” man you think you are. Pretty dumb I would say

  2. Hines Ward - Dec 8, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Thanks alot Manny but you are not the “macho” man you think you are. Pretty dumb I would say.

    That’s strange, I polled the clubhouse during the second half of the season, and 50% felt like he should man up and play through the pain. Oops

  3. Brett Favre - Dec 8, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    There is no division in that locker room or mine.

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