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Bum wheel hurting Giles in fight for bench job

Mar 4, 2010, 6:14 PM EST

After just one week of spring training Brian Giles told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that his oft-injured right knee hasn’t responded as well he’d like:

Not as much as I’d like at this point. It’s just okay. Obviously, I’ll give it a few more days. It’s not where I want it to be. I’ll see if it gets better with more conditioning and how that changes it.

As a general rule of thumb 39-year-old players with chronic injuries that are still hurting after an offseason to rest tend not to get a whole lot healthier with “a few more days.”
Giles was already competing with 36-year-old Doug Mientkiewicz to be a left-handed bench bat for the Dodgers and now 38-year-old Garret Anderson has joined the elderly mix after signing a minor-league deal yesterday. Giles and Anderson are obviously bigger names than Mientkiewicz (although not literally, because few are literally bigger names than “Mienkiewicz”), but at this point they’re also no sure thing to be any better offensively and offer significantly less defensive ability or versatility.

  1. Preston - Mar 5, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    Actually, Mientkiewicz, for all his former defensive prowess, has a bum shoulder and can’t throw more than a lob right now, so it’s really all about the hitting.

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