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Dallas Braden had an MRI on his forearm

Jun 11, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

Dallas Braden headshot.jpgDallas Braden said after his last that he’d had forearm tightness
all week and felt as if he couldn’t finish his pitches properly.  Yesterday he had an MRI on his forearm to see what the problem was.  No sense yet if there’s anything amiss, but if surgery is necessary, you can bet Braden won’t use any anesthetic, because they roll hard like that in the 209.

I was toying with the idea of inventing the notion of a “Perfect Game Curse” just to see if anyone would pick up on it and maybe give me a book deal like they did for Shaugnessy and his Babe Ruth thing. But then I realized that Occam’s Razor just explains too much:  Braden could be hurt. Buehrle may have just pitched the game of his life last year.  Roy Halladay isn’t just some exception that proves the curse, he’s, like, a world class pitcher.

I’ll keep digging though.

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Anesthetic? All he needs is to bite down on a piece of wood. When it’s over, he’ll spit out the splinters and run a marathon, then get a tatoo over the sutures.
    Seriously, he is leaving a lot of pitches up and his slider is flat. And when you only throw high 80′s, like most lefty soft tossers, that’s a recipe for a long afternoon.

  2. Big Fan - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Not a ‘curse’ but the mini-analysis here http://www.mlbexpertanalysis.com/blog/?p=184
    did predict a short-term reduction in effectiveness based on past history. (Small sample size alert)

  3. Sonny - Jun 11, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    They should do one on his brain. The guys a whack job .

  4. JBerardi - Jun 11, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    “I was toying with the idea of inventing the notion of a “Perfect Game Curse” just to see if anyone would pick up on it and maybe give me a book deal like they did for Shaugnessy and his Babe Ruth thing.”

    Well in fact, Craig, no hitters are a terrible health indicator (this according to Will Carroll). It’s not hard to see why; when a guy is throwing a no-no, normal logic regarding pitch counts and high stress innings goes out the window. Pitchers push themselves too hard and managers let them do it.

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