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Adrian Gonzalez working hard at rehabbing his shoulder. At Petco Park.

Jan 20, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

Buster Olney has a good column up today about Adrian Gonzalez‘s focus and hard work as he rehabs his shoulder this winter and prepares for the big expectations facing him in Boston this season.  But this stuck out at me:

Gonzalez, a left-handed hitter who throws with his left hand, hurt his right shoulder last year, and he could have tried to go into the 2011 season without surgery. But he hated how the injury restricted what he could do on defense last season, how it prevented him from diving for balls to his right. So he had the surgery after the season, and three days a week this offseason, he has been going to Petco Park to work with Rick Stauffer, the team’s physical therapist, and trainer Todd Hutcheson.

Shortly after Gonzalez was traded — a move that was viewed as inevitable within the Padres’ organization — Gonzalez arrived at Petco Park for his next rehab session, and there was some talk about the deal. But not much. Stauffer just went about his work with Gonzalez, driving his thumbs into the right shoulder to manipulate the tissue, stretching, strengthening.

Do players who get traded typically still use their old team’s trainers and facilities?  I mean, yes, the Padres were his team when he had the surgery so it makes sense that they’d oversee his rehab too. And of course, Gonzalez lives in San Diego.  But it seems strange to me that the Padres would use their resources on another team’s player and that another team would leave their starting first baseman’s rehab to another team.

Not criticizing the move necessarily — it seems pretty efficient, actually, and I imagine that if it were unusual Olney would make some mention of it — but I was rather surprised by it.

  1. adenzeno - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    It sounds like honorable people are involved. He played hard for the Padres and they are allowing him to rehab at their place. Of course had they traded him to SF or LA it might be different…

  2. BC - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    He’s lives in and is from San Diego. And its 15 degrees and 3000 miles to Boston. Not an issue.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      Since when does that mean we can’t make it an issue? Let’s run with it.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Well, San Diego has promised to source Boston with their best and unaffordable players from now on, or at least so long as Jed Hoyer is the GM. Hoyer still reportedly doodles JH+TE <3 on his notebooks.

    • billtpa - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:06 AM

      they can have all my veterans if they’re going to be able to give me a package like the one they got for AGon every time…

  4. thejman11 - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Craig, yes it’s common for players to work out at other teams ballparks/spring training sites during the off season. I know for a fact Derek Lowe works out at the Minnesota Twins spring training site because he lives close by, much like how Adrian Gonzalez lives close to Petco.

    • writtenbyross - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      Good information, but read with the right tone your statement about Lowe can sound very stalker-like :-)

      • thejman11 - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM

        Haha, good call. No I’m not a Derek Lowe stalker, just happen to have meet him a few times I was down in Fort Myers at the Twins site.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM

        Besides, you’re not REALLY a stalker until you’ve been caught….

      • Adam - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        Actually you’re not a stalker until you get a restraining order, right?

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        Legal philosophy gray area I think. The restraining order comes after you got caught doing something that was unknown before you were caught. Now, my head hurts and I need to go talk to Alphonse K. Hall, Esq.

  5. umpire6 - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    It could be a workers’ comp issue. It’s possible that Gonzalez’ rehab is paid for by the Padres work comp insurance carrier since his injury occurred while working for the Padres, and California probably has something in their workers’ comp laws that says an injured employee can choose his own health care/rehabilitation provider, in this case Mr. Stauffer. That’s how it would work in MN, but i’m not sure California’s workers’ compensation laws are the same.

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