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Michael Cuddyer out 7-14 days after having wart removed

Mar 1, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

cuddyer looking frustrated

Michael Cuddyer‘s attempt to self-treat a wart on his foot during the offseason proved unsuccessful, so now he’s expected to miss 7-14 days after leaving Twins camp and returning to Minnesota to have it removed by a doctor.

Aside from it probably being pretty embarrassing for Cuddyer to have his foot wart make headlines, this makes me wonder why teams don’t keep better track of players’ health during the offseason.

Cuddyer will make $10.5 million this season, yet his employers didn’t know he was trying to self-treat a wart on his foot that will now require leaving spring training and missing multiple weeks of camp? Or how about his teammate Francisco Liriano being lax with his offseason conditioning program? Shouldn’t his employers, who’re paying him $4.3 million this year, have known about his lack of workouts before Liriano showed up to spring training and quickly experienced shoulder soreness when he finally started to throw?

This isn’t meant as a criticism of the Twins, as they’re hardly alone in these types of situations and Cuddyer’s wart problem (combined with Liriano’s arm soreness last month) is simply what got me thinking about the issue. But really, if a company is spending $100 million per year on a relatively small group of employees whose performance is entirely dependent on their health and physical status shouldn’t there be constant updates and room to intervene before the season is a month away?

Taking it to an extreme, how much would it cost to have a trainer visit each player on the 40-man roster in person once every six weeks during the offseason? Even if it would cost, say, $200,000, that’s half of the MLB minimum salary and about .002 percent of the average team’s payroll. Or am I nuts?

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 1, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Good point. I’m going to pitch that to every MLB team and see if I can get an awesome part-time gig. Even better is that I will simply stalk the players creepy style instead of ‘checking in’ with them all normal-like.

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 1, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    I hope his (cough cough) “Foot” heals quickly.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 1, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      You think he stepped on a horned toad? Gator? Is this possible or a wive’s tale?

      • cur68 - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:57 PM

        Yez kin warts other places, there bubba. Sure you’re qualified for those visits?

      • cur68 - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        Stooopid typo! I meant to say “warts may occur on any “PART” of the body including the er…”you know” places. You should google that before you make those house calls. Might save some embarrassment.

  3. AK47 - Mar 1, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Would the MLBPA allow it? Do they have any jurisdiction if a team wanted to do something like this? I think it’s a great idea.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      Is your name based off the firearm or the bud?

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 1, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    trainers have nothing to do with being dumb, dude could have went to the corner drug store
    and bought compound w, all us regular humans use it, maybe he could too.

    • Joe - Mar 2, 2011 at 9:08 AM

      Yeah, Aaron makes it sound like Cuddyer was removing a problematic lymph node on his own. It’s a wart, people do this all the time.

      That said, Compound W is a PITA. if I made $10 million a year, I’d probably buck up and have a doctor take care of it, quick-like.

  5. spudchukar - Mar 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    While I have been adamant regarding team invasion into the personal lives of players, this small intrusion seems worthy, justifiable and reasonable. An off-season check-up, which would probably include a clause that indicated there would be no immediate action taken by the club, should conform to most union standards.

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