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Already on the trading block, Ryan Doumit is now injured too

Mar 11, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT


For the past few months the Pirates have tried unsuccessfully to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million contract for 2011, but now the catcher/outfielder is sidelined by an oblique injury.

Doumit was scratched from yesterday’s game after feeling soreness while taking batting practice and there’s no timetable yet for his return, with Jenifer Langosch of correctly noting that “oblique injuries often have a tendency to linger.”

Several teams are in the market for catching help following early injuries, but Doumit’s name hasn’t really been linked to many trade rumors at any point and a typical recovery period for an oblique strain would all but rule out the Pirates being able to move him before Opening Day.

  1. BC - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    OK. I’m throwing a stupid question out there (not my first, won’t be my last).
    Before 2000 or so, I never heard of anyone having an oblique injury. What gives? Is it just that players work out more and are more muscle bound? Is it PED’s? Where did this phenomenon start?
    Dave Winfield and Reggie Jackson swung the bat harder than anyone I remember and neither of them had an “oblique strain”. What happened to our obliques and why did we start straining them?

  2. sportsdrenched - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Was this kid some sort of hot prospect or something? HTH did get a 5.1 Million contract?

    • mattjg - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      .278/.341/.456 in 1179 PA through 2008 primarily as a catcher (he signed his current contract in 2009). Those are pretty nice stats for any position, and outstanding from a catcher. He’s hit .251/.318/.410 in 760 PA the last two years. That line would be acceptable if a) he had the defensive skills to stay at catcher (he’s spent significant time at 1B and corner outfield positions) or b) he could stay healthy. The $5.1 deal didn’t look bad at the time the Pirates signed him, but I’m not sure any team will take it on now. I think the Pirates best hope is to move him before the trade deadline to a team looking for a pinch hitter who can play the field in a pinch.

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