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Dodgers struggling “to find an MRI tube large enough” for Jonathan Broxton

May 4, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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As a fellow fatso I can definitely sympathize with Jonathan Broxton, but this note about the closer’s elbow injury from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com is still amusing:

Mattingly said one of the immediate issues was to find an MRI tube large enough for Broxton to get his 300-pound frame into.

“I’m serious,” said Mattingly.

Broxton is listed at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, but … well, let’s just say my driver’s license claims I’m 6-foot-2 and 235.

Of course, given their current payroll situation maybe the Dodgers are just shopping around for a bargain on the MRI.

  1. Amsterdamned - May 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    “Of course, given their current payroll situation maybe the Dodgers are just shopping around for a bargain on the MRI.”

    Low blow, Aaron, low blow.

  2. skerney - May 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    UC Davis has a large animal clinic. They do MRIs on horses. Just trying to help.

  3. benyamen - May 4, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Yo closer’s so fat that when he sits around the dugout he really sits AROUND the dugout.

  4. Jonny 5 - May 4, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Okay, I’m always up for busting stones, but the dudes shoulders are like 36″ apart. That’s probably what the issue really is. Back to your regularly scheduled fatty bashing.

    • cleverbob - May 5, 2011 at 7:50 AM

      It’s not his shoulders, it’s his waist…

  5. cur68 - May 4, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    MRI machines vary a bit in size. The ones we use have about an interior bore around 125 cm (4 ish feet) give or take. I’ve been in one for the purposes of a blown out knee and badly damaged shoulder (its real uncomfortable knowing your friends are looking at your insides).

    I’m not Broxton’s size or heft and I found it claustrophobically small because the table you lie on moves up and down to get the particular area they are imaging right in the middle. For the shoulder I nearly had my nose touching the top. Broxton will need a very big machine. That tip about the vet machine for horses could be a good one. That might actually wind up being where they’ll go.

  6. kiwicricket - May 4, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    A guy paid 5million a year (for his services as a professional athlete) is too fat to fit into an MRI machine? Sure, I will laugh at that.

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    • schiver - May 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      Maybe the Dodgers can find a coupon for an MRI at the animal clinic from this site. That would solve all their problems!

  8. samiratou - May 5, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Wait a minute–last time I had an MRI (a decade ago) on my knee, I didn’t get put in a big tube. They had a table with a small “tube” that fit just around my knee. Couldn’t they do the same thing for an elbow–why would they need the full tube?

    Not a doctor, neither do I play on one HBT, but it seems like we have the technology for this not to be an issue.

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