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Shocking: Brandon Lyon may have shoulder problems

May 5, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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Here’s a question: if you’re a pitcher who is struggling, do you actually prefer it if you realize that it may be because of injury? Is the alternative — you just don’t have it anymore — even scarier?

I’ll almost certainly forget that question between now and the next time I’m talking to a real pitcher, but I throw it out because the Astros are flying closer Brandon Lyon back to Houston for some tests due to “shoulder weakness.” This in the wake of Lyon’s fourth blown save in eight attempts yesterday and his larger hit-tastic-ness of late.

Here’s hoping nothing is seriously wrong with him.  At least I think here’s hoping that. I really can’t say.

  1. easports82 - May 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    You want the injury because it’s an easy explanation and something that can possibly be fixed.

  2. itsacurse - May 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    The tone of ‘Hooray! Hughes doesn’t have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome!’ in some NY publications was a little ridiculous.

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