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Rays reliever J.P. Howell diagnosed with gout

Jun 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

JP Howell

Rays reliever J.P. Howell left the team and traveled back to Florida to have his left foot examined by team doctors yesterday and the southpaw has been diagnosed with gout.

Howell pitched through the pain twice already and Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that he’ll likely be back with the Rays tonight and available out of the bullpen at some point this weekend, avoiding a trip to the disabled list.

He’ll no doubt do anything he can to avoid the DL after missing all of last season and most of this year following shoulder surgery. Howell has allowed 12 runs in 8.2 innings since returning.

  1. ditto65 - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Gout sucks.

  2. sknut - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    He is one tough of sob to pitch through gout, I have it and when it hits my ankle, I do anything but sit down and do nothing. At least its manageable with meds.

  3. yashraba - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    How anyone can walk, let a lone pitch with gout is beyond me. That being said isn’t gout pretty manageable, i.e. cut out the red meat, shellfish and yeast(booze)? They do call it the “gluttons disease”, but im wondering if it can be caused by genetics?

    • bigxrob - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      I don’t know much about gout, but a quick search gives some basic info:

      You’re more likely to develop gout if you have high levels of uric acid in your body. Factors that increase the uric acid level in your body include:

      Lifestyle factors – Choices you make in your everyday life may increase your risk of gout. Excessive alcohol use — generally more than two drinks a day for men and more than one for women — increases the risk of gout.

      Medical conditions – Certain diseases and conditions make it more likely that you’ll develop gout. These include untreated high blood pressure (hypertension) and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood (hyperlipidemia), and narrowing of the arteries (arteriosclerosis).

      Certain medications – The use of thiazide diuretics — commonly used to treat hypertension — and low-dose aspirin also can increase uric acid levels. So can the use of anti-rejection drugs prescribed for people who have undergone an organ transplant.

      Family history of gout. If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease.

    • sknut - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      It is caused by genetics and diet, usually proteins, meats, peanut butter and the like give you more fits, but meds take away a lot of the effects if you take them daily. You can still get a flare up every once in a while and for me can last 2-3 days.

  4. purdueman - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Bwahahahahahahahaha! Gout has been known for centuries as “The King’s Disease”, because it’s most often brought on by a diet high in fat and eating lots of rich foods like lobster, bacon wrapped filet mignon and pasta swimming in Alfredo sauce!

    Folks, this is likely a DIET problem from too much living the good life!

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jun 24, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Does he have to check that giant beaker filled with green fluid before he gets on the Rays plane for a road trip or is it considered a carry-on?

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 25, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    nothing that a few shots of whiskey can’t take care of

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