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Skip Schumaker may miss NLCS with oblique injury

Oct 8, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

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Skip Schumaker didn’t last long in last night’s win over the Phillies, but he made quite the impact.

Getting the surprising nod over Jon Jay in center field for the deciding Game 5, Schumaker drove in the only run of the game with an RBI double off Roy Halladay in the first inning. However, he was pulled in the third inning with right oblique tightness.

Schumaker will likely be reevaluated today, but during the post-game celebration he told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it “doesn’t look good.” If he is forced to miss the NLCS, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suspects that Tyler Greene will replace him on the roster.

Schumaker, who batted .283/.333/.351 with a .685 OPS during the regular season, went 6-for-10 during the NLDS.

  1. dailyrev - Oct 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    It’s the physical bane of baseball now, and I think I can imagine why. The problem is not that players build these muscles — it’s actually good to have muscled abs in such a game. No, the problem is that they don’t know how to stretch these particular muscles. If you don’t know how to stretch them properly, they’ll break down under stress.

    And how do you properly stretch an ab muscle (in particular)? The answer is thousands of years old, and we know it as yoga. Specifically, hathayoga. If I were an MLB trainer I’d make it law that every single player is doing cobra, bow, and similar asanas before every workout, before every game. And that would be the end of this epidemic of the oblique.

  2. cintiphil - Oct 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    This may be a more important injury than thought. He is not only a “scrappy” player who doesn’t seem to give in, but he can be a very clutch man when needed. Will Jay be able to handle the job all the way or not? Also, Punto will be called on more than ever now. he does not have any post season experience and we will have3 to wait and see about this one.

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