Friday, April 20, 2007

Steinbach recovering from surgery

You didn't see this one coming a mile away, like an Alex Rodriguez homer with the game on the line?

Browns prized offensive line pickup Eric Steinbach will be out of commission for six weeks after having an appendectomy at the Cleveland Clinic this week. For the second straight year, the Browns' top free agent signing sees a scalpel before he sees a game field.

It's not a sports-related setback, and it would appear that Steinbach should be totally recovered in time to shred his knee in training camp, but with the Browns, never say never.

String enough staph infections together, and this might end up being the first career-threatening appendectomy in NFL history.

Do I sound pessimistic? Nah.


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MP said...

Pessimistic, sure.

With a twinge of realism? Absolutely.

Also on an unrelated note, have you seen the Devil Rays' "Pronk Shift?"

Check it out at Armchair GM:

Erik said...

The Pronk shift is an overreaction, designed I guess with the idea that if Hafner hits one to the opposite field, it's going to be a deep fly -- but it's a tendency, not a lock.

The shift is stupid. If Hafner hits a slow grounder on the left side, it's a double, even with his wheels.

When you flood one side of the field so entirely and leave the other side so prone, you're asking for chaos to ensue when infielders are confused about what bases they should cover.

If Joe Maddon keeps making decisions like that, he's going to manage himself out of a job.