..."The Sox are rollin'."
Another day, another walkoff hit by David Ortiz. And fortunately for me, I didn't witness Rudy Seanez's outing, or the home run Jonathan gave up to Chase Utley, which was about the cheapest homer possible at Fenway.
But it's with a heavy heart I fired up Typepad tonight, as it has been brought to my attention that...well...
LOS ANGELES TIMES06/25/2006
Imagine your reaction if one of the foremost orthopedic doctors in the country asked you to purposely break your chronically balky knee in a last-ditch attempt to generate cartilage growth. And oh, by the way, it would take two years to recover.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller doesn't have to imagine it. Dr. Richard Steadman of Vail, Colo., examined Mueller's right knee and suggested a remedy that would effectively end the 35-year-old third baseman's career.
"It was heartbreaking that he didn't have the answer," said Mueller, a DeSmet High graduate. "It was very discouraging."
After three surgeries on the knee, it has almost no cartilage left. So even when he heals from the surgery he had last month, it is doubtful he will be able to play baseball."I can't even walk on it without it swelling up," he said.
Mueller will continue daily treatment, including walking in a swimming pool to reduce the weight he places on the knee. By the first week of July, the knee should have healed from the surgery and doctors can evaluate the amount of cartilage left. Options include cartilage replacement surgery and the radical surgery proposed by Steadman. Both procedures have low success rates.
"They really need to realign my leg by rebreaking it," he said. "But the cartilage might wear out as fast as it is generated."
The loss of Mueller, who is in the first year of a two-year, $9.5 million contract, is a big blow to the Dodgers. The career .291 hitter got off to a hot start and slowed when the knee began bothering him, batting .252 in 32 games. He led the American League in batting in 2003, when he hit .326 for Boston.
"It's very discouraging," Dodgers manager Grady Little said. "That's all it's been since he went down."
I don't really have much to say about it. Just sadness.
P.S. For a much better post on yesterday's game, head on over to Emma's. It's good to see her writing.