Friday, March 11, 2005

Halo Quick Hits

Notes from Today's LA Times:

McPherson Back in Arizona
Third baseman Dallas McPherson returned from a southern California consultation with Dr. Robert Watkins on his herniated disk. McPherson reported that the good doctor informed him he has "tight hips, and that puts extra stress on my spine when I swing." Dr. Watkins designed a training regimen that McPherson will start when his back inflammation subsides. Teammate Jeff DeVanon is on the same program due to a stress fracture in his lower back which he suffered in 2002. DeVanon credits the program for preventing any recurrence of the injury and describes it as "an hour's worth of abdominal exercises every other day". I personally recommend a few beers every day, that helped to loosen my hips considerably over the years.

Surprisingly McPherson had already been prescribed the therapy after his 2003 ruptured disk injury but according to the Times "hasn't followed it religiously since." Seeing as how the Angels committed a huge gamble letting Glaus walk to give the job to this kid, look for him to get religion real quick.

Morales by Monday?
IF/OF Cuban Refugee Kendry Morales remains stuck in the Dominican but Manager Mike Scioscia says the heretofore unseen Halo should have his travel documents in order and arrive in Arizona by Monday. We'll believe it when we see it Mike.

Erstad's Tendon & Hamstring "not stable"
First baseman Darin Erstad will be wearing the "bulky" knee brace he donned last season after being sidelined with a strained hamstring for a month. Erstad had hoped to ditch the extra protection but says "The tendon behind the knee and the hamstring are not stable, and they need support." Erstad also made the bold proclamation "If I'm going to blow it out, I'm going to blow it out with it on". That's always been my motto. Should Erstad indeed "blow it out" then Casey Kotchman moves into the starting first baseman role and the need to have Kendry Morales in-camp and ready to offer depth at first and the outfield is magnified tremendously.


Anonymous reedster said...

"I personally recommend a few beers every day, that helped to loosen my hips considerably over the years."

LOL... for me, only made my belt loosen up.

2:58 PM  
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