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Land of 10,000 injuries

Posted at 9:26 AM on August 31, 2006 by Ben Tesch (3 Comments)

The September 1st roster expansion couldn't come any sooner, no?

Apparently nobody on our squad can figure out the vaunted Kansas City rotation except Michael Cuddyer, and perhaps it's because he's the only one without an excuse. Mauer (0 for last 15) is tired and "adjusting", Kubel (0 for last 16) has bad knees, Castillo rolled his ankle (and is hiding plenty of other problems), Liriano has his arm thing, Rondell and Radke have their shoulder things, Hunter and Stewart have their foot problems... is anyone doing just fine? Maybe Punto needs to spread the word of his yogilates routine around.

Did we really just lose to one of the worst teams in baseball? Twice in a row? At home? With a lead?

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In my world, the sky is green and the grass is blue.

Posted at 3:55 PM on August 31, 2006 by Josh Lee

People are starting to say things about Brad Radke and his shoulder and his career, things that make me curl up in the corner of my room and rock back and forth. He's still hurting too much to throw, and is going to miss his next start while team doctors wait for a shipment of deluxe extra-strength cortisone to pump into him. I know Radke was planning to retire at the end of this season, but the thought that we may have already seen his last pitches makes me really, really sad. And that's not even taking into account the fact that without Radke, the Twins' starting rotation now consists of Johan Santana, a wing, and a prayer.

Because I dislike being really, really sad, I will choose to spend the next few weeks in complete denial. In my world, both Radke and Liriano will make triumphant comebacks in September, leading the Twins to a rousing season-ending series win over the White Sox, followed by a Cinderella run through the playoffs, culminating in a dramatic World Series win over whichever team the NL coughs up as a sacrificial lamb. Also, I have a pony.

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