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I think we're talking about a sore leg...

Posted at 2:46 PM on March 22, 2007 by Bill Wareham

The sports junkies are abuzz about Joe Mauer's "stress reaction."

According to The Associated Press:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been
diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left fibula, the team said

The Twins described the injury as a precursor to a stress
fracture. They discovered the injury after Mauer complained of
soreness in the leg.

Mauer, last season's American League batting champion, suffered
a knee injury to the same leg in his rookie season in 2004.

Mauer was to be treated with a bone stimulator and physical
therapy, and was to be re-evaluated on Sunday, Twins spokesman Mike
Herman said.

"Basically all that we know right now is they caught it early,
obviously before it turned into a stress fracture," Herman said.
"They're shutting him down until Sunday."

Now, not to belittle Mr. Mauer's pain (or my own, for that matter - I'm a Twins fan and worried about his health and the impact on the team), but I had never heard of a "stress reaction," so I looked it up online and this is the type of thing that came up repeatedly:

stress reaction any physiological or psychological reaction to physical, mental, or emotional stress that disturbs the organism's homeostasis.

Browsing through several hundred entries, the only place I found references to Mauer's type of "stress reaction" was in a small handful of stories about pro athletes.

I think they make this jargon up to make mundane aches and pains sound serious.