Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Everybody hurts

Never mind winning a game. The Indians can't even get through a game now without losing a player. Saturday it was Victor Martinez who went down with an injury. Sunday it was Rafael Betancourt. Tuesday it was Asdrubal Cabrera. They currently have eight players on the disabled list. If Cabrera, who suffered a shoulder injury Tuesday night, goes on the DL, that will make it nine players on the DL.

The list of injured players includes three of the top four hitters in the Indians' lineup: Cabrera, Grady Sizemore, and Travis Hafner, plus two pitchers _ Rafael Betancourt and Joe Smith _ who were supposed to be cornerstones of the bullpen this year.

So the Indians have a lot of injuries now, but let's not get carried away and blame all the losing on the injuries. The Indians were losing games before they started losing players. Losing players may make it more difficult to avoid falling further behind in the Central Division race, but let's be clear about this: the Indians are where they are not because of injuries, but because of underachieving players and a lack of performance teamwide. The injuries, obviously, don't help. But this was a bad team before it started having bad luck.


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