Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I hate to say it, but I think Eddie Guardado is pulling a Jose Rijo and rushing his comeback waaaaay too fast. I know the guy is a gamer and wants back more than anything, but some things just take time.
I certainly don't want it to happen, but I'm just waiting to hear about "some soreness in his elbow" that turns into "out for the season" and beyond.
As I brought up a couple of weeks ago when talking about Guardado, I think older pitchers will actually come back from Tommy John surgery than younger pitchers. We saw it last year with Merker(not exactly a ringing endorsement.)
If a young pitcher has surgery, they'll baby him back knowing they are preparing him for the long haul.
When Guardado comes back, he's trying to make it to October. He's not worried about next year as this is probably his last year anyway.
In his mind, if he goes two months and the elbow pops, it's no different than coming in at the end of July and pitching to the end of the season.