Originally Posted by IslandRed
Biggest grain of salt:
This guy is asking us to believe that the Reds know Bailey is hurt and didn't lift a finger to do anything about it while watching his recent Stuff-and-Trade-Value Death Spiral. And chose to send him back to Louisville to keep taking the mound, hurt, instead of sending him to the MRI machine.
Nah... just doesn't make sense.
Except there is a lot of precedence for the Reds running guys out there hurt.
Maj was hurt bad enough for Wayne to file a grievance, yet the Reds only gave him 2 weeks rest and sent him back to the mound in Louisville. Jr was brought back too early many times. Even now, they are saying Harriston was not as ready as they hoped.
I know this is cynical, but I think baseball teams view their players differently than fans. Fans think of a prospect like Homer as a long term asset. I think teams are more causal, and are more inclined to just throw the guy out there and hope to get something in the short term.
That doesn't prove the caller was right, but I don't think we can assume that the Reds (or any other team) always have the player's long term health in mind when they make decisions. I can also see why they'd want to hide a suspected shoulder injury -- that would torpedo his trade value even more.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!