Originally Posted by TSJ55
What are the chances he's even 80%? I gotta assume he's weak as a cat fart right now. That type of injury rules out all upper body lifting. His pop will be seriously down if he indeed does come back.
This might be a little off the trade topic but I heard one radio guy about 2 months ago suggest that he would not be surprised to see this make Luddy a better all around player....he went on to explain that he's seen this type of injury from other players in the past and it zapped their power so they focused more on hitting the ball as opposed to trying to hit the long ball.....it almost forces a batter to hit more backside shots and make contact versus swinging out of your shoes....RL has always been able to hit backside but its never been his strength, maybe this will help him rely more on his average and not his slugging%....I don't know if I 100% agree or not but it sure makes sense and Ryan is a smart enough ball player that we won't see him trying to do something that his body is not ready for, especially in the heat of a playoff race....Ryan will do what helps this team win and working on contact might just be what is best.