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Hernandez arthritis is pain in the neck
February 23, 2007
Herald-Record By Dave Buscema
Lucie, Fla. — You don't often hear of a major-league pitcher being
diagnosed with arthritis, much less having the club recognize such a
diagnosis as good news.
again, most clubs don't feature a roster filled with players who are
closer to qualifying for senior citizen discounts than having their IDs
checked by a bar's bouncer.
So it was
that the Mets breathed a sigh of relief as they announced yesterday
that righty Orlando Hernandez's sore neck was a case of arthritis.
received a cortisone shot after flying to New York to have the stiff
neck examined, a spokesperson said, and would rejoin the team today.
That quelled any concern that arose when El Duque left camp yesterday
morning for the exam. But, as fellow elder statesman Tom Glavine
acknowledged even before the arthritis diagnosis, Duque's flare-up
would not ease any lingering worries about the overall age of the Mets'
gonna do anything to make that go away," Glavine said.
were just happy Hernandez wouldn't be going anywhere for an extended
period and that their lack of fretting had been validated. Early
yesterday morning general manager Omar Minaya said he was "not
concerned at all" and that the check-up was just "preventative."
Hernandez had complained of some neck soreness last season, Minaya said
he never missed time because of it. When it cropped up again on
Tuesday, Duque reported it and the Mets decided to act cautiously.
Duca also received a cortisone shot to combat tendinitis, but manager
Willie Randolph said the catcher had received the shot for the past
"five or six years" and performed without incident after doing so.
Glavine acknowledged the fears that had been further provoked for the
elder members of the Mets on Thursday, he tried to provide at least
any more injury-prone than I was four years ago," he said.
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