Tuesday, April 04, 2006

C.C. Sabathia's Oblique Injury Confirmed

The initial prognosis has been confirmed that SP C.C. Sabathia of Cleveland has a strained oblique muscle. Sabathia could miss significant time, almost certainly a month and perhaps five weeks or more, depending on the seriousness of the injury. The muscle is located between the groin and ribs, and is critical to a power pitcher's ability to kick, pivot, spin, turn and twist to generate torque. Jayson Werth, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, strained an oblique in '04, missed 50 games and perhaps consequently set the stage for other injuries and hasn't been the same since.