Sunday, May 27, 2007

Josh Hamilton's Lengthy Absence Raises Red Flag

He has come back from homelessness, the demons of crack cocaine, alcohol and virtually any street drug one can name. He has tried to commit suicide at least four times and had been out of baseball for five years. And now, after he miraculously appears out of nowhere to become player of the month in April, we are to believe that the Reds' Josh Hamilton has been waylaid by a simple tummy ache.

On injured reserve retroactively since May 19, Hamilton continues to miss time from what the team has described as gastroenteritis, a very big word for simple diarrhea exacerbated by intermittent vomiting. Even with attendant dehydration, a young, healthy professional athlete in a controlled environment should be sidelined for not a minute more than two or three days. Tops.

Unless there is more to the story.

It would be presumptuous to even speculate about recurring health repercussions lingering after the long, long nightmare he has lived through his 20s. But Hamilton's sudden and relatively lengthy trip to the disabled list has run up a red flag.

If Hamilton needs an enzyme -- for instance -- to overcome lactose intolerance, fluids will build in his colon and his illness will continue until brought under control. The number of other ramifications are myriad.

Hopefully the comeback story of the year will pick up where it left off as Hamilton will begin a rehabilitative assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Louisville. And for his sake, Hamilton's peculiarly long absence can be attributed to the team's need to create a roster spot to showcase third baseman Edwin Encarnacion for a trade -- or some such arcane maneuver front offices have been known to clandestinely manipulate. It seems as though details are being withheld.

But until Hamilton once again begins patrolling center field for the Reds and hitting for average and power, be afraid. Be very afraid.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I count about 5 errors in this piece. Do some research before speculating if you want to be taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

Wrong Encarnacion. LOLOL!!11

The Cooperstown Kid said...

I don't know about the five errors but yes, Edwin Encarnacion. Thank you. My bad.

Anonymous said...

You, my friend, are retarded. When Hamilton gets tested 3 times a week, and would be immediately banned for life with a positive test, why WOULDN'T one speculate that his 15 day stint on the DL was somehow drug related? Thanks for the scoop.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant blog -- typical comebackers by dopes without their own forum. Stick to whatever it is you guys do for a living -- what is that, "Warcraft'?

The Cooperstown Kid said...

Interesting that Freel goes on the injured list just when Hamilton is about to return. I still wonder whether this isn't some type of roster manipulation, especially after Jerry Narron admitted he hadn't figured out how to rest Hamilton, let alone use him. But then again, what do I know? I'm a dope, right?

The Cooperstown Kid said...

Warcraft????

Anonymous said...

Nothing like starting rumors without substantiation. I look forward to seeing your apology when Hamilton returns and there is no drug problem. And how can you say Freel goes on the DL just when Hamilton is about to return when Hamilton isn't returning for another six days at least?

The Cooperstown Kid said...

What drug problem? Who said Hamilton has a drug problem? The posting addresses whether there are lingering health difficulties from Hamilton's self-acknowleged period of drug abuse. Let's hope not and that the feel-good saga continues.