If you were wondering what this year's strained oblique might be, in terms of sheer injury volume around Major League Baseball, Adam Dunn appears to have the same idea as Matt Holliday: He'll miss about a week following yet another appendectomy. Like Holliday, Dunn doesn't appear disabled list-bound, but he's got an even more aggressive time-table in mind: He expects to be back in five days.â†µ
Which makes me wonder whether the St. Louis Cardinals might just have the worst public-relations advisors on planet earth. If the White Sox can guarantee Dunn back inside of a week (outside of a week, it's too difficult to reference Groucho Marx), what are the Cardinals doing leaving Holliday's recovery time in pencil until yesterday, when it was announced he likely wouldn't hit the DL? I can understand being cautious, but the minute people started whispering about month-long recovery times the Cardinals should have been buying wrap-around ads in the Post-Dispatch headlined "IT'S PROBABLY NOT SO BAD, GUYS!"
Dunn doesn't have to play defense, although in the DH's defense, the way he played defense in the past was unlikely to lead to the aggravation of anything except particularly short-sighted starting pitchers.â†µ