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Shoulder Problems and Your Worst Enemy

The skeptical way in which every pitching prospect has to be viewed until he hits 25 is maybe my least favorite part of being a baseball fan; it would be great to watch Stephen Strasburg and not have to think “—of course, he could lose ten miles an hour on his fastball tomorrow.”

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To that end, the news of Homer Bailey’s continued setbacks in his recovery from shoulder soreness is probably good for the Cardinals, but I hate to see it.

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Bailey had to skip a planned workout in the bullpen because of the soreness. The setback meant he won’t come off the disabled list on Sunday and start the final game of an interleague series against the Kansas City Royals.

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“The last couple of days there’s been some soreness in some places [in the shoulder] where I usually don’t get soreness,” Bailey said. “What we’re going to do is evaluate it and go from there.”

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Shoulder problems are the baseball equivalent of “I think you should sit down…”