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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Hamilton explanation

GM Wayne Krivsky has felt the heat he's getting about not bringing up Josh Hamilton today.

His reason:" "He was really gassed after his first game or two. It made a lot sense with immune system and everything not to travel that much for one game. One game is important by so is a guy's health."

Hamilton hit four home runs in his first five games on rehab with Louisville. But the Reds decided to wait until Tuesday, after Monday's off day, to return him from the disabled list.

"It wouldn't have been wise and prudent to put him through all that travel after all he's been through," Krivsky.


3 Comments:

at 2:40 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Krivsky and the Reds epitomize over-caution when boldness is needed, and a lack of caution when playing it safe is needed. I'm sick of Krivsky and Narron getting in the Reds way...the players have tons of talent but somehow Dunn and Phillips might fall to pieces if they played today?

It's just not sound baseball or sports psychology or resource managent. The entire season, from the moves, the lack of moves, the daily lineups, is a comedy of ineptness on Narron's and Krivsy's parts.

As long as both of them are with the Reds, this team has ZERO chance of even making the wildcard.

 
at 11:31 PM Blogger dawgsfan47 said...

Why are so many people so negative without knowing all the facts?

I know when I travel, my digestive system gets all screwed up, and this is a common problem with travelers. Realizing all Hamilton has been through with his illness, it's better safe than sorry for one game. One game does not make a season. If Hamilton went a step or two backwards in regards to his health, that would affect sevearl games.

Give the people in the know (Krivsky, Narron, Hamilton) some credit! Sheesh.

 
at 11:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know the personal history of Hamilton, especially given his past drug abuse, but given what has been told to us and the media, it does make sense. There were times after multiple surgeries where I was given narcotic-based pain medicines for periods of time that were probably too long to be safe and there was both the addictive and physical side-effects of these prescription drugs. To be blunt, with some people (including the writer), it can tear your digestive tract up. After several major operations on different joints, and physical therapy, combined with pain meds, well...after a bit of time, there was bleeding in the stomach and digestive problems. Those have lasted for years while slowly healing. Again, I don't know his history, but I am taking an educated guess that sustained use of narcotics have done the same to him and this might be something that haunts him for years to come.
I do believe that Hamilton knows he is on a short leash given his past and the conditions on his return to baseball, and given what he's shown the team and city so far, he will do what it takes to stay clean. I just hope people don't jump on the "he's using again" train without knowing for sure. Given what this team has been through so far this year, the last thing we need are false drug charges with the players! (We'll wait for Bonds' visit in July to express those feelings towards someone!)

 
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