Monday, February 25, 2008

A's Roll into Spring

Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Baseball seasons are filled with dopey injuries. Guys who fall carrying deer meat up the stairs, a player who ironed himself onto the disabled list, a player who missed time due to a stuck eyelid. Somebody who sneezed too hard.

Spring training is less than a week old, and the Athletics already have a nominee for the (Danny) Darwin award, which I just made up, for Major leaguers who hurt themselves in cruelly funny ways.

A's rookie Kevin Melillo, owner of one big league at-bat has injured his ankle stepping on a baseball.

Last season the 25-year old infielder broke his maiden (does that hurt?) by getting a walk in his only appearance of the season June 24th at New York's Shea Stadium.

Right now Melillo isn't walking at all.

And here's the really sad part--Melillo was rehabilitating before his encounter with the rogue baseball. He was swinging off a tee rather than exacerbate his already existing wrist injury, but somehow the ball found him during fielding practice and caused the back-up to the back-ups to roll his ankle.

Considering today's Chronicle story about A's ownership finally realizing, "jeez, maybe we'd be better off if we have our own massage therapist on staff", our locals may have made a move to at last reduce the tragicomical injury situation that has settled like a gray cloud over the A's.

Step lively Oakland, and carefully.

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