Miami New Times on PEDs and other newsFebruary 5th, 2013 by terrybenish
It is hard not to follow the story, especially given the Alex Rodriguez element of the story and the National network’s New York centric focus.
One of the things that struck me about it is the evidence of the defunct clinic is handwritten stuff on a notebook. Line after line, with players named, line after line show up.
This raised a level of skepticism as I first saw it as
information about patients are typically not summarized on same
sheet, let alone a handwritten effort. There are HIPAA laws
that mitigate against that. Further on an experiential basis, every time I have been in a clinic in last thirty years the information about me is on a computer printout, or visible on a computer screen for the nurse or doctor, or more recently on a computer tablet.
I’ve shared my suspicion with some sports writers and they have a large level of suspicion as well. Universal agreement.
It feels like a prank, like the Manti Te’o thing except on a more vicious level.
Shannon Drayer on her blog noted that the acquisition of a fifth starter as talked about and leaked has not occurred yet.
While it may still happen, it might be towards the middle of spring training after some games have occurred. The weak sisters at least based on last year’s performance in the projected rotation are Blake Beavan and Hector Noesi. What I’m hearing is that the earnest hope is that two of the younger guys, such as Taijuan Walker, James Paxton or Brandon Maurer will break camp. Similar prayers are being uttered about Mike Zunino, which were it to happen would immediately alter the future for Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero, one or both.
If they decide to not bring up a pitcher or two, then they have the two guys at hand and there are still some veterans lurking out there.