Third Finger That
No! During a routine fielding drill, a ball broke Scott Rolen’s knuckle and ripped off his nail (he should immediately take the rest of Burnett’s Biotin). Wilner says that he might be back in time for opening day, while J.P. Ricciardi is vaguely sticking to “not six weeks“. It’s the only real depth the Jays don’t have this year. Scutaro does not have the bat or the glove to plug third base for long, and let’s not talk about the minors.
Rolen has been one of the only Blue Jays having a good spring so far, hitting .345/.457/.621 with three doubles and a home run. At least it’s not a recurrence of the problems with his shoulder, which has seemed encouragingly strong so far. Just another @!#@#$ freak injury!
Since Matt Stairs and Frank Thomas, a couple of geriatrics, were two of only four starting players not to be injured to be healthy all last season, I thought for sure Rolen was going to play 162 games in 2008, but Alex Rios was due to be hit by a meteor or something. This could end up a minor inconvenience, but for those suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome left over from 2007 (and sleepless nights of flashbacks since Janssen pulled a B.J. Ryan), even everyday bumps and bruises are not good for the heart.