Our Warrior Is Down But We Must Soldier On

The Cardinals have had some rough news about the health of players lately.  First it was Adam Wainwright going down with a season ending achilles tendon injury.  That was bad enough.  Then came the news that Jordan Walden was out 6-10 weeks with an arm injury.  Now we hear that something possibly mysterious is wrong with the Cardinals’ best hitter, Matt Carpenter.  It could be something that rights itself in a few days, or it could be something more serious.

What’s more alarming about Matt Carpenter’s “illness” is just that it is an illness and not an injury.  An injury, for the most part, is more easily diagnosed and a timetable for recovery can be established.  The injuries to Wainwright and Walden give some level of closure and an expectation for return.  Carpenter’s health is more ambiguous; the symptoms that have been described could be the manifestation of many conditions, some of which are very serious, even life-threatening.  Now I don’t want to be an alarmist here, the chances of him suffering from something life-threatening are pretty slim.  I tend to be more optimistic considering Carpenter’s age and overall physical health.  It is likely he is just suffering from overwork or a mild virus.

The not knowing is of course, the worst.  Many fans get angry when something like this happens and the information that we get is so vague.  I don’t see this as a major issue because many fans don’t know, or forget, that there are privacy laws that prevent the Cardinals from giving out much information about a player’s health.  Some information is given out, because the Collective Bargaining Agreement requires that players sign a release for the dissemination to the public of some health information. The information that is allowed to be released is minimal, however.  The privacy laws are there for a reason, and let’s be honest, do we really NOT want health information to be private?  Do professional athletes deserve much less privacy than the rest of us?  I think not.

It’s maddening not to know, I get that.  We worry and that causes anxiety, and  well, it isn’t good.  But the individual player deserves to not have his physical limitations and bodily functions broadcast to the entire world.  Those of us who worry will just have to suck it up and wait.  We will know what we need to know eventually.  Hopefully, what we will know is that Carpenter just needed some rest and he will come back in a few days healthy and ready to resume being awesome.

In the meantime, the Cardinals are still winning, and players are stepping up to fill the gap.  Let’s rejoice in the players that we do have healthy and doing their thing to the best of their ability and beyond.  This is a wonderful time to be a Cardinals fan, let’s enjoy it while we can, and hope for Matt Carpenter’s speedy recovery.  There is plenty more baseball to play, and likely more injuries to come.  It’s all a part of baseball.  The Cardinals have shown a remarkable resiliency in the face of injury (and illness) and there is no reason not to expect more of the same.

Get well soon, Matt.



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  1. baseballmania

     /  May 10, 2015

    Matheny sent Mitch out 2 days in a row. Why does he do that? The pitching staff just has too many injuries.



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