(Posted: 3/14/11; update 3/15)
Anybody who has ever injured a rib knows how painful and persistent the hurt can be. Zack Greinke says the rib he cracked will heal in time for him to pitch soon after Milwaukee’s opening day. But, cialis sovaldi chances are – it says here – Greinke will not be pain-free until late April, best cialis at the earliest. His boss, Brewers GM Doug Melvin says Greinke conceded the way he incurred the injury – during a pick-up basketball game – was “stupid.” The basketball-playing skipper of Team Obama acknowledges neither stupidity nor pain when talking about the self-inflicted injury to his – and the country’s – reputation growing out of the WikiLeaks wrapup.
But the skipper can’t help but have winced when hit by Amnesty International. It called his team’s treatment of accused WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning “unnecessarily harsh and punitive”. That was some weeks ago. Now Amnesty is urging Americans to participate in a public outcry about Manning’s nine-month confinement in a military jail. The skipper said Friday he was assured that Manning’s treatment, including forcing him to sleep naked, was for his own good and safety. A now-notorious Obama team member, siding with Amnesty, disagreed. Speaking at MIT, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley invoked the “s”- word: he said the Pentagon’s decision to treat Manning in punitive fashion was “stupid” as well as “counter-productive.”
Salon’s Glenn Greenwald calls Crowley’s criticism of his own team “remarkable (and) commendable.” The lefty line-driver has a different stance on the skipper’s comments on the Manning case:
“ (Obama) asked the Pentagon and they said everything was great — what more is there to know? Everyone knows that on questions of whether the military is abusing detainees, the authoritative source is . . . the military. You just ask them if they’re doing anything improper, and once they tell you that they’re not, that’s the end of the matter. I have no doubt that George Bush asked the DoD whether everything was being run professionally at Guantanamo and they assured him that they were.”
The skipper is taking a harder hit now concerning his team’s draconian response to WikiLeaks and one of its whistle-blowers: The Nation is quoting from a 2009 Obama statement on the subject of transparency:
“I’m a big believer in openness when it comes to the flow of information. I think that the more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens…can hold their government…accountable.”
Team Obama obviously decided that, not the government, but Crowley should be held accountable. How else to explain his abrupt resignation over the weekend?
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The last basketball-injury case involving a prominent player? It happened in January 2004. Aaron Boone, a few months away from his dramatic home run that put the Yankees in the 2003 World Series, disabled himself for the season playing hoops. He forfeited a $5.9 million contract and prompted the Yanks to deal for another third baseman, the Rangers’ Alex Rodriguez..
Inventory Sale? Pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield, infielder Marco Scutaro and outfielder Mike Cameron are four of several Red Sox players believed to be on the market, reports ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes. Ridding his team of any of those four would provide GM Theo Epstein with a welcome reduction in the Sox’s 2011 payroll, which must be approaching $200 million.
A Fill-In for Phil? Halfway through spring training, the Yankees have switched worries: A.J. Burnett seems renewed, but Phil Hughes has been consistently inconsistent. Brian Cashman is surely intensifying his search for an insurance starter via trade.
Santana’s Season to Spare: Johan Santana is shaking off reports that his slow healing from surgery suggests that, not only will he be unready to pitch in June, but the Mets will be lucky if he pitches at all this season. A few years ago, that would be a devastating Adam Wainwright-type setback. But the Mets are not would-be contenders like the Cardinals. A season-long rest might not be a bad thing for Santana, who will be counted on heavily in 2012.
Truth-Teller: Adrian Gonzalez (quoted on WEEI.com) on why fatigue should not prevent him from playing for the Sox almost every day: “I’m a first baseman. How much energy do you really put out there? I don’t steal bases. I don’t run fast. I play first base.”
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