Justin Morneau sat out the final three months of the regular season after suffering a concussion on July 7. He started working out and taking batting practice in September, leading to some optimism that he could come back for the playoffs, but those hopes were quickly dashed when the post-concussion symptoms returned and he was shut down again.
General manager Bill Smith said earlier this week that Morneau was feeling better but hadn’t resumed working out yet, and today the former MVP gave Kelly Thesier of MLB.com a first-hand update on his status:
For the people that want to know how I’m doing, there is nothing really new to report. I’m feeling a lot better but I haven’t really done much so it’s still hard to tell. There’s no reason to start working out yet. Normally I would start my workouts between Nov. 1 and 15th so I’m not behind schedule at all. I expect to be ready and 100 percent well before spring training.
Until he can work out for multiple days in a row without any of the symptoms returning Morneau will remain a huge question mark for 2011 and beyond, and unfortunately so far he hasn’t been able to do that yet four months after the concussion.
Last night, Cubs manager Joe Maddon drew criticism across the baseball landscape for his non-usage of closer Wade Davis in Game 2 of the NLCS. The game was ultimately lost on Justin Turner‘s walk-off three run home run against John Lackey, the man who led the National League in home runs allowed.
Maddon stuck to his guns when speaking to the media on Monday. Defending his decision not to utilize Davis, Maddon said, “It’s important not to dry hump him, as the saying goes,” Josh Frydman of WGN News reports. Maddon means getting Davis warming up in the bullpen and never actually getting him into the game.
This, of course, doesn’t make sense because Maddon controls whether or not Davis is used. He restricts himself with orthodoxy, like managing to the save statistic. After last night’s game, Maddon said, “We needed [Davis] for the save,” via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. The save situation never came up because an inferior pitcher ended the game before the Cubs had a chance to take a lead.
If Davis warms up and Maddon gets him into the game, he’s not being “dry humped.” But if Davis warms up, then sits down because the Cubs can’t take a lead and Maddon still refuses to put him in the game, then yeah, he’s being “dry humped.”