Glen Perkins has learned his lesson about pitching through an injury

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Athletes take honor in their ability to play through pain, even knowing full well that it’s not only a detriment to their own health and performance, but to the team in general. Twins reliever Glen Perkins, recently shut down with a left forearm strain and nerve irritation in his left elbow, decided to pitch through his discomfort despite showing diminished velocity.

It didn’t work. Perkins allowed runs in five of his six appearances in the month of September, including in each of his last four, culminating when he blew a two-run save on Tuesday. The Twins recently decided to end their left-hander’s season, but the good news is that Perkins won’t need surgery.

Perkins seems to have learned his lesson. Via Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Would that all athletes learned Perkins’ lesson — it’s rarely, if ever, worth it to play through an injury. Perkins ends his 2014 season with 34 saves, a 3.65 ERA, and a 66/11 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. Perkins signed a four-year, $22.175 million extension with the Twins back in March, and he’ll earn $4.65 million in 2015 before his salary begins to escalate further.

Astros greeted with boos in first spring training game

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The Astros and Nationals share a spring training facility, so it was only natural that they would open Grapefruit League play together. The Astros were the home team. Here’s the lineup they rolled out.

Teams typically include at least a few regulars in their spring training lineups as a courtesy to the fans, who are spending money to see big league players play baseball. This is especially the case for home games. However, the Astros have decided to roll out a lineup with a combined 323 MLB plate appearances.

There might be a reason for that. Houston was lustily booed as they took the field. This was after running a video on the scoreboard celebrating their 2019 AL championship.

That’s all with the team that beat them in the World Series (and is widely regarded as baseball’s current heroes for beating the big bad cheating Astros) in the other dugout, of course. Nationals starter Max Scherzer has not thrown at any Houston player, and the game is now in a rain delay. But it seems like the Astros decided to spare their players from some possible rough treatment, both from fans and opposing pitchers.

The same could not be said for Astros mascot Orbit, who was also booed.

One can quibble with the merits of booing a bunch of players who have barely touched the big leagues because you’re mad at Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, but sports fandom is something of an irrational business. Fans are going to want their pound of flesh, especially when they paid for the right to be in the ballpark and give the Astros a piece of their mind. Some of them even brought props! This is just how it all works, unfortunately. If you’re in an Astros uniform, you’re probably going to get booed.

Welcome to the 2020 season, Astros. It’s probably going to be like this all year.

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