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08:15 AM ET 08.15 | Shoulder injuries took center stage Tuesday for the A's, who placed Brandon Inge on the DL for what Oakland hopes is a short stint. It's bad news, unfortunately, for Dallas Braden, who had hoped to make a few starts in September for the A's but whose left shoulder has not responded as hoped after surgery in May 2011 to repair the capsule. He will have more surgery; [bob Melvin] termed it "exploratory." ... [Shoulder-capsule] repair is not a procedure that has been perfected, unlike elbow ligament replacement. It generally takes quite a lot of time to come back from (see: Johan Santana) and there is no guarantee of a full return. Here's the main issue: Surgeons must basically guess on how tight to make the shoulder. There is no way to calibrate it.

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August 15, 2012  09:05 AM ET

... and the A's start to fall apart. It was a nice little run they had this year, but I don't think anyone really believed it was sustainable.

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August 15, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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True, but nobody thought the O's were for real either. 8-2 in their past ten, and suddenly two AL East teams are holding the Wild Cards. It's the Angels and Tigers who are in the deep if they fail to qualify.

The O's are holding their own. They've got some real talent, while the A's are just another one fo those patchwork jobs Beane is notorious for assembling. I mean, if losing Brandon Inge is threatening your playoff hopes, something is very wrong with your roster.

As for the Tigers and Angels -- you're spot on.

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August 15, 2012  10:32 AM ET

I agree with all of you that the A's run is over due to the lack of depth to step up and keep pace with the other teams. But the real question is here why are pitchers having so many injuries now. The guys back in the 60's and 70's like Gibson, Drysdale, Koufax, McClain, and others must have done something different in preparing to pitch every fourth day to prevent these long term injuries.

August 15, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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... and the A's start to fall apart. It was a nice little run they had this year, but I don't think anyone really believed it was sustainable.

last i checked the A's are still in reach in the AL west. its like a pitcher factory in that organization...quality pitcher after quality pitcher. a bunch of 'patchwork hitters' with quality pitching seems to be keeping them in the mix tho. i would agree that it won't be enough to consistently compete with the Angels and Rangers in the long run.

August 15, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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I agree with all of you that the A's run is over due to the lack of depth to step up and keep pace with the other teams. But the real question is here why are pitchers having so many injuries now. The guys back in the 60's and 70's like Gibson, Drysdale, Koufax, McClain, and others must have done something different in preparing to pitch every fourth day to prevent these long term injuries.

I believe today's pitcher's are throwing more from an early age than those guys did back in the day. today's players are playing year round from as early as age 9 or 10 probably playing 75-100 games in a year's time with probably 100+ innings a year for those that are pitching. eventually that type of arm use will catch up to the players

August 15, 2012  11:22 AM ET
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I believe today's pitcher's are throwing more from an early age than those guys did back in the day. today's players are playing year round from as early as age 9 or 10 probably playing 75-100 games in a year's time with probably 100+ innings a year for those that are pitching. eventually that type of arm use will catch up to the players

I think also they're pitching to much better hitters these days. And maybe those amphetamines they were taking back then had something to do with it too.

August 15, 2012  01:23 PM ET

With about 45 games left, 5 teams are still in the hunt for the final 2 playoff spots. I don't think losing Brandon Inge is a fatal blow for the A's, and not getting Braden for September means they get to try out one of their other youngsters. But if Machado (sp?) continues to play well for Baltimore, they may be hard to catch. TB is pretty catchable though, I think. It would be kind of fun if the perennial scuffles Baltimore and Oakland make the playoffs, and the big name, big budget Angels and Tigers miss.

August 15, 2012  02:28 PM ET

Still picture of Bob Geren, how about an showing the real Bob Melvin, he certainly deserves it!@!

August 15, 2012  07:06 PM ET

Hope he Heals Well!!!

August 15, 2012  07:36 PM ET

The real rumor going around is that Dallas Braden has filed a lawsuit against the surgeons who completely botched the job on his shoulder years ago that effectively ended his big league career. Braden hasn't pitched on the team all year, and the job those "experts" did on his shoulder means he has no trade value whatsoever. Quite unfortunate, I wish him well.

August 15, 2012  08:28 PM ET

I hate to see pitchers with shoulder injuries. Those are usually fatal to a career.

August 15, 2012  08:30 PM ET
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I agree with all of you that the A's run is over due to the lack of depth to step up and keep pace with the other teams. But the real question is here why are pitchers having so many injuries now. The guys back in the 60's and 70's like Gibson, Drysdale, Koufax, McClain, and others must have done something different in preparing to pitch every fourth day to prevent these long term injuries.

I honestly think it's the commercial game delays.

The typical Bob Gibson game was 1.5 hours long. It may be that the time between the first and last pitch is just as important as the number of pitches thrown.

 
August 17, 2012  04:54 PM ET

Screw braden, as the Lightening-Rod said: "....from a guy that has a handful of wins in his career ...."
**** punk

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