"Let us go forth a while, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our closed rooms...
The game of ball is glorious."

--Walt Whitman

Sunday, June 25, 2006


The parental unit is in town for an extended weekend, so posting will continue to be sparse until mid-week.

Could we, might we, finally have an answer to the puzzle of how Rondell White could go from a darn near .300 career hitter to...this? An answer which does not involve the concept of the "head case"?

MINNEAPOLIS -- All season long, Rondell White has been puzzled as to the reason behind his continued struggles at the plate.

But now, both he and the Twins hope that the answer has been found.

White was absent from the club on Saturday as he went to Cincinnati to meet with Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who performed the surgery on his left shoulder last season. The Twins designated hitter has been experiencing tightness in the shoulder for some time but thought that it was just a normal after-effect of the surgery.

Talking to his doctor once again proved otherwise as Dr. Kremchek told White that he had sewn up the shoulder a little tighter, due to the number of times during White's career that it has popped out of place. With that knowledge, White decided to go see the doctor for a second opinion on what might be his next step.

"Rondell has been trying to figure out himself why it's been such a struggle because he's always hit whenever he's played," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The only explanation is, he's had some shoulder soreness and thought it was normal from the surgery. He felt pretty tight and obviously the tightness is not allowing him to get up to the ball."

Okay, I really don't know whether to feel relieved that Rondell seems to have not lost his mind and that they may finally have an answer to his inexplicable difficulties, or to bang my head against a wall that nobody thought maybe recent shoulder surgery might have something to do with the lack of hitting.


In other news, Matt Guerrier may be able to start tossing the ball again next week, after having his thumb broken by a line drive a couple of weeks ago. Which is good, 'cause once we get him back, we can ship Lohse off to Rochester again.

2 rejoinders:

bob2 sounded off...

I think Kyle Lohse has the Twin Cities franchise for head case now that J.C. is gone.

frightwig sounded off...

I think the club is more likely to send Eyre to AAA when Guerrier is ready to return, if Lohse hasn't been traded by then.