Thursday, February 15, 2007

Some Guys Just Can't Win

Texas native Kerry Wood is one of the most dominant pitchers of his era in major league baseball. As a rookie, he struck out 20 batters in one game. That's the second most in the history of major league baseball. He can throw a baseball 100 miles per hour! The problem is, Wood can't seem to stay healthy. Take a look at his injury record:

1998 - Missed last month of his rookie season with elbow soreness
1999 - Tommy John surgery in spring training and missed the entire season
2004 - Sidelined almost two months with a strained tricep
2005 - Season-ending arthroscopic surgery
2006 - Knee surgery in spring caused him to miss the first month of the season, then tore his rotator cuff in July and missed the remainder of the season.

Now, in 2007, apparently healthy and ready to go, it happened again. It has been reported that Wood slipped and fell while getting out of his hot tub and landed on his stomach and chest. He isn't seriously hurt, but he is expected to take a few days off. The poor guy just can't win! Let's hope this isn't a sign of things to come and the Texas kid can finally showcase his talent again.

In his rookie season of 1998, he missed the last month of the season with a sore elbow. During spring training of 1999, he underwent Tommy John Surgery and missed the entire season.

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