Sunday, May 15, 2011

Potential for injury

For the first four innings of Sunday's game, Zack Greinke looked as if he might cruise to an easy victory. Milwaukee struck for four first inning runs and tacked on single runs in the second and third innings to take a 6-0 lead. Meanwhile, Greinke gave up just a walk through four innings and faced the minimum.

But the fifth inning nearly did Greinke and the Brewers in. Neil Walker fought through a 12-pitch at-bat before hitting a lead-off homer. After that, Greinke struggled. He gave up four more runs in the inning and didn't return for the sixth inning. There was some speculation that Greinke tired and that he will need a few more starts before he returns to the form that earned him a Cy Young award.

Although the Brewers held on to win (no thanks to some serious ninth inning drama), Greinke's injury got me thinking about the potential for other players to face a similar fate. What are other Brewers doing in the off-season or on their off-days? Is it safe? I turned to the 2011 Media Guide for answers.

-Ron Roenicke enjoys woodworking, golf, fishing and hunting.
-Ed Sedar enjoys movies and cooking.
-Dale Sveum enjoys tennis, golf, fly fishing and hunting.
-John Axford enjoys reading and movies, particularly foreign films.
-Brandon Boggs enjoys playing basketball and watching movies.
-Ryan Braun enjoys the beach, water sports, music, movies and cars.
-Craig Counsell on 12/29/07 made a cameo appearance (in uniform) in the Milwaukee Ballet's performance of The Nutty Nutcracker.
-Prince Fielder enjoys listening to music and spending time with his kids.
-Carlos Gomez enjoys rap music and also raps himself in his free time; and enjoys watching track events.
-Brandon Kintzler enjoys golf, basketball and poker.
-Mark Kotsay enjoys golf and fishing.
-Kameron Loe enjoys video games, playing poker, golf and kickboxing.
-Shaun Marcum enjoys golf, fantasy football and spending time with with his family.
-Chris Narveson enjoys golf, hunting and fishing.
-Wil Nieves' interests include golf, dining at restaurants and religion.
-Takashi Saito enjoys cooking and singing.
-Mitch Stetter enjoys ping-pong, cooking and fantasy football.
-Rickie Weeks enjoys music and fantasy football.
-Randy Wolf enjoys poker and is an avid movie-goer.

Overall, Ed Sedar, John Axford, Prince Fielder, Shaun Marcum, Wil Nieves, Takashi Saito, Mitch Stetter, Rickie Weeks and Randy Wolf seem the least likely to be injured while enjoying their self-reported favorite leisure time activities. I rated Ron Roenicke (woodworking), Ryan Braun (water sports), Craig Counsell (ballet), Carlos Gomez (rapping) and Kam Loe (kickboxing) as the most likely to injure themselves. I think the front office needs to take a look at this list. Bubble wrap shouldn't be ruled out.

Brewers 9, Pirates 6
Game played 5-15-11

Saturday's recap can be found at Brew Crew Ball.
Brewers 8, Pirates 2
Game played 5-14-11

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