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March 2, 2008 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: NL Central NRI Review

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Christina Kahrl

Which non-roster players have a shot at sticking this Spring?

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April 9, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003

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Christina Kahrl

The Snakes bury John Patterson, the Red Sox sort through a batch of soft tossers, the Marlins vie for a 25-catcher roster, and the Devil Rays solve all their problems by grabbing Al Martin and Damion Easley.

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Four months ago, Adam Pettyjohn was expected to compete for a spot in the Tigers' rotation. He can be forgiven for failing to live up to those expectations. You see, four months ago, Pettyjohn weighed more than Kate Winslet. Four months ago, he had a colon.

Four months ago, Adam Pettyjohn was expected to compete for a spot in the Tigers' rotation. He can be forgiven for failing to live up to those expectations. You see, four months ago, Pettyjohn weighed more than Kate Winslet. Four months ago, he had a colon.

In January, Pettyjohn was suddenly struck by ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory condition of the bowel that occurs without warning. Its cause is unknown, and treatment is difficult. Patients afflicted with a mild case of the disease may suffer chronic symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea, and bloody diarrhea, along with fatigue and weight loss.

Pettyjohn didn't have a mild case. Abdominal pain? He said he felt like his stomach "exploded." Weight loss? He dropped 65 pounds in less than three months. Fatigue? He became so weak that he was unable to feed himself, because he lacked the strength to lift a spoon to his mouth.

He was finally admitted to Henry Ford Hospital (about 11 floors down from my dermatology clinic) three weeks ago, and had his colon surgically removed--the only definitive treatment for his ailment--under borderline emergency conditions. His surgery was deemed a success, and he was discharged on March 22. He is, of course, out for the year.

On April 6, I read an article in the Detroit Free Press, detailing his recovery. Accompanying the article was a picture of Pettyjohn with his wife, Deanna, and it was the picture that got me. He wasn't just thin; he was emaciated. He looked incredibly frail. His eye sockets were sunken, as if someone had poked out little pinholes where his eyes were supposed to be. He looked like someone who had been through something so terrible that it had left emotional as well as physical scars, as if he had just been rescued from a refugee camp.

It was a picture I wouldn't forget easily. The next day, while studying for an upcoming dermatology exam at the local Barnes & Noble, I looked up for a moment and saw the picture of Pettyjohn in front of me. Only it wasn't a picture--it was Pettyjohn, pouring some sugar into the cappuccino he had just picked up from the Starbucks counter. His wife was next to him, watching him intently, as if she were worried he might fall down at any moment. He was all bone, and his eyes had that same vacant look I had seen in the photograph.

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April 16, 2002 12:00 am

No Petty Miracle

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Rany Jazayerli

In January, Pettyjohn was suddenly struck by ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory condition of the bowel that occurs without warning. Its cause is unknown, and treatment is difficult. Patients afflicted with a mild case of the disease may suffer chronic symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea, and bloody diarrhea, along with fatigue and weight loss.

Pettyjohn didn't have a mild case. Abdominal pain? He said he felt like his stomach "exploded." Weight loss? He dropped 65 pounds in less than three months. Fatigue? He became so weak that he was unable to feed himself, because he lacked the strength to lift a spoon to his mouth.

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July 3, 2001 12:00 am

Touring the Minors

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Keith Scherer

Both teams appear to be in stasis. That's not the case. A review of each organization's minor-league system reveals that the Padres are improving much faster than their major-league record suggests, and the Tigers are at long last proceeding, if slowly, and if perhaps too slowly to catch up to the Indians, White Sox, and Twins.

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