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Will Carroll's Under The Knife is called the "industry standard" by Peter Gammons and that's good enough for us. Carroll's groundbreaking work on injuries have led to it becoming a standard part of the discussion in baseball. Whether you're a fantasy fan or checking out how your team will be without a star, there's simply no other place to get this kind of daily information.

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May 3, 2005 12:00 am

Under The Knife: Another Positive Test

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Will Carroll

Juan Rincon adds his name to the list, becoming the first player of accomplishment to be suspended under the new guidelines.

What's interesting are the assumptions that are flying around and the shift in the stories. Is this an escalating problem, slowly working up to a star player? No, these are random tests, not a conspiracy. If the public kicks MLB for botching nearly everything else, why would they give them credit for a grand scheme? Did Rincon test positive for a steroid, and if so, why won't they release the substance? It's reasonable to assume that yes, he did test positive for one of the anabolic-androgenic steroids on the list, since those are what is randomly tested for. The substance is not released because of concerns about medical privacy. It's a weak excuse, to be sure. Are pitchers helped by steroids? Well, yes, but we don't know that there's widespread usage. I'm more interested in hearing from these players--not the excuses, but the reasons--and I'm very curious why it wasn't reported when at least a week ago, Rincon took a random test. Not much gets by the writers in the locker room and I can't imagine they didn't know that testing was happening.

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May 27, 2003 12:00 am

Under The Knife: Back Again

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Will Carroll

This has been one heck of a month of May. Between injury news and the Indy 500, I've been a busy man. Thanks to ESPN 950 for allowing me access to the one of the coolest events of my life. With the race behind me, I am ready to return my full focus to baseball, and have a couple of features coming up, including one on Dr. Tim Kremchek of the Cincinnati Reds that will run this week.

With the race behind me, I am ready to return my full focus to baseball, and have a couple of features coming up, including one on Dr. Tim Kremchek of the Cincinnati Reds that will run this week.

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May 16, 2003 12:00 am

Under The Knife: Expos Eeks

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Will Carroll

It's very bad news for the Expos--in fact, it could barely get much worse. Just days after losing Orlando Hernandez, Les Expos took a harder hit when Tony Armas was diagnosed with tears in both his labrum and rotator cuff. Just a week ago, the reports on Armas were glowing, so I'm not sure what changed. No decision has been made on a program, but Armas will likely be making a visit to Jim Andrews, Lewis Yocum, or another leading surgeon in the next few days. I don't foresee him avoiding surgery, but Jim Andrews has been seemingly reluctant to cut lately, preferring aggressive non-surgical therapy. From the files of Brad Arnsberg: A good source, Lewis Shaw, wrote in with this assessment of Javier Vazquez: "I saw Vazquez enough tonight to have serious concerns about his elbow. He strides way too far out from the windup, but more especially from the stretch. He lands with a stiff front leg from the stretch, is violent (as indicated by his head moving all over the place), and shows maximum effort. This was not the case as recently as last season. He constantly drops his elbow below his shoulder at delivery, getting no downhill angle on the baseball. Thus, from the stretch his four-seamer is flat. He torques his elbow in an effort to get life on his four-seamer, and depth on his slider. His velocity has diminished, and he sometimes gives the impression of pushing his flat four-seamer up. As recently as the spring of 2002, his four-seamer was consistently 95 mph; now it is consistently 91-93, touching 94. He appears to have lost arm strength. Thus, given his history in 2002, he might be a candidate for serious elbow injury." This is not good news for Expos fans or baseball fans in general. I'm hoping to hear a lot more from Lewis in the near future. Don't jump, Jonah.

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May 5, 2003 12:00 am

Under The Knife: The Need for Speed

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Will Carroll

By the time you read this, it's possible that I'll be moving faster than a heater from Roger Clemens or Kerry Wood, faster than Mark Prior or Randy Johnson, or even faster than a Jamie Moyer plus a Doug Jones. How is this possible? In my duties covering the Indianapolis 500 for ESPN 950, I'll be the backup "driver" for one of the two-seat Indy Cars that are set to take select journalists around the fabled track. I'm still hoping Greg Rakestraw gets the shot he deserves, but after standing on the "yard of bricks" at the start/finish line today, I would be lying to say I didn't want the chance to go around at speed. Watching those cars fly by at twice the speed of a Billy Wagner fastball--with some to spare--is truly one of the most amazing things I've seen. Here's a couple of links of what I might just be doing tomorrow. Let's just hope the next UTK isn't "Will Carroll smashed into the SAFER barrier at 200 mph, fracturing every bone in his body." There's a lot of things I don't have in common with Jason Priestley and some of them, I'd like to keep that way.

Watching those cars fly by at twice the speed of a Billy Wagner fastball--with some to spare--is truly one of the most amazing things I've seen. Here's a couple of links of what I might just be doing tomorrow. Let's just hope the next UTK isn't "Will Carroll smashed into the SAFER barrier at 200 mph, fracturing every bone in his body." There's a lot of things I don't have in common with Jason Priestley and some of them, I'd like to keep that way.

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April 30, 2003 12:00 am

Under The Knife: All A.J. Burnett, All the Time

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Will Carroll

If you think tonight's UTK is shorter than normal, blame it on me. I've spent half the day researching A.J. Burnett's injury, answering email regarding Burnett's surgery, and writing what is becoming a really long article on Tim Kremchek. The result: my carpal tunnel is acting up more than normal, and I'll need to try to stop by my chiropractor (yeah, a chiropractor for carpal tunnel...I never would have believed it either) some time this week. For now, please bear with me in this less verbose edition. The worst-case scenario came true. As Jim Andrews peered into A.J. Burnett's elbow, he saw a completely torn--by some accounts, "shredded, destroyed"--ulnar collateral ligament. The ligament was replaced and the clock started. We'll see Burnett again in about six months and he should be back to his old self in 2005, just in time for free agency. By then, he should have a new manager, but for the Marlins' sake, I hope it's much sooner than that.

  • The worst-case scenario came true. As Jim Andrews peered into A.J. Burnett's elbow, he saw a completely torn--by some accounts, "shredded, destroyed"--ulnar collateral ligament. The ligament was replaced and the clock started. We'll see Burnett again in about six months and he should be back to his old self in 2005, just in time for free agency. By then, he should have a new manager, but for the Marlins' sake, I hope it's much sooner than that. I hate that I can't just give you what I think was a great exchange between a reader and myself. (The reader clicked the little "No" box on the email). My not-so-gentle reader took me to task for going after Torborg and Arnsberg.
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    March 10, 2003 12:00 am

    Under The Knife: A Dash of Humility

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    Will Carroll

    Now playing right field for the Cards: Dane Iorg! Joe Roa could be the Phillies' ace by Opening Day. Dan Wright: crappy pitcher or crappy injured pitcher? And Will Carroll vs. arrogance in a 12-round title fight.

    Thanks to Peter Gammons, who gave BP Premium and myself a nice plug in this week's Diamond Notes. Gammons remains the Barry Bonds of baseball journalists.

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    March 4, 2003 12:00 am

    Under The Knife: A Day in the Life

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    Will Carroll

    The second most frequent question I get after "What the [bleep] is wrong with Nick Johnson?" is "How do you do what you do?" My friend Robert Herzog called me on my radio show last year and really grilled me. He's a friend now, but it was really an annoying question. At the time, my answer was "lots of phone calls and a lot of perseverance." True, yes, but not really the key to it. Becoming a baseball injury analyst was something of a wonderful accident of luck and timing. Under The Knife started as my answer to another injury analyst who gave incorrect information and answered a question with, "What do you expect for a hundred bucks?" I'd had just enough coffee in me that day to think that I could do better.

    It took four years of working as a student athletic trainer on all sports, including baseball. It took medical training. It took the creativity to diagnose something from afar. It's at times like a giant puzzle; I get enough pieces to put things together, but I don't have the box cover to go off of and there are always pieces missing.

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    Serious Baseball Analysis Hits the Airwaves

    The authors of Baseball Prospectus are proud to bring you BPR - Baseball Prospectus Radio. In the vast wasteland of sports radio, baseball talk is limited to a few minutes interspersed with basketball and football. BPR will be one solid hour of the most intelligent baseball conversation available. Hosted by Will Carroll, we'll have great guests, great analysis, and conversations with baseball writers, team executives, players, and the BP authors. The show launches in late February with six preseason divisional preview shows.

    Who can you look forward to hearing? Our first show had Peter Gammons of ESPN and Stan Conte, the trainer of the San Francisco Giants. While this show isn't intended for air - no commercials, you know - you can win a copy in our first BPR contest. Click on this link and give us your best slogan for the show. The winner gets an autographed copy of the first show and the chance to ask the first BPR Mailbag question.

    In coming weeks, we'll hear from

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