The Major League Baseball season always opens with a flurry of injury notes. We are accustomed to seeing a litany of notes regarding strained hamstrings, ankle tweaks and myriad elbow and shoulder woes (I’ll have another note up about the breaking news in the Cubs rotation in a few minutes). I’m not sure that “emergency appendectomy” generally rolls off of our tongues.
And, as if to channel some Spartan-like persona (or Jesse Ventura in “Predator”), Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn are both trying to get back on the field just days following appendectomies. Holliday is expecting to travel with the team this weekend.
Dunn underwent his procedure on Tuesday night and remains hopeful that he’ll be available to the team early next week. Forget about the 2-3 weeks of convalescing or time at home watching “The Masters.” Dunn wants to get his cracks at the A’s and Angels rotations during the extended homestand.
Lastings Milledge and Mark Teahen will receive at-bats in his absence.
The White Sox play the Royals on Wednesday afternoon before opening a four-game homestand against the struggling Rays.
I’m going to make the preemptive strike and rip out my own appendix now.