I wrote about the Phillies' sorry medical status two weeks ago, calling on Philadelphia sports writers to dig deep and figure out if new trainer Scott Sheridan has anything to do with the team's bulging list of players who have gone on the DL this year.
Now word comes that Cole Hamels is less than satisfied with the medical care that he's received from the team this year. His complaint? No team chiropractor.
This isn't exactly what I had in mind when I wrote my piece two weeks ago, but it raises similar issues. What is the team doing to keep its players healthy, particularly its marquee players?
Perhaps most telling was the quote from Ruben Amaro, permanent GM-wannabe, in the story: "I'm not a doctor," he said, "but I'd be surprised if the tendon problem he is having in his elbow is either best served or reduced by the use of chiropractic medicine." He's not a doctor, but he has an answer anyway!
It leads me to wonder: How many Phillies' medical decisions are made the same way? Judging from the transaction wire this year, I wouldn't be surprised if the answer is "too many."