For those of you writing in and asking, the Mariners plan to keep playing Adrian Beltre as much as he has before despite the bone spurs that have reappeared in his surgically repaired left shoulder.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said the problem is similar to what Beltre had last year, when he played through August and then opted for September surgery. Beltre was also dealing with a long-term thumb problem at the time that added to the pain difficulties he was having.
That’s not the case this year. Surgery is once again an option, but he wants to keep on playing instead of having it.
“He’s going to continue to get treatement, he’s going to be looked at every day and monitored,” Zdurinecik said. “If it’s real bad, obviously we have to look at different options. Obviously, if he had to go in for surgery right now he’d miss four to six weeks. But that’s not in our plans right now.
“The plan is for him to continue to play as he always has. He wants to play. He has to keep playing so he can test and see whether he can tolerate it.”
This could have an impact on Beltre’s immediate trade value. Then again, he wasn’t exactly scorching the ball the first two months of the season, so it’s questionable how much value he had. But it might be more difficult to deal him by the July 31 deadline at this point, given how teams now only have about four weeks to see how his shoulder responds.
Then again, he’s played through this type of injury before.,
“That’s not something I’m even thinking about,” Zduriencik said. “It’s not something I’d be prepared to comment on in any event.”
Besides, if the team keeps contending, the trade value of Beltre becomes a moot point. This team will only contend if he keeps producing and if that’s the case, the Mariners were never going to deal him in a tight race. I don’t have to tell you how much the defense would be hurt by losing both Beltre and Endy Chavez. So, this is definitely something to monitor.
June 24, 2009 at 7:00 PM