Ron Costello

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Is Alfaro Damaged Goods? Or is Ron Out of His Mind!

City of Brotherly Lame.

Sixers Joel Embiid had foot surgery just before the June 2014 draft but was taken by the Sixers, anyway, knowing he would miss the entire 2014-15 season.

Apparently, Embiid will miss next season too, because either his foot didn't heal properly, or the same bone broke again.

Then the Andrew Bynum debacle. The Sixers acquired Bynum in a trade for the 2013 season, including his $16.9 million salary, knowing he had knee problems. Bynum never played a game for the Sixers.

$16.9 million out the window.

The Eagles spent $13 million — a one-year contract — to get quarterback Sam Bradford, knowing he tore the same ACL twice and missed the most of the 2011 season with an ankle sprain.

Bradford is a huge risk for Chip Kelly's Eagles. Let's face it, the Eagles O-line is more like the LFF Sieve than the Rock of Gibraltar. He could get hurt again, or play out the season and sign a lucrative deal elsewhere.

It's not a long shot to say another $13 million could go out the window.

And the Philly school district can't buy new books or give their best teachers a raise.

The Phillies are not without injury stories, either: Ryan Howard's Achilles' tendon rupture;  Roy Halladay's caareer ending back and shoulder problems; Chase Utley's famous knees; and Cliff Lee's possible career-ending elbow problems.

The City of Brotherly Lame.

Now the Cole Hamels trade.

As you know, Phillies icon World Series MVP Cole Hamels was traded to the Texas Rangers. In return, the Phillies get three  of the Rangers top prospects, plus two other players:
  • 21 yo RHP Jake Thompson; 
  • 21 yo outfielder Nick Williams; 
  • and highly touted 22 yo catcher Jorge Alfaro; 
  • plus 29 yo LHP Matt Harrison 
  • and 25 yo RHP Jerad Eickhoff.
On paper, the trade looks good for the Phillies. But you and I know trades aren't truly judged until several years later.

You're waiting for the shoe to drop, I can tell.

The promising 22-year-old catcher Jorge Alfaro is done for the season, after suffering "a significant left ankle injury" in June and had surgery to repair a tendon. He missed two months in '12 with a strained hamstring and a month in '13 for a fracture in his left hand.

These injuries are not uncommon for a catcher. But the Phillies went through great pains with another oft injured catcher, Tommy Joseph — acquired in the Hunter Pence trade with the Giants. After several concussions, Joseph's catching career might be over.

Chalk up another one for the City of Brotherly Lame!

Hopefully, Alfaro will recuperate and return good as new next season, and Ron is worrying about nothing.

I hope so.

But considering the city's recent history of trades and injuries you have to wonder...

What if he doesn't?

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