April 24, 2013

Post Op Update & Bad Bullpen vs Good Bullpen

Its 2 weeks post L3 thru L5 laminectomy surgery and I’m feeling and doing remarkably well. 

The tape (steri strips) holding the 4 inch incision together is coming off and the wound is healing very well.   I’ve weaned myself off of the Norco prescription pain medication and am taking only Tylenol once in the AM and at night.   The pain level from the procedure is well in control and now I’ve realized that the intense burning pain and numbness in my right leg, that has all but disappeared, was masking the old workout left hip pain and left side stroke effect numbness.
Obviously the effects of the stroke I survived 6 years ago are irreversible (for now, until more money is raised for research into possible measures to help all of us affected by stroke and other traumatic brain injuries...don't be shy donate STROKE.ORG ) and I’ll continue to be frustrated by the lack of coordination and numbness on my left side, but, for now, I’m thrilled that my mobility has been restored to a state in which I can continue my recovery and life in general.

I’ve been walking over 2 miles per day (about half on treadmill) and hope that after talking with my surgeon later this week that I’ll be allowed back on my stationary bike and to do more while not risking further injury.   

Enough of that “nonsense”, on to the debacle and mastery which I witnessed last night on the baseball fields in Flushing, NY and Washington DC respectively.

 First the Mets saw their number 2 starter knocked out of last night’s game with the Dodgers in the 3rd inning after being hit by a line drive in the leg.  When Niese left, he’d been inconsistent at best but had allowed only a single run while walking 3 and allowing 3 hits.  His replacement, Big Robert Carson turned in an impressive 2-1/3 innings allowing only a single run on a Mark Ellis homer in the fifth inning which tied the game at 2. Carson also showed some baserunning “prowess” by  lumbering around the bases to score on Daniel Murphy’s RBI single in the 3rd inning.  Scott Atchison was called on to relieve Carson in the fifth and worked a solid scoreless inning and 1/3 before Brandon Lyon came on in the 7th to allow the floodgates to open by serving up Mark Ellis’ second homer of the night (a 3 run shot) which put the Dodgers up for good at 5-2.  Josh Edgin followed Lyon on the Mets bullpen merry go round and coughed up 2 more runs before Jenrys Familia finished out the game with a nice scoreless final 1-1/3 while the Mets offense could muster nothing against the Dodgers bullpen after their ace, Clayton Kershaw was pulled after allowing the Mets 2 runs over 5 innings.   

Following that disappointing 7-2 loss the Mets will send the new “savior” Matt Harvey to the hill tonight in game 2 of this series against the Dodgers’ just off the DL, Ted Lilly.

Meanwhile in our nation’s capital, the Cardinals Adam Wainwright was brilliant for 8 and 1/3 innings, as he shut out the Nats on 5 hits while walking his first hitter of 2013 (34-2/3 innings) and striking out 9 before giving way to “new” closing Edward Mujica, who needed only 3 pitches to finish off Wainwright’s 4th straight win for his 3rd save and a Cardinals 2-0 win. 

The Redbirds go for the series sweep this afternoon as they will face the Nats’ ace Stephen Strasburg with Jaime Garcia taking the ball for St. Louis. 


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