There's an amazing audio link in Hoynes' Insider notes (linked above) where Victor talks about his injury, how it developed, and when it became too much. Interestingly (shockingly?), the title of the article is, "Wedge enduring injury onslaught". Sigh. I came away from listening to it with two main thoughts: one, that Victor is a remarkable leader and athlete, and two, that Hoynes didn't bother to take the time to really identify and share with his audience some gems provided by Victor. (NB: There are multiple reporters asking questions.) ________________ Here are some of the quotes that I thought were meaningful: Reporter: How much has that [elbow] affected your swing? Victor: I don't think I have to answer that question. You can just see the numbers and you'll see. I was having a hard time getting extension and any time I get up there it really gets me. Every time. It was no fun. It was no fun to play like that. (Not said in any confrontational manner, at all.) ------- Victor: I had a shot 4 or 5 weeks ago. It helped with swelling, but sharp pain [was] still there. ------ Victor: This year we've been tested a lot. And we'll see. There's a lot of season left. Hopefully I can come back ... Pronk is almost there ... We have the talent and hunger to play this game. (Here, a reporter inexplicably cuts him off, just as Vic was gaining steam!) I'm going to do my best! (Voice rising) ------ Reporter: You haven't had a lot of fun this year, have you? (re: hamstring, elbow) Victor: Man, I was having a tough time, but like I say, I just love this game and want to be on the field. I just want to be on the field until something happens and I can't really play. ------ Victor: If I was healthy he might not have thrown that pitch - I mean, he threw me a fastball right down the middle ... Reporter: Did it happen a lot that you'd see pitches you could really hit if you were healthy? Victor: Yeah, sure. Even with the hamstring if I put something in my swing ... ----- Victor (On Shoppach): Yeah, he'll be OK! That's why he's in the big leagues! Hahaha ... ----- Reporter: Will you be in the clubhouse? Victor: Sure. You know, whatever I can do to just help my team ... I'll be here. ____________________________________ Victor is an amazing guy. He comes off truly thoughtful, insightful, and passionate - and all in his second language. Last thought - though not the main one of this fanshot - I think we see here why the Indians do not disclose excessive injury information to the press, as Victor was already worried that pitchers were pitching to him aware that his swing was not sound.