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Did The Indians' Medical Staff Miss Something About Borowski's Injury?

Hello everyone,

I was reading in the Plain Dealer on Sunday (the article was called "Still Looking For Work" by Paul Hoynes on Page C6) about how Borowski was auditioning for several teams (10 was implied) and threw for Boston and Detroit in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday.   You can also see the online version of that article here.

Borowski claims that his arm feels "attached to his body again" and that his stuff seems to be crisper after Brett Fischer's Sports Therapy massaged and loosened up a knot under his right lat muscle. 

My question is:  Should the Indians' medical staff have figured this out and tried to loosen or dissolve that knot under his right lat muscle? 

It sounds like Borowski told everything that was going on with him to Fischer's, something perhaps he didn't do with the Indians' medical staff, but even so, shouldn't the Indians' medical staff have examined that area and perhaps figured out that that knot may have had something to do with the sudden decline in his stuff from 2007 to 2008?  After all, lat muscles are pretty important to all pitchers, so I'd think that they would have examined his lat muscles - how then did they not discover the knot and at least try to dissolve it or loosen it up?

I'm not trying to blame the Indians' medical staff, but for the many accolades they have received about their medical care and keeping the Indians healthy throughout most of the past seasons, I would have thought they would have discovered this and tried to dissolve or loosen it and see if that might have helped Borowski pitch better before releasing him. 

Even if the season had still been lost with Borowski bouncing back, at the very least, we might have been able to pick up another promising prospect if Borowski had pitched more like he did in 2007.  It's likely someone would have been interested in him, being that most contenders' bullpens have issues (including the Red Sox's, Yankees', Rays', Brewers', Cubs', Cardinals', White Sox's, Twins', etc. - everyone virtually except for maybe the Angels' bullpen), so the possibility of gaining another worthwhile prospect was probably at least decent, provided Borowski's stuff rebounded and he had decent control like he did in 2007, which may have been possible if the Indians' medical staff had discovered and loosened that knot and the Indians allowed Borowski to pitch after that before releasing him.

Just a question to consider and my 2 cents.

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