GUEST COMMENTARY BY: Adam Rygg
As first posted at 2:04pm CDT, the news we all had expected was coming finally came.
James Jerry Hardy will undergo season-ending surgery on his troublesome right ankle. The procedure is called a "retinacular repair". It will stablize the tendon that keeps snapping in and out of place, a condition that Hardy developed after severly spraining his right ankle while being blocked from home plate by Phillies backup catcher, Sal Fasano.
It was a clean, if rough and ultimately unfortunate, play. Good, hard, clean baseball sometimes results in injury. Hopefully Hardy will bounce back better than ever. His recovery time is supposedly 3-4 months. This is his second major injury in the last 3 years though.
Want some encouragment? Hall of Famer Gary Carter had this surgery twice, and his career turned out pretty well. Curt Schilling also had this ailment ("Bloody Sock" game, anybody?) and had surgery after the season. 2005 wasn’t much of a year for Schilling, but 2006 has been MUCH better. Besides, Hardy won’t exactly be driving off of a pitcher’s mound 100 times a game.
Time will tell on this one.