I know there are varying opinions around the Nation as to how good Nick Masset is/was, but the recent retirement of Brandon Webb got me thinking about shoulder injuries, and thinking about shoulder injuries seemed like a great reason to write a quick post instead of grading essays.
Shoulder injuries have become the new elbow injuries. That is, they are very often career death. Nick Masset has not been healthy in over a year. He’s not going to be ready to start the season. This is all starting to sound familiar.
I could be wrong about this, of course, but I don’t think we should consider Nick Masset to be a viable option any more. He’ll probably pitch in the majors again, but I doubt he’ll pitch very much or very well. I hope he proves me wrong, because I’ve been a bit of a Masset fan, but I think he’s done. Shoulder injuries like he`s had seem to be more likely to end a career than to be a mere bump in the road.
What do you all think?
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.