I don't know anybody that really even batted an eye when Anthony Rizzo left a number of games ago with a grimace after he swung the bat.
Hey man, this year doesn't count anyway so... he'll be okay.
(He's got a mild back strain, out indefinitely)
And then in game 2 of the Brewer series, Starlin Castro rounds third and... just has to touch the plate.
The catcher isn't even allowed to block the plate any more.
This is nothing.
There was an awkward hitch in the slide part, and then Castro is crawling.
He's in some serious pain.
And after he leaves the game, all I can think about is the Texas Rangers.
This is what their injury report looks like:
Just to save you from counting, that's 15 professional baseball players on the DL.
If you're a Ranger Fan this is such crappy treatment from the Baseball Gods, you're losing your faith.
Awhile back, I was listening to somebody interview somebody about baseball.
The Asker was either really excited about parity or thought it was a joke, I couldn't tell.
But he asked the Askee about parity in baseball, that obviously Selig's vision of anybody can win with any team during any given year was totally happening.
And the Askee said he didn't think it was parity as much as it was injuries.
That there were more injuries to more key guys on more important teams than at any time he could remember.
Honestly, if I could remember the names of the talkers, you'd be more impressed.
But you've noticed it, right?
Now that I have my At Bat app set up to send me messages whenever something important happens in my favorite game, it buzzes numerous times each week letting me know some other guy just went on the DL.
And now I'm going to try and begin to steel myself against the eventual possibility that this kind of thing might happen to the Cubs when they're one of the important teams.
Sorry, I know lots of you are superstitious about talking of such things (I am too).
But there it is.
Like the smell of cat urine on the carpet in the man-cave of my mind, it won't go away.
I also have to think, however, that should the Cubs get struck by the injury bug, they can bring up some 17 year olds and still kung fu the bad guys.
Cubs beat the Brewers 7-1 and talk about Reverse Cubbery, the Brewers were horrible in the field.
Jake Arrieta is awesome, Arismendy Alcantara hits his 8th homair, and the one Baez just missed would have made the score even better.
You're welcome for ANOTHER black eye, Milwaukee.