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No structural damage in Paul Goldschmidt’s elbow

And, breathe...

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No Paul Goldschmidt in the line-up tonight at Dodger Stadium, but that seems simply to have been because he didn’t get to the park in time. He arrived there just about 3:50 pm, and reported that the MRI he had back in Phoenix showed no structural damage, just some inflammation in the joint. He’s available to play off the bench tonight, and expects to be back in the line-up tomorrow.

It appears to have been something of an issue for Goldschmidt for a while. But with the lead in the National League wild-card now a more comfortable one than it was before the series in Colorado, I think it’s a case of the team taking an opportunity to have it looked at now. From what Goldschmidt said, it wasn’t even an issue when he was playing, and was just a little stiff when he woke up in the morning.

We may see him getting a bit more rest over the last few weeks of the season, but it does not appear there’s any reason for significant concern. Goldschmidt is hitting .306/.405/.694 over the past 14 days, so it does not appear there has been any impact on his level of production. Though I did have to Google Michael’s cryptic Tweet on the topic:

Turns out Tom Brady of the Patriots (whom I believe are a franchise in the somewhat popular pastime called “American football”. Not sure what THAT’s all about...) avoids them. According to his chef, “Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I’m very cautious about tomatoes. They cause inflammation.” No word on whether beef jerky has any impact.