Mariners 3B Adrian Beltre must love playing on a last place team. Beltre, who has a torn ligament in his thumb, is contemplating whether to cut his season short and have surgery now or play out the rest of the season. My question to Adrian is this: what's the point of continuing to play this season? Your team has already been eliminated and you could potentially do more damage to the thumb by playing through it. Don't you want to be ready for 2009? That's when the Mariners could actually have a shot to contend and not too mention, you sir are a free agent at the end of 2009. So please Mr. Beltre, you have already hit for a cycle, shut it down.
On the other hand, White Sox 1B Paul Konerko suffered what looked like a horrific knee injury, but turned out to be simply a sprained MCL. Konerko's White Sox are currently in a dog fight for the AL Central crown and have already lost Carlos Quentin and Joe Crede for (presumably) the season. So basically, the White Sox need Konerko back. They need Konerko to be the force in the middle of the order that he has been so far in September (.359 BA with 3 HR). However, are the White Sox a better team with Konerko at 50%? IS it worth it for him to rush back if he is not ready? To me, they need him; maybe not to play everyday, but the White Sox depth has been somewhat depleted by the injuries and whether he is at 80% or 8%, Konerko is still a force at the dish. Get back real soon Paul, please.