Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Conteras Update

The White Sox, as an organization, still haven't made an official report about Jose Contreras, and the Associated Press hasn't recorded anything. According to Cheat, from South Side Sox, Contreras is having trouble with his sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body; it runs from each side of the lower spine through deep in the rear and back of the thigh, and all the way down to foot, connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles. Sciatica pain can result when the nerve roots in the lower spine are irritated or compressed.

According to a comment on Cheat's site, problems with the sciatic nerve aren't too terrible...
"...had it for years. Even while pitching in college. Remedies include stretching, soft-tissue massage (with no happy finish), chiro...or worse come to worse, epidural injections. No biggie for a MLB player. The pain's more irritating than restrictive. The side of your leg numbs up, your lower back tightens, but very treatable."

But I'm still worried, because a cause of the pain in the sciatic nerve can often be caused by a herniated disc and that could be a serious injury. I believe a bulging disc has contributed to the Hermanson's troubles, and like I said before, the last thing we need/want is another Hermanson situation.

6 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

So when will he be back? I continue to hear he will make his return during the Cubs series. No?

5/09/2006 5:40 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

That's what I've heard as well. I heard that he'll miss this start, but he should be back in time to take down the Cubbies.

I'm not going to confirm that yet, until the White Sox release a report, because if it is a herniated disc, they may put him on the shelf a little longer so that he's good for the long haul.

5/09/2006 5:41 PM  
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5/09/2006 5:41 PM  
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