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Yankees make a medical move

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 11, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Post reported today that long-time (as in 21 years) team physical Stuart Hershon is stepping down and will be replaced by Dr. Chris Ahmad.

How teams manage injuries and work to prevent them is an aspect of the game that has improved greatly over the last few years and will continue. The Yankees have stumbled a few times (remember Marty Miller?) but this move seems like a sound one.

Dr. Ahmad is associated with the famed Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in California and is now with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He’s a shoulder and elbow expert and has done innovative work on knees. Obviously this is a top-notch guy and it’ll be interesting to see if the Yankees change how they’ve done things in the past.

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Mark Teixeira was at Georgia Tech today to drop a cool $500,000 on the baseball program and commented on A-Rod.

“I’ve been around long enough to not really be shocked by anything,” he said. “This is a sport that’s had some troubles, there’s no doubt. I’m not going to judge anybody. I’ve never touched steroids or any of those kinds of things — it’s something I feel very strongly about — but at the same time I’ve made mistakes, I’m not perfect, no one’s perfect.”

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One of the keys to spring training is a decent car. Along with driving back and forth to Big Stein Field every day, we have some fairly lengthy road trips.

I rented out of National and dropped $20 on the guy in the parking lot to get a nice ride that had satellite radio and an aux jack for my iPod. Terrestrial radio doesn’t cut it down here and I didn’t want to haul down a bunch of CDs.

It’s good having E Street Radio (all Bruce, all the time) and the POTUS channel for politics. ESPN has a few stations as well.

I stumbled across Chris Russo’s station this afternoon. He is just brutal without Mike Francesa. It’s like his old Saturday-morning WFAN show, only louder and more nonsensical. It was hard to get through five minutes.

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