An interesting article in Sunday's Inquirer by Jim Salisbury talks of how a current Phillie, who remains nameless, used speed everyday:
"Speed," said the current Phillie, who asked not to be named, for
fear of tarnishing his reputation. "It's bad for your cardio. It's
unhealthy. But I did it."
He did it every day for the last few seasons, and so, he estimated, did half the position players in the big leagues.
For decades, Major League Baseball, like other sports, turned a
blind eye to illegal amphetamine use. Greenies were as much a part of
the game as pine tar, rosin, and the 162-game grind.
With stricter steroid testing in the MLB, the rampant use of speed has declined. I'd like to try and figure out who the player talked about in the Inqy actually is. The article mentions that the player had used speed everyday for several years so it is likely a veteran player. I'm also assuming from the article it is a position player. Players fitting that criteria: Bell, Lieberthal, Burrell, Abreu, JRoll, Fasano, Gonzalez, Tomas, Rowand. From the well articulated quotes in English in the article along with the fact that his play is rather nonchalant, I think you can cross off Abreu. David Bell grew up around major league baseball, so he could be a likely candidate.
Anyone have any insight on the matter?
CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.
Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.
Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.
Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.
Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica.
The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.
The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks.
This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.