When I read reports of Josh Hamilton receiving a cortisone shot in his knee after Friday's game, I typed "Hamilton" and "Coritsone" into Twitter and discovered that our super-contract Left Fielder has a long history with the super-healing substance.
Hambone got got a cortisone shot in his throwing shoulder last season:
Hamilton will stay away from throwing at least til Milwaukee series. Shoulder, which he got cortisone shot on in May, "good enough" to hit.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 28, 2013
Wait... he got one in May but he also got one in August:
#Angels OF got a cortisone injection in sore throwing shoulder last week, aired it out today, should return to field soon.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) September 7, 2013
So that is TWO cortisone shots last year in his throwing shoulder. Oh and fyi, the throwing shoulder is also used by a player as part of the batting process. So two cortisone shots in the throwing shoulder last year and five home uns through July this year. Related? Wait, don't answer that, there is more...
Mark Trumbo back in cleanup spot for #Angels. Hamilton (ankle) had cortisone shot yesterday, out today.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 24, 2013
Okay... so now we have a cortisone injection in May, one in July and one in August. Shoulder, Ankle, Shoulder.
Wait... you forgot JUNE of last year. Where was that one? Survey Says...
Josh Hamilton, who got a cortisone shot in his right wrist Friday, enters in 9th inning as a defensive replacement— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 23, 2013
So last year's Cortisone Shuffle went like this:
May - Shoulder, June - Wrist, July - Ankle, August - Shoulder... and how was YOUR 2013?
You put your shoulder in, ya put your shoulder out, you do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that's what it's all about. WAIT, Don't clap yet... is there such a thing as too many cortisone injections? Why yes there is, and of course, Josh knows his limits. Look back to 2010:
Josh Hamilton had a lubricant injection on his knee because he can only have 1 more cortisone shot this yr & they will save it for Oct— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) September 2, 2010
And then there was the whole saga of HamBone receiving cortisone injections in his ribcage in 2011. I will spare you the tweets, the links and the gory details. At some point will some force in the universe spare us this cyborg chemistry experiment and give us just a man in Left Field who can be justified holding the cleanup spot? Please...