As if the stinker fest last night wasn’t enough, we found out post-game that Corey was pulled because of PF (come on, you have to abbreviate two words you can’t spell). The team says its mild, but I am curious when it started? Last week? It would explain a lot about his current struggles.
As it probably won’t surprise you, I had a serious case of PF 15 years ago (like Mr. Burns in one of the classic episodes of The Simpsons, Burns runs off every malady possible and he gets a yes to all, including hysterical pregnancy, to which the doctor responds, “A little bit, yes” – that is my story). I injured it in a weird way (jumping off a 4 foot stage and landing flat). Didn’t think anything of it. That was until I could not get my foot to stop feeling awful.
I went from physical therapy to walking boot to being totally off it for a month. It simply doesn’t get better (a lot like a broken bone in your foot, you are constantly stressing the parts of your foot, so the only thing you can do – be off of it for a long time). The rest helped but eventually I just learned to deal with it (and ran heavy mileage with it). It still hurts. It is hard to put your weight on that foot because the FP carries so much of the stress on your foot. I have passed 529 kidney stones (true fact, living Colorado patient with the most…my one claim to fame), and I can tell you that trying to run with FP made me nearly cry and have to just stop when running and hobble home to a walking cast. It hurts that bad.
I am honestly worried about CD. We all know that if there is to be a Rockies Renaissance, whether its 2015, 2016 or…. That Corey and Nolan are likely to be at the heart of that renewal. This is one of those weird injuries that can linger, effect performance, or even shorten a career.
Good news, some of the guys to suffer FP and still do okay:
Albert Puljols (2013)
Clayton Kershaw (2012)
The more “mild” the condition, the quicker and fuller the recovery. When I had mine they said that surgery is an option, but a very bad and last option. I would not be surprised if we see CD hit the DL, put on the walking cast, and just rest for 10 days. If not, this could be something that keeps Corey from being Corey all year long.