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In Cleveland, hope dies last

That Didn’t Take Long

It only took a few weeks, but the injury bug finally caught Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana, who is scheduled to have knee surgery today at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Carlos is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of the 2011 championship season,” head trainer Lonnie Soloff said in published reports.

Let’s overlook the championship season phrasing for a minute and focus on the recovery time, which Soloff put at four to six months, which puts Santana up against the start of spring training. If he’s not ready for the start of spring training, that probably means he won’t be ready for the start of the regular season.

Here’s the best part from Sheldon Ocker’s story in the Beacon:

”This [injury] is rare in baseball, and it could have been much worse,” Soloff said in the article. ”But any time a catcher has surgery on his knee, it’s considered serious.”

Of course it is. Cleveland’s sports teams just can’t have normal injuries; they have to be rare injuries.

So begins another day in Cleveland sports paradise.

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