Jason Giambi injury outed
The New York Daily News is reporting that Giambi’s been afflicted with a pituitary tumor.
I post this because it touches on something we’ve talked about here and in comments, specifically relating to Michael Morse, his suspension, and the team’s unwillingness to talk about it. This isn’t at all the same issue, but I want to point out that Giambi had entirely valid reasons for not disclosing his condition:
The reason for his secrecy was simple, a source said: After testifying before a grand jury in the BALCO steroid-trafficking case and having to deny repeated rumors about steroid use, Giambi was worried that a pituitary tumor would make him guilty by association, according to a source.
Plus, his treatment course includes corticosteroids, and let’s be entirely honest — there are a lot of people who aren’t going to draw the fine distinction here between corticosteroids and the steroids they’ve already figured he was taking (in fact, how long before someone floats that this whole thing is a coverup for his steroid use, an excuse to get him a valid reason to test positive?) because of his BALCO connection.
It leaked anyway and, as one commenter’s suggested, it’s likely that Morse’s suspension may leak eventually as well. I just wanted to point out that in the context of medical issues, players and teams can have very good reasons to keep injuries or suspensions quiet.
Part of the problem is that I don’t know what Morse’s suspension was for, and I don’t want to know if I’m sworn to not discuss it in order to be let in on the secret. Without knowing, we don’t know if it’s something we should know:
If he’s suspended for some Eric Cyr-like incident, well, I think maybe fans have a reasonable expectation to know a player’s up on rape charges.
If he’s suspended for a positive drug test because he’s fighting addiction problems and is in treatment, and wants to keep that quiet, I think that’s fine.
You see the dilemma. If I’d known the nature of Giambi ‘s tumor, I wouldn’t have run it, for instance.