Is Borowski hurt or just bad? Here's what the AP article has to say:
On his walk from the bullpen to the mound, Joe Borowski already knew he was in serious trouble. With Cleveland clinging to a one-run lead, the maligned closer was about to face the Boston Red Sox without his best stuff.
Yeah, he only had a one-run lead, his fastball isn't fast enough, his curveball is flat and he's probably tipping his pitches. But something else was on his mind.
"It was like I went out there with an unloaded gun," he said.
He says the same thing in the bedroom. ZING!
No, really though, he does that pretty much every night of his career. His ERA hasn't been below 3.75 since 2003, he's highly susceptible to the long ball and he averages less than a strikeout per inning. But yeah, unloaded gun.
Elsewhere, if you get hurt you go to the doctor. If you want to learn, you go to school. If you leave an 83-MPH breaking ball over the plate to a future Hall of Famer, he's going to hit it 800 feet. If the team doesn't want you messing up in clutch situations, they put you in the one place where you can't possibly fuck up: the disabled list.
If he has strained triceps, we have Carpal Tunnel from typing this post. He went out, did his job badly, and now the team is telling him to rest because if he pitches again the entire city of Cleveland might burn down.
He had been puzzled by a significant loss in his velocity before being examined by doctors, who recommended he stop pitching for a while.
Naturally, an anti-Borowski blog has popped up which will pretty much make Borowski never want to pitch again. Then again, maybe a strained triceps will require six surgeries and years of rehab. And if his arm is simply tired, well, that might be an obstacle he'll never be able to overcome.