Cronin possible this weekend

Dave Van Horn said there is a chance Matt Cronin could be available for an inning or so Sunday. That is the earliest he would be available.

That’s good news. Against LSU is Cronnin would have been available it’s very possible the hogs win both Saturday and Sunday and would have gotten the sweep!

As I understand mono, it’s simply a fatigue thing (absent doing something to compromise the spleen; not likely at this point or with baseball). Obviously he is still very weak or we wouldn’t be talking about just an inning no earlier than Sunday. However, I don’t know if this is one of those deals where once he starts to improve he gets stronger quite quickly or if it’s a very gradual process. If it’s the former, he should be in pretty good shape by the time we get to UGA & certainly by tournament time. If it’s the latter, he might not be good for more than 2 innings against UGA or even by the time we get to Hoover.

What worries me is if such a long layoff will make him lose his edge. Can he ever be as effective again this season as he was when he got sick? Right now, I’d just like him to be fully healthy & effective by the regionals where losing can mean elimination.

Your right but I would like to see him be able to get a 1 or 2 out save between now and then!

Van Horn said he’s not weak. It’s just protocol. He’s been throwing and he’s eating good. He had lost some weight, but he got it back. Doctors/trainers say he will be given clearance for Sunday and he will be ready. I’m sure that if it’s a close or tight situation late, he’ll get the ball. If it’s not tight late (one way or the other), then he wouldn’t get the ball.

Hmmm. Okay. I knew there was a concussion protocol. Didn’t know there was one for mono.

I think there is protocol for just about every condition in which a player could further worsen his health.

Here is more on Cronin’s situation this week: … -m-series/

Something that stood out to me today: Van Horn said that Cronin pitched with mono against Mississippi State.

I’m glad they do. Player health & safety is the most important thing. It’s just that I had no idea things had become so sophisticated that they had a protocol for something like mono. Things have come a long way since I was in college. Sometimes I forget that.