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Injury bug becoming contagious

Updated: April 16, 2007, 11:49 AM ET
Every day seems to bring word of yet more injuries, and on Sunday evening, Oakland GM Billy Beane wearily walked up to pitcher Rich Harden. The right-hander had left Sunday's game in the seventh inning with shoulder stiffness, and the Athletics already have about a half-dozen players sidelined and unavailable: Mark Kotsay, Milton Bradley, Esteban Loaiza, Mark Ellis, Travis Buck et al.

"Are you going to be able to make your next start?" Beane asked.

Yes, Harden assured him, and maybe that was the only decent news that any general manager got Sunday, as teams coped with what has been an incredible rash of injuries. At the end of a week in which the Blue Jays lost leadoff hitter Reed Johnson to a herniated disk and slugger Troy Glaus to a bad heel, Toronto absorbed a huge blow, with the news that dominant closer B.J. Ryan has a strained flexor tendon, in the best-case scenario. The worst-case scenario is that Ryan blew out the tendon and will be done for the year. "And if that's the case," J.P. Ricciardi said by phone, "then we'll adjust."

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