Seemingly no one is safe on the Tampa Bay Rays these days. Kevin Cash is the latest member of the organization to fall victim to the injury bug.
In theory, being the manager of a baseball team may be one of the safest jobs on the diamond. They amble out of the dugout during a break in the action, slowly make their way either to the pitcher or the umpire, and head back to the dugout. Only when there is some sort of bench clearing altercation are they really in any sort of danger of actual movement, and even those instances are few and far between.
Yes, being a manager is a safe occupation for one physically, unless they happen to be Kevin Cash and the Tampa Bay Rays. Cash has become the latest member of the organization to fall prey to the injury bug, as he fractured his ankle while out for a run on Sunday morning. The injury was not severe enough to keep him off the bench, as he was there for the Rays 7-1 loss to the Orioles.
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The fact that Cash was able to manage on Sunday means that he won’t require any rehab outings. There will not be any extended Spring Training for Cash, or simulated games where he makes decisions based on game situations. Cash will not be heading to Charlotte or Hudson Valley to manage a couple of games to get back into game shape. And, alas, Jared Sandberg will not promoted to the major league roster to take his place.
In all seriousness, Cash was lucky that his injury was not any worse. He was distracted while jogging along the streets of Baltimore, and rolled his ankle on some railroad tracks. Given the typically uneven nature of the railroad ties, the injury could have been a lot worse than what may be a minor fracture.
Kevin Cash may not be able to do any jogging for a while, but he will still be on the Tampa Bay Rays bench. Fortunately, his injury was not any more severe.