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Wakeup Call: Well, did you enjoy THAT?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> Nothing like writing a column asking a fan base to enjoy a pennant race the morning before they get blown out and lose one of their best players.

Yeah, enjoy!

Look, as I wrote in that column, it’s tough. I get that. It might get even tougher in the days and weeks ahead, and almost surely will if the pitching doesn’t rediscover some traction soon. But the point of the piece — which apparently eluded a few — was that what’s happening, the situation that’s currently at hand, is still a major upgrade not only over last year but also above all reasonable expectations.

As I also wrote, I see it as cause for disappointment, not devastation. That’s not imposing my view on anyone else. Feel how you want. Just sharing mine.

>> There was no immediate  word from the Pirates about Neil Walker and his dislocated finger yet, and you shouldn’t expect it until today. Standard practice for the team with hand injuries is that the player is seen by Dr. Mark Baratz, their hand specialist at AGH, before any firm timetable emerges.

One recent precedent suggests Walker shouldn’t miss much. Jack Wilson, now with the Braves, dislocated a pinky finger July 14 and began a rehab assignment July 23. In theory, he could have been back with Atlanta in two weeks. But he had a setback in aggravating the injury.

An MRI will show if Walker’s injury is different or if it involves ligaments. The latter would complicate things.

>> Moneyballers — the genuine articles that approach topics with real objectivity as opposed to groupthink — will appreciate Joe Starkey’s column today. It’s on … football.

>> It would appear, with all the attention the Steelers are giving Chris Rainey and Jonathan Dwyer, we might all have wasted a lot of energy in weighing the merits of Isaac Redman as the “feature back” in Rashard Mendenhall’s absence. Have to wonder how many touches he’ll get a game.

Especially now that Redman is a little banged up.

>> It’s now Day 2 since Donald Fehr was OK with a salary cap. Still processing.

>> Here’s the thing: Fehr was never the problem in baseball. This proves it. It was always, always, always the owners’ lack of will and resolve, a trait that remains in place today. The NHL owners would never give up the cap. Fehr knows it. So you move on to the next item on the agenda.

>> We will resume — finally — our weekly chat today at noon.

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