The newspaper reports of Jose Contreras' injured back and sciatica are generally positive.
"It's just not in his best interests to pitch [Wednesday]. It's only May and as an organization we're looking at the big picture, not the small picture."
From the same radio report, however, I heard Schneider describe Jose's pain on Sunday as excruciating. And the Daily Southtown's Nathaniel Whalen observed him struggling with stairs Tuesday.
(uninteresting media rant below)
Somewhat related, I loved Scott Reifert's righteous indignation regarding how this whole situation was handled by the media.
It amazes me how often this "rule" is ignored now.
Take this report, for example. No one contacted the White Sox to verify any of the information before it was reported. Don't you think someone should have checked? It may ultimately turn out to be correct, Jose could have to go onto the disabled list, but it may also turn out to be incorrect, he may be absolutely fine. Will the reporter and his/her single source be accountable?
As for the radio reports, ESPN1000's Bruce Levine, whose report prompted me to go ahead an make an entry, said that he had spoken directly to Contreras. Now I can't verify if that is true or not, but it was good enough for me. There was smoke, and fire engines & ambulances en route, so I assumed there was fire. Turns out there was.
As for blogs in general, I know I'm not going to call the White Sox to confirm a story. That would be a waste of my time. They're not going to tell me squat. There are plenty of bloggers out there who are trying their darndest to score press credentials in the hopes that more access will lead to more info. But, as Deadspin's Will Leicht points out, that's not the case.
I read the papers, listen to the radio, and scour the internet for info on the White Sox and their opponents. Then I turn around and interpret what I've found and present it to you. Some of what I write is going to be wrong. I acknowledge that. But I present everything here very clearly. Opinions are clearly labeled as such, and I always link to sources from which I've drawn my conclusions.
I know Reifert wasn't attacking me directly, and he probably never reads this blog, but for some reason I felt the need to defend what's left of my honor.