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The 60-Day DL crew

I actually tried to write this question to Gordon Edes but I guess it wasn't "mailbag" worthy.

With Matt Clement throwing a simulated game yesterday, I was thinking about the rehab process for people like Clement and Brenden Donnelly, who both had Tommy John surgery. It usually takes about one and a half years to fully recover from that. Some people come back earlier, but usually they come back without their full arsenal.

Clement has been working out all year in Florida in hopes of coming back. He's under contract with the Sox so they have an obligation to handle his rehab and pay for it. On the other hand, Donnelly signed a one year deal prior to this year with the Sox. He just had the surgery. He's 35 years old, but given that he didn't enter the majors until he was 30, fought so hard to get to the majors, and has been very productive in his 6 years in the majors, it seems that he'd want to pitch again. To do that, he'll have to do extensive rehab this winter and through next season. He'd probably have to wait until spring of 2009 to try to make a team (at 37 years old). Here's my question: who runs and pays for his rehab? If he has to pay his own way on this because he's not under contract with anyone, he'll probably just have to retire. As a reliever, it's not like he's been making $10 million every year. So, maybe this is just food for thought, or maybe someone out there knows the answer, or maybe no one cares. If so, why do you hate Brenden Donnelly. That's not nice.

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