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Kyle Blanks could have surgery. Maybe. Or not. Who knows?

In the grand scheme of things this sort of stuff doesn’t matter, but it makes me laugh all the same. Here’s FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic after talking to Padres’ manager Bud Black yesterday:


Bud Black: LF Kyle Blanks reports only “minimal” improvement in elbow. Surgery hasn’t been discussed.

Here’s Dan Hayes from the North County Times after talking to Blanks today:


Padres OF Kyle Blanks says elbow surgery has been discussed but not yet primary option. Team is going through process of elimination first.

There’s almost certainly not any obfuscation or misdirection afoot here. This is basically a game of telephone or, at the very most, a difference of opinion as to what “discussed” really means.

But it’s interesting and instructive all the same. After all, if you can get two differing on-the-record reports over something as non-controversial as the health of young player, how badly are the furtive little leaks and whispers of radioactive things like trade rumors getting mangled?