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Shocking: Brandon Lyon may have shoulder problems

Brandon Lyon

Houston Astros relief pitcher Brandon Lyon wipes his face as he leaves the game after a throwing error that gave the Los Angeles Dodgers two runs in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Houston. The Dodgers won 6-3. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Here’s a question: if you’re a pitcher who is struggling, do you actually prefer it if you realize that it may be because of injury? Is the alternative -- you just don’t have it anymore -- even scarier?

I’ll almost certainly forget that question between now and the next time I’m talking to a real pitcher, but I throw it out because the Astros are flying closer Brandon Lyon back to Houston for some tests due to “shoulder weakness.” This in the wake of Lyon’s fourth blown save in eight attempts yesterday and his larger hit-tastic-ness of late.

Here’s hoping nothing is seriously wrong with him. At least I think here’s hoping that. I really can’t say.