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Watch out, Tommy: You're not the only John with a surgery

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Under no circumstance did I ever think I'd be posting two items about Elton John within a week here on the Stew.

Well, at least as long as there weren't any stories of MLB players plowing through a pitcher's mound of cocaine like Mr. Rocket Man was once known to do back in the day.

Of course, I never accounted for the straight outta right field factor that Jonathan Papelbon brings to the table in interviews.


The Sox closer, in his own wacky way, tried to lighten the team's concern over Ortiz's left wrist injury with a postgame pronouncement that he, too, had an injury that required medical attention. The injury, he said, was to his elbow. His left elbow.

"The official diagnosis is 'Elton John surgery,' " Papelbon said. "It's all good, man. Just got to ice it. There's no surgery needed for Elton John. It's just kind of nagging, kind of like Elton John songs."

So there you have it. Expect Papelbon to arrive for his next relief appearance either dressed as Donald Duck, Captain Hook, Francisco Franco or, most likely, whatever the hell you call this.

(By the way, here's the first BLS Elton post.)

A big BLS head nod goes to Surviving Grady for the outfield assist.

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