The Tomahawk Review: The Luck of the Not-So-Irish

Zach ElsterContributor IApril 19, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 12: Infielder Yunel Escobar #19 of the Atlanta Braves watches batting practice before play against the Washington Nationals April 12, 2009 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

You'd think that with a name like "Eric O'Flaherty" in the bullpen, the Atlanta Braves might catch a little of the luck they've been missing over the last few years.

Unfortunately for Atlanta fans, this hasn't been the case so far in 2009.

The injury bug that plagued the Braves so terribly last year seems to still be creeping around the clubhouse once more.

This week, young starting shortstop Yunel Escobar strained his abdominal muscle while doing his ritualistic jump in the on-deck circle.

Before each at-bat, Escobar leaps as high as he can and lifts his knees up to his chest. Which leaves one to wonder, how did he hurt himself on this particular occasion?

Also, the fragile Chipper Jones continues to suffer from a thumb injury that hasn't had a chance to fully heal. This he sustained during Spring Training.

In addition, catcher and most consistent offensive contributor Brian McCann has been fighting blurry vision in his left eye. He had Lasik surgery on it in 2007 and has tried contacts and eye drops to alleviate the issue, but he hasn't yet found a solution.

On the other side of the ball, 2008 stand-out Jorge Campillo went to the DL with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. Meanwhile, future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine is yet to pitch this year, as he's still feeling the effects of his surgery last August.

If the Braves can't field a healthy 25 guys, their chance of returning to greatness seems slim. In a very tough division, possibly the toughest in baseball, the Braves will need their best nine guys out there every day to make a run at the Playoffs.

Maybe Mr. O'Flaherty can find some four-leaf clovers to help out this ailing ballclub.