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Why Aren't They Screaming?

Or do they fancy there's really been no change,
And they've always behaved as if they were crippled or tight,
Or sat through days of thin continuous dreaming
Watching the light move? If they don't (and they can't), it's strange;
Why aren't they screaming?

-Philip Larkin, "The Old Fools"

So why aren't we screaming? Watching this team break its own futility records with each new Fall, repeated demands for public monies and mysterious defections from once prized prospects; why aren't we screaming?

Today's news: despite protestations to the contrary from everyone from Will Carroll to Buddy Bell, Runelvys Hernandez's inability to be non-fat has in fact sent him to the DL, which at least postpones the ineffectiveness.

Struggling starter Runelvys Hernandez has been dropped from the No. 2 slot. He also was placed on the 15-day disabled list for lack of stamina.

"Runelvys is the fifth guy," manager Buddy Bell said Monday.

That means Joe Mays, Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista are moving up one spot behind Opening Day starter Scott Elarton.

For those of you who enjoy dramatic restatement, thats a Rotation of 1) Elarton 2) Mays 3) Affeldt 4) Bautista 5) Runelyvs (at some point). Damn, Joe Mays never looked so good.

Why don't we just resign D.A.R.Y.L. May at this point? Or would that violate the sanctity of the May-Tankersley Challenge Trade of last spring? It is so hard to keep the baseball ethics straight in matters like these.

And since we're on the subject, can we change the official Greinke explanation from "personal matters" to "meltdown'? Would this hurt anyone? Personally, I hate evocations of "personal" matters. Either lie to me, tell me the full truth, or just don't explain it at all. I loathe the, "well, heres the deal, its 'personal', can't really say much about it" implicit message in that line of excuse. Its like a 4-year old keeping secrets or something. If its so damned personal, then keep it to yourself and say you have the Flu.

Finally, Benji Gil has been sent to Omaha. What? Can't he at least stick around as a pitcher? He's gotta at least have some good Will Clark stories.