- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TAKE YOUR PICK WHO’S MORE LIKELY TO PLAY IN THE NFL THIS SEASON?

MichaelVick - He will almost definitely have a chance to play since commissioner Roger Goodell will let him apply for full reinstatement in Week 6. Vick has a chance to work his way into shape if a team picks him up during the preseason. Some team might want to take a flier on him to run the Wildcat offense.

PlaxicoBurress - Burress was indicted on three weapons charges Monday. There’s no guarantee he’ll go to jail, and if he is found not guilty Goodell doesn’t have much reason to suspend him. It’s easier to integrate a new receiver during the season, and more teams need a physical pass-catcher like Burress - the Jets and Ravens come to mind.

Our take - If Burress avoids jail time, he’s the choice. But prosecutors seem determined to make an example out of him. A trial wouldn’t take place until after the season, but Goodell probably would suspend Burress if he pleads before then. Some team is bound to take a risk on Vick, but there’s the possibility he doesn’t get reinstated. Neither option looks promising, but Vick appears to be the safer pick.

TWT FIVE PITCHERS WHOM MANAGER DUSTY BAKER BURNED OUT

1. Edinson Volquez - Volquez had Tommy John surgery Monday and could miss 12 months. In a five-start stretch last season, he topped 110 pitches in each outing.

2. Kerry Wood - Wood had a history of arm issues - he missed the entire 1999 season - but Baker had him pitch 238 1/3 innings in 2003 (including the playoffs). He won a career-best 14 regular-season games but landed on the DL each of the next four years.

3. Mark Prior - Baker’s other workhorse on the 2003 Cubs, he threw at least 115 pitches more often than not. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since going 1-6 in 2006.

4. Shawn Estes - He made 33 starts and threw more than 200 innings in 1997, his first full major league season. It was Estes’ best year, but he spent six weeks on the DL and never had an ERA below 4.00 again.

5. Bill Swift - The 31-year-old was the Giants’ ace in 1993, Baker’s first season as a manager. In his first year as a full-time starter, he threw 232 2/3 innings - almost 60 more than his previous high.

HE SAID WHAT?

“I don’t appreciate the disrespect, because I’ve been playing hurt for a guy who won’t respect you. I don’t deserve it.” - Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora,who has started once in Baltimore’s past five games

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