"So we wait, and the possibilities simmer."
I think that "grow slimmer" may be a more appropriate choice of words.
Stoner spoke to the need for a professional rider to adapt their style to the bike. Priority number one is beating your teammate. Expecting Yamaha to develop their bike for Spies' rather than Lorenzo without first showing that he could regularly beat him is a ridiculous request.
Obviously his shoulder is an issue, but I cannot get over the impression that it is actually Spies' heart that hasn't been in it for quite some time. It almost seems that his passion for the motorized version of 2 wheelers has gone. I think that both he and Houseworth may very well be unemployed soon.