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November 11, 2006

Humberto Sanchez' Elbow

From the Daily News -

The Yankees consider Humberto Sanchez, who went to South Bronx High School, the jewel of the three pitchers they got from Detroit in exchange for Gary Sheffield yesterday.

Sanchez is a 6-6, 230-pound righty who can reach 96 mph on the radar gun, but mostly throws his fastball between 90-94 mph. Yankee GM Brian Cashman said Sanchez, 23, also has "an average changeup right now, but it could be above average, and he has a power curveball."

Sanchez had an identical 5-3 record as a starter for both the Tigers' Triple-A team and their Double-A team, and had a combined ERA of 2.63. He struck out 129 batters in 123 innings and held opposing hitters to a .220 average. He's had elbow problems in the past, but the Yanks believe he's healthy.

Cashman said he'll likely begin next season at Triple-A Scranton, and the Yanks "hope he takes a big step forward. He's got a lot of ability."

He's had elbow problems in the past, but the Yanks believe he's healthy.

Yeah, because those things always go away on their own without the need for some sort of surgery, etc.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 11, 2006 09:16 AM

Comments

There was no structural damage...hense the reason to believe it would go away without surgery.

Remember, Wang had intense shoulder pain in 2005, and was put on the DL with the expectation he would need rotator cuff surgery. He came back THAT season with only therapy and not surgery and has been fine since.

Sometimes, rest is all you need.

Posted by: Jeteupthemiddle [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2006 11:24 AM

Zzzzz... prospects get injured... Zzzzz... never trust youth... Zzzzz... we need old veterans... Zzzz... no prospect has ever made it to the big-league level and helped his team win...

Ha, ha. Did a prospect kill your puppy or something?

(And what you left out of that article is that Sanchez's DOCTOR said he would be fine without surgery.)

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2006 12:49 PM

Yikes! Shoot him and put him out of his misery, poor guy.

Didn't MO have elbow tenderness this past season?

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2006 02:02 PM

Guys, Sanchez has been on the disabled list eight times in the last 5 seasons. "Humberto" must be Spanish for "Glass Carl."

The guy is brittle - not something you want in a youngster.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2006 04:44 PM

Steve -

Could you please post the link of the article(s) from which you got the information regarding Sanchez's DL stints. I have seen a lot about his stuff but not so much about that. Thanks.

Posted by: Wade_Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2006 08:03 PM

from what I've read, Sanchez did have problems with his elbow early in his career, keeping him out for a while. But his 2nd prolonged DL stint was due to a freak accident - he slipped in the clubhouse shower and hurt his knee (2004 i believe). they were concerned about his elbow again before this year, but he did manage to throw 123 ip.

Posted by: Travis G. [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2006 09:14 PM

~~~Could you please post the link of the article(s) from which you got the information regarding Sanchez's DL stints. I have seen a lot about his stuff but not so much about that. Thanks.~~~

See:

http://www.lohud.com/blogs/2006/11/look-at-kids-yankees-traded-for.html

"Sanchez has been on the disabled list an alarming eight times since 2002 and had elbow problems this season."

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 11, 2006 11:04 PM

I was just reading this and Steve mentioned Sanchez has been in the DL 8 time since 2002. The guy was picked as a draft and followed because he had surgery on his arm while he was in H.S. The guy is just prone to injuries. He has good stuff but the guy is not reliable to last long.

Posted by: randy [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 24, 2007 04:29 PM