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April 19, 2007

Humberto Sanchez Cooked

From the AP -

Another injured Yankees pitcher, right-hander Humberto Sanchez, had elbow ligament-replacement surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.

Cashman said Dr. James Andrews operated Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. While three scans didn't show ligament damage, Cashman said the need for ligament replacement became clear when Andrews operated Wednesday.

Hey, I called it - and I'm no genius. No one on the Yankees should be shocked by this - unless his name is Cashman, I suppose.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 19, 2007 08:26 PM


Err... THREE scans showed no damage, but they operated anyway?

Is this SOP?

Was this Tommy John surgery? If so, HS is out till mid 2008, yes?
However, many pitchers not only comeback from TJ surgery, but are actually stronger, yes?
It's a bad blow, but hopefully not a total loss.

Shef is laughing now.

Posted by: singledd [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 19, 2007 09:28 PM

Why would Cashman be shocked? He knew Sanchez' history and potential for problems. It's called a calculated gamble.

Posted by: RICH [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 19, 2007 09:35 PM

~~~It's called a calculated gamble.~~~

That's some bad math, if true.

When it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it's usually a duck, IMHO.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 19, 2007 09:44 PM

The team getting Sheff was getting an angry, old player with a one-year contract who wanted an extension not to be a pain in the ass. For that, Cashman got three good pitchers. The Tigers were only willing to give up Sanchez because of his injury history. Cashman took the risk -- not exactly a big risk, considering they didn't want Sheff -- and it may or may not work out. This much is true, though: rarely, if ever, do injury-prone players STOP being injury-prone. It's sad but true.

If it helps anyone sleep at night, the other two pitchers in the deal are pitching well, and Whelan is looking like someone who could help the team next year.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 19, 2007 11:47 PM

I think there are two ways to look at this.

1. Cashman gambled and lost on a pitcher with high upside, but big health risks. Sheffield would have helped us more than what we got back.

2. Sanchez is still as talented as he was before this situation, and he will likely come back to pitch well in some capacity.

Both are true, in my opinion. The whispering had been that the Bombers wanted to turn Sanchez into a reliever, a possible successor to Mariano. Without the injury situation, there was still hemming and hawing about whether he could be a starter. Now, it looks more and more like there will be a strong line of thinking that pursues the reliever role. The resistance that was there initially will be gone, and maybe we actually get something super valuable after all.

Only time will tell, but it's a minus that could still turn into a plus.

Posted by: Mike Plugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 19, 2007 11:54 PM

The thing is, there was no room for Sheff on this team. They tried him at first, but that was about as good as putting Piazza there. DH? Giambi was blocking that. And though Abreu doesn't have the vicious swing, he's a damn fine hitter in his own right. Trade Sheff for three pitchers, one with a potential elbow blow out, and hope for the best. I certainly wasn't counting on Sanchez to do anything for the Yankees this year anyway.

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2007 08:37 AM

Shef is laughing now.

He is is he? Well then, let's all have a chuckle: .132/.304/.208. That's Mr. Cranky's line so far.

As for Sanchez's future... let's look at the guys who have had TJ surgery and survived:

Smoltz, Rivera, Gagne, Gordon, Chris Carpenter, Billy Wagner, David Wells, Lieber, Erik Bedard, Paul Byrd, Chris Capuano, Rafael Soriano... and the list goes on.

Sanchez is likely to come back in some capacity in 2008 - probably as a power arm in the 'pen. There are worse hauls for an aging, angry redundancy.

Posted by: SMinDC [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 20, 2007 09:57 AM