Report: Luis Torrens Could Miss 2015 Season With A Shoulder Injury

I was going to wait until the severity of the injury was confirmed to write this, but after sleeping on it I realized I don’t expect the news to be good today anyway so why bother waiting on it?  If the news was better, the Yankees probably wouldn’t be waiting to make a formal announcement.

The bad news, via Chad Jennings, is that A-ball catching prospect Luis Torrens has suffered another injury to his right shoulder.  The Yankees are in the “still gathering info” stage of dealing with the injury, so there’s a chance it isn’t season-ending, but there were plenty of rumors out there yesterday saying it was.  That Billy Eppler is involved already and was the one talking to Jennings suggests that it’s pretty serious.

Torrens missed a few months this past season after suffering a shoulder strain very early in the Low-A season.  When he returned from the DL he was sent to SS Staten Island, where he hit .270/.327/.405 in 202 PA and continued to impress everybody with his natural hitting skills and how quickly he took to full-time catching.  …

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Wednesday Morning Food For Thought: Don’t Forget About Andrew Bailey

Bailey ST 2015

Joe’s already got his eye on him. Courtesy of the Yanks’ PR handle

I name dropped him in the ST roster battles post yesterday morning, but I think Andrew Bailey deserves a little more digital ink based on the news that came out yesterday.  Via Chad Jennings, Bailey threw a bullpen yesterday afternoon.  Like Ivan Nova, he’s been back throwing bullpens for a while now and he spoke like a player who felt he was almost back to normal game shape:

“I came in and spent the offseason training, working as I would if I played last year. The doctor gave me 18, 24 months (to be healthy after surgery), and we’re in that 18th, 19th month. Everyone around here, training staff, coaches and strength and conditioning have all kind of (treated it as if) I’m a normal guy with some needs. Hopefully we get rid of those needs. Everything feels great. I’m with the team and doing everything as I would normally, and if I need a little extra work here or there, that’s fine too.

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Issues With The Incumbents: Elbows, And Shoulders, And Knees, Oh My!

Beltran Over Wall Tampa

Look out, Carlos!!

I know I said nobody wanted or needed to read about all the injury risks with this year’s team again, but it wouldn’t be right to do a series of posts on the biggest issues with the returning players and not mention it.  As it stands right now, almost every returning key player comes with some kind of significant injury risk and that’s a storyline that is never going to go away this year, even if nobody suffers a major injury.

So let’s review the list quickly, shall we?  The rotation is rife with injury risks, specifically the unholy trinity of Masahiro Tanaka‘s elbow, Michael Pineda‘s shoulder, and CC Sabathia‘s knee.  Tanaka has been on a modified throwing program this offseason, not throwing as hard and as much as he used to before the season, and all reports on his conditioning and elbow have been positive.  Sabathia’s offseason program has been even more modified and watered down as he attempts to come back from knee surgery.  …

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Nova Says Rehab Is Going Well, Should Rejoin The Team In June

There hasn’t been much on Ivan Nova‘s rehab from last year’s Tommy John Surgery, so it was good to get this report from the AP yesterday:

“New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova says his surgically repaired right elbow feels great and appears on track to rejoin the team by June.

Nova is throwing on level ground at the Yankees’ minor league complex. He tore a ligament in the elbow last April 19 during a game against Tampa Bay and had surgery 10 days later.”

Flat ground throwing is the pitcher’s equivalent of a baby learning how to stand up and wobble around before it can walk, but it’s an important rehab step for TJS guys, one that gives them their first real test of the elbow.  If Nova says his elbow feels great and there isn’t any pain or swelling, that’s the best possible news at this stage.

Nova may end up being more important to the rotation this year than most TJS rehab cases simply because he’s another depth arm that can soak up innings if other pitchers get hurt.  …

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A-Rod’s Prospects After Steroids, Injury, Time Off, and 40: An Interview with an Expert Athletic Trainer and Champion Bodybuilder

Dos Equis commercials peddle their fictional man-of-many-feats as the “most interesting man in the world,” but my old friend Stu Yellin can give that old beer drinker a run for his money. I met Stu when we were 5; we spent much of the next decade getting each other in trouble in school, usually when one of us tried to make the other laugh in class by drawing pictures like Spider-Man beating up the teacher (an actual example of a drawing Stu showed me in 12th grade). My art skills never grew past middling (though I did just draw a decent Groot for my kids), but Stu became a major TV cartoonist, drawing the Colbert- and Carrell-voiced “Ace + Gary, The Ambiguously Gay Duo” for SNL, The Tick, and Lizzie McGuire. He then became an art teacher — before becoming a pro bodybuilder too. He got a very late start, competing only as of his early/mid-30s, yet won Pro Cards in various drug-tested federations (most notably the WNBF, the strictest one on substance abuse), and won first place as a middleweight in several “natural bodybuilding” competitions with tough drug testing.…

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Quick Hit: Brett Gardner Had Surgery On A Muscle I Probably Don’t Have

So I guess that answers the question of what was wrong with Gardner’s abdominal area in the second half of the season.  Sounds like something that would be painful to walk around with, let alone swing a baseball bat, run around, and throw a ball as hard as you can.  This certainly lends some explanation to Gardner’s second-half offensive fade and lack of stolen bases, and it’s good to know that he’s going to make a full recovery and be ready for Spring Training.

Bigger picture though, is this late-season injury thing starting to become a trend with Gardner?  Without looking it up, I feel like he’s ended 3 or 4 seasons with a bunch of nagging injuries that have left him playing at far less than 100% and killed his production.  He’s not a huge guy and he plays the game very aggressively, so some of it is just the natural result of playing the game every day for 6 months.  …

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Sabathia Update: Back To 100%?

The Yankee season has been over for almost a month, and with the World Series in the early stages and free agency not yet underway, the only real player news is injury news.  There was a fair amount of news regarding CC Sabathia and his rehab from knee surgery this week.  He was on ESPN Radio on Wednesday to discuss it, and Chad Jennings put together a post recapping all the major talking points.

The biggest one is obviously CC’s health and all sounds well on that front.  Sabathia said he’s been “telling people I’m 100%” and that he’s been throwing 2 days a week at The Stadium.  He said the knee feels good and discussed the importance of him being healthy going into next season while adding that he still believes he can “definitely get back to being able to go out and dominate a game, and just be myself.”

Good on the guy for being confident, but I think I’ll pump the brakes on any kind of optimism until I have somebody other than Sabathia confirming he’s 100%, preferably somebody in the medical field.  …

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Get Ready for the 2015 Postseason: A-Rod in the “Best Shape of His Life”! But Let’s Look at Past “Best Shape” Claims…

The Hypothesis: The news that “multiple reports say [A-Rod] is in the best shape of his life” (10/13/14) is useless for predicting his performance. Or am I just a snarky, condescending jerk for mocking the concept that diet and exercise can help a near-fortysomething who, to play well for a team I like, reportedly is working harder than the many who let their bodies go by their early/mid-30s – like those Girardi “ripped … for being overweight, not being ‘hungry'” in an impressive bit of managerial wordplay?

The Slipshod Methodology: I Googled “best shape of his life” yankees and “best shape of my life” yankees to find others with off-season “best shape” reports; the first five pages of results from each search yielded 10 “best shape” claims. (I included a few that didn’t quite say “best” but did claim dramatically better physical condition.) I then looked at their performance the seasons before and after the offseason “best shape” claim.…

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Beltran Has Successful Elbow Surgery

Well that’s good news.  This story came out yesterday afternoon and it’s the first positive one we’ve read about Carlos Beltran‘s right elbow in a long time.  Doctors successfully removed the pesky bone spur along with some other assorted “loose pieces” yesterday, and Beltran is now on the 12-week road to recovery referenced by Feinsand.

You can call me crazy for this, and considering my thoughts on Teix maybe I am, but I really feel like this is going to help Beltran have a better year next year.  Probably not 2012 or 2013 better, but somewhere between the .350-.360 wOBA he put up in those years and the .310 he put up this year.  Hey, he might even be able to play some games in the outfield and not clog up the DH spot too.…

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