Thursday, July 12, 2012

Umm, Is That An Official Diagnosis?

(See ya in 2014, kid.  Courtesy of Brian Bissell/Future Star Photos)

Via Andrew Marchand:

"Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that top prospect Manny Banuelos is on his throwing program, as he continues to recover from what the Yankees have described as a sore elbow. Jose Campos ... hasn't started throwing again yet. He also has a sore elbow.
'They will both pitch this year,' Cashman said.

When asked if there is any long-term concern over their elbows, Cashman said, 'I hope not.'"

I touched on this briefly on the AB4AR Page yesterday, but what kind of an answer is that?  You hope not???  These guys are the organization's top 2 pitching prospects.  They haven't pitched in months after being shut down with elbow injuries, giving them plenty of time to be tested, evaluated, diagnosed, and rested.  And after all that time, as they start to get ready to throw and pitch again, you're basing your long-term prognosis on the condition of their pitching elbows on HOPE???

I hate to be a Debbie Downer here, but the Yankees might as well just pencil ManBan and Campos in for Tommy John Surgery right now.  Maybe they can get a group discount if they book the appointments at the same time.

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