Under the knife -- wrap
Let's get right to this, but be sure to read down -- what I'd normally put in the intro fit better into the flow of the column, so powered by my
(Note: DXL is "Days eXpected Lost", or how many days I am estimating the player will lose. The dollar figure after the slash is "Injury Cost," an estimation of how much value is lost, using the player's PECOTA-calculated value divided by 180, then multiplied by the DXL. It's calculated in millions of U.S. dollars.):
Beckett made it through his bullpen session, but won't make it to his scheduled Friday start, and that has Boston in panic mode. With all the depth the team had to start the season, they've needed every bit of it and more to make it through. Beckett is headed to see
The young Yankee threw a 35-pitch bullpen session, using all of his pitches, and came away reporting no trouble. It's unclear what the next step is after another throwing session scheduled for Thursday, but speculation is that he would shift to the pen to continue increasing his pitches to the point that he could shift back to the rotation. The key there is "could" -- and much of Chamberlain's usage could be predicated on the standings. The key is making sure that Chamberlain is healthy while also keeping his innings in check. The Yankees have done a pretty good job of both, even with the minor rotator cuff problem. Of course, he's also going to need to get a bit more
Maine did everything he could to pitch through the pain in his shoulder, but despite some desperate efforts, he simply couldn't do it and be effective. Maine had a cortisone shot to try to calm down the area affected by the spur, not picking up a ball until he made his start, but his control was suffering. The Mets aren't counting him out completely, but putting him on the DL at this stage of the season shows just how bad things have gotten. The emergence of
Speaking of the Verducci Effect, who's headed to that threshhold? BP's stats crew pulled out the starting pitchers who have crossed or are on pace for that level:
The trade for
Sometimes our eyes lie. When watching Zambrano, live and again on highlights, it looks as if Zambrano is dropping his arm slot with the elbow below the acromial line (or, to put it more simply, below the level of his shoulder.) You'd think that the release point would drop as well, moving to the side as he goes near a 3/4 delivery. Pitch F/X says "not so much." I had a bad angle for this, but I've watched the video over and over and talked to people that were at the game and I think Zambrano also shortened up his stride. That would keep him "taller," and in what must be coincidence or some amazing subconscious body control, the release point was nearly the same. I know a lot of readers e-mailed me and saw the same thing I did, so it's not just me. Zambrano is "slinging" and "pushing" the ball, and while he can be effective doing it -- not that he was on Tuesday -- he can't be effective doing it long-term. I'll be very interested to see him next time out. (Speaking of Zambrano, I think
It seems that everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the Tigers in 2008. I'm sure
Marcum came back from sprained ligaments in his elbow to show significant control problems. Most teams would look at this and think that the injury might be the problem, but the Jays decided they'd send Marcum to Triple-A, despite the fact that Syracuse's season is nearly done. If this is a way of shutting him down or simply a roster move, that would be understandable, but there are no indications that this is the case. Marcum's control, in terms of walks, really isn't out of whack with his norms, but sources tell me that Marcum's pitches "aren't going to the glove," yet another indication that there may be a loss of proprioception in there. The Jays' pitching staff is a really mystery for '09, but Marcum is a piece that could have been a solid back-end starter if they could have just kept him healthy.
Chris Carpenter made it through a 60-pitch session, but there's still no solid timetable for his return ...