Tom Verducci probably didn't read my opening from
For the past couple days, sources have been telling me that the D'backs were hoping to buy Upton a couple days of rest in order to let his thumb heal. Something like a day before and after a scheduled off-day would work, they hope. It may take more than that. Upton is heading to see a hand specialist to see how bad the injury is and what the doctor thinks is necessary. While a DL trip is possible, no one's ready to say which way this one will go. No one thinks this is that serious, but if the team is going to have to be down a man for a week, they may go ahead and just DL him. The D'backs tend to be conservative and take the long view on injuries. We should know more by gametime Wednesday. (Note: because the specifics of Upton's thumb injury are still unknown, I'm not putting up a specific injury or ERD yet.)
Pineda has been something of an out of sight, out of mind issue for the Yankees. They have enough depth -- for now -- and have Andy Pettitte burning through the minors on his way back to the Bronx. Pineda has progressed through his throwing program and is back on a mound, going 26 pitches on Monday. It wasn't a "full go" session, which he'll have in a few days. If he makes it through that, he'll head back to Tampa for a rehab start. He'll need to build his stamina, so expect at least two starts in the minors, perhaps more. At that point, Pettitte will be back and pushing back into the rotation might be tough. The Yankees could stash Pineda in the minors for a while, which seems pretty amazing, but is in character for them. If we consider that even with injury, Pineda would already bump up against an innings ceiling, the minors isn't a bad plan. Yes, innings are innings, but it's clear that major league innings against major league hitters are more stressful. The Yankees aren't known for their creative management of pitchers. Pineda will be a huge, high-profile test. (By the way, Derek Schultz of Sports Radio 1260 in Indy made a great comparison: Look at the starting numbers of Phil Hughes and Homer Bailey. I was surprised at the similarities for the two pitchers, both products of the '04 draft.)
I saw Burnett pitch on Monday night in Indianapolis, but didn't talk to him. His outing was successful, if you define success by having thrown 80 pitches and not getting injured. Still, Burnett wasn't coming back from an arm injury and a broken orbital doesn't throw off command, or shouldn't. Burnett had good velocity, showing his typical 92-93 on his fastball, but he couldn't get his curve over. The Mud Hens teed off on him, with two long homers. (Shairon Martis gave up the longest homer I've ever seen at Indy's Victory Field, a 450-foot shot into the trees by Jared Head, and that park is not a hitter's haven.) Burnett's delivery looked fine, repeatable, but the results were such that he's going to need to make at least one more start, which changes his ERD.
This brings me to a point of frustration. Burnett's injury is clearly healed, but his return date has been pushed back because of on-field results. But those results don't appear to be affected at all by the injury. Burnett didn't flinch or wear glasses to help protect the bone. Not only does this make it harder to collect data -- "how long does it take to come back from a broken orbital?" is affected by both Burnett's extended rehab and Miguel Cabrera's quick return ? but there are always the wonks who insist I was "wrong." Look, I make mistakes, but someone once said that if you get new information and
Dan Wade nailed the worries about Baker coming into the season in his
It's no surprise that Ellsbury is a bit wary of the initial diagnosis regarding his shoulder. He's sought a couple alternative opinions, including that of Lew Yocum at Kerlan-Jobe. As I
The problem with any chronic injury is that, by definition, it's something that never goes away; it always bothers the player and can be maintained and managed. It's also something that can flare up, get worse, or cause some sort of cascade injury. Of course, a player can play through it and have a great weak, month or season. Stanton's getting regular treatment and regular off days, but it makes it tougher to value a player. This is an opportunity, not a problem. An inefficient market means that the