Elbow woes for Betances

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From the SI Advance:

Right-hander Dellin Betances left after three innings because of tightness in his throwing elbow, overshadowing what was an already forgettable 7-2 loss to the Vermont Lake Monsters yesterday at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George.

“We took him out because he was complaining of stiffness in his elbow. We wanted to error on the side of caution,” said Staten Island manager Mike Gillespie of Betances, a highly-touted 6-foot-9 prospect out of Grand Street Campus HS in Brooklyn, who received a $1 million signing bonus in June of 2006.

“He’ll be seeing the doctor (today),” said Gillespie of Betances, who was making his sixth start of the season for Staten Island yesterday after pitching last year for the Gulf Coast Yankees. “The good news was that he wasn’t complaining of pain. We’ll just keep our fingers crossed. There’s no real reason to think he’s done (for the season), but we’re a little bit worried.”

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Update: I had some time to think about it (mostly because my boss was looming over my shoulder), and I’m just thankful it’s not his shoulder. Elbows are relatively easy to fix (but they have a  crazy long recovery time), and this is his first trouble with it (as far as I know). I remain optimistic, and hope this isn’t a precursor to something more serious down the road.

Update Part Deux: I find it pretty funny that an injury like this would be devastating to most team’s farm systems, but the Yanks have so much pitching depth these days that they can absorb the injury without missing a beat. In the words of my Italian grandfather: Beautiful, fuckin’ beautiful.

Igawa's start could get ugly fast
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  • Marc

    Oh,that doesn’t sound very promising eh? Well better now than 2 years from now, right? Although maybe its an explanation for his troubles so far this year… Hopefully he will be fine and as far as im concerned ill take elbow woes over shoulder woes any day of the week.

  • CB

    This elbow problem may have been going on for a while. Coming into the season Betances was supposed to be throwing 92-95 while touching 97. His velocity seems to have been down the whole current season. Even in the SI home opener he was 91-92.

    Also, this may explain why Betances’ control has been so poor this year. He didn’t walk many in the GCL last year and this year his control hasn’t been there.

    There’s no reason to assume he needs surgery at this point. Tendinitis is just so common (see Mariano last year). But it’s clearly a concern. Even if it resolves on its on, given how much time is left in the rest of the SI season he might not get much out of this year.

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  • Jon

    I’m more convinced than ever that this is a necessary evil of pitching. He might never have a career, but by having multiple top pitching prospects all the Yankees are doing is increasing the chances of having a couple pan out. Of course it’s offensive to the human aspect of it, but scientifically, the Yankees are looking it as “Ok, we have Hughes, Kennedy, Sanchez, Bentances, Chamberlain, etc. – some of them will get hurt and never pitch in the majors, some will be ok, and some will be stars. We have no idea which ones, so let’s just keep loading up.”

    Sure it’s bad news, but overall you have to be pretty happy with the progress of the young starters.

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  • C-Note

    Is there a point where we had to start to worry about how the Yanks are handling young arms? I know some of these guys came with elbow problems(see Sanchez, Humberto) – but I have NEVER seen a rash of injuries like they have sustained in the last 15 months or so- Betances would just be the icing on the cake….F*CK!!!!!!

    wouldn’t it be nuts if Zack McCallister and his sinker turned out to advanced quicker that Betances, with these young arms you just can never tell

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I wouldn’t be shocked at all if McAllister advances quicker than Betances (even before the injury). McAllister’s thing coming out of HS was that he was very polished and should be able to move quickly – which is why I was kinda surprised the Yanks made him over like they did (but hey, it looks like it worked).

    I can see McAllister starting ’08 in Low-A before getting moved up to High-A for the second half, then starting ’09 in Double-A and finishing the year with a Sept. call-up. He’s got a good arm, those K/BB & GB/FB ratios are just ridiculous.

  • Zack

    This sucks, sure, and it is amazing that the Yanks have had so damn many surgeries this season. But if anything they are too CAUTIOUS with most of their pitchers. I think what you really have to chalk it up to is the willingness of young pitchers to go after Tommy John surgery at teh earliest signs of trouble knowing that they are almost 100% guaranteed to come back as strong, if not stronger, after a year and a half or so. So if you are Betances, who is very young, a year and a half to assure himself of health wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, and hardly makes him not a prospect. Heck, even Sanchez will be only 26 when he comes back from surgery…

    Ten or more years ago kids would have tried to “tough it out” etc, but now, if the elbow hurts, shut em down and operate is the MO..