It’s semi-official: TJ for Brackman

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I say semi-official because the word comes from The Post:

Andrew Brackman, the Yankees’ first-round pick in the June draft, has decided his right elbow will be better served by undergoing Tommy John surgery, according to agent Scott Boras.

Brackman, who signed a four-year deal worth $4.5 million that includes a $3.3 million signing bonus and could escalate to $13.8 million if incentives are met, has chosen Dr. James Andrews to do the procedure, which normally takes 12 to 18 months to come back from.

The Yankees knew of the 6-foot-10 Brackman’s elbow problems long before taking him with the final pick in the first round. A recent visit to Andrews’ office confirmed a problem and Brackman decided to have the surgery, which, according to Boras, has a 97-percent success rate.

Brackman, who didn’t pitch in the ACC or NCAA tournament because of elbow trouble, was 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 78 innings for N.C. State this past season.

Not much of a surprise, and fixin’ elbows is easier than fixin’ shoulders, so it’s not all that bad. The only sucky part is that we have to wait until 2009 to see our top draft pick in action.

Why the Mariners keep winning
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  • John

    At least he’ll go on the 60 day DL and won’t be wasting a roster spot for the next 2 years. I’ll save my bitching about That for the spring of ’09.

  • steve (different one)

    oppenheimer must really like this kid’s arm to pay him all that money knowing he needed TJ. i’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

    this is much better than deciding to get TJ in the middle of next season. this way he misses all of 2008. he should be able to pitch in 2009, though it will be likely be a re-hab season. that leaves 2 more option years after that.

  • Tom B

    If he is on the 60 day DL..they still have to use options on him? does that mean that he will have 2009 and 2010 to make the 25 man roster, and if he doesn’t then they have to put him through waivers?

    • Mike A.

      See FAQ #1 here.

  • steve (different one)

    right, and he has FOUR options with his contract. so he has until 2012 to make the 25 man.

  • steve

    jesus. this kid better be the real deal. the yanks already had enough promising arms receive TJ or some other elbow surgery this year.

  • Mike R.

    Am I the only word that gets scared with the wording that was used. It didn’t say that he needed TJ surgery, but rather that he “has decided his right elbow will be better served by undergoing Tommy John surgery”.

    Doesn’t this sound a bit like CPS (Carl Pavano Syndrome). Does anyone have any information on this kids make-up. Does he really want to play baseball or did he just decide he would make more money by going to MLB?

    I hope I’m wrong. It’s happened before.

  • Barry

    i don’t like it, TJ is bad news no matter how you look at it.

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  • Chris

    The Yankees must really really love this kid’s arm. I know Boras is good, but to get all that money (not a big deal to the Yanks) and major league contract (very big deal for the Yanks), which the Yanks never do for any draftees, for a pitcher who is going under the knife is amazing. I have to think that they hold him in as high, if not higher, regard than any of the new generation of young guns in the Bronx (at the time of the draft – not now of course with Joba looking like a future Ace). Hopefully, he lives up to the hype and recovers from the injury. This guy is going to have a lot of pressure on him to not only succeed, but dominate the minors once he comes back. If he doesn’t regain his pre-injury velocity, he will be viewed as one of the biggest pitching busts in the Cashman era which is saying a lot..

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