May
10

Chris Britton strains Albaladejo’s elbow

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The neglected bullpen pitcher Chris Britton should rejoin the team today and actually, you know, pitch in some games due to another injury for the Yanks. Jonathan Albaladejo has what the team is calling an elbow strain or sprain and will land on the DL. He’s due for an MRI in New York on Monday, but this could spell the end of the season for Albaladejoa.

Categories : Asides, Injuries

16 Comments»

  1. Mike A. says:

    Chris Britton pitch in games? Blasphemy!

  2. Babe's Ghost says:

    Explain to me again why we don’t need a long reliever? I realize that you ‘shouldn’t’ need one, but that assumes you have a reasonably dependable staff that doesn’t stick you with multiple short starts per week. Clearly not our situation. In fact it was utterly predictable that the bullpen would be under a lot of stress this year with only two reliable starters. I’m gettting the feeling that if we’d had Rasner up the whole time we could have spared Bruney and Albaladejo these long outings and maybe kept them off the DL.

    Granted Raz is up and starting for the foreseeable future, but maybe we should consider bringing someone else up who can go five on short notice. Even though he was absolutely terrible the other day, maybe we should try using Igawa that way? (Since that time he relieved against the sox was the only notablely successful outing I can remember for him.) We can give him number #43 and trot him out anytime the starter caves in the first three or four innings. At the very least he won’t have to face a line up geared for lefties and no one will have scouted him. Plus the pressure won’t be as great.

    Speaking of Iggy, any chance we can trade him back to Japan to sweeten whatever bid we end up making for Darvish? He was a proven success there, so he’d still have value.

    • whozat says:

      “Speaking of Iggy, any chance we can trade him back to Japan to sweeten whatever bid we end up making for Darvish? He was a proven success there, so he’d still have value.”

      No Japanese starter has turned out to be “all that”. Why should we expect Darvish to be any different?

      Also, Bruney’s injury had nothing to do with over-use. He messed up his foot on a slippery field. Another injury attributable to stupid April scheduling, and the imbalanced schedule leading to extra pressure to get the games in no matter the cost.

      That said…they really should have carried a long reliever from the start of the season. I know a loooot of places said that was stupid and that they should just take the best pitchers, but it turns out a guy like Rasner could have saved a lot of wear and tear on Ollie and allowed him to figure effectively into the late-innings mix a lot earlier in the season.

      Perhaps that’s why they’re keeping Giese in the AAA rotation. He could be that long guy, once Horne comes back to take a spot in Scranton. Or maybe White.

    • Aaron says:

      Trade Igawa as part of the posting fee? There’s an unconventional idea that probably wouldn’t work. Not a bad idea though.

  3. whozat says:

    As for Igawa…Man, I dunno. He couldn’t throw a quality strike with ANYTHING other than his FB, and even that he could only do sometimes. I know that the broadcasters were saying “oh, Igawa’s learning the difference between AAA and the majors!” but I can’t imagine that he could have thrown the way he did yesterday in AAA and had success either. I mean all he did was hang his breaking pitches all night and get hammered.

    Is he coming up to the majors and just losing it mentally/mechanically, or is he throwing the same stuff in AAA and getting outs?

  4. Joseph M says:

    Could someone explain why the Yankees don’t give Britton a chance? I mean after last night, how bad could he be>

  5. EJ says:

    Just a thought: If you really wanted to, you could recall Kennedy as a part of Dejo’s DL stint.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Yes, but what would be the point of that? Ian Kennedy is slated to start tomorrow. If he is called up you’re not going to push back Andy Pettitte, Chien-Ming Wang and Mike Mussina just to keep IPK on schedule. Also he couldn’t start today because this is his fourth day of rest and you are not going to start him on short rest.

  6. Jamal G. says:

    When have we seriously needed a long-reliever this season other than the rain game in KC? Ross Ohlendorf can go two or three innings, he’s not Mariano Rivera. Young relievers can easily go multiple innings when given proper rest. Why would you want Darrell Rasner up in the Bronx when he is a valuable arm in this organization and you would not know if he would get regular work? Did anyone really expect Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy to give us roughly three to four innings per start? Long-relievers are useless. Having a guy you would only use for multiple innings in a blowout are useless. You have guys who can go multiple innings who is not your relief ace and/or closer that you use in those situations. As in Ross Ohlendorf and Jonathan Albaladejo.

    Also you have no idea what’s wrong with Albaladejo’s elbow. So to place blame on his use as the reason for this injury is baseless since nobody at this point knows exactly what is up with the elbow.

    • whozat says:

      “Why would you want Darrell Rasner up in the Bronx when he is a valuable arm in this organization and you would not know if he would get regular work? Did anyone really expect Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy to give us roughly three to four innings per start?”

      Because he’s not really a valuable arm. He is what he is…starting depth or a swingman. Given that Moose, Ian and Phil were all in the rotation, there was plenty of reason to expect the need for multiple inning stints on a fairly regular basis. Using Ohlendorf like that all the time was a waste because his stuff is good enough that he can help in high-leverage situations. Blowing guys away in close games in the 7th or 8th. He generally got scored upon AFTER his first inning of work, except that day when he came in two days after throwing 50 pitches.

      Given that it’ll likely be Moose, Ian and Rasner shortly…there’s still a pretty high probability that there will be 3-4 inning opportunities out of the pen fairly regularly. Dan Giese? Steve White?

      • Simon B. says:

        What is this “Ohlendorf only has problems after his second inning of work” thing? It’s like happened twice, and people have jumped on it as if its the reason for all his woes.

        Ohlendorf is not very good.

        • Micky7 Old Ranger says:

          He has trouble with multiple inning, as in 3 or 5. This is why he was placed in the BP. His ball has more life and speed if he only goes 1-2 innings…after that, he slows down and his stuff starts to slide. As a 1-2 inning guy, he is very good. 27/08.

          • Simon B. says:

            How have you come to the conclusion that he’s good in 1-2 innings? He’s never succeeded in a significant sample size. His fastball is pretty hittable and his slider is inconsistent as a reliever.

    • whozat says:

      “Also you have no idea what’s wrong with Albaladejo’s elbow. So to place blame on his use as the reason for this injury is baseless since nobody at this point knows exactly what is up with the elbow.”

      Given that it’s an elbow problem for a pitcher, it’s almost certain that it’s related to his use as a pitcher. I don’t know that he was particularly over-used, but I don’t think he normally threw 30-40 pitches per outing until this year.

  7. Babe's Ghost says:

    @whozat: You’re right about Bruney… my bad.
    As for Japanese pitchers: agreed, but at the risk of provoking the karma gods, this time it’s different. Check out Darvish’s Youtube clips… great pitcher’s body, nice mechanics, velocity and movement. Needs to improve command but he’s 21 and overall very impressive looking. Granted it’s vs. AAAA batters. Speaking of which, it would be a good analytical piece to stress test the various projection systems on Japanese league stats and see what kind of modifications are necessary to get accurate projections for the transition to MLB.

    @Jamal: With all due respect because you’ve been around this board longer than I have and I’m definitely not an expert; I think we’ve needed long relievers in the 7 out of 31 games (not counting the rain game) where we’ve gotten less than four innings out of the starter. I would argue that with our starters averaging 5.1 innings/start we’ve placed an unduly heavy workload on the bullpen. Even our quality starters, Wang and Petitte, aren’t averaging more than 6.5 innings a start, so the bullpen has to work virtually every night, making the short starts even harder on the staff. If you take out Mariano and Joba’s innings, that leaves six relievers to pick up the remaining 130 innings of relief. If you project from there to a full season then you’re talking Proctor territory, 100+ innings each. Now I know that’s not going to happen (at least I hope not) but it gives you an idea of the workload so far. While I realize they’re planning on rotating people in and out, the workhorses Farny and Hawkins have each thrown 18 innings, which projects out higher than either has EVER thrown as a reliever.

    If we had three guys who almost always gave us seven innings, then we could easily go without a long man. But as the man says, you play the game with the pitchers you have, not the one’s you wish you had. Given our staff, I think we could use a long man.

    For the record, Albaladejo has a ulnar collateral ligament sprain, depending on the grade that could mean a visit with Andrews and TJ surgery. Ortho’s not my bag but my understanding is that it’s a chronic overuse injury. (As is an anterior capsule strain) Granted it’s early and based on a very small sample size, but he went from throwing 13 pitches per appearance last year to 33 this year. Thus I don’t think overwork is an unreasonable inference.

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