Alan Horne’s latest ailment


When Alan Horne left last night’s start against Portland after just three-plus innings, it looked like he was just suffering from a bout of suckiness. Instead, it turns out that a tight hammy is what delivered the knockout punch. “I threw a couple balls that were up to that last hitter and really tried to get through the next one, and just had kind of a twinge in my hamstring.  It’s one that I’ve blown out before, four years ago, and it’s just something you don’t play with.” said Horne. If you read the quotes in the linked article, you’ll see that the injury doesn’t sound too serious, and there’s a decent chance Horne will make his next start. The important thing is to make sure the hammy is healthy enough that Horne doesn’t subconsiously change his mechanics to compensate, putting his surgically repaired shoulder in jeopardy.

Categories : Asides, Injuries, Minors


  1. The Lodge says:

    It is officially the year of the Hammy Tweak.

  2. Man, you think the Yanks are snakebitten…and then you read about Horne.

  3. E-ROC says:

    Damn, nobody can stay healthy!

  4. Kilgore Trout says:

    What is his upside if he were to stay healthy over the next 3 years?

  5. james says:

    I hate to say it, but I think Horne is done. Just too many injuries and he’s been getting rocked lately

  6. I think it’s time we consider putting Alan Horne out of his misery and harvesting his organs for the good of others.

    He may have one bad hamstring, but I bet Jorge Posada could use the other right now. And Xavier Nady could have his non-throwing elbow.

    Don’t worry, we’ll give his family a nice wreath and a complimentary pair of primo seats in Sections 15A or 15B.

  7. Matt L says:

    For some reason I never put too much faith in Horne, he always seems to tease and then get injured. However, I still have hope that Garcia, who is essentially the same guy, will turn it around.

    • Well, the advantage Garcia has over Horne (besides better stuff) is that he’s three years younger, so he’s still got enough time to build up strength and make it to the show before he’s past his prime and starts losing velocity on his pitches (which I think I read starts around the age of 26).

  8. Matt L says:

    Here is something to cheer up the followers of the minors, Jesus Montero just went 4-5 today, he is hitting .336 on the year and is clearly overwhelming the competition in A+.

  9. BklynJT says:

    With the Yankees luck, Montero will suffer his first injury the year he breaks camp with the Yankees.

  10. Axl says:

    Cursed is really the only “explanation” here. Coincidence isn’t strong enough for all of this…

    • It’s been nine. fucking. years.

      Wait until you’re the Cubs before you start bandying about ‘curses’

      • Axl says:

        The Cubs don’t have the limitless pile of resources that we do. The Cubs’ payroll isn’t over $200 million dollars while they’re playing under .500. The Cubs 3+4 hitters aren’t hitting under .200. The Cubs’ starting staff is head and shoulders above ours even after we spent nearly $300 million on “starting pitching”. The Cubs prospects might actually be more consistent than ours. The Cubs might not have won for quite a few years…but they’re not the Yankees. This Yankees team is being paid over $200 million dollars to lose most of their games??? If they thought there were problems with empty seats before…if this team continues to drag their feet and mope around like they’ve been doing…I’m sure they’ll have a lot more on their plate…including even MORE empty seats. Who’s going to want to pay $2500 or even HALF of that to see a miserable mopey injury plagued baseball team?? The majority of those people didn’t even buy them before the season started when “on paper” we had this ridiculous team.

        Nobody looks like they’re having fun out there. Not one single player on our team. Not even Nick Swisher who’s all smiles all the time looks happy. Jeter hasn’t smiled since 2003. How can you perform well when you’re constantly down in the dumps?? Maybe everybody getting injured is their own blessing in disguise afterall…who knows??

  11. Yanks Fan says:

    How much of this lies on the Yankees Strength Trainers? I think the Yankees have a history of hamstring issues and I figure the strength trainers would concentrate on stretching the players out.

  12. Conan says:

    I call it the “Curse of the Arod”. No World Series appeareances since 2004 when the Yanks traded for him and the Sox have won 2.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I call it the curse of having pretty crappy pitching since 2004.

    • steve (different one) says:

      ah, i especially like the use of “World Series appearances” to gloss over the 2 WS losses in the 3 previous years prior to A-Rod. well played.

      since, as you know, the Yankees and their fans usually set their sights on merely winning the pennant every year.

      • Axl says:

        Well imagine how much closer we could have been had we not dug a gigantic hole and jumped in it at the beginning of every year for the past few years straight??? Imagine in 2007 if we had just went a couple games over .500 in the first half…perhaps we would have been the WS instead beating up on the injury plagued Angels…

  13. dkidd says:

    remember what some fan said to torre after we lost the world series in the bottom of the ninth inning of game 7:

    next year will be better

    • Stryker says:

      you’re already calling for next year? this season is only in week 6 out of 25! there is PLENTY of more time left to right the ship.

      • dkidd says:

        i’m not giving up on this year. i’m just reminding everyone that some yankee fans are impossible to please. you get 2 outs from winning the WS and the year is still a “failure”

    • Axl says:

      Oh I see…so they’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars every off season, charging $11 per beer, and $2500 for lower tier seats because they’re just like every other team in the league…

      • No matter what we do, as long as it’s still 25 guys against 25 guys, then yeah, in some ways we are just like every other team in the league.

        Spending 200M gives us a better chance of winning. It’s not a guarantee of us winning.

        The sooner you get that through your head, the better we’ll be.

  14. [...] a shocking turn of events, Alan Horne was placed on the DL today. You may remember that he injured his hammy during his start this past Tuesday. Oh, and could this be why the Yanks teach the curveball to all [...]

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