Alan Horne’s latest ailment

Cashman hints at another rehab start for Wang
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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.

Cashman hints at another rehab start for Wang
Projecting Robinson Cano
  • The Lodge

    It is officially the year of the Hammy Tweak.

  • Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

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

  • E-ROC

    Damn, nobody can stay healthy!

  • Kilgore Trout

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

    • Mister Delaware

      His upside is a healthy, happy 29 year old.

  • james

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

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    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.

    • ChrisS

      We could get another 20-30 years out of Mo with replacement ligaments and labrums.

  • Matt L

    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.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      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).

  • Matt L

    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+.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside


      • Tom Zig

        Maybe I’ve missed it but I haven’t seen anyone call for Montero to be called up. Maybe it’s because those kind of fans don’t know that Montero exists.

        *knocks on wood*

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Oh, you’ve missed it.

          They’ve called for it. The wood you’re knocking on is heir heads.

          • Matt L

            I don’t think logical fans want him called up, but I think he should be moved up to AA. As a 18 year old he killed in A ball and now as a 19 year old he is putting up better numbers in A+.

            • Accent Shallow

              If he were a solid defender, I’d bet we’d see a mid-season promotion. As it is, it wouldn’t necessarily shock me, although it’d probably come later in the year, an end-of-season thing.

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Looking at the boxscore, it seems like DJ Mitchell wasn’t send down to EST but up to A+ Tampa.

    • Jamal G.

      Yeah, and Brandon Laird finally seems to be settling into High-A – he has eight hits in his past six games (including today).

  • BklynJT

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

    • Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Don’t even go there.

    • Tom Zig

      In 2011?

  • Axl

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

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yes it is.

    • Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      It’s been nine. fucking. years.

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

      • Axl

        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??

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          $200M isn’t insurance or prevention against bad luck.

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

  • Yanks Fan

    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.

  • Conan

    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

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

      • Axl

        What do you call this year? Nearly $300MM on more crappy pitching? Jose Contreras, Javier Vasquez, Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson, etc… Nobody performed. Mussina is the last one to ever come over and perform. Literally. Something fishy is going on and nobody knows what it is…

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          It’s May 13th.

          Give it time, Axl, give it time.

    • steve (different one)

      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

        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…

  • dkidd

    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

      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

        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

      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…

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        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.

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