Kennedy has an aneurysm

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PeteAbe has the terrible news. Ian Kennedy has an aneurysm, which was causing him to lose feeling in his fingers, and will have surgery on Tuesday. The problem was originally diagnosed as a vasospasm and didn’t appear too serious. Dr. George Todd will perform the surgery, he’s the same guy that took care of David Cone’s aneurysm back in 1996. Just horrible, our thoughts are with Ian and his family.

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Game 29: He's Baaaaaaaack
  • Joey H

    Joey H brought it to this blog. *Chest pound*.

  • Joey H

    IPK will come back with a 95MPH fastball and a Joba-ish slider overtaking CC as the staff’s ace. Good luck and God Bless to IPK.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      He’ll throw 92 to all the corners with pinpoint, Madduxian control.

      Multiple Cy Youngs.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      He will pitch a no-hitter against the Red Sox and wink at Jon Lester.

  • Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    [the hypochondriac in me is freaking out because I woke up this morning and my finger…well…knuckle hurt for no discernable reason. It went a way, but now reading this I’m like OMFG do I have a vasospasm in my pinky?!]

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      LUPUS?!?!??! IS IT LUPUS?!?!??!?!?!?

      • Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        Man that would explain so much…

        • mtt

          It’s never lupus.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Besides Cone, Roberto Hernandez also had an aneurysm in his pitching arm in 1991 and had a long and fairly effective career afterwards.

    Woody Williams too.

    • whozat

      true. It just sucks for both him and the team because he probably would have earned some starts in the bigs this year, boosting his own salary as well as his trade value.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Agreed… although, I kinda always figured he wouldn’t be traded but would be the 6th starter in Scranton for 2010.

        • whozat

          Sure, and another year of AAA/MLB experience would help with that, too.

  • Stuart

    what do you all know about steven jackson?

    is he a prospect or not?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside




      • Chris

        I didn’t know he was Michael’s long lost brother.

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  • Accent Shallow

    Yikes. At least it seems very treatable.

  • Matt ACTY

    This is awful news. Best of luck, Ian.

  • A.D.

    Kinda had a feeling it could be more than the vasospasm

  • Aaron S.

    What are we looking at for recovery time here? Does this put him out for the season?

    • The Artist

      Just about, if Cone is any guide. Coney wasn’t all that quick with his recovery. His last start was May 2 before it was discovered and his first start back was on September 2, exactly 4 months later. Not sure how hard a rehabber Cone was, but that’s how long he was out.

      Tough break for Ian, I’ve always been a fan of his and hope he gets better soon.

      • Joseph Pawlikowski

        I dined with a doctor last night who said the procedure is far different now than it was in 96 when Cone had his. Recovery time should be a bit shorter.

  • JP

    Not sure if I’m reading this right, but I think some people hear the word “aneurysm” and think it’s some sort of near-death situation…

    [I’m an MD…give me some slack here…] An aneurysm is just a dilated portion of an artery. Yes, they are very serious and can be a cause of sudden death when you have one in your brain, when they rupture and bleed. Even in the brain, though, today especially, many patients with aneurysms are successfully treated or cured. The same thing applies to aneurysms of the aorta, either in your chest or abdomen – serious, life threatening, but treatable.

    An aneurysm in a blood vessel in your shoulder, arm, leg, etc., especially in an athlete, is not nearly as serious an issue as in the other sites. First of all, in athletes, these are traumatic aneurysms, meaning they are caused by the strain of the athletic activity. So they are indicative only of strain, not of, say, atherosclerosis, like you have in aortic aneurysms. Second, while a ruptured aneurysm in the brain or in the thoracic or abdominal aorta is life threatening, even if someone like Kennedy or Cone were to bleed from the aneurysm, it wouldn’t be life threatening, nor would it likely pose any serious risk to the limb.

    Now, you can’t minimize these things…obviously an aneurysm requires repair, and could threaten the player’s career. But most of the time, they are treatable conditions.

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