Betances undergoes Tommy John surgery


Via Mike Ashmore, pitching prospect Dellin Betances had Tommy John surgery a few days ago and is starting the rehab process in Tampa. Betances made eleven starts for High-A Tampa this year, but between various injuries he’s managed just 159.2 IP over the last two years. Hopefully he’s ready to go in 2011.

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  1. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    It’s from pitching on a wet mound in Daytona. I hate my town for this. :(

  2. Marc says:

    A wet mound in Daytona, the guy was a walking injury along before some wet mound.

  3. Tom Zig says:

    This is sucky news. Best of luck to you Betances. Hope to see you pitching next year.

  4. pat says:

    Motherfuck. First Marshall now Dell. BOOOOOOOO

  5. First… Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. What a downer. Dellin’s kinda been the guy I’ve been pulling for most to reach his potential, I think it’s the combination of the drool-inducing natural talent and the Brooklyn upbringing.

    Now that I got that out… I’m sure the Yanks do their best to diagnose and treat these situations, but does Dellin’s story strike anyone else as being a little weird? I feel like we’ve been hearing about forearm and elbow troubles for a couple of years now, and on top of that the guy hasn’t thrown a pitch in a game since June. Just seems strange that it’s taken this long for them to send him under the knife, no?

  6. gxpanos says:

    Just awful for the kid. But pitchers HAVE come back from this. He’s only 21. We’ll just have to hope he takes off when he comes back and can reach the bigs at 25 or so.

    Good luck to him.

  7. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    Who pays for his surgery? Does he still get paid (this year and next)?

    Good luck dude!

  8. crawdaddie says:

    I’ve been waiting on this news for almost 3 years now. This is why you have to keep the flow of good pitching prospects going because injuries will happen with pitchers.

  9. Accent Shallow says:

    At least one of Brackman, Betances, Kontos and Marshall has to return strongly from this, no?

  10. I’m 0 percent surprised. This guy’s mechanics were screaming TJS from the start. He’s still young, and he can easily bounce back from this.

  11. Steve H says:

    Hopefully he’ll come back throwing harder, like many TJS guys. Of course that could have all been guys juicing too, and the TJS was their reasoning for coming back throwing harder.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      No, there’s actually two (2) solid explanations for the “TJS makes you throw harder” meme.

      1) It’s easier to generate velocity with a repaired ligament, as opposed to the previously frayed or damaged ligament
      2) The rehab process strengthens the arm, and the pitcher may not have been doing those exercises pre-TJS

      • Steve H says:

        Yeah I know, I was just being the turd in the punch bowl.

      • gxpanos says:

        “It’s easier to generate velocity with a repaired ligament, as opposed to the frayed or damaged ligament”

        How does this statement contradict the statement, “TJS can make guys throw harder.” TJS means repairing (actually replacing) a damaged ligament.


        A damaged ligament can lead to diminished velocity, and a repaired ligament can increase that velocity. TJS repairs the ligament, therefore TJS can be the reason for increased velocity.

        If I’m not missing something, it seems to me that when someone says TJS can increase velocity, it’s perfectly sound. Now, regarding morons who say that anyone can have TJS and thus can gain velo are dumb. The surgery only increases velo if the ligament is in fact damaged in the first place. I dont think the “increased velo” thing is a meme. And obviously it’s not exact/a sure thing, every guy/arm is different, and rehab exercises can also be part of the reason for increased velocity. But in general, it’s sound.

  12. Lanny says:

    Why is anyone shocked? Young pitcher break down. Its a fact of life. That is why you have 20+ legit arms. You may have 2 hit. Maybe 4 if you’re lucky. You keep restocking.

  13. Chris says:

    When is he eligible for the rule 5? Does missing a full season with TJ change this?

  14. Todd says:

    I’m kind of wondering:

    Are the Yankees more afflicted by serious elbow injuries than most organizations, because it seems that way? And, if that is the case, is it dumb luck or a systemic problem where the mechanics are not being taught/reinforced properly?

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