Betances undergoes Tommy John surgery

A fruit stand grows in the Bronx
Game 130: How long will Joba go?

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.

A fruit stand grows in the Bronx
Game 130: How long will Joba go?
  • The Artist


    Just ugh.

    • Pablo Zevallos


  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

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

    • Tom Zig

      Guess it ain’t so sunny in “Sunny Daytona” now is it, Mr. Andy

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        It’s raining in my heart….

  • Marc

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

  • Tom Zig

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

  • pat

    Motherfuck. First Marshall now Dell. BOOOOOOOO

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      and Kontos

      • Jake H

        Ya 3 pitchers go down with TJ in 1 year is pretty crazy.

        • POCKO

          And Chris Garcia but he is injured always. Just means we have nice reinforcements in 2011 and with all the college pitchers we drafted, now we dont have a crowd problem.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    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?

  • gxpanos

    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.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

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

    Good luck dude!

  • crawdaddie

    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.

  • Accent Shallow

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

  • Benjamin Kabak

    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.

    • cult of basebaal

      What in particular made you think he was destined for TJS?

  • Steve H

    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

      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

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

      • gxpanos

        “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.

  • Lanny

    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.

  • Chris

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

    • K.B.D.

      They would most likely be awarded an additional option year due to his injury.

  • Todd

    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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