Dec
20

Prospect Injury News: Adams, Slade, Murphy

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We’re all focusing on the big league team right now, but Chad Jennings took some time to check in with VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman about some minor league business. I suggest heading over and reading the whole thing, but the important stuff I want to highlight are the injury updates…

  • David Adams is still rehabbing from that brutal ankle injury he suffered in May 2010, and he’s scheduled to arrive in Tampa for early Spring Training work next month. The Yankees added Adams to the 40-man roster last month, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Slade Heathcott figures to be behind other position players in Spring Training as he rehabs from his second left shoulder surgery in as many years. It’s his third left shoulder injury since 2009, his senior year of high school, and they’ve limited him to just 132 games over the last 2+ seasons. They’re a very real problem.
  • J.R. Murphy is 100% ready to go after missing the end of last season due to a foot/ankle injury suffered when he apparently fouled a pitch off himself. Newman says he will “predominantly” catch in 2012, as he should given the significant improvement in his defense.
  • Remember Jeremy Bleich? The Yankees highest signed pick from the 2008 draft hasn’t pitched since May 2010 due to major shoulder surgery, and Newman says he’s still rehabbing.
Categories : Injuries, Minors

27 Comments»

  1. nsalem says:

    Any Tim Norton news?

  2. Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

    Really sucks to hear about Slade, but it’s that type of injury that will zap away the potential of an otherwise athletic kid real quick. I hope he can overcome this, but I’m not counting on it.

  3. Gonzo says:

    Bleich needs some Bart cells.

  4. Jason in CT says:

    “Slade Heathcott figures to behind other position players in Spring Training”

    I am not trying to be silly, yet what does this mean>

  5. JohnnyC says:

    It means he might need Extended Spring Training and not be ready to start the season until May or later.

  6. Jamey says:

    Any chance Slade can get the stem cell deal Colon did? Even for a position player the words “shoulder problems” are scary business.

  7. Gonzo says:

    The Yanks’ first 4 picks in the 2008 draft? Cole, Bleich, Bittle and Adams. Cole turned into Slade. Bittle turned into JR (right?).

  8. dean says:

    “Newman says he will “predominantly” catch in 2012, as he should given the significant improvement in his defense.”

    you mean someone that’s bad defensively as a catcher can improve? I wasn’t aware that was possible….

  9. Dicka24 says:

    What a lost draft when you really think about it. Bleich was considered a serious reach too IIRC. Too bad Cole chose college over signing.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Most drafts aren’t any better. Slade, Adams, CoJo, Brett Marshall, DJ Mitchell, David Phelps, Nik Turley, Dan Brewer, Kyle Higashioka… not a bad draft.

  10. Robert says:

    Does anyone know how much they offered Cole in 2008?

  11. Bubba says:

    Wasn’t there a prospect in short season doing very well when he had a really bad ankle injury? For the life of me I can’t remember his name. I wonder how he is progressing?

  12. RetroRob says:

    Protecting Adams was unusual based on the history of the Rule 5 draft, but also a no-brainer on the current state of the Rule 5. With the changes to the prior CBA, the quality available in the Rule 5 draft is quite limited. Adams is exactly the type of player that would be grabbed because he offers high upside. That’s quite a bit more than what the other players offer.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      How is that different from any Rule 5 draft? When was a potential everyday player not likely to get claimed in the Rule 5?

  13. Women's Lib is Ms.Guided says:

    I think Adams’ injury might have made it easier for a team to get him through the season, since they could start him on the DL, do a rehab, etc.

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