Olney: Balfour flunked O’s physical because of wrist and knee, not shoulder


Via Buster Olney: Grant Balfour failed his pre-signing physical with the Orioles last month due to concerns about his wrist and knee. I assume it’s the knee he had surgically repaired (torn meniscus) last February. It was initially reported that the deal fell through because something scary popped up in his shoulder, which is obviously a big deal for a pitcher.

The Yankees were said to have renewed interest in Balfour shortly after things fell apart with the Orioles. It has now been 24 days since that deal fell through and, aside from some rumors within the first two or three days, things around Balfour have been very quiet. Very few reports of interested teams, stuff like that. The medicals just might be pretty bad. I’d love to see the Yankees swoop in and get him cheap, but if the guy isn’t healthy, then the guy isn’t healthy and you have to look elsewhere.

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  • Anthony

    Didn’t two doctors give him a clean bill of health? Surely they would’ve caught the same thing the Orioles physicians did, no?

    • Now Batting

      I’m going off memory but believe the two doctors only examined his shoulder.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Cashman……hasn’t failed yet?

    Who am I bullshitting…

    • Farewell Mo

      He has failed for not signing on the cheap yet.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Didn’t you get the memo about “Cashman Failed” being completely played out and no one finding it funny?

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        You have failed for showing inconsistencies in your character.

        Seriously, this is really poor writing and character development.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Farewell Mo failed by not being mad at anyone but Jim over the Cashman Failed thing…

  • TWTR

    His agent could be waiting until some team gets desperate for bullpen help in ST?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      He may have been better off taking an offer before this leak, though. Now we’re talking multiple questions.

      • TWTR

        Yeah, that could true. I was trying to think of some strategy to counterbalance that.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    I like Balfour, but the guy is a flyball pitcher. Even with a great defensive outfield, I’m a bit wary.

    • BamBamMusings

      He may be the best RP free agent left, that doesn’t make him an inspiring late inning option.

  • The Great Gonzo

    I’m still wary. He’s as big a question mark as any other FA reliever out there, and an expensive one at that.

    IN fairness, I still have Hawkins/Farnsworth/Feliciano/Marte flashbacks.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      How can u have a Feliciano flashback? Dude pitched in like 1 st game!

      • The Great Gonzo

        Not the performance, just the contract.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Balfour is actually probably not going to be expensive, given the health issues that have come to light. There’s been so little activity to sign him, I bet a team willing to take the risk could get him a 1 year, $2M deal.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’d give him some silly 1/6 thing with a vesting option, or something like that. Sure.

        I’m starting to think that believing that a potentially mummified Grant Balfour is some sort of savior is a form of PTSD stemming from the lack of Mariano in the bullpen and just wanting a name you know out there.

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          I didn’t know why everyone was so bummed when he faux-signed with the Orioles.