Tanyon Sturtze took his late 2005 right shoulder woes seriously enough to spend his offseason in Manhattan so he could make thrice-weekly visits to a Columbia-Presbyterian specialist. Tests showed the Yankees reliever’s pitching shoulder to be “worn down and weak,” Sturtze said Friday at Mohegan Sun.
He was scheduled to fly to Tampa today so he could attempt to throw off a mound this week at the club’s minor-league complex.
The Yankees very much need a healthy Sturtze, given that Kyle Farnsworth is guaranteed to be a colossal flop and Octavio Dotel is no guarantee to get healthy.
While I do not agree with Davidoff’s take on The Farns, this news on T.S. is concerning. I’ve already gone on record about the need for all hands to be on deck and effective in the pen this year.
Given the age/issues/questions around the Yankees starters this season, the 7th inning is going to be a very important frame, on defense, in Yankeeland this year. You do not want Myers and/or Villone facing RHP batters in close games in the 7th. So, if Sturtze is out, then it’s up to Small and Wright. Yikes. Maybe this explains the Nelson interest.
And, yes, I have not forgotten about Dotel. Sorry, until we know that he can lift his right arm for sure, I cannot count on him.
Poor Sturtze – another victim of the Torre Burn’em Till Death plan. Let’s hope it’s not as fatal as it might be for him and the team.