• Unit Needs An Oil Change?

    Posted by on April 17th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    From BP via SI

    Apparently, Randy Johnson didn’t think his shoulder stiffness was a baseball decision. Johnson was lifted from his start after five innings and 87 pitches, something that has less to do with his shoulder and more to do with his knees. When Johnson’s knees are pain-free (or, more likely, pain-reduced) in the effective period of his Synvisc injections, his mechanics are smooth. While I do not know when Johnson had his last series of injections, his mechanics in tonight’s game implied that he was due for a new series of Synvisc. If you want a key, watch the chest of his jersey. When he’s right, the jersey pops out as he’s about to release the ball. When he’s not, his delivery is much more of a long arc that stresses — you guessed it — the shoulder. Johnson’s quick hook was a baseball decision; the Yankees can’t afford to stress his arm in this condition if they intend to win. It would be interesting to know when Johnson’s last series of injections was, to gauge whether or not the lubrication is having a shorter period of effectiveness.

    I missed this report over the weekend. And, as far as I know, none of the New York media is running with it. It will be interesting to see if the guys in the YES booth make any mention of it in Johnson’s next start.

    Comments on Unit Needs An Oil Change?

    1. JeremyM
      April 17th, 2006 | 6:30 pm

      Weird, when it came to Wizard of Oz characters I would’ve pegged him as the Scarecrow, not the Tinman.

      Pavano of course is Dorothy…

    2. April 17th, 2006 | 10:03 pm

      You probably missed it – Pav’s the Lion:


    3. JeremyM
      April 17th, 2006 | 11:14 pm

      Forgot all about that post–I still stand by Pavano as Dorothy though, because we all know the lion has some courage, he just didn’t know he had it. Pavano is a wimp, and maybe if he clicks his heels he’ll get his wish and get shipped to Detroit.

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