From the News -
A major storyline of the Yankees’ season has been the rash of injuries to young pitchers, but the issue is not confined to the big-league roster. The two prized young arms the Bombers acquired in a pair of major offseason deals are hurt.
The perplexing thing for many in the organization is that, according to a club source, general manager Brian Cashman was fully aware that both top prospects – Humberto Sanchez and Ross Ohlendorf – were serious injury risks and chose to make the deals anyway.
Sanchez was acquired in the deal that sent Gary Sheffield to Detroit and is missing the season after having Tommy John tendon-replacement surgery in April. Ohlendorf, who came in the trade that sent Randy Johnson to Arizona, is 1-3 with a 5.19 ERA for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and contending with back problems.
When Sanchez had surgery, Cashman was forthcoming about making the deal despite the concerns. “I knew that there was a potential problem with the elbow, but I also knew that if there was one, it would be correctable,” Cashman said. He hasn’t said as much about Ohlendorf. As of Friday, the pitcher had allowed 42 hits and 19 walks over 34-2/3 innings and opponents were hitting .309.
Pavano at the big league level. Sanchez at the minor league level. Hey, Cashman never met an injury-plagued pitcher that he didn’t love.