• Bruney To See Specialist Today

    Posted by on April 25th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Via Tyler Kepner

    Reliever Brian Bruney is probably headed to the disabled list with an injury the Yankees fear could be two torn ligaments in his right foot. Bruney, who will meet with a foot specialist in New York on Friday, said that pitching on an injured foot could lead to more serious damage.

    “I’ve got to make sure I don’t feel anything,” said Bruney, who stumbled while scrambling to cover first base Tuesday. “That’s something that could lead to changing arm angles, trying to brace my foot and hurting my arm. We have to make sure everything’s good.”

    Bruney received pregame treatment for the second day in a row and continues to wear a boot. Manager Joe Girardi said only that the foot was sore, and Bruney all but dismissed the Yankees’ public diagnosis.

    “Sprained midfoot — whatever that means,” Bruney said. “It just hurts.”

    Googling around, I found this on injuries to foot ligaments:

    Ligaments have a poor blood supply, and torn ligaments require as much healing time as fractures. Average healing times are:

    Mild sprains–2 to 6 weeks.
    Moderate sprains–6 to 8 weeks.
    Severe sprains–8 to 10 weeks.

    Based on this, and reading Bruney’s reaction, I’m predicting that he’ll be out for the next 5 weeks (and maybe more) – if it’s true that he has torn ligaments. That’s a shame – as it was somewhat appearing like he had turned a corner this season.

    Looking at the numbers for the guys at Triple-A:

    		ERA	G	IP	WHIP	BA	OPS	Babip	SO/9	K/BB
    Albaladejo, J.	1.29	4	7	1.29	.192	.685	.200	6.43	1.25 
    Britton, Chris	2.45	8	11	1.36	.256	.738	.313	8.18	2.50 
    Patterson, Scott	4.82	8	9.2	1.24	.243	.698	.276	7.45	2.67 
    Ramirez, Edwar	0.00	8	9	0.33	.069	.198	.125	13.0	13.0 
    Strickland, Scott	7.88	5	8.1	1.56	.306	.953	.381	12.9	6.00 
    Veras, Jose	1.80	10	10	0.90	.167	.518	.263	14.4	5.33 

    It will be interesting to see who the Yankees pick, between Albaladejo, Ramirez, and Veras to replace him. The numbers suggest Ramirez. But, it would not be a shock to see them go to with Albaladejo either.

    Comments on Bruney To See Specialist Today

    1. antone
      April 25th, 2008 | 3:02 pm

      Man that sucks…Bruney has great stuff and his walks were down a little so far this season.

      Hopefully he can make it back quickly and continue to be effective. I would like to see him take over the Farnsworth/Hawkins role and be the third best reliever in the pen.

    2. gphunt
      April 25th, 2008 | 3:04 pm

      No news on Farnsworth yet either? Didn’t he slip and hurt his elbow?

      Would it surprise you to see them send down Ross and bring up Rasner for long relief?

    3. MJ
      April 25th, 2008 | 3:28 pm

      That’s a shame because Bruney took such good care of himself this winter and really came back looking like he’d be a positive contributor all season long. Hopefully he’s out for a month and comes back in June rested and ready to go.

      If Farnsie is hurt then this is the opportunity to banish him from the kingdom. Bring up Edwar and one of Albaladejo/Patterson. Although a case can be made for Rasner to eat some of the innings that Hughes/Kennedy haven’t been able to gobble up.

    4. Rich
      April 25th, 2008 | 3:51 pm

      I think the reason that the Yankees haven’t DL’d him yet, despite being short in the pen, is that they have no idea of the severity of the injury until he is examined by a specialist.

    5. baileywalk
      April 25th, 2008 | 4:43 pm

      What a disappointment. Bruney’s out for the year with a tear in his foot. Man, you really have to feel for him.

      I also think it’s ridiculous that they apparently are sending down Ohlendorf. One bad outing and he’s gone? Yeah, I know they need an extra arm at the moment, but it still sucks. Ohlendorf came into the season prepared as a one-inning reliever and they used him as a longman. He basically excelled the whole season and after his first bad outing it’s back to Scranton. Ross would have to be superhuman not to be deflated and upset about the news.

      They brought Chris Britton and Jon Albaladejo. Britton? Over Ramirez? My only guess is that Britton is here short term.

      It’s too bad Patterson had one rough inning this year, because you would have to assume he’d have gotten a look.

    6. Raf
      April 25th, 2008 | 6:16 pm

      Given the guys they bought up, I think Ohlendorf’ll be back.

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