• Andy’s Achy-Breaky Shoulder

    Posted by on September 16th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    Uh oh.  When Andy’s arm was hurting last year, he stank up the joint pretty badly.  Given the run of good pitching he gave the Yanks in the second half this year, this news comes at the worst possible time, especially when it looks like AJ Burnett has gone into the tank as well.  The state of the Yankees pitching staff is in distress at the moment, and right on the precipice of October baseball.

    Am I suddenly worried about the prospect of even getting out of the ALDS?  Yes, very much so.  Just a week ago, I would’ve said the Yanks could punch their ticket to the World Series.  Now I’m not even sure they won’t pull a “Mets” and cough up the division lead.

    -Posted by MJ

    Comments on Andy’s Achy-Breaky Shoulder

    1. Corey
      September 16th, 2009 | 9:24 am

      better now, then next month. Give him all the time he needs.

    2. MJ
      September 16th, 2009 | 9:29 am

      Corey wrote:

      better now, then next month. Give him all the time he needs.

      Yes, certainly better now than October. But since this is the same issue that more or less flushed his season last year, it’s not just something to gloss over, especially in light of the fact that AJ Burnett has been a steaming pile of turds since August.

    3. Corey
      September 16th, 2009 | 9:36 am

      @ MJ:
      he didn’t get a chance to rest it last year though, as he made sure he took the ball every 5th day for the team since they barely had a rotation otherwise as it was just a patch work rotation by the end of the year. This year is different.

    4. MJ
      September 16th, 2009 | 9:58 am

      @ Corey:
      Not to be a Debbie Downer but do we know that rest is what cures this injury? Obviously rest can’t hurt but it’s not like he’s got all the time in the world to rest it anyway. It’s only 15 days until the end of the month….

    5. Corey
      September 16th, 2009 | 10:07 am

      well, even with his barking shoulder, his “bad start” that was due to his shoulder, he only gave up 3 ER in 5 innings. That’s not atrocious. I figure if you add rest to that, he should be able to tough it out for another couple of starts. Andy is a tough dude.

    6. bfriley76
      September 16th, 2009 | 10:31 am

      Another troubling note here. Before the game last night, in an interview with Suzyn Waldman on the radio, he basically said that his shoulder is feeling now like it did when it began bothering him last season. Hopefully some rest will help him out, but hearing that made me nervous. AJ better get his act together.

    7. Raf
      September 16th, 2009 | 10:51 am

      MJ wrote:

      @ Corey:
      Obviously rest can’t hurt but it’s not like he’s got all the time in the world to rest it anyway. It’s only 15 days until the end of the month….

      Not only that, even if he is rested, who’s the say the long layoff won’t affect his sharpness?

    8. Evan3457
      September 16th, 2009 | 1:04 pm

      We’re doomed!!

      Doomed I tell you!

      DOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooommmmmedddddddd!!!!

    9. YankCrank
      September 16th, 2009 | 1:13 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      We’re doomed!!

      Doomed I tell you!

      DOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooommmmmedddddddd!!!!

      Hahaha, love this.

      But I do understand everybody’s concern. This has been a year where, since A-Rod has come back, seemingly everything has gone our way. A team with great chemistry, tons of talent and tons of confidence should be gearing up for a healthy playoff run but some problems are popping up at the end. It sucks, we’d obviously like everything to continue to go our way, but we’ll do the best we can resting Andy and hoping his arm responds. What else can we do at this point? Bring Igawa up?

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