Joba Update: Part 2

According to ESPN’s sports ticker and Buster Olney, Dr. James Andrews has "told the Yankees that he doesn’t believe Chamberlain’s shoulder injury is a long-term problem."  Joba is expected to rest for a week, then begin a throwing program.  Now that’s not exactly great news, but it could have been a lot worse. 

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  • Definitely not “great” news, and definitely not “good” news, but better than whatever.
    Sunny side of me hopes that Kennedy takes this and run with it, creating the 4-5 pitcher that the Yanks need.
    Playoff or not, that was one of my things about this season – I mean, rebuilding, fine, but Hughes hasn’t pitched all that much, and IPK hasn’t done much, though the emergence of Joba is nice, it doesn’t appear enough – might require bringing back AP/Moose/both. Though I guess at this point, CC will likely become a (fat) Yankee.

    Lar August 7, 2008, 9:47 am
  • Agreed Lar – though Andrews saying he does not think this is a long-term problem is, in my view, great news. Just imagine if it was something requiring surgery. I don’t even want to consider how bummed I would have been had it been otherwise.
    As it is, I think if the Yankees can land CC (a big if to be sure, but there will only be a handful who can pay enough to do it) and if Wang and Joba are with us, then I’d be very happy going into the season with either Pettitte or Mussina in the 4 slot and Hughes/IPK in the # 5 (innings limits will be an issue since neither piched much this year). But I’d be very excited about a team with that starting rotation.
    The questions around the health/performance-ability of Matsui, Posada, and Melky (the lattter not exactly upping his trade value to the Yanks this year) and the contract decisions to be made re: Giambi and Abreu will also likely mean a pretty different looking line-up, which will make things interesting. But that starting 5 alone would get me pretty excited for the ’09 season.

    IronHorse (yf) August 7, 2008, 10:07 am
  • I agree – it’s time to start looking at ’09. With all the payroll coming off the books, the Free agent class, and some smart moves (like the Nady acquisition), the Yanks can field a championship caliber team next year. A healthy Chamberlain would of course be a big part of that, and that should not be risked for an outside shot at the playoffs this year, to say nothing of the long-long term for Joba, who has honestly been even better than I had hoped for this year. Even if he is completely healthy in a few weeks, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yanks limit his action/shut him down in September.

    Mark (YF) August 7, 2008, 10:26 am
  • I am happy for Joba (less happy for Yanks fans!) that this isn’t “torn labrum” type stuff. At the same time, the pragmatist in me wonders what this does to Joba’s psyche. Does it make him pitch differently, fearing injury, and therefore less effective? Or does it make him realize he isn’t invincible, and therefore a clever and smarter pitcher in the long run?
    Regardless, the knock on Joba (and why he slipped in the draft, if I remember correctly) was that he was an injury risk. This doesn’t do anything to help that reputation and presents a sad/scary prospect, that the best pitcher the Yankees have produced in many years (and yes, I am putting him ahead of Wang despite Wang’s accomplishments, that’s what I think of Joba) might be a part-timer. It took Josh Beckett several years and a change of scenery to begin to pitch more regularly and miss fewer turns (yes, different circumstances, I know). I wonder what Joba’s future looks like in this regard.

    SF August 7, 2008, 10:54 am
  • Indeed IH, that starting 5 really scares me. With pitching like that the team can handle the aging offense.
    Also good news about Joba; you hate to see a talented (EXTREMELY talented) young pitcher get injured so early in his career. Even if I hate him.

    Atheose August 7, 2008, 12:20 pm
  • I get what you’re saying SF, but have to say that I am not in the least concerned with Joba’s psyche. He has struck me both in games and in multiple intereviews as bullish and single-minded – a good trait for an ace-in-training – and not as very susceptible to self-doubt or insecurity. It’s interesting also hearing how his father talks about this injury and about set-backs in general and how Joba talks about his dad. You very much get the impression of a suck-it-up, figure it out, and kick-a*% mentality all underscored by the living example of a dad that has had greater set-backs 50-times over than Joba ever will and seems to have imparted a tough-as-nails attitude in his son. That’s all armchair psycho-analysis I know, but as we are talking psyches, why not…
    To the extent I worry about a Yankee’s psyche it is A-Rod’s, but no need to revisit that long debate in yet another thread.

    IronHorse (yf) August 7, 2008, 12:36 pm

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