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Why Scheppers fell in the draft

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 08, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A few people have e-mailed to ask why the Yankees didn’t take a shot at Tanner Scheppers of Fresno State with their supplemental pick.

Here’s why:

(From the AP): Scheppers’ injury was recently diagnosed by Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum as a slight tear in his right rotator cuff and a frayed labrum.

Elbows can be rehabbed. Shoulders can be career-killers. A labrum and a rotator cuff? No wonder he fell to the Pirates in the second round. Pittsburgh is now saying he will be offered a deal only if their doctors approve.

“If we get him, we get a very talented pitcher,” GM Neal Huntington said. “If we don’t come to terms or just don’t feel like he’s going to be healthy enough, or if he has a setback in rehabilitation and we don’t think he’s worth the gamble, we get the third pick in next year’s second round.”

Meanwhile, expect some signings this week. The Yankees could move fast with some of their guys.




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