Yankee Trader February 25th, 2013 at 8:29 am
Does anyone know the extent of Granderson’s forearm fracture? Did the radius and ulna both fracture?
If he needs any surgical treatment, plates and screws, then I think 10 weeks is premature.
From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
“Because of the strong force required to break the radius or ulna in the middle of the bone, it is more common for adults to break both bones during a forearm injury. When only one bone in the forearm is broken, it is typically the ulna — usually as a result of a direct blow to the outside of your arm when you have it raised in self defense.”
“Bones have a remarkable capacity to heal. Forearm bones typically take 3 to 6 months to fully heal. The more severe your injury, however, the longer your recovery may be.”
“Nonsurgical treatment. Rehabilitation typically begins after a few weeks of keeping the arm still by using a cast or brace. In many cases, a physical therapist will help with rehabilitation, beginning with gentle exercises to increase range of motion, and gradually adding exercises to strengthen the arm.”
“Surgical treatment. Depending on the complexity of the fracture and the stability of the repair, a cast or brace may be necessary for 2 to 6 weeks after surgery. Motion exercises for the forearm, elbow, and wrist usually begin shortly after surgery. This early motion is important to prevent stiffness. Your doctor may also prescribe visits to a physical or occupational therapist, depending on how long your arm was immobilized.”
If you have time, you will all enjoy this article on the Yankee- Kansas City Connection, especially GB7, who’s wonderful and painted insight, I miss.
The Kansas City connection
February 25, 2013 by William Tasker .
“After a lifetime of reading about and watching the New York Yankees, there is a story that happened in the past that has floated by my consciousness from time to time. I often wondered about this story. As it goes with writers, the story floated by my consciousness one too many times and I had to find out what it was all about. The story goes that for a time, the Kansas City Athletics, a major league club, became a minor league team for the Yankees and funneled its best players to the Yankees thus allowing the Yankees to continue its dynasty.”
Trader, Zoilo had a .905 OPS vs. RHP with Trenton last season. The left side is his power side. ISO .242. He seems to also improve his hitting vs. LHP the longer he stays at a level. But with Trenton in 2012 he had only a .625 OPS vs. lefties. He’s also aggressive at the plate, and doesn’t walk much: vs. RHP: K 23.6%, BB 6.4%.
I like the comments on the previous thread by Hendry and Cashman about Almonte. The Granderson injury and Mesa going to play in the WBC mean he will get a lot of playing time to try and prove to Girardi/Cashman that he’s the guy they should turn to right now.
If there is a trade, it won’t be until later in ST, until ther Yanks have had a good look at all the in-house candidates that could fill in for Granderson til he returns. NO reason to panic this early and make a dumb move like George would have done. Especially now when teams can smell blood in the water and try to rob us.
YT, I am against dealing for Soriano. I doubt Theo will let him come cheap in spite of the salary dump and I’d rather go with the young’uns. Zoilo could stand a little more work in the minors, but I wouldn’t mind seeing what he can do in a short stint with Grandy out. Although I wouldn’t like seeing him not getting any righty AB’s for too long a stretch; he’s a switchy, and I think his splits, although he will always be superior from the left side, will become less pronounced the more he works on that RH swing. Zoilo would obviously have to play in RF, Ichiro in left.
YT knows more than most of us, and many sports teams (understandably) lie about injuries, so that bears watching. As I said, they should consider Nunez.
I do not know more than anyone here. I just happened to stay at a Holiday In Express last night.
BTW- Did you ever see my post about how the shift, per a group called Baseball Info Solutions, takes roughly 20 points off the batting averages of players that face them most often? At the time of the USA Today Baseball Weekly article, dated July 25th thru 31st Granderson had one hit from 23 ground balls against the shift, compared with 15 for 64 on grounders without the shift.
No, I missed that. That is interesting, but there might be a restriction of range issue because the players that are hurt most by a shift are disproportionately hurt relative to the overall population of MLB players?
I say go with what they have in the system. Soriano is a DH, and I’d rather that the right handed DH be some combination of Jeter or Youkilis when Nunez and Nix are in the field, and Nunez when he’s not at SS.
Joe Girardi said that the Yankees are “not looking for a long term solution” to replace Curtis Granderson, who is expected to miss the first month of the season. Girardi seemed to lean toward veterans Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, and noted that Melky Mesa is the best defensive option in camp to take over for Granderson, while switch-hitter Zoilo Almonte seems to figure into the Yanks’ future plans.
If he really is leaning towards Rivera or Diaz it wouldn’t surprise me – it would disappoint me, but not surprise me. What will annoy me is if they have to remove someone potentially useful from the 40 man roster to get either of those geezers on it.
Soriano is not likely, in my opinion, to duplicate last year. He has had some quite poor years too, and I bet that’s the Soriano we would get. Plus, they would demand far more than I think he is worth.
Cashman has said he will build the system and it is better than we understand. Now, is the time to prove it. No more old guys. We already have the oldest team is baseball. Let’s not add to that.
Even if the young guys fail in April, I would still prefer that route to Soriano.
Not only do I agree with you about Soriano, I don’t know why Soriano would accept a trade to come to the Yankees where he would play regularly for a month and then assume the Andruw Jones role on the bench.
Soriano said he would consider what was good for him and his family in deciding whether to accept a trade. I agree the Yankees would result in him being a part time player for most of the year. He can’t want that.
I think Almonte is our best hope, at least against right handers.