I know pitching injuries occur with every team, but has any pitching coach had more pitchers go down with serious arm injuries than Brad Arnsberg? Is this just
I think it all comes down to the amount of relative effort the pitcher has to use to throw each pitch. The higher that effort is, the greater the risk of injury.
The cutter caused Roy some forearm problems in the past when he threw it a bit too much. And it Litsch's case it seems they were making an effort to get more velocity out of him in spring training. Overthrowing probably led to him being higher in the zone and more erratic with his control these first two starts (hence getting hit) and probably led to his elbow/forearm strain. I could sort of tell most of yesterday's game that something was just not right and his control was terrible relative to what it usually is.
I wonder if this was something new Litsch just started doing this spring or if it was carried over from his demotion last year when they wanted him to mix in the 4 seamer to give him a hard pitch to work with. In my opinion, it's pretty dangerous to take a pitcher who is used to throwing a certain speed and suddenly ask him to throw with closer to max effort instead of say 80 to 90% effort. You could see on the pitch to Young last night he really threw that with everything he had and immediately suffered the effects of it.
Liriano (what's his nickname?)
Maybe we could call him "Full Nelson".
In a perfect world, at some point this year he will sit down with Cito for an interview.
He might get the chance. The '89 team is coming back for a reunion on one of the Flashback Fridays and Wells is confirmed according to the Jays website.
The news that Jesse Litsch's MRI shows no structural damage limits his time on the DL. It changes from 2 weeks to Tommy John to 6 weeks to Seaon ending . This is not good news. This is at least 2 weeks ahead of where Janssen, Cecil, Mills or others should be ready. So we are stuck with Brian Tallet http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tallebr01.shtml; aquired from Cleveland 17 Jan '06 for Bubbie Buzachero http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tallebr01.shtml . Cleveland gave up on Brian as a starter; he's gold as a reliever. Why on earth are you messing with it.
The loss in a well pitched game is immense for this team. Boston, New York and Tampa are struggling; and Toronto gives them a free game. Toronto wins or loses a possible post-season birth in April, not September. Sitting two of your hottest bats is a mistake; never bringing them in is a back-breaker. Cito now has 8 lives left.
The season is only 9 games old, and much will change, but for me the emergence of Ricky Romero is the biggest story of the early days of the season. To go a strong eight innings in just his second start is extremely encouraging. Assuming that he keeps it going -- and his pedigree, his stuff, his maturity and composure would all suggest that he will -- it makes a huge difference in the Jays prospects for 2010. Yes, there are question marks about all of the injured pitchers, but I think the 2010 rotation is now looking formidable. Even if some of the injured pitchers fail to return to their past performance levels, and even if some of the young studs don't pan out, there is so much depth in the 2010 pitchers that a very strong 5-man rotation is nearly certain to emerge.
Let's consider the 2010 rotation. First is Halladay -- unlikely to be traded if the Jays future looks as strong as it does now. Next, assume that ONE of Cecil and Mills is ready by next year -- a reasonable prediction. Next, assume that ONE of Marcum, McGowan and Janssen can return to their glory days in 2010 -- again this is a conservative prediction. Next, assume that ONE of Litsch and Purcey will be injury-free and pitching at a high level -- again I think this is reasonable. Finally you have Romero, who I think should be even stronger by 2010. So, even if a bunch of the pitchers are busts, even if some are still injured or still in the minors or slower to recover than expected, the Jays should still have one of the best rotations in the league next year.
Combine that with Rolen's comeback and the continued improvement from Snider and Lind, along with Wells and Rios and Hill being still at their peak, and you've got a 2010 squad that could be championship calibre.
While the lack of Ks last night could be worrisome, what's more impressive is when those 2 Ks came.
i.e. when he needed them the most.
bases loaded, no outs - STRIKEOUT.
last batter of his outing (which he knows), over 100 pitches and tiring - STRIKEOUT. on morneau no less.
If this suggests what I want it to suggest - which I guarantee has to be true - then Ricky's already taken a page out of Roy's book, isn't worrying about strikeouts and would rather get quick groundouts (rare for a young pitcher with K-quality stuff), but still has the stuff to K guys when he needs to.