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Boof Gets the Jesse Crain Special, Out for the Season

Well it turns out that Boof’s injury was a lot worse than anyone expected. His exploratory surgery today revealed a torn labrum and a torn rotator cuff. In other words, he’s got The Jesse Crain Special. (So much for Rick Anderson doing such a great job of keeping the players’ arms from falling off, by the way.)

These injuries somehow evaded detection on multiple MRIs on multiple different machines, each of which was examined by multiple teams of doctors. So I’m going to go ahead and skip the part where we complain about the Twins’ (and Rays’) doctors all missing this one three months ago.

This was yet another case where the Twins tried to go the “rest and rehab” route with one of their pitchers, like they do every time. And just like every other time, it didn’t work out and surgery ended up being necessary in the first place. And just like every other time it took 3+ months to figure it out, which means instead of being ready to throw in time to get 6+ months in ahead of the season in which he’ll actually be returning, Boof’s arm will be ready in time to start getting ready for spring training.

As a result, Bonser/Neshek 2010 will be the same as Liriano/Crain 2008. (Except Liriano is better than Bonser and Neshek is better than Crain.)

It’s a good thing the Twins are learning their lesson.

But this does mean we can stick Boof on the 60 day DL and keep him on the team for another year without losing him on waivers. Although that seems to be mattering less and less with this guy.


7 Comments so far

  1. MarkW February 25th, 2009 3:44 pm

    Hard to believe they didn’t show up on an MRI scan… I’m not a doctor, but I have a torn labrum in my left shoulder and you can certainly see it on the scan… these 2 tears must be very very small if they are not even seeing them… As a normal human, I’m sure surgery wouldn’t be required, but I suppose if it’s your life and you need to throw a ball 90+ mph to make a living, you have no choice as it’ll only tear more and more…

    I say go after Cruz.. I think that gives us the best bullpen in the Central for sure and one of the better overall pitching staffs in all of baseball… Ayala? Humber? Mijares? Dickey? Crain? Guerrier? Can any of these guys be anything but average? We need a strikeout guy for the 8th inning… Cruz gives us that. I’m on board for a trade or giving up a 1st rounder… besides, all we do is draft more pitching!

  2. sirsean February 25th, 2009 3:48 pm

    Baseball Prospectus just came out with an article talking about how the pendulum has swung way too far now, and teams are far too gunshy to give up their first round draft picks. They point out that after the top ten picks, the value of the picks drops off dramatically. To the point where you shouldn’t be that worried about losing first round picks.

    I don’t know if I fully buy it (a draft pick, even if it’s not an uber-prospect, is under cheap team control for 6 years if he makes the majors — a veteran free agent is NOT). But we shouldn’t have to give the D-Backs something good just to keep our hands on a draft pick.

  3. Erica February 25th, 2009 3:54 pm

    Bad things happen in threes: The coaches had better keep an eye on Matty Guerrier and Craig Breslow.

    I’m disappointed, but not distraught. I have faith that somebody will have a great spring and earn Boof’s spot anyway (Humber? Mulvey? Dickey?).

  4. Grizz February 27th, 2009 2:52 pm

    The biggest question here is if the injury is to his eating arm.

  5. sirsean February 27th, 2009 3:19 pm

    Haha, yeah, maybe he’ll lose some weight!

  6. FunBobby February 27th, 2009 3:34 pm

    Let’s be honest, he really didn’t use his hand much anyway. He seemed like a face to plate kind of guy.

  7. sirsean February 27th, 2009 3:43 pm

    He wasn’t the only one of our pitchers who was.

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