Thursday, October 25, 2012
Yankees ace CC Sabathia had what was described as successful elbow surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews to remove a bone spur in his left throwing elbow. This surgery will alter his Spring Training some possibly but will not keep him out of any games or Opening Day. According to reports Sabathia has had this bone spur since his days with the Indians and has not had trouble with it until recently. I guess throwing his arm off since his days in Milwaukee will do that to a guy. This is relatively minor on the scale of pitching elbow surgeries so I am not all that concerned for CC in 2013 and beyond.
Yankees top prospect Mason Williams has been cleared by team doctors to resume baseball activities following the shoulder surgery that ended his 2012 season prematurely. He had his left, non throwing, shoulder labrum repaired after it was torn diving for a ball in the outfield. The Yankees will be slow with him as they will only allow him to work out and run at this point but it is a big step in the right direction. The year of the Yankees big prospects going down was hard so maybe 2013 will be better, with news like this its ever more encouraging.
I hate to even bring up the dreaded "close friends" or "relatives" type sources but it's a slow news day so take it for what you will. Ichiro told these "personal close friends" that he would strongly like to remain with the Yankees because of the professional and winning atmosphere that surrounds the team. Having a lot of teammates around his age could not hurt either but I digress. The San Francisco Giants were linked to Ichiro before the Yankees acquired him so the Yanks may have some competition this year via free agency but Ichiro claims that money will not be a deciding factor so you never know. The expected contract to land Ichiro for 2013 would be in the $5-$8 million range on a one year deal or a one year deal with an option for 2014. In 67 games for the Yankees this season Ichiro found his youth again while hitting .322/.340/.454 with 14 stolen bases and big base running and defensive plays one after another. I am not sure I would want Ichiro starting every day in the same outfield as Brett Gardner, especially if we do not re sign Nick Swisher, but in Cashman I trust.
Shohei Otani was officially drafted by the Japanese League Nippon Ham Fighters and cannot sign with a Major League team before April on 2013. They hold exclusive rights to Otani through March of next year and then they can decide to post him or let him sign with a Major League team. Otani still figures to sign with a Major League team this season but this does delay and complicate things just a little.
Pablo Sandoval joined a pretty elite company with a couple black and white pictures last night in Game 1 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers. Pablo joined the likes of Babe Ruth, who did it twice, and Albert Pujols, and Mr. October Reggie Jackson. The Giants went on to win the game 8-3 behind a strong pitching performance from Barry Zito who out pitched Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Congratulations to Pablo, especially after the 2010 campaign and World Series run where he spent a lot of time watching, this has to be the best moment of his big league career.