“When the [doctor] says four to five months, they’re giving you the longest period. They’re not going to give you the shortest period. Some guys are going to heal quicker than others. We really just don’t know.”
That was Yankees manager Joe Girardi, according to an MLB.com piece back on October 20th on the timeline for Derek Jeter’s recovery from ankle surgery. Nearly a week earlier, on October 14th, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted that Girardi had said Jeter would need three months to recover.
It’s now seven months later, and Jeter is still not on the field. He will not be back until sometime after the All-Star break.
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On March 5th, Mark Teixeira was a late scratch from the Team USA lineup in a World Baseball Classic tuneup against the White Sox. In a piece at Bombers Beat, MLB.com writer Bryan Hoch noted that an MRI had revealed a strained right wrist and that “initial estimates are that the strain will cost Teixeira seven to 10 days.”
Nearly four hours later, Hoch tweeted that Brian Cashman told reporters it was actually “a minimum of two weeks.”
A piece yesterday from Dan Martin of the New York Post says that Teixeira, while taking live batting practice, is not out of the field yet, and that he “hopes to be back with the team by the end of this month.” Should he return around May 28th, that would put his actual recovery time at twelve weeks.
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On February 24th, Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch from J.A. Happ in an early spring game. Reports at the time, including one passed along by Jack Curry of YES, called the injury a bruise, though the club said that he would go for “precautionary” x-rays, as well.
Curry tweeted the bad news later that same day, as the club announced that Granderson’s forearm was broken, and that “he will be major league ready in 10 weeks.”
Those ten weeks were up back on Sunday, but he was still playing in extended spring at that point, not getting into his first game on a rehab assignment until last night. He is expected back sometime next week, eleven weeks after being “bruised.”
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Last year, after a spring full of concerns about his weak velocity, and complaints following a late March shellacking about “normal soreness” in his arm, the Yankees sent Michael Pineda for an MRI. According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, “Three hours later, the Yankees’ major fears regarding Pineda were somewhat soothed.”
The diagnosis was tendinitis, and the Yankees placed him on the disabled list. Pineda will not throw a ball for the next 10 to 15 days as the Yankees take a cautious approach.
“It’s great news,” Manager Joe Girardi said.
Four days later, Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger wrote that “Pineda said this morning that his right shoulder is feeling better. Though he still feels soreness, said he has no pain. He was relieved when an MRI last week revealed no structural damage.”
“I’m feeling much better now,” said Pineda, who still doesn’t know what his rehab plan is going forward.
The Yankees will start Pineda on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. It’s unclear, however, how long he’ll be shut down. He spent the last few days at the Tampa complex doing conditioning work, though he hasn’t thrown.
On April 5th, Joel Sherman tweeted that Pineda played catch, and added that pitching coach Larry Rothschild said “Pineda felt no problems” with his shoulder. The following day, Joe Girardi told reporters that Pineda wouldn’t pitch in the Majors in the month of April.
On the 21st, after pitching some extended spring innings, Pineda had a session that Joe Girardi said was “not good.” According to a tweet from Marc Feinsand of the Daily News, the pitcher felt the pain in his shoulder again, and was due to see a doctor. By the 25th he had been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder, and would be out for the year.
Still, on May 9th, Pineda quoted his doctor on WFAN.com as telling him, “You can’t pitch this year, but I promise next year you’ll be ready 100 percent in spring training.”
As of earlier this week, he was still pitching in extended Spring Training games, and aiming for a “midseason” return.
The audacity of the Yankees and their doctors to misdiagnose and misrepresent recovery times for their injured players in some crudely cynical scheme to keep sucking money from the wallets of fans who are only too eager to give it away on the faintest promises of hope, eh? And shame on the Blue Jays for seeming to have followed down their devious path, with hope-fulfilling lies about quick recoveries and minor injuries for Brett Lawrie, Jose Bautista, Josh Johnson, and others.
Because… what else but a high-level conspiracy could be going on when a club, time and again, misdiagnoses and fails to be truthful about the recovery time necessary for injuries to its star athletes? Surely not the fact that THE HUMAN BODY IS A GODDAMN FRAGILE THING THAT DIFFERS FROM PERSON TO PERSON, INJURY TO INJURY, AND OFFERS LITTLE IN THE WAY OF PINPOINT SHIT-PUKING ACCURACY WHEN ATTEMPTING TO DIAGNOSE OR CONCOCT A SPECIFIC RECOVERY TIME FOR WHAT ANY ONE HUMAN’S BODY, LET ALONE A HIGH-PERFORMANCE ATHLETE’S, IS GOING TO DO OVER THE COURSE OF DAYS AND WEEKS AND MONTHS, EH, YOU HOPELESS FUCKING TINFOIL-HATTED CLOWNS???