Monday, April 25, 2016


Go ahead, kick us while we're down...

Not a great start to the season.  ARod is slumping, the Yankees aren't terribly good and now their prospect sensation is hurt and going to the DL.

I'm not too happy about the start of the 2016 season.  Reports are that James Kaprielian will go to the DL because there was some swelling in his throwing elbow.

According to several sources, but we'll go with The YES Network on this one:

"...the team announced that right-handed pitching prospect and 2015 first-round draft pick James Kaprielian will be placed on the minor league disabled list after an MRI revealed elbow inflammation.

There is no timetable in place for Kaprielian's return, and he is set to undergo "conservative" treatment comprised of sufficient rest followed by a throwing program."

And that's all we got.  Now, we have speculated here about the Yankees and their minor league system for a while now. I'm not sure why these kids get hurt so often.  Chase Whitley, Manny Banuelos, Ty HensleyAndrew Brackman (Remember him?) come to mind in recent memory.  Now Kaprielian.  I'm not sure if it's just dumb luck or if these guys are pushed or if it's something that Steve Hayward and Mike Cocco has spoke about in our BYB features recently, arm strength.

"Steve Hayward: 'Pitchers need to be conditioned to pitch, not pitch to get conditioned.'"

"Cocco: 'You need to know your players, some players are good with 60 pitches, while others struggle at 40. Understanding the players limits as well as the point in the season and arm condition is also a key factor. Early in the year, we may limit the player to 40-60 and once the arm is in condition, we expand that to 50-70 and so on. For pitchers and even position players, keeping the legs in shape is also critical, more times than not, the legs give before the arm gets tired. Pitchers throwing 40+ pitches per game need to have strong legs and good cardiovascular conditioning.'”  (From STRENGTHENING ARMS: A BYB FEATURE)

You gotta wonder if the fact that pitchers are not strengthened early on is a big part of this these days.  Anyway, I find the whole thing very interesting.

Just wanted to fill you in.  Get well soon James!

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