Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Damaged Goods!

Wayne Krivsky defrauded us1!1!

Good news/bad news on Ryan Wagner
, who visited Dr. Andrews and underwent surgery today.

Good news is that it wasn't a torn rotator cuff, but a torn labrum.

Bad news: he's out for the year.

Labrums are definitely the injury of choice with this team, and he's about the 500th Nat to suffer from that injury over the last few years. Some, like Jon Rauch, have come back easily. Others? Well, not so much.

Either way, that's generally a much better injury to have than a torn rotator cuff, which is usually a death sentence for pitchers. Look no further than the opposing team's bullpen to our good friend Tony Armas to what happens to pitchers who have rotator cuff surgery.

  • Or alternatively (as is usually the case), I don't know what the hell I'm talking about.


    • Dude, a torn labrum IS a death sentence for pitchers. While a torn rotator cuff can be mended thanks to Tommy John, a torn labrum for a pitcher is basically the end. Just ask any Orioles fan who saw prospects like Luis Rivera flame out because of a torn labrum.

      Of course, I may be in all accounts, mistaken.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/06/2007 12:18 AM  

    • You cannot consider an article by Will Carroll the authoritative answer to anything (See Gyroball, The).

      Nevertheless, good luck and God speed to Ryan Wagner, and the Nats should file a grievance just for the hell of it.

      By Blogger Nate, at 6/06/2007 7:42 AM  

    • Well, anonymous, you might be right on that, but the next time you get a torn rotator cuff repaired because of Tommy John surgery (which fixes ligament damage in elbows), then it's time for a new doctor!

      On the labrum, it does depend on the severity of the tear. Jon Rauch came back fine. (So has Guzman, though, yes, it's a different context).

      Then there's Brian Lawrence...

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/06/2007 8:44 AM  

    • I think it depends on what his style of pitching is. I tore my labrum in college (I was a swimmer) and my shoulder's fine, but the way they fixed it, it doesn't stretch the way it used to, so I couldn't swim butterfly because one shoulder stretches further than the other. If having a tighter (literally) labrum won't affect his pitching, he should be OK.

      By Anonymous Encouraging Referee Pitman, at 6/06/2007 10:56 AM  

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