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Javier Vazquez has a dead arm

Aug 7, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that Javier Vazquez is dealing with a dead arm.

Vazquez struggled in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox, allowing six runs — three earned — while walking four and allowing two home runs. After the game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed concern in the right-hander’s failure to reach 90 mph with his fastball.

Vazquez entered Friday’s contest with a 3.29 ERA over his last 90 1/3 innings dating back to early May, but his velocity has been down for most of the year. He has averaged 88.9 mph on his fastball this season, compared to 91.1 mph with the Braves last season, according to Fangraphs.

The Yankees don’t believe anything is seriously wrong with him, however Vazquez thought the team may evaluate him further. In an effort to get Vazquez through the dead arm period, Eiland said the team will cut down on his workload between starts.

It’s not like a pitcher having a dead arm is uncommon — heck, even Roy Oswalt is going through it right now — but this is hardly good news for a team that currently holds a razor thin lead in the AL East. 

  1. Buccofan - Aug 7, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Is it against the Unwritten Laws (as amended for the 21st century) for a player to say, “Hey, I sucked”, rather than citing some injury?

  2. Md23Rewls - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    “Sucking” doesn’t explain a decrease of velocity.

  3. Old Gator - Aug 7, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    It’s pretty close to “drag” or “inertia,” though. Maybe if Vasquez put winglets on his balls, like the ones on the airliner wingtips? I hear they cut sucking down by 10% or more.

  4. Pisano - Aug 8, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    I’ll tell you something else that’s dead , his time in New York after this season .

  5. Sweepthleg - Aug 8, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Maybe the Braves will sign him they had a terrific pitcher with the same name last year. I wonder what happened to that guy…….

  6. Opie - Aug 8, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    So, can someone just say it……… GREAT trade for the Braves and give a little credit to Mr. Wren. Job well done, sir!!

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