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Arodys Vizcaino undergoes Tommy John surgery

Mar 20, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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Bad news for the Braves: Arodys Vizcaino, who looked to be part of the big league pen this year and, in the future, profiled as a starter,  underwent Tommy John surgery today. As you know, that ends his 2012 and, depending on how the rehab goes, may very well kill a bit of his 2013.

Vizcaino had been shut down with elbow trouble and met with James Andrews yesterday. It was apparently a pretty quick visit without a lot of nuance to it.  But hey, at least Tommy John can make a boat payment with his royalties. I mean, that’s how it works, right? Dr. Andrews wouldn’t screw Tommy John like that, would he?

Vizcaino is only 21 and only has 17 major league innings under his belt. In four minor league seasons, however, he is 19-15 with a 2.91 ERA in 268 innings with a K-rate of 9.3 per nine while walking only 2.3 per nine.

Promising, but now it’s promise deferred.

  1. whatthehellisansky - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Wow – wonder if Cashman had an inkling Vizcaino was headed toward Tommy John when he traded him to the Braves. The more I look back at that Javy Vazquez deal- the more I shake my head- mostly bc of this guy…but this changes thing a bit.

    • bravojawja - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      If that’s true, Cashman should change his name to Brian Carnac the Magnificent. Vizcaino pitched 100 effective innings after the deal in the Braves organization.

      Sometimes Tommy John surgery is as unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition.

    • Reflex - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Cashman did not or he wouldn’t have traded for Pineda. Both have the dreaded(and according to paperlions, imaginary) “inverted w” motion which tends to lead to TJ surgery.

      TJ surgery when you are Jamie Moyer is accepted, its just wear and tear. TJ surgery at age 21? No, thats mechanical.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        It’s not just PL: http://www.platoonadvantage.com/2010/08/inverted-w-does-not-cause-autism.html

      • Reflex - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        Goddamn commenting system ate my post. In short since I don’t want to retype:

        I agree with the point that some of the proponents of the Inverted W theory are crackpots. he points out *one* of them while ignoring others who are far more reputable(Chris O’Leary is who I read the most on the topic). He is also correct that the proposed solutions by those crackpots are likely not solutions. However the fact that there are charlatans who have signed on does not inherently discredit the notion that the Inverted W causes issues, and that is what would need to be discredited.

        The article was good, but it had little content that justified the title. It was a logical fallacy in that it attempted to disprove the theory by attacking one of its proponents credibility. I agree that the guy is not reputable, but that does not mean that the Inverted W does not cause serious elbow and shoulder injuries, which is the point that would need to be proven/disproven.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      He traded a fourth outfielder and a lottery ticket for one year of a reasonably-priced #2 starter. He didn’t need to know the lottery ticket was damaged goods for it to be a smart trade.

  2. senatorsguy - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

  3. patg1041 - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I really don’t see this as being that big a deal for Vizcaino. Tommy John hasn’t been a death sentence for a pitchers career for quite some time. Pitching from the pen was probably likely to stunt his growth as a pitcher anyway. Hopefully he comes back healthy and they pitch use him as a starter at whatever level.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    I really like the kid. I hope he pulls through this without problems and comes back stronger than ever around June of 13′.

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