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Javier Vazquez ends comeback attempt due to knee injury

Feb 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Javier Vazquez‘s comeback, which was going to include pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, is over before it started.

Last month Vazquez underwent what was said to be a minor knee surgery to repair meniscus damage, but Ruben Rodriguez of El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico reports that he will not pitch in the WBC. And according to Ken Rosenthal of that means Vazquez “will not pitch in MLB this year.”

Vazquez would have had to pitch well (and prove he was healthy) in the WBC to draw significant interest from MLB teams anyway, so the knee problems sabotaged all of that for the 36-year-old.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Sorry to hear it. He gave the Feesh the last of his best, and as a fan all I can say is, thanks Javy, it was fun watching you pull it all back together for what must’ve been a gratifying last olé.

  2. kopy - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    So… so do we take him off the BSOHL team?

    • number42is1 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      no.. he just goes on the BSOHL DL

  3. b453841l - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    WHAT!!?!? Javier Vazquez’s ability to pitch is adversely affected by injury??? Absolutely shocking!!!

  4. tuberippin - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    That’s a shame. He could have been a useful piece in an NL rotation.

  5. m3rozansky - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Good, now no team has waste money on guy that wouldn’t last 6 weeks in their rotation.

    Vasquez to me was always one of the more overrated pitchers in baseball. Trust me, we had him on the Yankees twice and he was a big waste of time. He always nothing but make excuses for getting slammed around and walked around with an attitude of “hey, everyone feel bad for me”.

    • tuberippin - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Just because he sucked with the Yankees doesn’t make him a bad pitcher.

      Case in point: Randy Johnson, arguably the best left-handed starter ever (though obviously the case can be made for Sandy Koufax, Lefty Grove, Warren Spahn, or Steve Carlton), had ERAs of 3.79 and 5.00 in his two years in pinstripes. The Big Unit not performing at his best in New York does not negate the rest of his career, however.

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