It would be pretty discouraging to find out Curtis Granderson could have fixed his issues at the plate with a simple eye exam. (Image: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE)

Yankees Injury News: Jeter, Sabathia and Granderson


Derek Jeter underwent surgery Saturday on his fractured left ankle suffered in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Dr. Robert Anderson of Charlotte, N.C. performed the surgery and conservatively estimates a recovery period of four to five months which puts Jeter’s ability to get on the field right at the beginning of or mid-way through Spring Training.

Derek Jeter (2) reacts after being injured in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. (Image: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE)

General manager Brian Cashman does not intend on looking for a backup plan in the free agent or trade market, feeling he has two competent players in Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix (a free-agent) at his disposal. Cashman said, “It’s not something we’ve focused on, and I wouldn’t think that that’s something I would gravitate to.”

Jeter played through pain for several weeks of the season leading into the playoffs and it finally gave out when diving for a grounder. The scene that night was a downtrodden one and while Nunez proved to be a more than adequate fill in, Jeter was missed in the clubhouse as the losses began to pile up.

Sabathia to visit Dr. James Andrews

CC Sabathia owner of over 2500 regular season innings pitched in his 12-year career will visit renowned elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews to determine if surgery is required to remove a bone spur in the lefty’s pitching elbow. The spur is believed to have been there since 2008 when the Yankees signed him to a seven-year deal which has since been extended one season with a vesting option for 2017.

CC Sabathia will visit Dr. James Andrews next week to see if a bone spur needs to be surgically removed from his pitching elbow. (Image: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE)

Sabathia reached the 200-inning mark again this season, exactly the number in fact, but it was the lowest number of innings tossed since 2006. Sabathia was on the disabled list twice in 2012, once for a strained groin and the second time was due to swelling in the elbow. He saw Andrews for the elbow then and ligament damage is not a concern at this time. Sabathia told the New York Daily News that he was concerned.

Yeah, you have to be concerned, because like I’ve said, I’ve never had any problems with the elbow before. We have to wait and see… It’s something that I’ve not felt before, never had, so it’s best to go get it checked out and go from there.”

If Dr. Andrews decides to remove the bone spur, it will require significant recovery time, but not to the extent that ligament (Tommy John) surgery would necessitate. One thing is clear — Sabathia experienced trouble with the elbow this season, fighting through pain even after the DL-stint. With at least four more years in the Bronx, the Yankees are going to make sure their investment in the big left-hander is secure and that he has no physical ailments preventing his success.

Granderson will have eyes checked

In the ‘are you kidding me’ category, the Yankees are going to ask Curtis Granderson to have his eyes checked. Well, that’s a start in trying to figure out why Granderson struck out 195 times during the regular season and another 16 times during the postseason.

Granderson, according to the New York Daily News was diagnosed with 20/30 vision at the time he was traded to New York in 2010. He was fitted for contact lenses at the time, but there is no certainty to whether he actually uses them.

A couple things bother me here. One, if Granderson wasn’t using the lenses then he deserves more blame than he already receives for his up and down 2012 season. In my mind, if a player can fix something as simple as his vision then it should be done without provocation. Secondly, if Granderson was using the lenses and his vision has worsened (which would be typical for someone already showing diminished vision) then why wasn’t this issue raised as he was struggling in the later parts of the regular season?

It seems to me that seeing and then hitting a 95-mph fastball or an off-speed pitching dipping in and/or away would require the best vision possible. These types of circumstances tend to creep out in the offseason after poor results on the field and it always amazes me that it wasn’t attempted to be fixed in season, especially something as simple as an eye test and subsequent fitting for contact lenses or sports eye wear.

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  • Jimmy Kraft

    I think the Yankees should have kept the Granderson eye exam under wraps…It’s one of those “things that are better left unsaid” ideas. Who knows if it actually works for him, for all we know for next season he could just be a better hitter. However, it does beg the question, (which you pointed out) “Why wasn’t this addressed in-season?”

    • Chris_Carelli

      Agreed, but it is from a “source”, so the Yankees probably had no intention of it getting out. It would really bother me if it does indeed make a marked improvement next season and beyond, when the Yankees could have used more from Granderson during the postseason.