Sanchez out for the season

Not really a surprise.

As expect Anibal won't be with the team for rest of the season.

The Venezuelan right-hander learned Thursday he would miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

Alabama-based orthopedic surgeon James Andrews operated on Sanchez, who will not resume throwing for 3-4 months. The hope is he will be ready for the start of spring training.

In the open thread comments yesterday, Jrsyeagle was the first to report this finding.  Then Brickell and Dan gave their opinions and in my way of thinking, they both have a point.

Dan is absolutely correct that the sudden increase in innings for Sanchez last season, and others, meant he was an injury waiting to happen.

But Brickell also has a point. How in the world wasn't this problem spotted before Anibal was sent to the minors and before exploratory surgery had to be performed.  Really, I could see that Sanchez was still having shoulder problems, and I wasn't the only one.  If it was identified sooner would it have changed the outcome?  Probably not.  But the fact that the existence of potential injuries aren't noticed until they happen doesn't inspire much confidence.  Case in point, Dontrelle Willis.

I'm not sure whose job it is to evaluate the pitchers, though one would think it would be the pitching coach.  But whoever it is, they are putting our young arms in jeopardy by sending them out to the mound when they are damaged goods.

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