Dag Gummit, on 05 May 2012 - 09:56 PM, said:
That's just brutal.
And honestly, if I'm Cashman/ Steinbrenner, I'd become insistent that team physicals for signings and trades become much more comprehensive in the future. It's my understanding that the damage causing major shoulder injuries like Pineda's are longterm and that should have come up.
And if Campos' elbow is also serious, that probably should have, as well.
Bear in mind that Campos and Pineda were *chosen* by the Yankees. Very likely they could have picked another prospect besides Campos - If I'm not mistaken, it's common in trades for a GM to say, 'OK, you can have your pick of any of these 3 prospects'. And, they obviously felt Pineda was the best young arm they could trade Montero for.
An objective observer looking at all the M's pitching prospects could very easily have singled out Campos as the very best of the bunch.
So the burden is on the Yankees to evaluate which players have mechanics that are prone to having trouble; and also to thoroughly check the medicals as you describe.
Mostly I think this is just bad luck on the Yankees part. It's part of the risk in any trade. You can trade for Bedard and then he gets hurt for a year, for example... :-)