Following a great marathon Monday start and a pretty decent start his next time out it looked like Matzucrappa was back on track.
Anyone who watched Monday watched him get shelled, again, and the Sox won in spite of the fact he put them in a 5-0 hole.
Their #4 starter (don’t be fooled by the fact he was #2 at the start of the season) hasn’t been any better and actually is 2-5 with an craptastic 8.01 ERA this season. Lackey has been an embarrassment this season highlighted by the pounding against the Angels where he gave up 8 runs in four innings.
So we have Dice-K nicknamed as Matzucrappa. What about Lackey?
Thanks for asking. I’m thinking of just going nice and simple and calling him John Crappy.
Crappy is on the DL with what many are speculating as a mental health DL stint. It doesn’t seem to be a physical issue as much as it is mental. His fastball is there in some innings and then not in others. You’d have to think it’s just a confidence issue. We’ll see if he can recover and drop the John Crappy moniker.
Matzucrappa is much more serious. The Sox sent him for an MRI and it showed a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor. What does that mean to us? Well, basically this is the injury that many pitchers in the minors need to get Tommy John surgery to repair.
Not to be mean, but we could be so lucky.
See, the recovery time for Tommy John surgery is a year plus. Since he’s not going under the knife tomorrow that’s going to delay the start time of the recovery if he has to have surgery. So let’s say the Sox wait till the end of July and tell him to get the surgery.
BAM! No more Dice-K. A year to recover means that he would be ready to start throwing around August 2012. An afterthought on the team at that point he would likely get added to the roster come September call up time but would surely be left off the postseason roster assuming they make the playoffs next year.
We will have to wait and see.