Matt Wallace at Take 75 North has pointed out an article in today’s Chicago Sun-Times about the Tiger prospect Casey Crosby and his need for Tommy John surgery. Crosby was selected by the Tigers in the 5th round (181 overall) in the 2007 MLB draft.
The tone of the article suggests that Crosby possibly didn’t receive proper care. The Tigers have a staff full of young arms (Miller, Zumaya, Verlander, Porcello, etc) and very talented coaches through the ranks so I’m sure he’s well cared for.
”I felt pain that first inning and told the trainer,” Crosby said. ”He thought it was tendinitis and didn’t think it was serious. He said, ‘It’s not your ligament because you’d be screaming in pain if it was.”’
But Crosby continued to have discomfort, and Tigers doctors reviewed the MRI when his representatives called to inquire about the results two weeks after the exam was taken.
Crosby was drafted directly out of high school and is not anywhere close to being big league ready. He has been showing control issues and his fastball was topping out in the mid-90s but regularly sat at 86-88 with below average life. With so far to go it is probably a blessing in disguise that this is happening now rather than later in his development.