Casey Crosby likely due for elbow surgery

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.

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7 Responses to Casey Crosby likely due for elbow surgery

  1. Carl says:

    Note that the article is actually from the Beacon News, where Casey’s mom Denise is a columnist. (Recall the interesting article about the draft process). I didn’t pick up any negative tones, but if you do, the kid was probably the first drafted from their town and they’re understandably protective.

  2. Eric Jackson says:

    I wouldn’t say negative tones, but reading the couple sentences above I felt they were suggesting that the coaches were negligent in some way. Then again, maybe they weren’t.

    Detroit has depended on their young arms and been successful so their care isn’t a worry. That was the simple point I wanted to make lest anyone else feel the way I did when reading the article.

    You are correct that the original was in the Beacon News, though it was a bit longer: http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/sports/662951,2_2_AU22_CASEY_S1.article

  3. Jimmy Murphy says:

    i know Casey personally from all the back in Little League when i played with him, this wont stop him, he’ll be pitching in the big leagues sooner rather than later

  4. Eric Jackson says:

    We all certainly hope so. I’ve heard nothing but good things about his talents.

  5. Matt Gerarde says:

    Hes overated, he throws a 4 seam fast ball witch anyone can hit even if you in grade school. He needs a 2 seamer that is effective.

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