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humberto.jpgHumberto Sanchez. Remember him? The 24-year-old, 6-6 right hander was supposedly the crown jewel of Detroit’s package for Gary Sheffield. With a nice 12-to-6 curveball to compliment his impressive plus-fastball, Sanchez, who grew up a Yankees fan in the South Bronx, was supposed to be a stud. Last Febuary, Jason Giambi had this to say of mighty righty:

He’s huge. I don’t know how you let a guy like that go. I guess when you throw 96, it’s not enough to make that ballclub. In Detroit, every player throws 100.

Unfortunately, Sanchez’s promising start to ’07 was cut short after discomfort in his elbow forced the pitcher to undergo the dreaded Tommy John surgery on April 17, 2007. And as if the daunting 12 to 18-month recovery period wasn’t bad enough, Sanchez’s return to the mound was further delayed when he found he was unable to straighten his arm due to bone spurs in the elbow that had calcified.

On MiLB.com, Lisa Winston pens a nice profile of the pitcher as he deals with his rehab and recovery. All things considered, it will be a miracle if Sanchez sees the big leagues this season, but the pitcher is remaining optimistic nonetheless. His goal is feel 100 percent by the end of April and perhaps once again pitch in the Futures Game, which coincidentally will be held at Yankee Stadium this year “in the shadow of his old apartment.”

It’s a nice story, and I hate to throw cold water on the hopes of Yankee fans, but I have two words: Philip Humber.

Tommy John surgery is a terrible terrible setback for any pitcher, but particularly for a young one who has yet to cut his teeth on a major league mound. It’s nice to set goals for yourself, but I think it’s more realistic to expect to see Sanchez back at full strength a year from now, at which point the pitcher can begin thinking about using winter ball and spring training to jump-start his once-promising career.

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