It was 14 months ago that Casey Janssen went down with a labrum injury, and at the time, it seemed like a one-way ticket to oblivion. Now, more than a year later, Janssen is getting the call to bring his twitchy energy and high socks and baby doe eyes back to the big leagues.
It's a development that is met in this corner with relief, excitement, and pride. Frankly, we're inspired by Janssen's will to come back, especially considering the fact that we've just found a way to skip the gym for the twelfth day in a row in favour of going to see a mediocre movie tonight!
Labrum? I barely even know 'em!
It was interesting to hear Will Carroll on the Drunk Jays Fans podcast mention that he needs to update his often quoted piece on the outlook for pitchers who have suffered a torn labrum. In the 2004 piece, Carroll pithily suggested that a pitcher with a labrum tears has a "3% chance of becoming Rocky Biddle".
That bon mot stuck with us over the past year as we feared the worst for Janssen, so it is a relief that its author believes that it is no longer valid. Let's hope that Janssen is able to provide compelling evidence of what a pitcher coming back from this injury can do.