Words can't describe what a blow this is. It hurts doubly coming on the heels of the good Renteria trade, which shored up both the defense and the lineup perfectly. Hopes go up...hopes get dashed. Welcome to Detroit!
At least the Tigers have the full free agent period to look for a replacement. Seemed to work out okay for my Cubs when they approached last offseason with the assumption that neither Prior or Wood would be counted on for anything. And then Woody turned out to be a nice bonus down the stretch.
Although I can feel your concern when a young talent like that becomes prone to freak injuries.
And it's one thing if it was just he's prone to freak accidents. With this, there's also the added "bonus" of the possibility that he won't be able to throw triple digit speeds again. Just a hugely depressing story.
It's a sad day for us Padre fans. He was one hell of a ballplayer, a gamer. He played most of 1996 with a severely torn rotator cuff in his right arm that required major surgery, and he still made those throws.