Andrew Brackman, the Yankees pitching prospect whose improvement has created a buzz at camp, has been shut down until early next week with tightness and discomfort in his groin.This appears to be nothing more than a bump in the road, but it's newsworthy nonetheless. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.
As a result, Brackman will not pitch in any of the team's first few Grapefruit League games, even though he has worked his way into the mix for one of two open spots in the Yankees rotation.
The 6-foot-10 righty won't throw again until Tuesday in a side bullpen session.
"It's not going to hurt me," said Brackman, who said the Yankees are simply taking the proper precautions. "But it couldn't be a worse time."
Brackman, who bounced back last season after a pro career marred by injuries, has been throwing since arriving for early workouts at the team's minor league complex before spring training.
He began feeling discomfort in his groin during those workouts but kept it to himself until yesterday. Still, the groin stiffness didn't stop Brackman, 25, from impressing coaches and executives with his improved command and smoother delivery.
Friday, February 25, 2011
As per Marc Carig: