Prospect Vizcaino suffers partial ligament tear

Braves minor league pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino has been placed on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a partial tear in the ligament in his right elbow.  An examination by Dr. Doug Murray in Atlanta  determined Vizcaino does not need surgery.

Vizcaino will begin a rehabilitation program in Florida immediately and is expected to return to pitching in six weeks.

“We’ll send him to Orlando to rehab for a while,” Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp said. “Then we’ll see where we go.”

Vizcaino made his last start for Single-A Myrtle Beach on Friday, allowing one run in five innings at Potomac (Md.), and felt lingering soreness while throwing on the side, Kemp said.

Vizcaino, 19, who came over from the Yankees last winter in the Javier Vazquez trade, is one of the top pitching prospects in the Braves organization. He was 0-0 with a 4.61 ERA in three starts for Myrtle Beach after his promotion in early June. Prior to that, he went 9-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 starts for Rome.

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June 30th, 2010
6:59 pm

Good call to shut him down and not risk it. Braves are pitching rich right now and he has plenty of time to make it up when healthy. Overall, I think the Braves pitch is the best I can ever remember it being. IMHO


June 30th, 2010
7:20 pm

We have got to treat this guy with kid gloves,no pun intended.


June 30th, 2010
7:31 pm

Well…there goes some of our trade bait. Probably would have made this kid “untouchable” anyway, I presume.


June 30th, 2010
8:57 pm

ummm he has a partial tear in the elbow, not sure why the braves don’t just go ahead and give him tommy john surgery, pretty stupid if you ask me not to shut him down give hime the surgery and be done with it in a year


June 30th, 2010
9:43 pm

How many times will McCann be lazy and let balls go past him. At least two passed balls tonight due to this. This is one aspect of his game that needs improving. Why is he so lazy behind the plate?


June 30th, 2010
10:03 pm

I hope it doesn’t slow down his development. Pitching rich is so right though. Jurrjens looked awesome tonight.

[...] earlier, Braves prospect Arodys Vizcaino has an injured elbow but will not require surgery. An MRI exam revealed a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. The plan is for Vizcaino to travel to Florida and [...]


June 30th, 2010
10:44 pm

Anyone know if this means anyone else will be promoted to Myrtle Beach?


June 30th, 2010
10:53 pm

Regarding McCann, he’s started 7 straight games in this heat because Ross has a hand injury. So lay off.


June 30th, 2010
10:59 pm

“Probably would have made this kid “untouchable” anyway, I presume.”

that would mean they traded Vazquez for Melky straight up …. you darn right he’s untouchable! Gotta keep something good from that trade


June 30th, 2010
11:42 pm

I totally agree with J-Hey. Wren wouldn’t have given up Vazquez unless he thought the SP he was getting in return was legit.

The best part of a trade should never be a teenager!

June 30th, 2010
11:52 pm

I was never in favor of this trade. Why didn’t we send the damnYankees bi-polar Derek Lowe? The guy can look lights out one night, terrible the next. Huge contract, just like AJ Burnett (whom Wren wanted first). Melky is a decent platoon guy, but I’d rather have Hinske in LF as much as possible because of his bat. Wren tried to validate this trade based on 19yr old Vizcaino……now he’s out with elbow tears, which will really affect his development if not curtail it all together. You never make A-ballers the diamond of your trade, unless you’re Pittsburgh, Kansas City or Houston!


July 1st, 2010
12:34 am

The Yankees wouldn’t take Lowe because he had three years left and Vazquez only had one. Plus, Vazquez was coming off a much better year AND is younger. And Burnett chose the Yankees over the Braves like most free agents would. Wren tried to trade Lowe just about anywhere before he agreed to give up Vazquez, but the Braves had a lot of SP and had to get some money off the books once they gave Hudson his expensive extension. And one DL stint is hardly means to jump ship on a top prospect. And by the way, Melky has been an absolutely god-send this season with McLouth and Diaz going down and Heyward now on the DL. Melky has been the Braves best OF since May and I hate to imagine where the Braves would be right now without him.


July 1st, 2010
12:51 am

regardless of how many games Mac has caught in a row…a catcher has to move his feet to prevent the ball from going to backstop and free bases being given away. that’s how DP ’s fail to get turned and runners from 3rd scoring on ground balls on putouts at 1B. Mac’s D is his weakness…he’s kinda like the LH Piazza. All stick, no glove…i love his bat, but he could use some extra time working on that porous D too.


July 1st, 2010
12:59 am

I agree McCann’s not going to win a gold glove anytime soon but the Piazza comparison is a bit far. Piazza would get run on by anybody. The only guy now I’d compare to Piazza is Victor Martinez. McCann is still a league average catcher in my opinion. And he should be at least that for the next 4-5 years. And his defense has come a long way since his rookie year.


July 1st, 2010
1:45 am

“The guy can look lights out one night, terrible the next.”

You do realize that Lowe has outpitched Vazquez, right?

Overall for 2010, Vazquez has a 5.16 ERA in 75 IP, while Lowe has an ERA of 4.53 in 101.1 IP.

What’s that? You say that Vazquez came around in June, making 5 starts (going 4-1) with an ERA of 3.00 in 33 IP?

OK. Lowe in June made 6 starts (2-2), with an ERA of 3.99 in 38.1 IP, pitching into the 7th inning (or further) in 4 of the 6 starts.

If you’re going to gripe, do some research about what you’re griping about. Troy Glaus is on pace with his incentives have that 1.75 million dollar salary end up being around 4.55 million instead. Without moving Vazquez and signing Hudson, the Braves can’t afford Glaus.

Whatever Dunn and Vizcaino give the Braves (EVER) is a bonus.

So yeah. Va


July 1st, 2010
3:47 am

When this kid comes to the big leagues and impresses the heck out of the baseball world, I hope the media mentions that Vizcaino came to us from the Yanks in the Vazquez trade. This has to be one of the most maligned trades in Braves history, but it’s ultimately one that could someday make Wren look very smart indeed.


July 1st, 2010
8:13 am

wren dosent have to look smart js set a precident in that


July 1st, 2010
8:17 am

inly this blog recognized js briiliance the rest of the baseball world rembered ed hearn for david cone but then this blog has never been about fair its about bs like race and the kawakami cooments but dont dare comment on head case hanson who hes actually out pitched lately i think atlanta sports fans among the most stupid in sports if this blog is an indication lol


July 1st, 2010
9:04 am

Melky stinks. He’s too slow. Wow he’s got 2 homers and is batting .250 something. We didn’t sign Andruw when he hit 26 hrs with 94 rbis. Can Melky ever dream of approaching those numbers?


July 1st, 2010
11:17 am

Well said, Nocho. You’re exactly right!!!

Michael Procton

July 1st, 2010
1:55 pm

Nobody who wasn’t an idiot “maligned” the Vazquez trade. We traded a guy coming off a career year he wasn’t going to repeat at his highest value, freeing up lots of payroll, getting solid young talent in return (Cabrera is the worst of the trio, and he’s still been a contributor to a division-leading team), and replacing his talent with Hudson’s signing.

And stew, anybody can have lots of RBIs when they’re batted cleanup in a good lineup, even if they hit .215 like ‘Druw.


July 1st, 2010
2:09 pm

Stew….were paying Cabrera a bag of chips compared to what we wouldve had to give Andrew…and his .206 batting average…….


July 1st, 2010
3:20 pm

I didn’t realize the Yankees sent us Glaus in return for Vazquez.


July 1st, 2010
4:29 pm

Realist, the Yankees didn’t trade us Glaus, but without that trade he wouldn’t have been signed. Getting rid of JV freed up money to give Glaus a contract. Mission accomplished.


July 1st, 2010
5:10 pm

i’m getting tired of hearing people (ie, The best part of a trade should never be a teenager!)rant how wren should have traded either lowe or kawakami to the yankees for cabrera, vizcaino & dunn. did you geniuses ever think that maybe the yankees would not have taken either of them for what we got back??? do you really think b. cashman is a moron?

on the other side of things, while neither lowe or kawakmi have great #s to support their contracts, they certainly are servicable pitchers. before you bash a pitcher, make sure you research how many quality starts they have. this is the stat that all scouts consider over anything else in evaluating pitchers.


July 1st, 2010
5:12 pm

I wouldn’t mind seeing McCann lose a little weight. A catcher basically spends all game doing squats and has to be nimble to get his body in front of wild pitches. McCann’s not doing himself any favors carrying around an extra 25 lbs.

Sam Fossela

July 1st, 2010
5:20 pm

Mccan is fat that is why too many pitches get past him. They use to talk about Javy Lopez behind the plate, but he was better defensively than Mccann and maybe offensively too. Mccann does seem like a great guy and teammate but we should not let that be excuse.

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