Quote of the Day: the New York Yankees didn’t want Cliff Lee anyway. Right.

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This comes from an anonymous New York Yankee official quoted by the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand in the wake of the Cliff Lee deal:

“Anybody who would leave $50M on the table obviously doesn’t want to pitch in New York. Thank God we found out in time.”

That might be the most ridiculous quote I’ve heard in some time. What, only those players who would take top dollar want to pitch in New York? No one wants to go there for their own reasons?  And “found out in time?”  What does that mean?  Is the implication that Lee has some character defect that would have made him a problem in New York and that the Yankees were only saved by the grace of Lee’s skewed value system?  Hey Mr. Yankee: if he had a problem, you should have figured that out before you offered him all that scratch.

There will be spin, counterspin, rationalizations and ultimately reason coming out of all of this in the coming days.  We’re not getting a ton of it tonight, however.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.