Elbow Slows Down Yankees' Campos
NEW YORK—After shoulder surgery sidelined Michael Pineda for the season and Mariano Rivera's year ended in early May due to a torn ACL, the Yankees did receive good news on a high-profile pitcher.
When righthander Jose Campos informed the Yankees he was experiencing right elbow stiffness following a miserable start on April 28, the 19-year-old was immediately sent for an MRI.
While the organization held its breath, the news was positive—at least initially—because Campos was diagnosed with inflammation and not structural damage.
"We don't mess around with that stuff," Yankees vice president Mark Newman said.
Campos was expected to be idle for at least two starts, go on anti-inflammatory medicine and an exercise program before he resumes throwing.
Acquired with Pineda from the Mariners for Jesus Montero and righthander Hector Noesi, Campos was 3-0, 4.01 in five games for low Class A Charleston. Thanks to a fastball that was clocked as high as 95 mph and consistently at 92 with a plus changeup and curveball, Campos whiffed 26 and issued eight walks in 25 innings. South Atlantic League batters were hitting .213 against the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Campos, a native of La Guaira, Venezuela.
"His fastball command has been good and he has a very good delivery," Newman said when asked about Campos' strengths.
• Double-A Trenton center fielder Melky Mesa was striking out less frequently and taking his power to games more this year compared to last year in Trenton. Mesa, 25, was hitting .248/.317/.434 through 37 games with seven home runs and 29 strikeouts after hitting nine homers with 129 strikeouts in 105 games last year.
• Charleston catcher Gary Sanchez was having little trouble handling South Atlantic League pitching in his second tour of the league. Sanchez, 19, was hitting .333/.380/.483 in 30 games.