Brian Bruney, who’ll rejoin the Yankees tonight after a stay on the disabled list, thinks he knows how he got hurt: he warmed up 8ﾃつｽ minutes too long on April 19.
The relief pitcher was loosening in the bullpen while umpires consulted a video replay confirming Jorge Posada’s home run. The consultation clocked in at 8:30, during which time Bruney kept throwing.
“I mean, that’s a long time for a reliever to be throwing or any pitcher to be throwing,” Bruney said. “Major League Baseball needs a way to figure out if it’s a home run or not. It shouldn’t take 8ﾃつｽ minutes, and I think that’s what screwed me up.”
In 1904, Yankee great Jack Chesbro threw 454 2/3 innings and won 41 games, both of which are Yankee records. Bugs&Cranks consulted Chesbro for his reaction to Bruney’s 8ﾃつｽ-minute claim.
“Oh, absolutely,” Chesbro told B&C. “Are you kidding? Throwing for 8ﾃつｽ minutes? Cripes, the kid’s lucky to be alive.
“Y’know, I think that 454-inning season took something out of me,” he continued. “I threw 48 complete games that year and could only go 303 innings the next year. And 325 the year after that. Really, I was never the same. That’s why I really feel for Bruney. Jeezus, can you imagine? His arm must be killing him. Poor guy. Coming back from an 8ﾃつｽ-minute bullpen session won’t be easy. But it’s that kind of toughness that makes him a Yankee.”