Zach wrote:My impression of the injury is that it is a gradual thing. The final event that caused him to get the surgery might have happened this spring, but there should have been signs that he might have been a risk candidate.
I'm not an orthopedic surgeon so I won't dispute what you're saying; however, I choose to view the situation like this - This year we're going to pay two Japanese League pitchers, that we didn't have to give up any talent for, about 8M. The odds were that only one of them would be successful. The one that was (Chen) has pitched better than 8M would normally buy us in the current market. In my book that makes it a solid investment.