Originally Posted by blandman
Danks' injury is a pretty much "you're done" injury in baseball, as history has shown. It may not shake out that way, but unless another guy loses his throwing arm, he's automatically a better bet than Danks. I'm not trying to be overly pessimistic, but there aren't any success cases for Danks' surgery. Everyone else suffered continuous setbacks their entire (and short) careers.
2014 will be the pivotal year for Danks. If we see his velocity and arm strength return after more than a full year removed from surgery, then he has a chance to be the guy he once was. If that velocity doesn't return, we will be stuck paying $15 million per year for a #5 starter.
The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done." -George Carlin