Maybe Drew Pomeranz and Alex White are different. Perhaps the velocity Pomeranz lost late last year as a junior at Ole Miss was an aberration and he’ll throw 10 healthy seasons. It’s possible the middle-finger injury that has kept White on the disabled list since May is nothing more than a fluke at which he’ll laugh when the Rockies are celebrating another World Series that came from the Jimenez trade. Luck could well be on their side.
As Indians fans we're worried Colorado is passing off damaged goods. We never think that perhaps the Indians are selling on two guys that send up red flags physically,though. If you're the Rockies, you're just praying White's finger is okay and Pomeranz doesn't need TJ next year.
You can't live in fear of pitchers getting injured, because most of the time it's going to happen no matter how diligent a physical you give. Pitchers get hurt. That's what they do. You're just trying to ride them long enough to get to wherever you're going and then find some more. You don't build your team around the longevity of guys hurling a ball 95 mph unnaturally 30 times a year.
Another thought: if White didn't hurt his finger this season, I don't think they make this trade.
For godsake, Jake Westbrook needed TJ surgery.. A guy with a flawless repeatable motion who seemed to be floating the ball towards the plate.