Are you drunk? You might want to get drunk for this. From Marc Topkin

Officially there is no update yet on the status of LHP J.P. Howell.

But indications are that Howell went to Birmingham, Ala., today to be seen by Dr. James Andrews, will have surgery this week to repair his labrum and will be out about a full year.

So if we are reading that right, and we like to think we are. JP Howell will not only miss this season, but he won’t be available to start the 2011 season either.

Amok! Amok! Amok!



  1. Rumpy says:

    I just threw up in my mouth

  2. TBGriot says:

    I'm not here. This isn't happening ...

  3. Mike says:

    This hurts...bad... was looking foward to seeing JP. Well I guess we will be looking for a lefty at the Deadline.

  4. stunna says:

    NOOOO!!!!! I was really looking forward to his return. Looks like I'll be waiting a while 🙁

  5. Deadeye says:

    Sorry, but I am not worried.....much. I like what I have seen of the BP so far this year. Maybe some regression is in order, but I think they are all pitching well and will not regress much more the rest of the year.

    • brett says:

      I agree. If we had gotten this news 3 weeks ago I'd be a bit worried, but from what we've seen lately, I think we'll be ok. Still sucks though, always like to watch the Dude work.

  6. Joe D. says:

    Hope JP gets well soon.

    If there's a good thing, you can't lose what you didn't have and we never had JP this year, and so far, so good, and no guarantee JP would have been what he was if he did make it back this year...

  7. Don says:

    Ask yourself this question:
    Did you like it better in 2009 with JP or 2010 with Soriano?
    I know which way I'm going?

  8. Gus says:

    Can JP (and his agent) sue Joe Maddon for managerial malpractice? Not only did he make the major's most appearances in 2008-09 (despite being shhut down early in 2009), JoeMa had him up and down in the pen quite often as well. A bummer, as he seems like a good dude and he may never get the payday he deserved.

    Even with good starting pitching, the Rays still have too many short relief apperances. Randy Choate's arm should fall off by August at this rate.

  9. Sarah says:

    I have zero medical expertise, but I worried from day 1 that his problems were more serious than they had suggested. It just never made sense to me that he would come to spring training after not pitching for 5 months and have what they were calling a "arm weakness" or something.

    Apart from the question of whether the Rays bullpen will be weaker without him, I just feel badly for him. This is a big setback for a likable young guy.

  10. ramedy says:

    Not only have the Rays been robbed of a key component to their bullpen, but MLB has been robbed of some great facial hair. Jayson Werth can sleep easy tonight.

    Get better, JP.

  11. Pharcyde says:

    So.....we deal with it the same way the Twins dealt with losing Nathan. Last I checked, they are weathering the storm. So will the Rays. It's an opportunity for someone, next man up.

  12. TBGriot says:

    This isn't just a "we don't need him" or an "oh my god, no JP!!!" kinda thing. It doesn't matter if our bullpen is performing or not (it is) or whether we have faith in the bullpen as it stands (I do more and more each day). Having JP Howell is better than not having Howell, simple and plain. So yeah, not season shattering news but it's still disappointing


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