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Groin Issues, Throat Infections and Some Good News for Matsui
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Ron Villone and Scott Proctor (right, blissfully unaware that 2 years after this picture was taken the Yankees' entire season would basically be laying on his shoulders day after exhausting day...) have undeniably been two of the most important players in the Yankees surge to success, but their pitching arms are getting a bit tired – damn near the point of literally detaching from the shoulder and flopping dead to the ground. They pitched a combined 8,349 innings in the last week alone (that’s a fact), but Torre has found a way to take some of the burden off the two of them for a few days. Groin troubles caused Moose to miss one start, and though the injury isn’t necessarily serious Torre took the opportunity to place him on the 15-day DL so that Brian Bruney could be added to the roster to help out in the bullpen for a few days. The DL trip for Moose will only cause him to miss an extra 3 days (just 1 more start), and with Jeff Karsten’s solid performance against the Mariners on Tuesday Torre can feel relatively confident that another missed start from Moose won’t damage the Yankees’ standings significantly. Bruney, a righty who has played for Arizona and more recently in AAA Columbus, has already had helped the Yankees from the bullpen a couple times. He pitched 1 scoreless inning against the Orioles earlier this month and another 1+ innings against the Red Sox last Friday. Upon hearing the news that Torre had added an arm to the bullpen, Proctor reportedly wept tears of joy at Bruney’s feet before curling up into a ball right in the bullpen and falling into a deep sleep.

In other health news, A-Rod skipped last night’s game to nurse a viral throat infection, leaving Nick Green (left, that is not Nick Green the Yankee but rather the coolest Nick Green on Google's image search) to do third-base duty. Perhaps a day or two watching of Green’s strike outs will turn some of those boos into cheers of appreciation when A-Rod comes back to the plate. Oh, wait, I forgot, A-Rod is a horrible player and nothing he does matters unless it is done with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning of a tie game, so I guess A-Rod won’t be missed while he’s out sick. (P.S. you haters make me sick.)


Now, how about some good news from the Matsui (right, choking back tears of pain so as not to dishonor his ancestors) front? It’s been over 3 months since poor wrist break heard ‘round the world, and Matsui has finally made a big step towards a return to duty for the Yanks: hitting off a tee with both hands. It may not sound like much, but the fact that he can swing the bat without any pain is a great sign. He’s still several weeks away from hitting homers for the Yankees, but it seems likely that he’ll be in the lineup in time for the post-season run. I have no news to report on Sheffield, although the FSN announcers seemed to be under the impression that he was more likely to return before the post-season than Matsui. Who knows how credible that is or where they got that information (perhaps Sheffield has them on speed-dial? I know I do), but a return from both of them sure sounds good to me.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, August 24, 2006  
9 Comments:
  • At 12:10 PM, Blogger Fred Vincy said…

    I love the Nick Green photo!

    Will Carroll is reporting that Sheffield was _supposed_ to be ahead of Matsui, but now may be behind because he's taking it easy. Who knows if that's true....

     
  • At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Nick said…

    Waiiit a minute..8,349 innings? How is that possible? I really hope thats a joke..even if they pitched a complete game..that 9 innings, 7 days a week..9x7 = 63..

    Is that some sort of "new math"?

     
  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    yessir! didn't you take "algebra of joking 151"?

    :)

     
  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Adam B. said…

    To me, it'll be very tough for both Sheffield and Matsui to return in time and be at full strength and have their timing almost all down. AAA Columbus's season will be done September 4th (they're not making the playoffs, either), AA Trenton finishes the same day (they're likely to make the playoffs), A+ Tampa finishes on the third (and I think would make the playoffs right now, but I don't know how the A+ playoffs work), A-level Charleston finishes on the 4th (and I'm almost sure they won't make the playoffs), Short Season A Staten Island finishes on the 7th (and they will likely make the NY Penn League playoffs) and the Gulf Coast League playoffs started yesterday and the GCL Yanks were not in them. So there won't be much of a chance for either guy to get in live ball games.

     
  • At 3:00 PM, Anonymous ChrisV82 said…

    I think the reason we have bullpen issues every year is because Joe finds the good pitchers and just twists their arm right out of the socket, leaving only the duds. Considering we have a fair amount of good bullpen guys this year, I bet Joe is praying for lots of extra inning games.

    It just makes Mariano Rivera's endurance all the more amazing. I'll be sad when he returns to his home planet.

     
  • At 9:14 PM, Blogger e said…

    Wow, you're passionate about baseball, crazy hot, crazy hot, and intelligent! Yet... a Yankees fan? Eh, oh well. No one's perfect. Seriously, though, great great blog. Go SOX!!!


    e
    evejnovich_film@yahoo.com

     
  • At 5:52 AM, Blogger MikeyBronx said…

    I really, really, really hope Mussina' groin injury and A-Rod's throat infection aren't related.

    Good lord ...

     
  • At 10:01 AM, Blogger George said…

    Somehow I think that it might have been Yankees fans weeping at Brian Bruney's feet yesterday.

     
  • At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Nick said…

    I suck at math.

     
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