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Sunday, June 03, 2007
Honestly, my friends/enemies/people that actually stumble upon this blog while Googling "Stray-Rod"... The Yanks are one injury away from me becoming convinced that some crafty and clearly nefarious Red Sox fans have turned to some variety of witchcraft to cast a hex upon the team. We've already muddled (with limited success) through injuries sustained by Matsui, Moose, Wang, Rasner, Karstens, Hughes (who, incidentally, injured his ankle while rehabbing his hammy and will likely not be available until the end of July), Damon, and of course the perennial hometown hero Carl Pavano, and the steady stream of bad bodily luck is showing no signs of slowing. Not one, not two, but three new injuries have afflicted the already hobbled Yanks this week.

footsyGiambi was the first to go down, and while that was not particularly shocking - he's been wrestling with that pesky bone spur all season - the diagnosis and estimated time out came as a disappointment. It turns out that the trouble was not just a bone spur but plantar fasciitis and a partial tear of his plantar fascia, an injury that could sideline him for anywhere from 6 weeks to the remainder of the season - and with the Yankees' track record for injury recovery my guess would be that Giambi will miss the next 198 games. Injury #2 is a frightening-sounding fatigued groin affecting Mr. God-Please-Save-This-Team-You're-Our-Last-Hope grrrrrumble!Clemens, which, while not (yet) a DL-necessitating injury, does push back his start date. He was slated to start tomorrow's game in Chicago, but after his workouts last week he determined that his poor groin was just too tired to make the start. The criminally overworked team of Yankees medical experts will be examining the Rocket this week to determine how much rest his exhausted groin will need before he can hop back on the mound and start pitching again. As disheartening as Giambi's foot trouble and Clemens' setback are, the injuries sustained by Mientkicantspellhisname ouchduring yesterday's game at Fenway are the most heart-wrenching of this trifecta. Mienky was knocked down and out by reported off-season pal Mike Lowell's knee when Lowell was motoring in to 1st to beat out a double-play ball; he was wheeled out on a stretcher after laying motionless on the field for a few minutes and was later determined to have a mild concussion, cervical sprain and a fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist. According to the ESPN announcers during today's game, he will probably be out for the next 6 weeks. Everyone seems to love Mienky, and its a bummer to lose our defensive first baseman to a pure accident.

In a strange turn of events, there is a small part of me that feels that the injuries to Giambi and Mientky could force the Yankees to make some interesting moves. Damon was shown practicing at first base before the game today, indicating the possibility of him taking over at first at some point, putting Melky in the outfield on a daily basis. In that scenario, the Yanks would no longer be forfeiting offense in the lineup (sorry, Mientky....), but they would then have to either bring up a farmhand to play outfield and put Matsui in the DH role or even make a trade for an outfielder and/or DH. This is clearly pure speculation, but I will say that I like the idea of Damon out of centerfield - and I am looking for a silver lining....

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Sunday, June 03, 2007  
  • At 8:23 PM, Blogger ian said…

    You have to wonder if Giambi is breaking down from the steroid use.

    As far as Roger is concerned, it could be from rushing back. I mean he is almost 45 now.

    I feel bad for Dougie. It was a freak play and he's one of the nicer guys in baseball. Lowell feels really bad that he hurt his friend.

    And now you may have an injured Pettitte to boot.

    Great game so far tonight btw.

  • At 4:15 AM, Blogger Trader Charlie said…

    Giambi fouled off his foot too many times. Maybe that's what happened.

    I'll miss Doug and his spectacular plays.

    I had that same thought about voodoo and Sox fans myself. Tim Brown has officially made my s-list with his last two articles.

    I'm glad Luis Vizcaino didn't implode too badly even though he gave up a sac fly. Good job, bullpen. We needed this game.

  • At 4:31 AM, Blogger John Gjoni said…

    I don't think the Yankees have to make any trades...right now.

    The best thing to happen to them was Giambi getting hurt, as mean or nasty as that may sound. And I'm a Giambi fan.

    The DH spot can be rotated, every so often, between Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada. Posada is awesome right now. We want that same Posada in September and October. It won't happen if he catches damn near everyday.

    Melky is getting into his groove. Knowing that he will play everyday now, he is getting into the mindset he got into last season when Sheff and Matsui went down. Matsui, Melky and Abreau are fine the way there are.

    Yeah, I'm fine with Abreau, believe it or not. He got six hits or so against the Red Sox, but his fielding was terrible at certain points.

    Yanks will need to overhaul the pitching staff again, bottom line. Are the Yankees finally waking up? Is June the month they turn things around? It sure looks like it. Let's see what they do with the equally-floundering White Sox tonight.

  • At 7:50 AM, Blogger Donnie Ballgame said…

    We need to get Zambrano from wrigleyville ASAP! He would be a
    fine addition to the Bombers.

  • At 10:30 AM, Anonymous manny being manny said…

    "He was slated to start tomorrow's game in Chicago, but after his workouts last week he determined that his poor groin was just too tired to make the start."

    More like, "he determined that he'd rather start the season against the NL in interleague play, and not against the Chicago White Sox (or the Blue Jays and Red Sox this past week and a half for that matter).

    And I've had this belief since he signed; don't believe me, check out my comment on Sunday, May 6th.

    At this point, it seems like it would make more sense for the Yankees to hire a Jeff Gilooli hit on Clemens. They don't pay him if they don't activate him.

    Seriously though, good luck in NYC Maureen.

  • At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Matt said…

    NYC is a great place, have a lot of fun, be safe. Too bad you missed CBGBs, it was a gross, disgusting, nasty place but fun! I've got lots of friends in the area, and lots of friends who's bands play out, so hit me up on MySpace if wanna check emout at all. I know we have similar musical tastes, haha.

  • At 9:30 AM, Blogger Jeff said…

    Ozzie Guillen may be insane, but at least he's got a fire underneath him.

    Joe Torre is like his players, old and he's pretty much stopped caring.

    Go Stankees. see ya at work.

  • At 9:39 AM, Blogger Jeff said…

    Are we slacking? Haven't updated since Sunday? Someone is being a naughty yankees chick....course...I haven't updated my page in a year, but who's counting.

  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    I think there is zero chance that Damon is moved to 1B during the season. He has never played there and I think we learned something from the Sheff debacle. In addition, Damon's value comes from his offensive production at his position. He is a good hitter for a CF, but much less so from 1B.

    What else are we talking about? Mienktiewicz? Well, Phelps is an unmitigated disaster and I think all we need to know is that when Miguel Cairo is your starting 1B, a move has to be made. That said, who are we moving for? Teixeira will cost at least Betances, Chamberlain, or Tabata and will unquestionably be a free agent after 2008 (Boras client). I just don't see the option for an "interesting" move this season unless you call signing a Jeff Conine-type player "interesting."

    And anyone who thinks that Giambi's current injury is due to steroid use should seriously re-evaluate any plans on becoming a doctor anytime soon.

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