The injuries have mounted for many teams this spring. We’re concerned about Joe Mauer in Minnesota (well, some of us more than others…LOL!) and Cole Hamels in Philadelphia. Justin Duchscherer of the A’s will start the season the DL after surgery on his elbow. There are too many injuries, both big and small, to count…
A review of current headlines show that the Braves’ Brian McCann is still hurting from getting hit in the ring finger by a foul pitch in yesterday’s loss to the Yankees…
…to Angels pitcher John Lackey’s stiff forearm.
We’ve seen Jason Johnson in Yankees camp be diagnosed with eye cancer in the Yankees camp, and of course both Damaso Marte and Robinson Cano came back from the WBC hurting.
But is the biggest injury in Yankees camp the hip surgery performed on A-Rod’s torn labrum earlier this month?
No, the most devastating injury in Yankees camp is…
…Derek Jeters’s pinkie!
Stop the presses!
Call the ambulance…quick! Emergency treatment is needed now!
Yankeeville hangs in the balance, awaiting news of DJ’s injured left pinkie…
Oh, he’ll play today against the Pirates?
Well, Nevermind!…as Roseanne Rosannadanna would say…
TEIXIERA AND THE YANKS
In an interview with WFAN, it appears that Mark Teixiera’s signing with the Yankees wasn’t so improbable after all. In words that are sure to infuriate both Angels and Red Sox fans, Tex clearly had the Yanks in his sights from the start.
It has been assumed that the Yankees came in with a late offer to swoop Tex away from the Red Sox. However, it appears that this was destined to happen from the start as the Yankees were apparently the only team that complied with Teixeira’s request to keep negotiations confidential.
As transcribed by Mike DiGiovanna in the Los Angeles Times:
“I always had the Yankees in my sights, and one thing my agent and I had asked every single team is, we’re not going to negotiate through the media, and we ask you not to. The Yankees were really the only team that did that. The other teams went out and told everybody their offers, told everybody that they talked to me, that they made this call, made that trip. The Yankees kept quiet. We talked all winter. When they were ready to make their final offer, it was a great offer, and my wife and I were excited about going to New York.”
Teixiera was asked about the recruiting visit made to his Texas home by the Red Sox in December, and he responded: “I think in the end, it probably worked against them a little bit, because everyone thought the Red Sox were my No. 1 choice,” Teixeira said. “… The Yankees had a leg up all along.”
Regardless of how it went down, I will be glad to see Tex standing at first base for Opening Day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16th.
The Yankees will dedicate a new memorial for the victims of 9/11 today at Steinbrenner Field. A piece of steel from the World Trade Center ruins was used to create the memorial which depicts the Twin Towers sitting on a Pentagon-shaped foundation. The memorial sits on grass in tribute to United Flight 93 which crashed in Somerset County, PA. It is a tremendous memorial that pays a great tribute to all those who lost their lives on that fateful day, and broke the heart of a nation.
Courtesy New York Yankees
According to many articles, it sounds as though the Yankees may opt to go with Jonathan Albaladejo in the bullpen, leaving long reliever candidates Brett Tomko, Alfredo Aceves, and Dan Giese on the outside looking in. It’s unfortunate for Tomko, who has had a terrific spring, but the odds were stacked against him from the start since he is not on the 40-man roster.
I had expected the Minnesota Twins to return Rule 5 draftee Jason Jones to the Yankees, but the teams opted to swap righthanders as the Yankees received 23-year-old Charles Nolte. I don’t know anything about Nolte, but he’s three years younger than Jones. He posted a 2.05 ERA in 44 Single A relief appearances last year, and had 75 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings.
With the attention that Ramiro Pena has drawn for his fielding prowess, is this the year that the Yankees start to experiment with Derek Jeter in an occasional start in other positions, like centerfield? Given that there are other long-term solutions for centerfield to go with Brett Gardner (like potentially Jeter and the much anticipated arrival of Austin Jackson later this year or in 2010), I wonder if Melky Cabrera will become a trading chip at some point. I am still not comfortable with the thought of Cody Ransom at third.
Where’s Mike Pagliarulo when you need him?
Speaking of Pena, it sounds as though he’s beaten out Angel Berroa for the infield utility spot. I definitely feel for Joe Girardi. He has some very difficult decisions in the coming days, and they are decisions that will dramatically shape the 2009 Yankees. No pressure…
Meanwhile, I am trying to decide whether I want an apple or an orange. Man, what a tough decision! 😉