In the “W” column, the Yankees have gotten the weekend off to a great start…
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Unfortunately, there were also a few casualties in Friday night’s 10-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. Robinson Cano left the game in the 6th inning after he was hit in the left knee by Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett. Nick Johnson is most likely headed for the DL due to his problematic wrist which he aggravated on a swing in the first inning and left in the 5th inning when he was unable to play through the injury.
This is a tough formula for the Yankees so far…win a game and lose a player. With Curtis Granderson on the DL and other Yankees like Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada hurting, the Yankees can ill afford to lose Cano for any extended period of time. Fortunately, it sounds like it is a day-to-day situation so more than likely, he’ll be back after missing a game.
Marcus Thames becomes the Yankees’ primary DH. I’d probably be more in favor of moving Jorge Posada to DH, when/if healthy, in order to keep Francisco Cervelli’s bat and attitude in the game. It would also help save some wear and tear on Posada.
The Yankees have already recalled pitcher Romulo Sanchez as a bullpen replacement for Sergio Mitre, who will take Andy Pettitte’s spot in the rotation on Monday. Outfielder Greg Golson’s short stay with the team ended as he was sent back down to Scranton/Wilkes Barre to make room for Sanchez.
In retrospect, Brian Cashman’s decisions run the gamut. Clearly, his call to move Phil Hughes into the starting rotation, with Joba Chamberlain returning to the pen, was one of the best decisions made in the off-season so far this young season. But conversely, the jury is still out on the Curtis Granderson trade. Austin Jackson has performed well in Detroit, and Ian Kennedy has adapted very well to the Sonoran Desert environment in Arizona. Also, the decision to sign Nick Johnson as the DH and forego pursuit of Johnny Damon was a mistake. Granted, the Damon camp was asking too much at the time the Yankees had to make a decision. If Damon had been willing to accept from the Yankees what he got from the Tigers, he’d still be in the Bronx today (well, Boston today, but you know what I mean).
How Cashman responds to his team’s current needs will be critical in the coming weeks and months. I am not saying that the Yankees should go out and trade top prospects for All-Star players and call it a day. But they need to make smart, under the radar moves that help bring quality production. Of the injuries, Nick Johnson concerns me the most since he’s had surgery on the wrist twice before (2000 and 2008). This could be a potential issue that shuts him down for an extended period of time. Andy Pettitte should be back after missing a start, but at his age, any injury bears watching as there could be continued issues throughout the season. If the Yankees were getting what they had hoped for from Javier Vazquez, they could probably get by on smoke and mirrors. But the hole in the 4th spot of the rotation and the inability of the Tampa Bay Rays to lose has magnified the Yankees’ short-comings somewhat.
My friend, Julia, may have had a good night at Fenway Park last evening but obviously she did not have a great night since the Red Sox lost. However, I’d be a fool if I gloated about a single win. This series is far from over, and Julia stands no closer to losing our best than I do. Even with CC Sabathia on the mound today, I am expecting a very charged and resilient Red Sox squad on the field today. It will be a tough game today, as it will be again tomorrow.
How about the impressive debut of Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro? He had a homer and 6 RBI’s in his debut. What a great way to introduce yourself to Major League Baseball fans. “The kid – what a debut!”, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said after the game. Yeah, there’s not much more that you can say about such a tremendous performance in the 20 year old’s first major league game. I wish him the very best on a long and successful career at Wrigley Field.
Well, it’s just about time to watch Game 2 of Yankees-Red Sox. Best of luck to me, Julia! J