After a 10-3 drubbing of the Red Sox last night, the talk of the town was on the health of the Yankees instead of the fantastic pitching by Phil Hughes. Coming into this series the Yankees had their share of dings and dents, but after game one the list has gotten longer.
In the 5th inning, last night, Marcus Thames pinch hit for Nick Johnson, which promptly raised a few eyebrows. It had appeared that nothing serious had become of NJ, but as the game progressed news broke that NJ was battling a wrist injury and it forced him from the game. Johnson is going to be put on the DL. Utilityman Kevin Russo is being called up to take his spot on the 25-man roster. Russo plays all over the infield and has even seen some time in the outfield this season in Scranton. With various Yankees being dinged up, Russo’s positional flexibility will be very helpful.
Later in the game Boston starter Josh Beckett really struggled with his command and hit Robinson Cano on the inside of his left knee. It was definitely unintentional, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Robbie was forced to leave the game. Cano is not expected to go on the DL, but he is not in the lineup today and probably will sit again tomorrow. Ramiro Pena will start at second while Cano is out. UPDATE: According to Mark Feinsand, Cano will take batting practice and may play in today’s game. If I were Girardi I would err on the side of caution and let Cano have a day to rest, but that’s just me. UPDATE (2:55): Cano is the DH today and will bat 5th.
Joe Pawlikowski at River Ave Blues did a great job breaking down the Yankees possible roster moves to counter their injuries. I’d say the best option is for a rainout today; the Yanks could use a day off to recover.
On a positive note, did everyone thoroughly enjoy the Phil Hughes show last night? I sure did. I really can’t get over how great he has been this season. Last night’s line was 7IP 7H 2R 1BB 7K. Always great when a start like that raises his ERA to 1.69. Let’s just sit back and enjoy watching him develop right in front us. From Ben Shpigel, “Phil Hughes is youngest Yankee to win first four decisions of a season as SP since Whitey Ford (21) began 1950 at 9-0.” That’s not too shabby eh?