Derek Jeter would hate to slip into retirement without one last foray into the postseason, yet with every defeat comes the realization that his final season could end before October.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka made 50 throws from 60 feet before Tuesday night’s game against Detroit. That’s twice as many tosses as Tanaka took Monday in his first action since being shut down in early July.
The job he’s doing in his seventh year is perhaps the best of his career. Joe Girardi has managed to keep this undermanned team on the edge of contention, with an assist from his GM.
Once the rain arrived, Ron Washington’s team never got another chance to come back: “This game shouldn’t come to us losing it. It should have been suspended.”
Teixeira will be sidelined for at least three games because of a strained muscle in his back, the latest injury to slow the Yankees’ leading run producer.
Shane Greene had little trouble finding the plate. Throwing to first was his problem. The rookie right-hander wasn’t the only player in pinstripes to struggle Monday night.
After hearing a particular sound bite of Yankees manager Joe Girardi following Sunday’s 3-2 Bombers win over the Reds, Boomer and Craig were magically wisped away…
Joe Girardi had just sat through a rain delay that lasted longer than the game itself. It was enough to make a manager want to throw the rule book in the trash.
Good fortune certainly smiles if the kid works out. If he doesn’t, then the position goes down the tubes. If enough spots follow, then the season goes out the window.
New York’s 9-3 loss to the Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.
The 25-year-old right-hander will attempt nonsurgical rehab on his injured ulnar collateral ligament. Cashman did not rule out season-ending, reconstructive “Tommy John” surgery.
When Masahiro Tanaka pitches, the Yankees can usually count on a win. The All-Star rookie, however, is facing his first real struggles of the season.
The Yankees are no longer expecting CC Sabathia to return to their rotation this year, given the persistence of inflammation in his injured right knee.
The bad news just keeps getting worse for the Yankees. They have lost five games in a row, are below .500 for the first time since April 11, and seemingly can’t hit to save their lives. Now, their horse left-hander has again come up lame.
“I still believe in this team,” Girardi said. “We just need to play better. It’s a lot of different phases. You can look at almost every phase and say we need to play better and we have to find a way to get it done.”