With 44 games remaining, the Yankees do not possess the fear-inducing aura of Bronx Bombers teams of recent vintage. And unless the front office changes its philosophy, it’s only going to get worse.
Heading to the Yankees game on Wednesday night? You could be in for a special kind of treat. When you walk into the stadium — and especially if you’re buying tickets — you might run into some familiar faces.
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 right-hander, on the 15-day disabled list with a partial UCL tear, made 25 throws from 60 feet at Yankee Stadium on Monday. He said he felt good and reported no pain.
The increase in Tommy John surgeries has been dramatic in recent years. But as doctors and other health-care providers learn more and more about the UCL injuries and how to prevent them, those numbers should go down.
“I have to reinforce our pitching, in my opinion,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “I have things that I feel I have to try to do, that I’m trying to do, but it is easier said than done.”
Baseball has a problem: Clayton Kershaw, Aroldis Chapman, Felix Hernandez and all the other kings of the hill are just too good.
In a season of bad luck and frustration for the Yankees, Dellin Betances has emerged as one of the best relievers in the game.
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.
Desperate for anything resembling pitching, the Yankees looked West on Friday and found some relief.
As I’ve written before, even with rest, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection and rehab, a torn ligament does not regain full tensile strength in a matter of weeks.
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.
Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Carlos Santana also connected and the Cleveland Indians scored nine runs in their last two innings at bat for a 9-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night.
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.
Not even Captain Kirk could find life in the Yankee Universe. Not after the latest bomb to drop on the Bronx.