Given the Yankees luck with injuries thus far, many were left incredulous at the sight of Nick Swisher being helped off the field yesterday – particularly those of us who remembered the groin woes that sidelined Swisher for a portion of Spring Training. Thankfully, the jovial slugger isn’t likely to miss more than a week or so, per Girardi – though Swisher is eying a Thursday return date, perhaps with the hopes that a strong performance will result in a buffet of succulent Kansas City barbecue.
On tonight’s pessimistic agenda, however, we see the corner outfield positions manned by Eduardo Nunez – he of 18.1 professional innings in the outfield – and Raul Ibanez (whose mere presence in the outfield may well be a violation of Hiroki Kuroda’s human rights). The pragmatist in me suggests that Nunez’s speed and strong arm will be an asset in the outfield, and I do think that some folks in the know must have a fair bit of confidence in his abilities to toss him to the wolves like this. Moreover, even the most casual viewer has noticed that Nunez tends to rush his mechanics in the infield, perhaps at the sight of the runner tearing down the line … the ability to “relax,” comparatively speaking, and be involved in fewer plays may be a boon for all parties. Here’s hoping.
|Baltimore Orioles||New York Yankees|
|Nolan Reimold, LF||Derek Jeter, SS|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||Curtis Granderson, CF|
|Nick Markakis, RF||Alex Rodriguez, DH|
|Adam Jones, CF||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Matt Wieters, C||Mark Teixeira, 1B|
|Chris Davis, 1B||Raul Ibanez, RF|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||Eric Chavez, 3B|
|Mark Reynolds, DH||Russell Martin, C|
|Robert Andino, 2B||Eduardo Nunez, LF|
|Jason Hammel, SP||Hiroki Kuroda, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM on YES – let’s go Yankees!