Good morning. It's Tuesday, Februrary 26, 2012 and the Yankees already have their first oblique injury of 2013. This year's lucky player is Kevin Youkilis who was scratched from today's lineup. He will be evaluated in a few days. Hopefully it's not a serious injury and that it won't linger. From Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: Youkilis says the "injury" was just a cramp yesterday. Could play today with no problem, but Yankees being cautious. "No concerns," he said.
I mentioned this last night but Johnny Damon is really lobbying to help the Yankees. So much so that I even saw the headline on the WABC 7 ticker during Good Morning America. He appeared on Michael Kay's ESPN radio show yesterday:
"You guys know that I would have tons of interest to go to New York," Damon told Kay and co-host Don LaGreca. "But I just don't think they would be interested. I'm not exactly sure what happened over the years or something. They have had plenty of opportunities and I kept raising my hand, wanting to go back and, you know, hopefully it would be a perfect fit. It always had been. Have me for six weeks and then send me off on my merry way. That's fine."
Johnny, what happened was you got older and your skills diminished. The Yankees already have enough older players on their team so don't take it personally. You had your time here but it's over.
Here's today's lineup for the game in Clearwater against the Phillies:
Nunez 6 Ichiro 9 Cano 4 Teixeira 3 Hafner DH Diaz 7 Mesa 8 Wilson 2 Maruszak 5