Thursday Morning News And Notes (And Bad Offensive Numbers): 8/27/15

This was supposed to be a post about how bad the Yankee offense has been over the last few weeks and me finally giving in and accepting that they've regressed and are really this bad now.  But I knew the minute I stepped into the shower this morning that I wasn't emotionally ready to do that, so instead we're going to recap some of the smaller stories from the last 2 days and I'll mix in some bad offensive stats to at least acknowledge that reality.  Fair? - The official diagnosis is in on CC Sabathia's right knee and it's about as positive as it could have been.  There is no new damage in the knee, no tears or anything like that.  It's simply the continuation of the degenerative condition that's existed there for a while and there's nothing that will require surgery.  That leaves the possibility open for Sabathia to return this season, and he did say he would be open to working out of the bullpen if/when he came back.  For now, let's see how a few weeks off helps the knee before worrying about that.

- Dustin Ackley has been slowly working himself back into game shape after hitting the DL with a lumbar strain earlier this month.  He's supposed to start his MiL rehab assignment tonight in Trenton and I would bet he'll get a couple games through the weekend and then be activated when rosters expand next Tuesday.

- The Yankee have scored 3 or fewer runs in 7 of their last 11 games going back to the end of the last Toronto series.

- Both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira were back out of the lineup last night with their respective leg issues.  Joe said he didn't expect them to be available tomorrow night after today's off-day, so the Yanks could be playing with the really short bench again.

- Nick Goody was sent down after yesterday's game, so there is a spot to add a bat to the bench if the Yanks want to.  But according to Jack Curry, that move was to open up a sport for Bryan Mitchell to be activated off the DL on Friday.  He threw a 30-pitch bullpen session the other day with no issues.  It's great that he was able to recover so quickly.

- In the week since his big 2-homer game against the Twins, Greg Bird is 3-25 with 0 XBH, 2 BB, and 9 K.  That's a huge drop-off from Teix's usual production.

- Yes, Chris Capuano was DFA'd again yesterday after his lights out performance on Tuesday night.

- Via Dave Rosengrant, Gary Sanchez left last night's SWB game early after apparently injuring his right leg trying to beat out a double play ball.  The timing of this is bad if it turns out to be something serious.  Sanchez was likely to get called up as the third catcher in September.

- Since hitting his last home run a week ago, Alex Rodriguez is 1-16 with 6 K and 1 intentional BB.

- Didi's home run last night was his first in almost exactly a month.  Last one came on July 27th against the Rangers.  I remember those times.  Good times they were for the offense.

- Brett Gardner is down to .193/.302/.241 in August with a 25.8% K rate.

- The Yankees are 6-44 with RISP as a team over the last 7 games, including 0-14 in the last 3.  As generally bad as they've been, their problems have been magnified by their inability to get hits when they really need them.  Save for the last few games, it's not like they've been devoid of baserunners and run-scoring opportunities.