Carlos Beltran was named the American League Player of the Week after hitting .423 with seven runs scored, four doubles, three home runs and six RBI in seven games from April 7-13. That works out to a .423/.464/.923/1.387 line.
It was just announced that Francisco Cervelli will be placed on the 15-day DL before tomorrow’s night game and it will be retroactive to today. An MRI revealed a Grade 2 right hamstring strain which he suffered on that reviewed play in the fourth inning of last night’s game. The recovery time for that kind of injury is 4-6 weeks.
So how are you all feeling? Are your quads, hamstrings, backs, fingers and groins okay? Well, the same can’t be said for the Yankees who were like a walking MASH unit this past weekend. I guess the good fortune with regards to injuries has ended in a spectacular way. Yikes.
Francisco Cervelli is more than likely going on the DL after pulling his hamstring in last night’s game and I’m sure with the way things have gone lately, the rest of the team will be joining him soon.
Luckily today is an off-day so the less ‘battered and bruised’ players who aren’t going on the DL can rest and prepare for tomorrow’s game against the Cubs.
We figured we’d make an open thread for you this afternoon so you can discuss the injuries, who you think the Yankees should get to play first base, this past weekend’s series, and other various subjects.
Today’s flashback video is from the 2000 ALCS when today’s birthday boy David Justice hit a booming home run against the Mariners:
I remember screaming as loud as Michael Kay in my house when this happened.…
In 2011, his rookie year with the Mariners, Pineda showcased a plus slider and command on a mid-to-high 90′s fastball. The combination was a deadly punch for hitters, and in Safeco Field, he earned a ton of strikeouts and fly ball outs. With Pineda headed to Yankee Stadium, the worry was that his high fly ball tendency would translate to home runs, especially against opposite handed hitters. Left-handed batters already have the advantage of the short right field porch, and when you add handedness and high fly ball tendencies into the equation, the worry was warranted.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 7-1:
Ramon Flores started the bottom of the first by lining a double to right. A one out single by Zoilo Almonte put runners on the corners. Russ Canzler followed by grounding a single to left and scoring Flores for the 1-0 lead. The RailRiders pulled away in the third, as...
Very often in sports, commentators or writers like to say that something “couldn’t have come at a better time” to help a struggling team. In the Yankees’ case, this first scheduled off-day of the year really could not have come at a better time after last night’s injury casualties. If the Yankees had to play a game tonight, it’s doubtful they’d have enough healthy bodies to fill out the starting infield.
They were already short-handed heading into the game last night when it was revealed that Derek Jeter has a tight right quad and Joe was keeping him out of the lineup to steal a few more days of rest. Once the game started, we found out that Brian Roberts was out not to get a simple day of rest, but because his lower back was bothering him and he went for a precautionary MRI earlier in the day. We also found out that Francisco Cervelli still can’t escape his crappy injury luck when he appeared to seriously pull his hamstring trying to beat out a play at first base in the 4th. …
I don’t know about you guys but I am still a little hyper from tonight’s game.
And it’s ridiculous, isn’t it? It’s only April 13, we should not be reacting like this to a game so early in the season but this Yankees-Red Sox “rivalry” seems to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Plus, the whole “national game on ESPN” thing didn’t help matters either. Most baseball fans had their eyes on the game so it felt bigger than it should have. Basically, I am going to blame the nice weather for tricking me into thinking it was actually September and that the Yankees and Red Sox were in a pennant race.