Thursday, May 16, 2013

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming...

No, the Yankees did not win tonight's game. No, they didn't come up big when rallies were presented to them in perfect situations. They ended up losing the game by one run but that seems like an afterthought because of what happened tonight. The Yankees suffered two more key injuries in tonight's game. The rate at which these injuries are coming up for the Yankees is becoming laughable. Nobody can do anything about it, and the Yankees keep finding ways to win. When do too many injuries catch up with a team playing with nobody but backup players? These injuries will start to catch up with the Yankees. The only question is a matter of when. The Yankees will not be able to sustain this run that they are on for another month without more pieces coming back onto the Yankees roster. As tonight's game unfolded and Pettitte's injury came about I was pressed to wonder what the Yankees would do in their rotation if another starter went down. Pettitte left with two outs in the fifth inning with tightness in his left trapezius muscle, which is located between the neck and shoulder. That wasn't all in this whirlwind of a game for the Yankees. Chris Stewart was the next Yankee to get bitten by the injury bug in the seventh inning coming into third base on a Cano RBI infield single. It looked like Stewart pulled his groin, however he would finish out the bottom of the inning. Romine came on to catch beginning in the eighth inning, as Stewart was clearly not feeling great. Now the Yankees are quite possibly faced with the prospect of bringing up another catcher from the minor leagues. Bobby Wilson will likely get the call if Stewart goes to the DL. Another option would be to bring up JR Murphy from AA Trenton, having him skip AAA. Hopefully for the Yankees it doesn't need to come to that.

The Yankees lost the game 3-2, and Michael Morse's solo home run off Shawn Kelley in the sixth inning was the difference in the game. The two runs that the Yankees scored came on an RBI double by David Adams in the second inning off Hector Noesi and an RBI infield single by Robbie Cano in the seventh. Cano would ground out to end the game with the tying run on third base. Cano comes up clutch often, but late inning heroics have not been his thing lately.

The Yankees are coming off a tough series loss to the Mariners and welcome the red hot Blue Jays into Yankee Stadium for a three game set. Tomorrow, Hiroki Kuroda will try to continue his hot streak against Mark Buehrle, who the Yankees pounded his last time out against the Yankees.

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