Dante Bichette Jr. was named MVP of the Gulf Coast League today.
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner CF
A.J. Burnett (9-11, 5.27) vs. Charlie Furbush (2-5, 5.87)
— Granderson is getting just a regular day off.
— So much for my post earlier: Swisher is back in right field and Martin is behind the plate. Can’t imagine either are fully healed, but they are at least able to play.
—Cervelli was just placed on the DL. This will give time for Montero and Romine to shine. Also is why Martin is probably rushed back to start tonight.
Enjoy the game.
Typically, it happens to be the Dog Days of August, but the Yankees are really experiencing that now in September. Let’s take a look at the current injury status of the Yankees:
— Nick Swisher has been suffering from some pain in his left elbow (tendinitis). An MRI was taken, luckily revealing no structural damage. Swisher said he left a sharp pain when throwing. He did play first base in last night’s game, but throwing is still painful for him. Tendinitis in the elbow is no fun injury by any means and the last thing anyone wants to happen is for him to start throwing through the pain, and it gets worse. Temporary replacement: Andruw Jones. With Jones taking over for Swisher in right field for several games, they luckily have some right-handed bat named Montero who can DH in Jones’ place.
— Alex Rodriguez’ left thumb has been so sore that he doesn’t feel he can be as productive as possible. Like Swisher, he should be sidelined for several more days. Temporary replacement: Eric Chavez / Eduardo Nunez.
— Russell Martin has a right thumb contusion after a foul tip Saturday night. Girardi hopes to have Martin back by tonight’s game versus Seattle, but that is not close to a sure thing. Temporary replacement: Jesus Montero / Austin Romine / Jorge Posada. Big time minor leaguer fans can’t have a much better situation now. The Yankees catchers right now consist of Montero and Romine? Nice. It’ll be good to have Martin back, though. His influence on the pitching staff is dramatic as Jamie wrote about here.
— Francisco Cervelli, who would presumably be the replacement of Martin except that he has been having concussion symptoms of late. Truth is, no one really knows when he’ll be back. He is important, as C.C. Sabathia has developed quite the pitcher-catcher relationship with Cerv.
Effect on the Bench
You look at the lineup that results from these injuries, and it’s not overly bad. However the real effect is in the bench. Instead of having Chavez, Nunez, and Jones off the bench, you now have a combination of Ramiro Pena, Chris Dickerson, and Greg Golson. Although Dickerson was quite productive for the Yanks last night, you can’t expect the same level of production from him as Jones or Swisher. That’s quite a difference of bench “quality”.
All these injuries may look horrendous, but all things are not that bad. The 1-5 is still solid with Gardner, Jeter, Grandy, Teixeira, and Cano. Then, Jones, Montero, Posada, and Chavez/Nunez fill in the final 4 spots. They have won games with a lot lesser a lineup. In addition, these injuries are all day-to-day’s, meaning we’re not going to go a long time without A-Rod or Swisher or Martin in the lineup. They’ll be back soon enough. It helps that the Yanks have taken a pretty good lead over the Red Sox in the AL East.
Overall, you can look at the injuries above and get very apprehensive about the rest of the Yankees’ season…but not to worry. The Yanks have a reasonable lead atop the AL East, and the starting lineup isn’t too much worse than before. The team just has to work through the injuries and win as many games as they possibly can while Martin, Swisher, and A-Rod are out. Once those three come back, the great depth they have had will return.
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Angelo Gumbs entered the New York-Penn League Finals opener without a homer in his previous 103 at-bats. On Monday night, he picked a good time to break out of his power slump.
Selected in the second round of last year’s Draft, Gumbs hammered his first longball in almost two months to help the short-season Staten Island Yankees to a 9-2 victory over the Auburn Doubledays in the opening game of the best-of-3 series.
With the game tied, 1-1, and the bases empty in the fifth inning, the 18-year-old California native took Wirkin Estevez’s offering over the wall in left-center field to give the Yankees a lead they would never relinquish.
The Baby Bombers’ infield prospect has seen limited time in the playoffs. He ended the regular season batting .179 over the final 10 games, and he had just three at-bats in two appearances off the bench in the semifinals against the Brooklyn Cyclones.
He previously hit three homers in 58 Minor League games — the last one came July 18 in a 12-4 rout of the Tri-City Valley Cats. He smacked a three-run shot off right-hander Joan Belliard.
Gumbs hit .264 with 29 RBIs in 51 games for Staten Island this year en route to helping the club win the McNamara Division with a 45-28 record. In 2010, Gumbs batted .192 in seven appearances for the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League affiliate.
On Monday, designated hitter Casey Stevenson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI and shortstop Cito Culver went 2-for-6 with a double and a run in the victory.
Wilton Rodriguez (1-0) allowed a run on two hits in an inning of relief to pick up the victory. Starter Taylor Morton surrendered one run on five hits and three walks while striking out two batters over 4 2/3 frames.
The Championship Series heads to Staten Island on Tuesday for Game 2 and, if necessary, Game 3 on Wednesday.
Remaining Game Times
|Game 2: AUB @ SI||Sep 13, 7:05 PM ET|
|Game 3*: AUB @ SI||Sep 14, 7:05 PM ET|
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SEATTLE — The box score will tell you that the Yankees defeated the Mariners, 9-3, Monday night at Safeco Field.
But this was more than just a win to move New York further ahead in the American League East race. This was a win against Felix Hernandez.
For over three years, the defending American League Cy Young winner had New York’s number, going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last six starts against the Bronx Bombers. But the Seattle ace finally cracked, as the Yankees’ bats went off in a five-run fourth inning to help New York finally bring down King Felix.
Did Hernandez look any different on Monday night?
“I don’t know. I just think we’ve got a great team,” said first baseman Nick Swisher, who returned after missing the past three games. “Credit is due to us, man. He’s a great pitcher and we put up some good runs off him. You don’t see that very often. You’ve got to give credit where credit’s due and our guys did a great job tonight.”