Daily Archives: June 13, 2012

Game 62 Lineup: Yankees @ Braves

Lineup vs. Braves: 

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Hiroki Kuroda P

 

What Gardner’s injury might mean

Yankees LF Brett Gardner

What seemed like a ray of hope turned into a stormy cloud and a complete nightmare. Since April 17, Brett Gardner had been trying to struggle coming back to the Yankees team after hurting his elbow during a diving catch. Without him, the Yankees team seems completely different since they lose the speed and have to rely on their bats to get the runs in. The first time Gardner was on the DL, the Yankees decided to send Gardner to Scranton to get 2 minor league games in before he came back to the team. Gardner complained of soreness the second game of the series and it was back to the drawing board for the speedy young outfielder.

Yankees LF Brett Gardner might be out for a while after he aggravated his elbow again

Gardner tried all over again to get himself back into playing shape. He hit off the tee, he took batting practice, did some fielding and he ran the base path. This time it looked like Gardner was sure to come back and this time the Yankees sent Gardner a little close to home for comfort; Charleston, South Carolina. Gardner joined the RiverDogs for one game (he was slated to play 2 games). He played, stole a base and said he felt good after the game ended. He was even more excited to get back on the field the next day, but Gardner wasn’t going to be on the field on June 9, 2012.

Gardner awoken with pain in his elbow on June 9, 2012 and let Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi know about it which delayed his return once again. Cashman made an appointment for Gardner to see Dr. Andrews and Dr. Tim Kremcheck at the request of his agent. No one is sure how long Brett Gardner will be out but the best case scenario (if Dr. Andrews doesn’t find anything) is that he will be back shortly after the All-Star Break.

With Gardner’s injury it baffles me for a couple of reasons. One reason is that the Yankees knew that Gardner was suffering from elbow soreness on June 7 and was scratched from the Charleson lineup but yet they still let him play the next day. Another thing that baffles me about Gardner’s injury is that he made it through every obstacle perfectly fine–until he got into a baseball game and put stress on his elbow.

When you take a visit to Dr. Andrews, it’s not exactly a promising visit. Dr. Andrews is known as the Tommy John doctor meaning the players that usually go to see him ending up needing Tommy John Surgery. If Gardner does need Tommy John Surgery which I am hoping he doesn’t, he could possibly be out the whole year!

The Yankees already have Mariano Rivera out for the year with a torn ACL. It would be a shame if Brett Gardner had to join him.

Morning Bits:A-Rod ties Gehrig, Pitchers Hitting, Reliance On The Longball

Good morning everyone!  To those who turned the channel to the NBA finals last night when the Yankees appeared up against it, you missed a piece of baseball history and a great comeback win by the Yankees!  Here are today’s morning links:

—The New York Times recounts A-Rod’s record-tying grand slam last night.

—The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Yankee pitchers swinging the bat during interleague road games.

—Shawn Clarke examines the reliance the Yankees have on the longball.

The Yankees will attempt to sweep the Braves tonight in the finale of this three game set. Hiroki Kuroda(5-6, 3.46 ERA) takes the mound for the Yankees and Tim Hudson(4-2, 3.83ERA) goes for the Braves. Game time is 7:10 EDT for this game, which will be broadcast on ESPN.  Enjoy your day everyone!

A-Rod’s Slam powers Yankees past Braves in 6-4 win

Coming into the 8th inning of tonight’s game, the Yankees were trailing 4-0. CC Sabathia was taken out of the game when Russell Martin pinch hit for him and flied out to the warning track. After the Derek Jeter single, the Curtis Granderson single and the Mark Teixeira walk, in came Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez only needed one more home run to tie Lou Gehrig for most grand slams in franchise history. He just needed to get one ball out of the park and now squander the Yankees chances. A full count later, Alex Rodriguez’s baseball landed right into seats for a grand slam.

The Yankees tacked on 4 runs vs. Johnny Venters which was enough to propel the Yankees over the Braves 6-4. Mike Minor had kept the Yankees off balance all night long, only allowing 1 run in 7 2/3 innings pitched. This was Minor’s first good outing since May when he was allowing opponents a .357 average against him.

CC Sabathia wasn’t bad but he wasn’t at his best during tonight’s start. He had he Yankees play catch up right from the first inning when he allowed 3 runs in the first inning and one more run in the 7th. CC’s final line was 7 innings pitched, 4 runs, 10 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Imagine if the Yankees had lost 4-0. We wouldn’t say that CC had an okay outing then.

The Yankees will turn to Hiroki Kuroda tomorrow in order for the Yankees to have a chance to sweep their second interleague series (they swept the Mets over the weekend). The National League shouldn’t be a problem for Hiroki since he has done it before with the Dodgers. The Yankees will face Tim Hudson who they know from his days with the Oakland Athletics. First pitch is at 7:10pm.