Daily Archives: May 5, 2012

Game 27 Lineup: Yankees @ Royals

Lineup vs. Royals:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Start Time: 7:10pm
Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
T.V: YES Network
Radio: WCBS 880

Enjoy the game everyone!

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Why Mariano Rivera Shouldn’t Return In 2013

Thursday night came as a shock to all of us. I watched live on MLB Network as the future hall of famer was carted off the field after tearing his ACL. The legendary and ever-steady closer of the Yankees, Mariano Rivera, was out for the season.

608 saves and 5 World Series rings later, Rivera’s career appeared to have abruptly ended. Twitter exploded with memories fans had of Mo’s incredible 18 years in the big leagues. All of the TV and radio shows were saying there’s only a puncher’s chance the Sandman could fully recover and come back in 2013.

Well just call him Rocky, because not even 24 hours after his injury, Rivera said he’ll be back. “…you can write it in big letters” he proclaimed on crutches.

But for some reason, I want him to stay down and tap out.

Don’t get me wrong – Mariano Rivera is the Babe Ruth of our generation. We will never see anyone else like him. He’s the greatest closer (maybe even pitcher) of all time, and to add even more lust to his incredible career, he will be the last man in baseball to ever wear number 42. He’s got as big a Hall of Fame status as any, and as big a heart too.

And that’s exactly why I feel Mo shouldn’t come back in 2013. He’s done everything he possibly can in this game. He’s never once looked weak, scared, fragile, or most importantly, hittable. Even Rivera’s failures came off of bloop singles or stolen bases (sorry if this opens up old wounds Yankee fans). Anyway, it’s simple – we only know Mariano as the clutch fearless pitcher who’s powered his way through poverty in Panama to a long baseball life on the grandest stage.

How horrible would it be for not only Rivera, but for us as fans, to see this happen: Rivera rehabs, comes back…and fails.

This isn’t a pulled hammy or shoulder soreness. This is a torn ACL. Even for Mariano, who is probably one of the most fit 42-year olds out there, this is not an easy injury to simply rebound from and be the same as before.

I’d hate to see news reports and tweets throughout the summer than Mo is “progressing”, “throwing off a mound”, “throwing from 60 feet”, “ready for spring training”, all to have it go to waste and see the greatest closer in history crumble.

To me, there’s just NO guarantee Mo will be Mo when he comes back next year. That’s the thing that seals my opinion on this. Is it worth all the anticipation, all the hype, and all the hard work from Rivera to see his cutter not cutting anymore? To see his fastball not reaching 92 and 93, like it still was the last time he was on the mound on Monday?

The answer is no.

I hope you know, I love Mariano Rivera and all he’s done for the Yankees. That’s why I just don’t want to see him get hurt. He was not hurt in a game, but in a freak accident that has nothing to do with his ability to pitch. There’s no doubt that when he shook Russell Martin’s hand on Monday to rack up save no. 608, he was still the best closer in baseball. He was still the guy you want on the mound in Game 7, ninth inning, full count, two outs.

After a torn ACL, and in 2013 at the age of 43, will you be able to say that? I don’t know. And that’s the thing. Mo’s been as close to 100% reliable as possible. I don’t want his chance of being that again, less than that. But it likely will be in 2013, and it’ll be difficult to watch.

I really hope I’m wrong, trust me. If Mo comes back strong and picks up where he left off, you can call me the dumbest baseball fan on earth. But I have a feeling this isn’t going to end well. And that’s life. Nothing goes as planned. Rare is it that such a great player like him can go out on top. It may not be on top of a dog-pile at the end of October, but hey, Nolan Ryan and Cy Young won a combined two rings in their career.

Mariano Rivera, has five.

The Injury Update

The last 4 weeks of the season have been very eventful. The Yankees have been on an up and down rollercoaster with their offense, their pitching isn’t up to par and the Yankees have caught the bug that no team wants; the injury bug. Star players that make an impact in the lineup or on the bench are either shut down or put on the disabled list. It’s only the beginning of May and the Yankees have lost key players to injuries. Let’s take a look at some key players and where they are coming along on their road back to the lineup/rotation/bullpen.

Brett Gardner
Injury: Bone bruise on elbow, muscle strain
Placed on DL: April 19, 2012

Yankees OF Brett Gardner

Let’s put it this way: Brett Gardner didn’t have a good April. Oh, there was nothing wrong with his numbers–the numbers were perfect. It was just the issue of bad luck. A couple of days before Gardner was placed on the DL, he had a stomach bug that was going around the clubhouse. Gardner was able to recover from that quickly, but the Yanks would lose him once again; this time a bit longer.

After making a spectacular catch the night before, Gardner felt soreness in his elbow just 20 minutes before the game was to begin. Gardner had an MRI and it revealed that he had a bone bruise in his elbow. He also had a slight muscle strain. Gardner was placed on the 15 day DL and was eligible to come back on Thursday. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be so.

Gardner still felt a bit of pain from the bone bruise (the muscle strain has healed) and he was shut down once again by Girardi. Gardner will most likely not play through the Kansas City series but the Yankees are anticipating having him back by next week.

Nick Swisher
Injury: Low Grade A Hamstring strain
Placed on DL: N/A

Yankees OF Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher was hoping for another good start to the season. Unfortunately 3 weeks into the season, Swisher suffered a low grade A hamstring strain during a game. Swisher was given a time-able that he would return in 1 week, but Swisher was optimistic thinking that he could be back by the time the Royals series started.

Girardi put his foot down, saying that Swisher will not play until next week.  Swisher hadn’t done much work since the injury occurred which would make the Royals series impossible for Swisher to return to. The good news is that this isn’t a DL situation–yet.

Just noting: It’s been May and this is Swisher’s 3rd calf/hamstring injury. 2 of them happened in Spring Training. How many calf injuries do you think Nick will go through before the season is over?

Eric Chavez
Injury: Whiplash Concussion

Placed on DL: May 3, 2012

Yankees IF Eric Chavez

Somehow, this doesn’t surprise me. Eric Chavez was supposed to be one of the strong bench players that could have gave the Yankees the bat that they need. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case when he went down during the series finale between the Yankees & Orioles. After trying to dive for a ball to prevent it from being a base hit, Chavez suffered a whiplash concussion and was taken out during his at-bat.

Chavez has a streak of being placed on the DL. As a matter of fact, he was on the DL last season due to a broken pinky toe–in May. ‘May’be it’s not Chavez’s month.

Michael Pineda
Injury: Shoulder Soreness
Placed on DL: March 30, 2012

Yankees SP Michael Pineda

Yankees fans will not see Michael Pineda pitch in 2012. After a somewhat puzzling 2012 Spring Training where his velocity went down, Yankees put Pineda on the DL. Only a matter of time later, Pineda was diagnosed with having an anterior labral tear in his right shoulder. Pineda had shoulder surgery and that unfortunately ended his season.

There hasn’t been a word on when Michael Pineda will start rehabilitating but Pineda is scheduled to be back on a mound by May of 2013.

I wonder what Brian Cashman is thinking of the trade right at this very moment?

Joba Chamberlain
Injury: Tommy John Surgery/Trampoline Accident

Placed on DL: June 8, 2011

Yankees RP Joba Chamberlain

Joba Chamberlain was supposed to be on a mound by next month. Now Yankees fans are sure that they won’t see Chamberlain in June. Chamberlain was coming back from Tommy John Surgery when he injured his foot during a freak trampoline accident during Spring Training.

Yankees are now uncertain when they are going to get Chamberlain back, but there was some enlightening news. Just yesterday, Chris Dickerson tweeted that Joba was walking around and beginning to rehab, so maybe we will see Chamberlain when the year ends after all.

Mariano Rivera
Injury: ACL Tear, Meniscus Tear

Placed on DL: May 4, 2012

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera

Probably one of the most devastating injury in the history of Yankees baseball. While shagging fly balls yesterday, Rivera slipped on the warning track and fell but as soon as he fell, he gripped his right knee in pain. When the team saw Mariano go down, they knew that it was something very serious.

Mo was carted off the field and was on the way to the hospital to get an MRI. After the game, a teary eyed Mariano Rivera sat in the Yankees clubhouse explaining to reporters that it was a torn ACL and a meniscus tear, and that he was to see the New York doctors. Mariano’s teammates were shaken up, Girardi was somber and Mo was disappointed that his season had to end that way.

Mariano Rivera revealed that he will pitch in 2013 for the Yankees which was a sigh of relief for fans and for the team.  For now, David Robertson seems to be the new closer but for the next 5 months, the team will not be the same without Mariano Rivera.

Being plagued with the injury bug isn’t fun, but I like to think of it this way; it’s better to be injured now than in October. Of course, the players that are healthy have to hit their way into October baseball. Yep, like I said. Injuries are not fun.

Morning Bits: 7th inning guy, Rivera, Robertson

Good morning everyone and happy Saturday to you all! Yankees try to take Game 3 of the 4 game set vs. the Royals. Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound. Here are your morning links!

– So we know that David Robertson is the new closer, Rafael Soriano is the 8th inning guy but there’s just one question–whose the 7th inning guy?

– Despite having an ACL tear, Mariano Rivera said that he will be back in 2013. I didn’t think he would have went out that way. Not at all.

– Mariano Rivera might not have to wait until 2013 to come back to the Yankees. Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo tore his right ACL in 2008 and came back the same season. I’d be all for that.

– And his first night as the new closer went pretty well. Robertson didn’t get the save but he struck out the side to give the Yankees a 6-2 victory. Forget Soriano as closer, leave Robertson in. He’s the best we have.

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Some Mo-tivation! Yanks beat Royals 6-2 after Mo reveals he’s back in ’13

 A day after the Yankees suffered a devastating loss with losing Mariano Rivera for the year, Mo revealed that he will come back in 2013. That apparently motivated the Yankees as the Yanks were able to defeat the Royals 6-2 behind CC Sabathia

MO SHALL RETURN: Mariano Rivera revealed that he was not going to end his career with an injury, which meant Mo will be back in 2013. Mo will have  to rehab his leg after he gets surgery but Yankees fans have no doubt that Mo will return better than ever.

CC ‘ACES’ HIS TEST: CC Sabathia pitched absolutely wonderful, which let the Yankees rest their bullpen. CC’s final line was 8 innings,2 runs, 7 hits and 5 strikeouts. Just another good day for the Yankees starting rotation.

MT25 SET TO HR: Mark Teixeira in his career had 9 HR’s off of Bruce Chen, and that didn’t stop him from hitting another HR. Teixeira during the game was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. Let’s hope that today’s game is what gets Mark Teixeira going.

ROBERTSON MAKES CLOSER DEBUT: David Robertson made his debut as the closer in tonight’s game (although it wasn’t a save situation). He had a scoreless inning while striking out the side.

WHAT’S NEXT: Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound tomorrow for the Yankees as they attempt to take the series lead for the Yankees.

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