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Johnny Damon is hurting. According to the Post, he could be headed to the DL. Pete Abe says Hideki Matsui won't be playing the outfield anytime soon.
To call up either requires a spot on the 40-man. The easiest way to do that is to DFA the 3rd catcher . . . or move Hughes to the 60-day DL, postponing this 3-catcher crap just a bit longer.
Doing both would open 2 spots, making it possible to bring both up. Hopefully it doesn't reach that point.
I suspect Hawkins will be gone as soon as one of the guys from SWB is ready. Of course, complicating matters is Rasner not pitching as well as he should, so I don't know how much more time he has left.
Of course, we went through this discussion earlier this season, so I will refrain from propping up that old dead horse.
"Damn," was that a freudian slip? :)
But, the Yankees have been, in my opinion, reckless in this regard. Over the last few years they have downplayed injuries and tried to milk players along rather than DLing them. They seem to have a fixation with playing short-handed.
Let's take Matsui's case. His knee is bad enough that it needed to be drained, and he is now incapable of playing in the field at all. He missed two games against SD, including the first game of the series on June 17; there was also an off day on the 16th. He played the three games against CIN, but now will probably miss the entire PIT series. If he has to miss a couple more days and starts again on, say, Saturday June 28, he will have played three games in 12 days. How is that much better than simply putting the man and his balky knee on the DL on June 16, draining it then, and letting him rest it? In the meanwhile, call up Christian or Gardner. At least they can run and play in the field, which might come in handy during this stretch of IL games.
Instead, the Yankees go with "plan" that, cumulatively, results in three catchers on the roster and Molina PH. Bizarre.
Speaking of 3 catchers, Girardi's use of Molina as a PH was a horrible decision. That situation represented a chance for the Yankees to get back in the game and called for using the team's best pinch hitter, not Molina.
*obviously I'm leaving Christian out of the equation
8 They seem to have a fixation with playing short-handed.
It's not so much playing shorthanded as listening to the players. If they think they can go, or don't require a stint on the DL, why not listen to them? Not everyone's going to be like Pavano. In Matsui's case, we're learning about the knee after the fact that he has tried playing on it; had the Yanks known it would be this much of a problem, maybe they do put him on the DL.
I gather Matsui's problem is sleeping wrong and messing up his neck, in addition to the existing knee problem, which he said did not bother him when hitting. He is, essentially a DH by preference now, anyhow. Damon, as Pete Abe notes, is the anti-Jeter in this regard, goes all gloom and doom when he gets hurt, in his case the doctors seem more optimistic. In general I'd say it is perfectly legit with an injury to trust a veteran to assess his body and pain ... I'm not sure of what other approach make sense. Treat them as idiot kids? 'Put me IN there coach! I wanna PLAY!'
Add that once an OF replacement came up we are talking mainly about a pinch hit situation for 2-3 games until the injury situations become clear. This CAN matter, but it is not the lifeblood of the team or a game. Same with the 5-7 day choice of which AAA player gets called up for OF. Agreed, the accumulation of small choices can mean a few games and that can mean the playoffs or not, but I don't operate on the assumption that Cashman and Girardi and co. are idiots. In fact, I tend to assume (very diffident of me, I know) they know a bit more about their talent than I do, and they see the issues even more clearly than I do.
Me, I'm a lot more concerned about the imploding Edwar, the useless Hawk ... what kind of world is it where Farns might actually be MISSED? I want Cash to continue to forget about mortgaging for CC, and to chase a good set-up man, pronto. I may phone him!
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