Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
Thunderstorms are in the forecast...could be a long, damp one for the Yanks and Twins.
(parents of young girls and fans of cartoons might get that reference)
watching this game was just about the only way i was going to survive the work day.
...i might have to go with plan b: liquor.
let's hope it doesn't come to that.
OK, that's enough pessimism for today!
Now, you and I both know that Giambi is the better option even against LHP, but this is more or less what they got Sexson for.
It's going to help when Damon can move back to the OF.
Sexson was a bad pick-up and this was why. There's absolutely no reason he should be taking ABs from Giambi - regardless of whether Damon is DHing or not. Sexson should be on the bench until Damon takes the field.
And this was where a lot of the criticism of the Sexson acquisition was rooted, whether he takes ABs from Giambi.
Take it straight up if you are an optimus prime
...or dripping with sarcasm if you are megatron
And hope you have a good time at the game. I drove when I went, but I think I got lucky in finding a spot in a garage down River Ave from the Stadium. I'm guessing its an afternoon game you're going to, in which case, be prepared to hit horrid traffic leaving (as I did).
JORGE POSADA UPDATE, 11:26 a.m.
Jorge Posada stepped up with the information. The MRI showed that his labrum is worse and that he has capsule damage. He will need surgery and a six-month rehab. However
he will try rehabbing for the next two weeks and consider trying to return as a DH and first baseman.
Posada said the Yankees are willing to have him play again this season even if it means missing part of next season. But if he comes back this season, he won't catch.
"Catching is out of the question," he said.
It seems curious to me that they would not want Posada ready to start next season, especially given how ineffective he was as a hitter. Obviously the injury has hampered his ability at the plate. But we'll see what happens in a few weeks.
So what the hell is he doing trying to rehab? So we can have another so so hitting DH? Get the surgery Jorgie, get it right freakin' now.
Anyway, is this man hitting, or is this man hitting!
and hot dog, it's sunny in NY right now!
go get surgery, cletus!
In the above Cano vs Cuba thread, Rob points out this might just be disinformation, to drive down the price of a bat. That makes sense, and I hope he's right.
way to protect your $40 million investment Hal!
Posada already took SIX weeks off to rest his shoulder. The result?
.248/.380/.371, 2 HR in 105 AB
and most of that came the first two weeks back, against awful competition (KC, SD, HOU). He's hit .205/.314/.288, 0 HR since 6/20/08.
I just fail to see how two more weeks of rest is going to do anything.
I have NO idea why we'd want Jorge to risk catching next season to be an extra DH this season. None. The best I can do is count months and note that a couple of week's testing before surgery still has him healed by late February but if he DOES DH the year, has surgery in fall, he's gone until May-June next year. Doesn't feel like a smart trade-off to me. So I disagree with my good man Sliced Bread on this. Two weeks is nothing, the season is a lot. And he WILL need the surgery.
Final comment after watching last night ... at risk of jinxing them, have to say the bullpen since Joba's a starter (but we MISS him in the 8th!) has been a pleasure to watch, and Bruney may be back soon. They have been a key to our having - check it out - the best record in the league with Angels since June 7, that famous arbitrary date. Minny was there, till we beat 'em twice.
Hard to fathom why they'd fuck around like that.
.223/.339/.330, 124 PA
I have no idea when those appearances have come.
Posada as a DH, career:
.205/.320/.337, 197 PA
I am not as hopeful as you, o' Sunny Sliced.
The best case scenario, I think, is that he continues to produce the way he has this year. We've already seen that that's the most rehab will accomplish. The tradeoff for that will be carrying Molina's bat again, full-time, for a month or more of next season. Bad deal.
1) As others have pointed out, to date the "rest it and see what happens" approach has paid zero dividends.
2) They have 4 years and $40 million tied up in this guy. One and $10 million are pretty much wasted. Why jepoardize 2 and $20 million?
3) The 6 month rehab time assumes everything goes smoothly. What if he has setbacks? He's 37 and shoulders are a lot harder to rehab than say...elbows.
4) If he gets the surgery now, he can start working out full bore in January. If he waits 2 weeks which will realistically be a month, that puts him in Feb assuming everything goes smoothly. That gives him one month prior to ST to get in shape. That's cutting things really really close.
Shut it down now, be prudent. He's too valuable to risk the next 3 years by worsening the injury even more.
the gardner issue will be resolved when damon can throw again, probably next week ... but molina and hacky are back to back black holes of suck.
and this lineup is worse than last night. there are 4 legitimately mediocre hitters hacking tonite, which just isn't a long term winning situation.
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