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Aches and Pains
2007-02-26 22:11
by Cliff Corcoran
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Now that everyone's been in camp for a week and games are set to start in a couple of days, the aches and pains are piling up. Steven White's neck strain turned out to be nothing. Brian Bruney experienced a stabbing pain on his left side (or back, depending on the source), but an MRI came back negative and he should be back in action shortly.

More problematically, Humberto Sanchez experienced tightness near his right elbow and stiffness in his right forearm, as well as a throbbing sensation. His MRI revealed some inflammation, but no structural damage. Still, any such discomfort is troubling given Sanchez's history of elbow problems.

Speaking of injury histories, Carl "Heavy Legs" Pavano was hit on the left instep by an Alberto Gonzalez line drive during batting practice on Saturday. His MRI revealed a bone bruise. Pavano threw 27 pitches in his BP session after getting hit with the comebacker and Joe Torre considers the injury a non-issue. The proof will be in the pitching as Pavano's scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, then another on Thursday to put him on pace to start the Yankees' fourth exhibition game on Sunday.

Finally, as Alex has already reported below, Bobby Abreu will miss at least half of the Yankees' exhibition schedule after having strained his right oblique muscle during batting practice yesterday. Apparently Abreu felt a tweak in his right side, but kept hitting, resulting in a worse injury than if he had cut his BP session short. Abreu will be unable to hit or throw while recuperating, but should be ready for Opening Day, though the pace of healing on oblique injuries is often hard to predict. Still, even this injury should prove to be ultimately insignificant. Rather, it's Sanchez that bears the closest watching right now.

For those wondering, Cashman and Torre have both ruled out the possibility of Bernie Williams coming to camp given the playing time made available by Abreu's injury. As well they should, Melky and the Kevins will fill in just fine. Oh, and Johnny Damon took a couple of personal days away from camp. He's back now. Nothing to see there.

Today the Yankees will play their intrasquad game. Last year this turned into a pivotal event in the season as Jorge Posada creamed a Mike Mussina changeup, then taught Moose how to better disguise the pitch, leading to a 7-1, 2.42 ERA start for Mussina. Today's intrasquad hurlers are less prominent, with only Kei Igawa appearing from the projected rotation.

2007-02-27 02:17:44
1.   Ryan Armbrust
"Melky and the Kevins" sounds like a band from a bad 80's movie made up of a hip alien visitor and the two nerds who found him in their backyard.
2007-02-27 04:47:01
2.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Yeah we shoulda soooo traded Melky for Mike Gonzalez!!!
2007-02-27 04:53:34
3.   mikeplugh
Can't wait to see Iggy in action.
2007-02-27 05:12:46
4.   Raf
Didn't Rondell White have an oblique strain (among other issues)? Hard to believe that he was actually a Yankee, it seems so long ago.
2007-02-27 05:34:54
5.   Sliced Bread
4 Ron DL White.

3 Me either.

2 Sarcasm on!

1 And remember the big tall bully character who administered the "double flag pole wedgie" on the Kevins was named "Brian Bruney" (played by Tim Robbins if I recall correctly).

2007-02-27 05:38:33
6.   Knuckles
We're fortunate that this Abreu injury happened so early in the Spring, giving him plenty of time to rest up and try and get ready for Opening Day. And of all the people this could have happened to, Abreu's probably one of the more favorable choices, for a numberr of reasons:
1) He's a veteran with his job locked up
2) Abreu's a professional hitter, and his batting eye is not going to suffer even if his swing shows up a little later, unlike someone like Cano
3) Maybe gives Melky some more A-squad playing time heading into the season

I'm off to Tampa in a couple of days- looks like I'll be seeing Moose and Pettitte pitch. One of the games we're attending is an 'away' game at the Devil Rays in St. Pete- anyone been to their spring training base?

2007-02-27 06:17:15
7.   rbj
Oh boy oh boy oh boy, intrasqud game! (Can you tell I'm really starved for baseball.)
2007-02-27 06:33:02
8.   Shaun P
4 There was a point in time when Rondell White would have been a great addition to the Yanks. 2002 was not it, sadly.

6 I drove by whatever they now call Al Lang field a few years ago; it looked like a decent place to watch a game. I think its been slightly remodeled since then though. IIRC, the Yanks held Spring Training there back in the 30s.

2007-02-27 06:46:09
9.   YankeeInMichigan
7 I'm so starved for baseball that I actually enjoyed listening to a rebroadcast of ALDS Game 3 on a Detroit radio station last week.
2007-02-27 07:24:09
10.   Yankee Fan In Boston
3 i second that emotion.
2007-02-27 07:30:51
11.   Chyll Will
Et tu, Moadel?

Anyone notice the smaller Lasik surgery ads in the papers touting Jason Giambi? Looks as though he has lasers shooting OUT of his eyes and not in.

Hmm, I wonder why he changed that ad...

2007-02-27 07:32:53
12.   Chyll Will
3 I've got the notion.
2007-02-27 07:52:03
13.   Bama Yankee
12 So I'd like to know where, you got the notion.
2007-02-27 08:08:28
14.   rbj
9 Fox Sports Ohio (Cleveland edition) showed the August 31, 2004 game last month. As much as I missed baseball, I wasn't going to sit through that Britney-Spearsesque trainwreck.
2007-02-27 08:36:04
15.   C2Coke
14 Did you absolutely "have to" compared the Yankees to what's her name?
2007-02-27 08:45:33
16.   Chyll Will
13 Sailing on a ship on the ocean to never-never land with a dream and the wind to carry me (and a bag of psychoalphadiscothetabioaquadulicious M&Ms)
2007-02-27 08:46:57
17.   Chyll Will
15 Karinne Garcia?
2007-02-27 09:06:56
18.   Cliff Corcoran
16 that's psychoalphadisco*b*eta . . .
2007-02-27 09:11:25
19.   Chyll Will
18 Okay, but I don't like beta... (except for Toaster*, of course)
2007-02-27 09:39:58
20.   rbj
15C2Coke, for that game, yes. Both showed absolutely no talent, and an utterly painful downward spiral.
2007-02-27 10:36:34
21.   Bama Yankee
15 & 20 Plus, IIRC, after that game didn't Javy Vazquez shave his head and Tanyon Sturtze attack the Indian's team bus with an umbrella? All the while, Esteban Loaiza was heard singing "Hit me baby one more time" in the showers...
2007-02-27 10:37:21
22.   Shaun P
14 The Yankee games NESN consents to show are ones that I prefer to never see again. I'm sure you all understand why.

Meanwhile, I keep refreshing Pete Abraham's fantastic blog for the updates he's giving on the intrasquad game.

2007-02-27 11:05:24
23.   rbj
22 Aha, so that's why I'm getting so many error messages there; too many people hitting it at the same time.

21 LOL.

2007-02-27 11:28:59
24.   Yu-Hsing Chen
From the sound of it Iggy did just fine, facing the minimum 6 hitter through 2 inning of work, only letting Brett "white Juan Pierre" Gardner get on in a infield single (and then induced a double play) granted this was against kids. but hey it's a nice start.
2007-02-27 12:11:52
25.   Shaun P
19 Hey Chyll, remember your 'bad journalism' list? I've got a name, and I've got an article, that proves what a bad job he do(es):

Murray Chass; read the last couple of paragraphs in

2007-02-27 12:19:49
26.   Zack
Anyone else feel that every day there is a new picture of DM and an headline article about the Red Sox on ESPN? I feel like they aren't even pretending anymore...
2007-02-27 12:54:41
27.   YankeeInMichigan
24 Igawa will be on ESPN Monday against Detroit. Our cafeteria generally has ESPN playing non-stop, so I for one will be taking a late lunch that day. (Of course, this year I'll have to maintain a humble profile among the Tiger fans.)
2007-02-27 13:08:30
28.   rbj
25 email that link to the fine folks at

They eat that stuff up for breakfast. Lawd o'mighty, I don't want to know how good a player is vs. an average player.

2007-02-27 13:14:57
29.   Chyll Will
25 I'm afraid to look, but oh well...
2007-02-27 13:26:34
30.   Peter
25 There I was, nodding my head in agreement with most everything he was writing and then BAM! I felt like I was whacked across the head with the ignorance bat by that last bullet point.
2007-02-27 14:02:20
31.   Shaun P
30 I too almost felt like I liked Murray (for something other than his stance on baseball's labor history) and then - what?!

28 I can't take credit; I followed the link from Jay Jaffe's post at BP Unfiltered. Can't wait to see what the FJM guys do with that one, though.

The worst part of all, as Jay alluded to - Chass has a Hall of Fame vote as a member of the BBNewspaperWAA AND a Veterans Committee vote as a Spink Award winner (2003). Sigh.

2007-02-27 14:37:06
32.   dianagramr
Ron Santo is still having a better day that Gary Matthews Jr.

"A downtown pharmacy was raided by a law enforcement task force on Tuesday, the climax of a large New York state grand jury investigation into Internet drug sales that could expose widespread illicit steroid use by professional athletes and thousands of people across the nation."

"The Times Union has learned that investigators in the year-old case, which has been kept quiet until now, uncovered evidence that testosterone and other performance-enhancing drugs may have been fraudulently prescribed over the Internet to current and former Major League Baseball players ...."

"The customers include Los Angeles Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr., according to sources with knowledge of the investigation."

2007-02-27 15:30:45
33.   standuptriple
32 Hope the Halos put some "Barry Bonds language" in GM Jr's contract.
2007-02-27 16:26:42
34.   thelarmis
31 well, FJM already got a hold of it and Junior over there did a terrific job with it, as expected!
2007-02-27 17:12:12
35.   Knuckles
I for one, think it's refreshing that the Chasshole took a break from praising the Red Sox and/or slamming the Yanks to show the rest of the country truly how out of touch he is.

Can I rant a little bit about the Times' baseball coverage again?

When I go to my ESPN Local age for the Yanks each day (apologies to Alex, who also nails the major links), it generally looks like this:

-Post: Yanks article subject A
-Post: Yanks article subject B
-Post: Yanks article subject C
-Post: Yanks column subj A/B/C
-Post: Yanks column subj A/B/C
-Newsday: Yanks article subject A
-Newsday: Yanks article subject B
-Newsday: Yanks article subject C
-Newsday: Yanks column subj A/B/C
-Newsday: Yanks column subj A/B/C
-Daily News: Yanks article subject A
-Daily News: Yanks article subject B
-Daily News: Yanks article subject C
-Daily News: Yanks column subj A/B/C
-Daily News: Yanks column subj A/B/C
-Ledger: Yanks article subject A
-Ledger: Yanks article subject B
-Ledger: Yanks article subject C
-Ledger: Yanks column subj A/B/C
-Ledger: Yanks column subj A/B/C

2007-02-27 17:55:00
36.   yankz
Our boys are actually playing games! Where they keep score and everything! I am SO PUMPED!
2007-02-27 19:15:26
37.   Jeteupthemiddle
If anyone wants to project Kei Igawa's season, feel free to do so at my blog, so I can get a community projection. :)

2007-02-27 19:30:35
38.   Jim Dean
I'm not sure if anyone caught it, but Cairo played in the OF. And Tea justified it by saying they previously thought of him as an emergency but he's has alot of experiencce out there and they didn't want to use all their players today.

Please, God, it's too early for this.

2007-02-27 20:17:07
39.   Raf
33 Given that they were stupid enough to sign him to that contract in the first place, probably not.
2007-02-27 20:43:20
40.   BklynBmr
7 9 I'm with ya. A simple boxscore will hold off the beast for me today. Where can I get one? ;-)

35 You nailed it, Knuckles. That's about the order of my daily reading list, with the exception of ESPN. They're dead to me.

For Yanks fans in the SF Bay Area who might have missed it: Giants tickets go on sale to the public this Saturday (March 3rd) at 10AM, but here's a link to their online only VISA promo where you can buy 'em starting at 10AM to midnight on Friday (VISA cards only accepted for this):

Lefty O'Douls, here we come...

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