A-Rod to the DL

Some change-ups hurt more than others.  Apparently a Felix Hernandez change-up to the 5th meta-carpal hurts a whole lot.

A-Rod’s likely replacement Eric Chavez said in the post-game that when he broke his hand in the same place it took him exactly 8 weeks to come back.  That would put A-Rod back for the last two weeks of the season.   Heating up lately to the tune of a .315 BA in July, this one hurts, no matter how much everyone – YFs included – like to trash A-Rod.

With Pineda, Joba, Mo, Pettitte, Gardner, and now A-Rod all down for huge stretches of the season, the Yankees have certainly had their share of injuries.  It’s hard to see Chavez’s body holding up as an everyday third baseman so reinforcements will almost certainly have to be called in.  And perhaps now we’ll see Ichiro batting higher in the line-up after all.

One thing is for sure: this final West coast trip of the 2012 season has been ugly all around for the Yankees.

10 comments… add one

  • Forgot about Nix – he can spell Chavez at third too.

    IronHorse - YF July 25, 2012, 1:40 am
  • In his post-game interview A-Rod was practically catatonic, ending it with a monotone “tough blow……..tough blow….”

    Reminded me of that classic line from that most classic of films: “Great men also cry……great men….also…..cry….”

    OK – good night.

    IronHorse - YF July 25, 2012, 1:52 am
  • This just sucks. This team is in no way better off without him playing regardless of his decline. And good point, IH, he did seem to be hitting the ball on the screws regularly. It is a shame we won’t get to see where that was headed.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2012, 10:31 am
  • I think we’ll see. We can find a .260 singles hitter somewhere….

    I could be wrong. Maybe this is really bad but I just don’t see it. Now we can put Cano and Tex in the 3 and 4 hole and maybe get some production.

    Swish is going to have to step up, sigh, because he should be back this weekend. Chavez is more than capable, probably the best backup 3rd baseman in MLB. Now, can HE stay healthy??? Another trade coming???

    On a happy note, Joba has been hitting the high 90′s and should be back in a week or so if his first back-to-back outing goes well tonight. The bullpen has been good all year, but we have been lacking a true 7th inning guy.

    krueg July 25, 2012, 10:43 am
  • I would seriously consider a lineup like this: Ichiro, Jeter, Cano, Granderson, Teixeira, Swisher/Ibanez/Jones, Swisher/Ibanez/Jones, Chavez, Martin. I wouldn’t care about losing the alternating lefty-righty between Cano/Granderson – Cano is equally effective against both.

    I know we’ve discussed Jeter’s excellence in leadoff, but he is also a superb #2 hitter given his swing and with speed ahead of him, it would make for a great top 2/3rds of the lineup even without ARod. I know alot depends on whether we get recent-Ichiro or rejuvenated-Ichiro, but I think hitting leadoff for the Yanks would rejuvenate him.

    And having two of the all-time greatest hitters in the history of the game hitting 1, 2 is quite cool. As Teixeria said last night, the A-Rod injury makes the Ichiro acquisition all the more potentially meaningful and important. I really hope he can bring some of the old magic…

    IronHorse - YF July 25, 2012, 10:51 am
  • Sweeny Murti ‏@YankeesWFAN
    Suzuki Jeter Cano Teixeira Granderson Ibanez-DH Chavez Jones Martin.

    krueg July 25, 2012, 1:23 pm
  • Tex is swinging a hot bat so no problem with him hitting 4th now, but he is streaky as hell. Granderson is a more consistent power threat so I’d prefer him 4th in the long-run. Was Murti proposing or reporting??

    IronHorse - YF July 25, 2012, 1:29 pm
  • That is the reported lineup…

    krueg July 25, 2012, 3:12 pm
  • I love it.

    IronHorse - YF July 25, 2012, 3:29 pm
  • You guys are all about stats so this article seems to back up my feelings:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/yankees/post/_/id/40594/numbers-yanks-better-without-a-rod

    krueg July 26, 2012, 3:59 pm

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