Although it’s been a fantastic week or so on the field for the Bombers, who are back in first after some dramatic moments and series wins over Detroit, Baltimore, and now Boston, there’s also some disturbing news. Sheffield’s wrist, it seems, is more seriously damaged than thought; he may well be out for the year, and in need of surgery. That’s a massive loss for the Yankees. As much as we love Melky—and we most assuredly do—he’s not going to be an adequate/suitable replacement for Sheff. Matsui, perhaps. Not Sheff. But in the NYT today, that seems to be just what the Yankees are thinking about (though it’s hard to see where the line is between the Yankee thinking and Tyler Kepner’s imagination.) This line is telling: “He has no home runs and no slugging percentage to speak of (.352), but that hardly seems to matter.” [my italics] Well, it’s a writer’s throwaway phrase. He was probably on deadline. And it leads into a quote from Joe about how Melky’s been producing (sample size alert!). But. Still. For a potential right fielder, the lack of power seems to matter a lot. Which is not to say we don’t adore Melky, and think he can’t be a valuable asset for a long time to come. But a replacement for Sheff? That’s a tall order.