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.