The Yanks placed Hideki Matsui on the DL yesterday; Kevin Thompson was called up from Scranton to fill the slot; if that decision had been made earlier Joe would not have been stuck sending Miguel Cairo into the outfield for the second consecutive game (he’s 0-4 with an obp of .000 in that time). Thompson might not be a huge upgrade, but every bit counts. It’s easy to understand the team’s decision to wait on Matsui, though, hoping for the best; unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Keeping Damon off the DL, on the other hand, seems to have been the right move. So there you go. Also, on the DL front, reports are that desperately needed Chien-Ming Wang is making good progress and could return sooner than expected.
The Yanks are now off to Minnesota, with Carl Pavano scheduled to pitch tonight against Sidney Ponson. Pavano put on the best performace thus far by a Yankee starter—which isn’t saying much—but was sabotaged by horrendous defense in the frigid Bronx. The Yanks get out of the cold against the Twins, but the Metrodome presents challenges of its own: that turf is fast, and fly balls are easily lost in the dome; a problem especially for inexperienced players (Thompson and Melky), not to mention Cano (who dropped a pop yesterday) and the fly-ball specialist/one-man offense that mans third. The Twins are 4-1, but Ponson should be low-hanging fruit for the Bomber offense. They will miss Santana, who pitched a gem yesterday in Chicago. Phew.