The replays weren’t quite Theisman-level disturbing, but ugly they were nonetheless. The loss to Boston hurts. But not nearly so much as the loss of our starting left fielder. Hideki Matsui’s games-played streak will now come to an end (silver lining down the road?); he goes for surgery today, and is likely out until August (and if he’s back by then, phew.) Meanwhile, with Sheff also DLed, the Yanks are running a sorry outfield MASH unit. Melky and Bubba in the lineup together, with Bernie as DH—that’s not going to cut it. We expect an immediate move from Cashman. He’s not dealing from strength, but if Matsui is scheduled for a mid-season return he shouldn’t be that desperate either. Kevin Thompson, down at AAA, would seem to be the in-house option. It’s not a great one.
[NOTE: Wrote this before I saw in the papers that Matsui might be gone for the year, and that Sheff’s injury may be more serious than thought—he goes for an MRI today. Situation pretty dire.]