By the way, Randy’s probably hurt, too. I was going to put this up yesterday before Hideki went down, Damon crashed into another wall, and Sheff took a turn for the worse, but, alas, I didn’t have the time. Anyway, let’s get all of the bad news out of the way this week. Next week, we’ll have stories about the great play of the most glorious outfield in the history of Yankees baseball. Bubba’s presence on this roster will be justified…(sound of Nick weeping in front of computer)
It seems that Randy might be having issues with his knee. Just a theory, but Will Carroll knows a thing or two about injuries and pitching mechanics. In yesterday’s "Under the Knife" column at Baseball Prospectus, Carroll takes note of a curious change in Randy’s delivery:
"From the very first pitch, Johnson was not extending, appearing instead to shorten his stride to reduce stress on that damaged front knee…The key here is the knee. Johnson isn’t complaining about it, but it seems that Johnson is either due for a refill on his Synvisc, or the treatment is no longer effective enough to keep him effective. He’s too crafty and talented to write off without another couple of starts, but you don’t have to be an expert to see when Johnson’s on."
If Carroll is indeed diagnosing the injury correctly, I’m hoping it’s just a matter of the Unit needing a refill like a printer needing an ink cartridge change (that’s how the human body works, right?). Otherwise, what to do about an injured ineffective ace? Do you DL him? And then who slots in his role? Do you trade for a top-of-the-rotation guy (Zito, Willis)? And is that even possible now, given the outfield situation? Do you pray that Pavano picks ups some of the slack when/if he comes back and that a Matt Smith at the farm can act as insurance? So many questions. Anyone have any ideas?