Things have not been going well for the squad. Injuries have just decimated them. At just a bit over .500 and 5.5 games behind the Rays, well, things are not looking great. But the guys still have time. Some of the disabled pitchers should be returning soon.
Injured rookies Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy are also making incremental progress. Kennedy (lat strain) was scheduled to make his second rehab start on Saturday for Class A Tampa, while Hughes (fractured rib) is expected to begin pitching in games in three weeks, putting his timetable for a Major League return in seven to eight weeks.
Additionally, right-hander Chris Britton (pulled rib-cage muscle) was scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game on Tuesday, having thrown two bullpen sessions already. Brian Bruney (right foot) was to throw one more bullpen session on Tuesday before resuming game action. He is expected to rejoin the Yankees' bullpen shortly after the All-Star break.
So, things may be looking up soon. By the way, what is interesting is that in the past, the Yankees have had an old staff, and lots of injuries. This year, they went younger, and the old timers, Pettitte and Moose are relatively injury free. Just when I think I have this figured out, along comes a season like this.
Which reminds me. Tampa Bay has the best record in baseball. This is one of the signs of the Apocolypse.
- ► 2010 (8)
- ► 2009 (73)
- ▼ 2008 (101)