From the Times:
[Mo] Rivera has experienced inflammation in his right elbow and will have a precautionary M.R.I. on the elbow soon, perhaps today. He earned the save in the first game yesterday but did not pitch in the second.
After working two innings for a save on Aug. 20, Rivera did not pitch for six days, until another two-inning outing on Sunday. There was only one save opportunity in that stretch, and Rivera said yesterday that he felt good and that he had enjoyed the rest.
Asked if the innings add up this time of year, Rivera smiled and said, “They do, they do.”
Giambi had an M.R.I. on his left wrist between games of the doubleheader, after he went 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly as the designated hitter in the opener. He missed a start Sunday in Anaheim because of cramping in his hands, and he has had his wrist wrapped lately.
The results of Giambi’s M.R.I. were not immediately available, and he started the second game as the D.H.
Giambi is one of the main keys to the Yankees offense. And, anyone who has visited the planet Earth in the last ten years can tell you how important Mariano Rivera is to his team.
Look at it this way: If Giambi can’t go, you’re looking at a combination of Aaron Guiel, Craig Wilson and Bernie Williams replacing his bat. And, if Rivera cannot go, Kyle Farnsworth and Scott Proctor are closing games for you in the post-season.
In both cases, the drop-off is huge.
I would rather see the Yankees shut them both down for the next 2-3 weeks, and have them rest/heal that way, than try to milk them through the next month. The season is pretty much done for New York. October baseball is the next important thing for the Yankees.
And, without Giambi and/or Rivera, New York’s chances in October get a lot slimmer.