• Thin Bench Coming To Haunt Already

    Posted by on April 21st, 2007 · Comments (5)

    Johnny Damon’s out?

    From the Daily News -

    Damon’s status is a little more uncertain, as the center fielder is battling a tight right hamstring and a sore lower back. Damon, who went 0-for-5, felt a “burning sensation” in his back during the eighth inning, and the hammy grabbed at him a bit after he made a spectacular sliding catch in the fifth inning.

    “I’m hoping my back is all right. I had trouble with it in Minnesota because of the turf,” Damon said. “It doesn’t feel as good as it should.”

    Damon’s back appears to be more of a concern than the hamstring, leaving him unsure whether he will be able to play today.

    Wow. Wil Nieves and Kevin Thompson or Miggy Cairo in the starting line-up now, maybe. Rico Bergan too – since you can’t play Phelps now as he’s the emergency back-up catcher.

    Nieves, Thompson/Cairo, Bergman…that’s nine “free” outs for the Sox today (and maybe tomorrow). It’s like saying the Yankees will only have 6 innings to score runs in the game.

    Plus, this leaves the Yankees with zero bench – should someone else get hurt.

    On the bright side, it means no more pinch-runners for Giambi over the next two days…unless Mr. Green Tea uses a pitcher to run for him.

    Comments on Thin Bench Coming To Haunt Already

    1. baileywalk
      April 21st, 2007 | 10:06 am

      I like Damon and I like what he brings to this team, but I am sick of his fragility. He’s like Randy Johnson at this point — every time he moves, he hurts a new part of his body: his calves, his back, his shoulder. Enough already. It’s like he’s not physically able to play anymore. What does it say about Damon that if he has to do anything outside of catching an easy flyball — running or sliding — he hurts himself?

      Without Posada, the lineup really weakens. A bottom of the lineup with Minky, Nieves and Thompson (assuming Melky leads off in Damon’s stead) is fairly repulsive.

    2. April 21st, 2007 | 11:52 am

      ~~~Rico Bergan too – since you can’t play Phelps now as he’s the emergency back-up catcher.~~~

      It’s not like the expert strategist using the Yankees was going to use Phelps anyway. Or play his first baseman to guard the line late in a close game. Or…kjdkjfd

      Right.

    3. April 21st, 2007 | 3:12 pm

      It’s official – Damon is not playing today:

      http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/redSox/?p=1080

    4. brockdc
      April 21st, 2007 | 3:33 pm

      Okay, I think Joe Torre’s managing is a clear hindrance to this team’s overall success, as evidenced in last night’s debacle – and in many more to come; but neither he nor Cashman should be taken to task for this outbreak of injuries. There’s a sameness about many of these ailments; and clearly, there’s something these players aren’t doing in their conditioning that’s leading to this rash of tweaks and pulls. At this point, it’s not just coincidence. Something must be done, in a more preventive fashion, to alleviate the probability of these types of injuries.

      Power yoga, anyone?

    5. singledd
      April 22nd, 2007 | 4:25 pm

      Why can’t Phelps play 1st? If Nieves is injured, he can move behind the plate, and Minky to first. Am I wrong?

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