• Hank: Injuries To Blame For Yanks Woes

    Posted by on July 7th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Via the AP -

    “With what we’ve got in place right now, we still should be able to make a run,” team co-chairman Steinbrenner said Monday night. “We’re without Wang, our 19-game winner. That’s the biggest blow. We’re without Damon for a little while, but he’ll be back. Matsui wlll probably be back. It’s been a bad year for injuries. The fans got to remember that. Don’t get discouraged. Injuries do happen.”

    “We have been decimated by injuries,” Steinbrenner said. “I don’t remember a year this bad as far as injuries. It’s had a huge affect, it really has. Nobody wants to make excuses, but it’s reality.

    “In any sport, I don’t care what it is. Soccer, baseball, basketball, football, there’s only two things that come under the heading of luck. Injuries and bad officiating,” Steinbrenner said. “You just hope you don’t get the injuries, and we’ve had them this year.”

    Then again, you can be prepared for potential injuries by having a 40-man roster populated with some players who are ready and able to make a contribution to the big league team. That’s been the problem for the Yankees this season…the last five or six players on the 25-man roster and the bottom half of the 40-man roster are guys who cannot make a positive contribution to the major league team (today) when pressed into duty.

    Granted, yes, there’s no team in baseball with a 40-man roster that’s stocked full with players of immediate big league ability. But, the Yankees bench this season has been a waste. And, their pool of available pitchers to replace Wang, Kennedy and Hughes has been embarrassing. And, this is why injuries have hurt the Yankees – because there’s been nothing there to call on when they happened.

    Comments on Hank: Injuries To Blame For Yanks Woes

    1. OldYanksFan
      July 8th, 2008 | 8:53 am

      Steve, in philosophy what you say is true… but there are degrees. We are missing our #1, #4 and #5 SPs… with our #1 out for 2/3′s of the season. That’s not death, but pretty hard. 2 of 3 of our best OFers. Our MVP for 20 games. 2 decent BP guys (Bruney and Albie). Our all-star catcher is disabled from throwing most of the year, and therefore isn’t catching much. And Jetes misses a bit of time.

      It is hard for the bench/farm to make that up. And when you have hi-end guys, even a decent backup is poor by comparison.

      Injuries are a fact of baseball life, but if you have ‘more then average’, it’s going to hurt you. Imagine the Sox without Beckett, Lester and Buccholz. I will admit, Nancy and Youk have stepped up to fill in for Ortiz, but the year ain’t over.

      It could be a lot worse, as Giambi and Moose have been better then expected. Our BP has been good. Out bench at the beginning of the year looked decent… turned out to be crap. Having to carry 3 catchers is hurting us, but what can we do?

      And we are still not out of it, but admittedly our chances for the PS are slim. We have to hope that Cano and Jeter start carrying us some, and maybe Cashman will pull something out of his sleeve.

    2. Raf
      July 8th, 2008 | 10:37 am

      Then again, you can be prepared for potential injuries by having a 40-man roster populated with some players who are ready and able to make a contribution to the big league team.
      ——————
      Very few of those players exist. If they were able to produce to the level of the guys they’re backing up, they’d be starting.

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