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.