Damaso Marte…hey, I’m not shocked.
Yes, this was a tough loss – especially since Boston and Tampa lost their games at the same time. Then again, maybe that’s a good thing?
In any event, the big news from this one is the Joba Chamberlain injury. Call it a stiff shoulder or a tight deltoid…it doesn’t matter. What matters is that the Yankees see it as being serious enough to send Joba back to New York, right away, for tests. And, what matters is that Joe Girardi, after the game, already admitted that it’s quite possible that Chamberlain will miss his next turn.
If this event turns into something where Joba Chamberlain is going to miss most of August, you can kiss the Yankees chances this season “good-bye.” If New York doesn’t have better options than Dan Giese/Darrell Ranser and Sidney Ponson for the rotation…who is going to replace Joba?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think this is Gil Patterson circa 1977 or anything. But, I do think it could be something that might warrant shutting Joba down for an extended period this year. And, if true, I don’t see the Yankees having enough in terms of starting pitching to be able to weather that storm.