Notes: Another day, another lineup. … The Yankees have yet to get swept this season. … IPK has yet to face any of the Detroit hitters. … Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: Phil Hughes a stress fracture in his ninth rib, according to Joe Girardi. Hughes will be shut down for four weeks before he can start throwing again. That’s assuming he has healed by then.
Phil is also going to see an eye specialist tomorrow.
Terrible news for Phil. It’s unfortunate but he has not been able to stay healthy in his professional career. But he’s only 21.
UPDATE, 5:10 p.m.: Here is the injury history on Hughes:
2004: Made only three starts for the GCL Yankees because of a fractured toe on his left foot.
2005: Had two stints on the DL with shoulder inflammation.
2006: Only healthy season. Went 12-6 with a 2.16 ERA.
2007: Tore left hamstring on May 1 and did not return until Aug. 4.
2008: Stress fracture in rib cage.
You can say all you want about prospects in any sport. But the most important thing is being on the field. Until you can do that consistently, all the rest is window dressing.
The strange thing is that Phil really worked hard this spring to get in shape, showing up in Tampa early and then joining Andy Pettitte for his early morning workouts. Obviously it’s not his fault. Hopefully this is just a run of bad luck and he’ll move on and have a good career.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: This press release from Major League Baseball:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Yankees Minor League player Angel Reyes has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for stanozolol metabolites, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Reyes will be effective at the start of the season for the Single-A Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League.
Reyes is a lefty pitcher who has been in the organization since 2004.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: That’s how it works, you throw strikes and have a fast inning then one of the big guys belts a three-run homer. Hopefully Kennedy can just relax and pitch his game. We’ve all seen that he can do it.
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Brian Cashman said earlier tonight that Hughes could be out until July. So obviously he does have an injury and it was wrong of me to suggest otherwise last night. It’s still a bit murky as to when the team knew Hughes was injured, but that’s not the point now.
As the Yankees move forward, it’s pretty evident they’re going to need a starter from outside the organization. If not now, then next season. Hughes and Joba Chamberlain won’t be able to give them 200 innings in 2009.
It’s a shame. I’ve gotten to know Phil pretty well and he’s a good guy who did everything right over the winter and in spring training. Hopefully he’ll keep his head up and get through this. He should take a look at Josh Beckett’s history and realize that sometimes it just takes a while.
UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Wow, two outs and two strikes and suddenly the Tigers score three runs to take the lead with a double and a triple. Another rough outing for Kennedy.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: It wouldn’t seem possible for Robbie Cano to have two hits over 29 at-bats. The person this team misses most isn’t Joe Torre or Don Mattingly, it’s Larry Bowa. They need somebody to get this bunch going, especially Cano.
UPDATE, 8:39 p.m.: If Ian Kennedy can’t be trusted to get the final out in the fifth inning of a one-run game, then he doesn’t belong in the rotation. Joe Girardi did the right thing there by bringing in Albaladejo. It also speaks to the lack of faith he has in Kennedy – which is justified. That said, I’d rather see Kennedy than Kei Igawa.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: The Tigers have 11 hits and eight of them are for extra bases. I don’t know if they can overcome their horrid start to make the playoffs, but that Detriot lineup is going to make a lot of teams miserable this season.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Just another long, fruitless game for the Yankees. They are 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position headed into the ninth inning. It’s shocking to see them get swept at home. The Tigers are a good team but the Yankees shouldn’t be that bad a team. This next few weeks will be a test of the team’s ability to stay together in the face of adversity.