Hank Steinbrenner spoke to the AP on his way out of Steinbrenner Field last night:
“With what we’ve got in place right now, we still should be able to make a run,” he said. “We’re without (Chien-Ming) Wang, our 19-game winner. That’s the biggest blow. We’re without (Johnny) Damon for a little while, but he’ll be back. (Hideki) 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. I donâ€™t remember a year this bad as far as injuries. Itâ€™s had a huge affect, it really has. Nobody wants to make excuses, but itâ€™s reality. In any sport, I donâ€™t care what it is. Soccer, baseball, basketball, football, thereâ€™s only two things that come under the heading of luck. Injuries and bad officiating. You just hope you donâ€™t get the injuries, and weâ€™ve had them this year.â€
Did a quick count. The Yankees have called up, at one point or another, 17 players from AAA Scranton this season. Nine players on the roster today, more than a third of the team, weren’t there on Opening Day.
So Co-Chairperson Steinbrenner is right on the money.
Remember back in spring training when the big story was how Joe Girardi’s workout program would keep the Yankees healthy this season? So much for that. Well-intentioned as it was, injuries just happen sometimes no matter what you do. Guys get weird fractures or run into walls or get hit by pitches. All the sprints in the world in Tampa can’t change that.