Everybody, fans and reporters, makes lists in spring training trying to figure out the 25-man roster for Opening Day.
Talk about a waste of time.
At the moment, the Yankees have 11 players on the roster who weren’t there on Opening Day. That’s not counting Andy Pettitte, who was on the DL for the opener but made a start on April 5.
So what happened to the original 2008 Yankees?
On the DL: Chien-Ming Wang, Phil Hughes, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, Brian Bruney.
Demoted: Shelley Duncan, Ian Kennedy, Billy Traber.
Released: Morgan Ensberg, LaTroy Hawkins.
Demoted then traded: Ross Ohlendorf.
The only players who have been on the roster for all 103 games are: Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, Robinson Cano, Jose Molina, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera. That’s seven players.
Donâ€™t forget, Melky Cabrera and Kyle Farnsworth missed games because of suspension and Joba Chamberlain was on the bereavement list. A-Rod was on the DL, too.
You have to give credit to Joe Girardi for keeping the team together through so much turmoil. That the Yankees are 58-45 at this point is somewhat of a miracle. It also suggests that this recent run isn’t a fluke. It’s more a product of finally having a good core group of players together at the same time.
The Kansas City Star reports the Yankees have interest in RHP Brian Bannister. Melky Cabrera would go to the Royals. Interesting deal.