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Game 114: Yanks at Rangers (Joba on DL)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 06, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (61-52)
Damon CF
Jeter GIDP
Abreu RF
A. Rodriguez DH
Giambi 1B
Nady LF
Cano 2B
I. Rodriguez C
Betemit 3B
Ponson RHP

Sidney Ponson (6-2, 4.23) vs. the Texas hitters.

Tommy Hunter (0-0, 10.80) has never faced any of the New York hitters.

JOBA ON DL: Joba Chamberlain has been placed on the 15-day DL. RHP Chris Britton was recalled from AAA Scranton. More on this later as it develops.

No official word yet on what he has, but it sounds like it could be enough to end his season.

Notes: The Yankees have lost two straight and eight of their last 10. They are 1-4 against Texas. … The Yankees have fallen to 25-26 on the road, having lost three straight away from the Bronx. … Melky Cabrera has one RBI since July 9. … Bobby Abreu has hit safely in 8 games at 14 of 34 (.412).

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter has grounded into 18 double plays, three of his career high of 21 established last season.

MLB’s GIDP leaders since the start of the 2007 season (through Tuesday)
V. Guerrero 41
D. Jeter 39
O. Hudson 39
B. Phillips 38
M. Tejada 37
D. Lee 37

IT’S THE PITCHING, STUPID: Yankees pitching over the last 10 games: 87.2 IP, 104 H, 71 ER, 43 BB, 69 K, 16 HR, 7.29 ERA.

KEEPING HIS FOCUS: Say this for A-Rod, he doesn’t get distracted. He has a 1.037 OPS since the Madonna/divorce story broke on July 2.

TIME TO ADJUST: Dave Robertson’s last 3 games: 4 6 8 8 6 7, 2 HR.

THE WALKING MAN: Robinson Cano walked three times yesterday. He had walked three times in his previous 162 plate appearances.

Back later with updates.

* * * * * JOBA UPDATE, 6:39 p.m. * * * * *
All the Yankees are saying for now is that Joba is on the DL. Brian Cashman is flying to New York from Oklahoma City (where he attended the Bobby Murcer Memorial Service) and all the information will come from him.

Girardi claimed to have no knowledge of what Dr. Andrews said.

As was first reported here yesterday, Ian Kennedy will be called up to start in Joba’s place. He will start Friday and Dan Giese on Saturday. Giese is likely to work an inning or two tonight in relief.

UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: In case you missed it, Jeff Karstens took a perfect game for 7.2 innings against the Diamondbacks and settled for a two-hit shutout. Karstens also had two hits and scored (on a double by Doug Mientkiewicz).

Karstens was one of the four players traded to the Pirates for Marte and Nady. The Yankees had pretty much given up on him (with reason) and now he has pitched 15 scoreless innings in the NL.

“I was pitching well in Triple-A and I felt like I wasn’t going to go anywhere,” Karstens said after the game.

The Yankees were watching the game in the clubhouse and rooting for Jeff. Karstens is a good guy who caught a lot of bad breaks with the Yankees. Several Yankees (who shall remain nameless) found it amusing that he beat Randy Johnson.

* * * * * * * 7:21 p.m. UPDATE ON JOBA * * * * *

This from Brian Cashman via PR director Jason Zillo: Chamberlain has what is being described as rotator cuff tendinitis. He will be rested for “about a week” and then start a throwing program after being evaluated again.

He will return to New York.

Just for your own reference: “tendinitis” is often a nice way to say he has a little tear in his rotator cuff.

Joe Girardi said before the game he was optimistic Joba would play again this season. But a rotator cuff issue is nothing to mess around with. Don’t expect to see Chamberlain any time soon this season, if at all.

UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Try to keep in mind here that the Yankees tend to break bad news incrementally. Look at Wang and Posada just this season. Posada had a labrum tear in April and it was called “tendinitis.” His surgeon admitted it earlier this week.

My understanding is that Joba will not need surgery and can be rehabbed back into health. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Yankees take a chance and run him back out there this season.

UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Creative move by the umpires there to get it wrong for both teams. Either the Yankees had a double play or the Rangers scored a run. How that was just one out, I’m not sure.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Wow, what a collision there.

In other news, Chad Moeller cleared waivers today and was assigned to Scranton.

UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Molina for Pudge.

UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Pudge has a bruised right knee. No tests required. He’s day-to-day. Now that I actually believe.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Alex is now 0-9 in the series with three GIDPs. And you people give Jeter a hard time.

UPDATE, 10;24 p.m.: I have to admit, Sir Sidney did the job again tonight. 6.1 6 3 3 1 4 isn’t the prettiest line ever but its effective.

UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: Mariano is warming up. He has not appeared in a game since Friday because of back spasms.

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