The Yankees’ disabled list has swelled to 11 with Derek Jeter’s arrival.
“How many?” Brett Gardner said when told of the body count. “Wow, that’s a lot.”
Now it’s about overcoming. The Yankees have the capability, although it was hard to tell by their work in the last Boston series. But they looked just fine in beating up on the Rangers 12-4 in this series opener.
As Nick Swisher said about the loss of Jeter, “The show goes on.”
“It’s not really something you can think about or worry about,” Gardner said all the injuries. “Guys go down over the course of the year. Some guys are irreplaceable. But we’ve got guys here who are capable of getting the job done and stepping in and filling different roles.”
Gardner filled his, getting three hits, a walk and his 100th career steal taking over for Jeter in the leadoff spot. And Eduardo Nunez filled his role. Shortstop now belongs to him. He went 2 for 4 with an RBI and no errors.
“I can show everybody I can play,” Nunez said of the opportunity.
As for Jeter going on the DL, Girardi said, “They thought it would probably be in the range of 10 (days) to a little bit more. So at that point, we felt it was best to DL him. Because the risk is he’s out seven or eight days, you play him, he strains it again, and now you’re looking at he’s out another four weeks.”
CC Sabathia looks forward to getting at least some of these injuries behind soon.
“It’s just one of those years, man,” Sabathia said. “It’s just up-and-down thing. I’m glad we’re getting it out of the way early. Hopefully we can get healthy and try to make a run at this thing. That’s part of baseball, part of the game, and part of having a long season. ”
*The Yankees are 17-9 since May 17 and have won four of the last five. They are 1 1/2 back of Boston.
*Jorge Posada extended his season-high hitting streak to eight games. And he made a couple of nice plays in the first inning fielding grounders and flipping to Sabathia at first.
“It just shows you he can still bounce around,” Swisher said.
*The Yankees scored nine of their runs with two outs.
*This was the fifth time they had scored at least 12 runs in a game started by Sabathia.
*Curtis Granderson hit his fourth homer in the last six games and sixth in seven games against the Rangers. His total of 21 are three short of last year’s total.
*Wednesday night’s matchup features Ivan Nova vs. Derek Holland.