What do you say after a night like last night? What do you say when the division lead is getting tighter, key games are on the schedule and another marquee player is hurt?
Remember when Dave Robertson tripped carrying boxes during spring training? Was that supposed to be some sort of warning shot?
The Yankees have since seen Joba Chamberlain all but destroy his ankle on a trampoline, Michael Pineda blow out his shoulder before throwing a meaningful pitch, Brett Gardner suffer multiple setbacks from an injury that was supposed to keep him out only a few days, Mariano Rivera tear his ACL shagging fly balls, Andy Pettitte break his ankle on a comebacker, Alex Rodriguez break his hand on a changeup and now Teixeira strain his calf on a foul groundball.
“You know how many teams have had injuries?” Derek Jeter said. “Look at Boston. They’ve had injuries. Toronto’s had injuries. It seems like everyone in our division (had had injuries). That’s part of the game. That’s one thing people don’t take into consideration when we start seasons, when they start to figure out who’s going to win. Injuries are a part of it, so we have to play through it.”
The Yankee are still in first place. Jeter’s old saying — win your games and you don’t have to worry, or some variation of that — still holds true. Someone else will be at first base tonight. Someone else will be batting cleanup. And the Yankees will have another game to play.
“We’re going to have to step it up, man,” Nick Swisher said. “We’ve been dealing with stuff like this all year. As bad as it is to say, I guess the show goes on, you know?”
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