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Vernon Wells: Yankees’ injury situation ‘out of control’

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 06, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Eduardo Nunez, Derek Jeter, Kevin LongThe Yankees’ injury epidemic keeps getting worse.

“It’s starting to get out of control now,” Vernon Wells said. “At first I was like, ‘OK a few injuries. It’s normal.’ And each week, something new.

“It’s not what you want obviously. But we’re not going to make excuses. We’ve still got to go out and win games no matter who’s in the lineup or who’s on the mound.”

They are doing well to cope despite 10 guys on the DL, sitting at 18-12 after Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the A’s. There’s going to be an All-Star lineup rehabbing today at the minor-league complex in Tampa.

Eduardo Nunez at least had his MRI come back negative after he came out of the series finale with tightness in the front of his left rib cage. The shortstop said he felt something up with his stomach in the first inning. He thought it had to do with food. Then it was bothering him to swing and throw, so Joe Girardi pulled him after four. Nunez is day-to-day and may not be good to go yet Tuesday night in Colorado.

Nunez was feeling down after he got back to the Stadium from New York Presbyterian. This is his chance to play with Derek Jeter down for at least the first half of the season. Nunez had already missed a pair of  games on two occasions after getting hit by pitches.

“I feel bad for myself,” Nunez said. “This is an opportunity for me. … There’s nothing I can do.”

Andy Pettitte felt rather helpless to fix his release point problems Sunday. Here’s the link to my story detailing his struggle for the second straight start (complete with video I shot of Girardi talking about his lack of concern about it at the moment) and the other happenings in Sunday’s game. And here’s a link to my story on Curtis Granderson possibly not heading back to center after all, plus an update on David Robertson.

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64 Responses to “Vernon Wells: Yankees’ injury situation ‘out of control’”

  1. tomingeorgia May 6th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    YT,
    That’s the place, but the wedding is in Pennsylvania. I could easily spend a couple of weeks in the Shenandoah. Beats the hell out of the Poconos.

    Austin, it’s an interesting situation. We are both on good terms with our exes. On the occasional Thanksgiving, we’ll have them all up for dinner. It’s a real Woodie Allen scene, with all the kids, ours, theirs, associated boy- and girl-friends, with frequent “Who the hell is that?” moments.

  2. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I’ve seen train wrecks that look better than the Yankee’s injury list.

    :(

  3. tomingeorgia May 6th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    MTU,
    I can’t remember when any team has had 6 starting players on the DL, plus 2 or 3 of their replacements! Can they pull it off until at least a few of them return? Interesting to find out, as we soon will.

  4. The Genius Maker May 6th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    what was the reason Robertson was unavailable. It was a very odd move bringing in Logan in the 8th. As for Wells, he got a fastball right down the middle and he missed it; that was the pitch, because after that he was looking for the breaking ball and Balfour made two good pitches tying him up inside (as he was late)

  5. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    If all the injured were ready tomorrow. Would this be the offense?

    C Cervelli/Stewart
    1B Tex
    2B Cano
    SS Jeter/Nunez
    3B ARod
    DH Hafner/Youkilis/ARod/Jeter
    RF Wells/Ichiro
    CF Gardner/Granderson
    LF Gardner/Granderson

    That’s 13 players

  6. ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    what was the reason Robertson was unavailable. It was a very odd move bringing in Logan in the 8th. As for Wells, he got a fastball right down the middle and he missed it; that was the pitch, because after that he was looking for the breaking ball and Balfour made two good pitches tying him up inside (as he was late)
    __

    Where have you been the last few days?
    Robertson pulled a hammy last week…

  7. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Genius

    Robertson injured his left hamstring coming off the mound the other day, after the 3rd out, and is day to day.

  8. ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    If all the injured were ready tomorrow. Would this be the offense?

    C Cervelli/Stewart
    1B Tex
    2B Cano
    SS Jeter/Nunez
    3B ARod
    DH Hafner/Youkilis/ARod/Jeter
    RF Wells/Ichiro
    CF Gardner/Granderson
    LF Gardner/Granderson

    That’s 13 players
    __

    I almost feel like Nix has to be in there somewhere because he can back up all positions.
    I don’t think they want Nunez backing up 2nd, though I don’t see them going with 14 players and 11 pitchers (at least not until September), so maybe you are right. My guess is there is no way all 13 offensive players come back and stay healthy at the same time.

  9. Bo knows May 6th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Robertson tweaked his hammy at the knee, his cleat caught on the mound, going to cover 1B.

  10. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    tomingeorgia

    Are you going in a truck?

    If so you may need a spare gas tank in the back.

  11. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    The offense will need to find a way to generate runs, especially doing a better job with RISP. They lead AL[tied with the Indians with 40] in homeruns but are in the middle of the pack in AL in runs scored, with the Angels and Rays.

  12. ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    The offense will need to find a way to generate runs, especially doing a better job with RISP. They lead AL[tied with the Indians with 40] in homeruns but are in the middle of the pack in AL in runs scored, with the Angels and Rays.
    ___

    It’s like 2012. They sit back and wait for the home run, except for a few.

    I know Cano is batting .330 or something, but he has missed several RISP opps. He has 19 RBIs but he could easily have 25-30 right now. Wells too (13 rbis, but could easily have 20+).

  13. joecembrale May 6th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Got to just keep grinding and pitching. If we can, the wins will be there, at least to keep us in it until some of the walking wounded return. Thing that is troubling for me is that there is no way to keep Overbay around on this roster. I am not convinced that Tex will not breeak down again after he comes back.

  14. Grant May 6th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Get them on, get them over, get them in! Big innings start that way, opposing pitch counts go up, and our stress level comes down. It’s just better than relying on homers. Homers are good too, but we aren’t built for this anymore.

  15. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    ac1

    There are too many question marks with many of the high priced injured players.

    Will Jeter fully recover and have enough lateral movement to play most days at SS, without reinjuring the ankle?

    Same with ARod, or will he be strictly sharing time with many others at DH?

    Will the torn tendon sheath on Teixeira’s right wrist allow him to bat from the left side, without reinjuring it?

    If the Yankees are a .500 club after the All Star break and Jeter, Tex and ARod are no closer to return and Pineda is not ready, should the Yankees explore trading some players like Granderson, Youkilis, Joba, etc, if they have no designs to resign these FA’s.?

  16. Rich in NJ May 6th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    They’re doing better than treading water, so there isn’t a problem yet, but this is when a manager needs to use his entire roster, including Romine-ie.

  17. tomingeorgia May 6th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Maine,
    It’s got a 35 gallon tank, gets me halfway there before it costs me 100 bucks to get the second half done.

  18. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Yankee fans are like that girl in the commercial.

    “We want more we want more”.

  19. ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    If the Phillies concede the season, any chance the Yankees make a play for Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels?

  20. ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Got to just keep grinding and pitching. If we can, the wins will be there, at least to keep us in it until some of the walking wounded return. Thing that is troubling for me is that there is no way to keep Overbay around on this roster. I am not convinced that Tex will not breeak down again after he comes back.
    ___

    They have Youkilis. We need versatility and Overbay (who has been very good overall), doesn’t provide it when we are filling the bench as the ‘stars’ return.

  21. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    tomingeorgia May 6th, 2013 at 9:39 am
    Maine,
    It’s got a 35 gallon tank, gets me halfway there before it costs me 100 bucks to get the second half done.

    ————————————————————————–

    Ouch.

    I have a Silverado with a 6.0 so I feel your pain.

    I just don’t use it for trips anymore than I have to.

  22. Rich in NJ May 6th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    The Yankees don’t need pitching, they need offense.

  23. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    If the Phillies concede the season, any chance the Yankees make a play for Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels?

    ac1-

    Their contracts will not make the Yankees players. However maybe FA Doc Halladay becomes available. I haven’t watched him pitch but he has been been hit hard.

  24. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I had an 89 F250 w a 460.

    I dumped that puppy a while back.

    8 miles to a gallon.

    :(

  25. fantasygame101 May 6th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Send romine down. ever since he is up, andy struggles. Romine is bad luck to andy.

  26. Niblick May 6th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Cano has an OPS of 1.018 with RISP this year. If that’s not good enough for you, then nothing is, and you’re just going to irrationally complain about Robbie no matter what.

  27. DONNYBROOK May 6th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Logan is “french fried” from being Over Used by Girardi last season. Pettitte’s problem stems from Not being able to “get a feel” for his pitches. To me, his consistent blowing on his pitching hand before almost Every pitch, signaled either the balls were slick to his touch, or maybe a degree of numbness in his finger(s). The other Chuckers were Not blowing on their pitching hand nearly as much as Pettitte, causing me to discount the game time temperature.

  28. Bo knows May 6th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    What I find funny is that people are still complaining with the occasional “Girardi is an idiot”. Huh?

  29. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Looking at the mlb team batting stats:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting.

    The Yankees are in the top 1/3rd in hitting into DP’s.

    How many of the 40 homers are solo shots?

    Pinch hitting BA .125

    Girardi is “hamstrung” when it comes to pinch hitting or especially, pinch running,
    in a close game. Do you take Hafner out for a pinch runner in a tie game in the later innings? All of the base stealing threats are starting.

    It’s remarkable that the Yankees are 18-12.
    Can they maintain this winning % with Nova, Joba, Robertson out, and Sabathia living on a 89-90 fastball, and with Pettitte suddenly losing his cutter?

  30. 86w183 May 6th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Halladay may be shot… getting shoulder checked out.

    Doesn’t matter…the Yanks will look for offense if the injured don’t start coming back soon. Granderson and Tex alone will make this team much better. My guess is Boesch and Fran-Whiff-sco will be the first two to go. Chris Nelson goes when Youkilis is ready.

    I’m just hoping Nunez doesn’t end up on the DL. I have a feeling they’re gonna want to hold on to Overbay for as long as possible.

  31. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    MTU May 6th, 2013 at 9:59 am
    I had an 89 F250 w a 460.

    I dumped that puppy a while back.

    8 miles to a gallon.

    ————————————————————–

    Out there you might have trouble getting to the next gas station before running out. :D :

    I use mine mostly for plowing,hauling wood etc. You know, what a truck is supposed to be used for. Work.

  32. Bo knows May 6th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Yankee fans are like that girl in the commercial.

    “We want more we want more”.

    ——
    Amen

  33. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    maine-

    It had dual tanks. It would pull anything but it sucked gas like no tomorrow.

    ;)

  34. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    DONNYBROOK May 6th, 2013 at 10:06 am
    Logan is “french fried” from being Over Used by Girardi last season. Pettitte’s problem stems from Not being able to “get a feel” for his pitches. To me, his consistent blowing on his pitching hand before almost Every pitch, signaled either the balls were slick to his touch, or maybe a degree of numbness in his finger(s). The other Chuckers were Not blowing on their pitching hand nearly as much as Pettitte, causing me to discount the game time temperature.

    ———————————————————————————–

    You must be young or you’d know why he does that. As you get old the circulation goes. :lol:

  35. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:14 am
    maine-

    It had dual tanks. It would pull anything but it sucked gas like no tomorrow.

    ———————————————————————–

    With an engine that big it needs 2 tanks.

  36. tomingeorgia May 6th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Maine and MTU,
    The reason we’re taking the truck and not an airplane or the other car is that the frau DOES NOT travel light! Mine is a long-wheelbase Dodge with full bed and crew cab, needs a tug to dock in most parking lots, but rides beautifully while it guzzles.

  37. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Tom-

    Gas or diesel ?

    The Cummings is a sweet engine.

  38. mick May 6th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    These day to day things scare me as does Andy’s inability to throw the cutter.
    Things tend to linger and days become weeks, see Youkilis.
    Andy might be hiding an injury.
    Musty should be with the team in Colorado as they have no BUIF’s w/out Cervelli for 3B, ha!

  39. tomingeorgia May 6th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    MTU,
    It’s the good old 360 cu. in. gas, with a tall rear end. Loafs along at 75 at about 1900 rpm. Short on torque in the mountains, but it will tow 8500 lbs if you forget about the overdrive, or making haste!

  40. joecembrale May 6th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    ac1 May 6th, 2013 at 9:43 am
    If the Phillies concede the season, any chance the Yankees make a play for Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels?

    Always wanted Lee but this is starting to remind me of the infatuation we had with Randy Johnson because he killed us. Then we got him and he killed us.

  41. joecembrale May 6th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Logan may have ben overused last year, but I have never been comfortable anytime he is pitching with the game on the line. Of course when we are trailing, he is usually lights out.

  42. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    tom

    I’m with you on how they ride on the open road.

    Not so much on the back roads. More like a dump cart.

    When parking you just plan on having to walk a ways.

  43. joecembrale May 6th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    The one guy who I would be intersted in from the Phillies is Michael Young. I know he is 36, but he can play three IF positions, in the last year of his contract and can still hit. Also know how to play the game and play in big games. Honestly would be an upgrade over Nix.

  44. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    The Yankee hitters are tied with the Giants for 28th with least number strikeouts. They are in the bottom half with walks. They are putting the balls in play.

    Maybe it’s the extreme shifts the lefties are seeing and will continue to see when Granderson comes back and if Tex makes it back, that has them in the lower half in AL in runs scored.

    They need another bat now, a right handed bat that can drive the ball the other way, a lifetime .300 hitter-Ronnier Mustelier! :)

  45. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Have to go.

    Have a great day everyone. Until later.

  46. J. Alfred Prufrock May 6th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Always wanted Lee but this is starting to remind me of the infatuation we had with Randy Johnson because he killed us. Then we got him and he killed us.
    ///

    lol

  47. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Yankee Trader

    They also have a .600 winning % like the Giants.

    What can we determine from that?

  48. Mike in Harrisburg May 6th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I hope there is someone in the front office who will be keeping an eye on the the wins column as the starters trickle back into the lineup. This is something of a unique opportunity to gauge WAR of guys like Granderson and Teixeira.

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock May 6th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    They need another bat now, a right handed bat that can drive the ball the other way, a lifetime .300 hitter-Ronnier Mustelier!
    ///

    Yep, but believe it when I see it.

  50. joecembrale May 6th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 10:44 am
    Yankee Trader

    They also have a .600 winning % like the Giants.

    What can we determine from that?

    I think we remain calm. Mix in some kids, get some guys back and keep pitching the way we have for most of the season. I also look at the A’s, I didn’t know what a Luke Montz (or whatever his name is) was until yesterday but the A’s can win with him.

  51. Shame Spencer May 6th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Morning all.. is there any shot Romine gets a start tomorrow with Stewie getting this built in day off?

    I’m already hating the 3:10pm start on Thursday lol… in fact… I think I feel a cough coming on, I might be too sick to go to work that day.

  52. joecembrale May 6th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Shame Spencer May 6th, 2013 at 10:53 am
    Morning all.. is there any shot Romine gets a start tomorrow with Stewie getting this built in day off?

    I’m already hating the 3:10pm start on Thursday lol… in fact… I think I feel a cough coming on, I might be too sick to go to work that day.

    Another guy on the DL. :)

  53. 86w183 May 6th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Shame —-

    No need to call in sick…. start coughing violently right after lunch and get yourself sent home early!

    Mustelier probably needs a week in Scranton, 20-30 AB, but then he should replace Nelson or Fran-WHIFF-sco.

  54. blake May 6th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I know Joe doesn’t really have any other options than Logan yesterday but he’s got to stop thinking he’s not a LOOGY when he is….. He can’t get righties out consistently. They need to get another good RH arm out there if Robertson is gonna be out awhile…..this team can’t withstand a weakened bullpen for long

  55. joecembrale May 6th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Nuno has done nothing but succeed in spring training, AAA and his only appearance the other night. I don’t know if he has shutdown stuff to come on with two on and none out, but there is only one way to find out… work him into the mix.

  56. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    …”..this team can’t withstand” _______ fill in the blank.

    But yet they have.

  57. Shame Spencer May 6th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Good advice 86! I could absolutely catch and early bus back… hmmm… :D

  58. jacksquat May 6th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    blake May 6th, 2013 at 11:19 am
    I know Joe doesn’t really have any other options than Logan yesterday but he’s got to stop thinking he’s not a LOOGY when he is….. He can’t get righties out consistently. They need to get another good RH arm out there if Robertson is gonna be out awhile…..this team can’t withstand a weakened bullpen for long

    True, they maybe could have won that game yesterday if they had Robertson and/or Joba. I doubt Girardi would give the 8th to guys like Claiborne, Nuno or Warren though, he probably sees Logan as next in line.

  59. 86w183 May 6th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Well this year just about everyone is hitting Logan. He definitely needs to be rested more. Failure to get a 2nd lefty has been a problem all season. Nuno isnt getting much work.

  60. Shame Spencer May 6th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’d like to see more of Nuno as well. I hate it when guys are just sitting around for 2 weeks without much work, especially guys that have potential to start.

  61. Bo knows May 6th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Well, there’s also the pressure of the second guessers. Logan gives up a HR – short BP. Any of the others implode – Why didn’t he go with the established guy?

    It’s not cut and dried. You dance with who brung ya.

  62. joecembrale May 6th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I don’t second guess Joe. It was the move he had to make in the eighth. My problem is Logan in general. As far as Nuno, the other thing he has going for him is that he is left handed, if Phelps can’t cut it, Nuno would be great to start in the stadium.

  63. Jerkface May 6th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I’d like to see more of Nuno as well. I hate it when guys are just sitting around for 2 weeks without much work, especially guys that have potential to start.

    The Yankee special. Fill the bullpen with players who all have the same limited role, don’t use them, all while forcing yourself to use Boone Logan in the 8th!

  64. 86w183 May 6th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    How about a call to Miami to inquire about Mike Dunn?


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