David Phelps said the harsh reality hit him soon after the line drive. He’d just been struck in the pitching arm, he’d thrown his glove to the ground in frustration, and he realized he could be just another name on the long list of injured Yankees.
“It’s one of those things that’s frustrating because of what’s been going on with our team, with everyone getting hurt,” Phelps said. “I was like, I don’t want to be the next guy.”
The next guy, it turned out, was already facing his own harsh reality. Curtis Granderson has quickly become a perfect symbol of the Yankees unreal injury problems, and he’s now heading back to the disabled list with another broken bone. Exactly how long he’ll be out is still unknown, but it’s going to be several weeks, not several days.
“I think our team has had a lot of practice at it this year,” Joe Girardi said. “So they’re prepared for this, unfortunately.”
Are they really, though? Used to it, maybe, but it’s hard to be prepared for something like this.
Friday seemed like such a good day, full of positives. Ivan Nova was off the disabled list, Mark Teixeira seemed nearly ready to do the same, Phelps was pitching well, and the offense was actually scoring runs in bunches.
It seemed to be such a good day. Then it was just another day.
“Sometimes you take two steps forward and a step back,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you take a step forward and three back. I don’t know which one we did tonight.”
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