June 14, 2011

Injury bug has stung Yankees hard

The Yankees’ injury list gets longer by the day. Derek Jeter went down with a Grade I calf strain yesterday that might put him on the disabled list, Bartolo Colon and Amaury Sanit landed on the DL on Sunday, Russell Martin is battling a tight back, and Joba Chamberlain is headed for Tommy John surgery. This list doesn’t even include important names like Rafael Soriano, Damaso Marte and Pedro Feliciano, relievers who aren’t expected back anytime soon, Eric Chavez and Phil Hughes.

This season is beginning to remind me of the Red Sox’ 2010 campaign. Speaking of the Sox, they are in the middle of a nine-game winning streak and hold a comfortable two and a half game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.

The preseason’s top bullpen is now in shambles and the rotation badly needs a lift. Pitchers will be the most coveted items at the trade deadline, as they always are, and not many who are available can help the Yankees climb out of this hole — or aren’t worth the price.

At this point, all you can hope for is that these injuries will heal and players will be fresh for the final leg of the season. That’s what it boils down to, and that actually happening isn’t out of the question.

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