Derek Jeter sits six hits from 3,000, however, he also resides on the Yankees’ 14-day DL. His team is just .5 games behind Boston in the AL East, however, if the Red Sox’ recent clobbering of the Bombers is any indication, New York really needs to step it up.
That’s going to be hard considering that arguably their best pitcher and definitely their most pleasant surprise this year, Bartolo Colon, is hanging in Tampa with Jeter, rehabbing a strained left hamstring he injured covering first base in a masterful game he was pitching against Cleveland.
Joba Chamberlain is done for the year after getting Tommy John surgery last week. So much for his “rules” and babying his arm. That didn’t matter. Phil Hughes is kicking around the minor league system for a while with a “right shoulder inflammation” which loosely translates as “lost his mojo,” and vaunted reliever Rafael Soriano is a few weeks away from coming off the 60-day list.
In reality, the baseball gods and goddesses have been kind to the Yankees. With this kind of star power out of commission (not to mention Eric Chavez who was having a resurgence) it’s a wonder the Yankess have held together so well.
The second half of the season will not be quite so kind. Gone are the inter-league softies. It’s all about American League fire power and September will really be a test for the Bombers since they close out the season against the Red Sox and the Rays. Two of those three teams will be going to the playoffs. The Yankees need to make sure they’re one of them.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits