Yesterday was one of the most beautiful afternoons in New York.
Even though the weather perfect, unfortunately things at Yankee Stadium were not.
The Bronx Bombers not only lost the rubber match to the Oakland Athletics 5-4, the team also saw another player leave the game with another potential injury both in the same inning.
A FIFTH INNING TO FORGET:
Yankees Andy Pettitte started on the hill, but the southpaw’s command was off from the get-go. And for the second start in a row, Pettitte couldn’t find a way to settle down all afternoon. He gave up two homers and was tagged for three earned runs before being pulled in the fifth.
Pettitte, grinded it out as long as he could, and did get out of two bases loaded situations. But after when is pitch count hit 100, skipper Joe Girardi knew he could not leave the 41-year old in any longer.
Jason Nix had moved over to shortstop and the newly acquired Yankee, Chris Nelson who was on the bench was now at third base.
My heart was telling me Nunez was hurt, but my brain was saying there is no way as how much is too much.
I guess there is a reason people always say to listen to your gut, as Nunez had left to get an MRI as he had tightness in his left rib cage.
Following the test Nunez told the NY Post, “I’m happy [that] the MRI was negative and that there was just a little inflammation. I’ll be fine in a few days — hopefully, maybe. I’m going to get treatment, and maybe again in Colorado”
This is worrisome, as it always is when the Yankees report a test result as, “negative, but…”.
The Yankees have already hit their injury threshold, and I keep wondering when is enough, enough?
Vernon Wells agrees as he said it perfectly after the game; “It’s starting to get out of control now. At first I was like, ‘OK a few injuries. It’s normal.’ And each week, something new.”
Nunez, who already missed nine games this season due to a contusion on his wrist, is already substituting for Jeter, who is not expected back until after the All Star Break.
If Nunez winds up going to the DL, it might be too much for the Yankees to handle. I doubt he will be playing tomorrow in Denver, as the Yankees open a three game set vs. the Rockies.