After another ruff patch, the New York Yankees seem back on track winning a third game in row, 6-4 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, following taking the two prior to split a four-game set vs. the Chicago White Sox.
Beating the Cards at Busch Stadium marked the Yankees second extra-innings win in their last six games, leaving them 4-1 in games that went over nine-innings.
Reality is the Yankees cannot afford to have another mini-collapse with the way the Blue Jays are rolling. Toronto just swept the AL leading Oakland A’s, which means this team is for real.
No doubt, May has not been the healthiest month for the Yankees, as the injuries seemed to come from every direction.
Games that were winnable turned into lost opportunities because this 2014 team has not found its groove, and they desperately need. The Yankees have faked fans by looking real good, only to got and lose a few stingers in a row.
Hence, why I cannot fully trust this team yet.
The biggest elephant in the room is when the Yankees will get some of their walking wounded back on the field.
Here are the Yankees latest injuries updates:
Michael Pineda’s right shoulder muscle strain recovery is right one track. Pineda tossed 28 pitches to live hitters, and is scheduled to throw two innings today in an extended spring training game. This is good.
Carlos Beltran is amid testing to see if the two cortisone shots he got will allow him to play through the pain of having bone spurs in his elbow. Beltran was believed to return last night to face his old teammates in Busch Stadium, which was worrisome. But as the saying goes, it is better late than never right? It was reported that the Yankees slugger has taken swings with a fungo bat, and felt no pain. Encouraging, kind-of but until Beltran is swinging a wood bat, and surgery is off the table you cannot count on him just yet.
And finally, what is the last thing Yankees Universe needed or wanted to hear?
Remember the surgically repaired right wrist that caused Mark Teixeira to miss all of 2013?
Mark Teixeira reported stiffness in his R wrist and was scratched from lineup. That is indeed the surgically repaired wrist. Day to day.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) May 26, 2014
Well, according to skipper Joe Girardi, Tex first felt mild stiffness last Friday after the Yankees game in Chicago and he played through that. Skip to yesterday morning, Tex was having breakfast in the clubhouse when Girardi inquired how his best hitter, posting nine home runs and his 25 RBIS on the season, was doing. Tex confessed that his surgically repaired wrist felt worse. And that was the reason Girardi let him rest last night in St. Louis, which does not sound reassuring.
After the Yankees beat the Cardinals last night, ESPN New York Andrew Marchand reported that Teixeira acted as if it could be more serious. He said the pain has “ratcheted” up. He was unsure if he will be able to play on Tuesday and even left open the possibility it might be best for him to take a couple of days with the Yankees having an off day on Thursday.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) May 27, 2014
Now this is not good news, and Tex’s situation doesn’t sound like the day-by-day decision Girardi claimed it to be.
Losing Tex would be a HUGE blow, as he has been not only been hitting but doing it in the clutch too. Tex is batting average is .333 with runners in scoring position (RISP), knocking in 14 runs, drawing six walks in 30 at-bats.