I hate to say it, but I told you so but….
Tex missed all of last year after he tore the ECU sheath in his right wrist, which required surgery to fix.
And now Tex’s wrist is aggravating him again, and he has been in and out of the line-up for the last two weeks. And losing Tex is hurting not only the already offensively anemic Yankees line-up, but also his stellar defensive is sorely missed at first base.
A week ago, the idea of signing Morales seemed like typical Yankees fan ridiculousness but now it might be just what the doctor ordered.
The Yankees are keeping their fingers crossed that the cortisone shot Tex got this past weekend will ease the pain. But even if the shot initially works, the risk is the unknown of how long the cortisone will last.
The uncertainty of Tex, who in 37 games leads the team in homers (9) and walks (23), along with the Yankees overall lack of run production (5 runs in their last three games) makes inking Morales seem like a possible season changer/saver as each day passes.
Morales is not even 31 yet, which is a toddler in Yankees years and he can fill in at first base immediately at least better than the present options.
In addition to Tex, the Yankees have right fielder Carlos Beltran to be concerned about, as he is working to avoid surgery on his right elbow to remove bone spurs. And just like Morales, both are power switch hitters.
The good news is Baby Stein does realize that signing Morales is worth much less than paying the price of missing the playoffs again this season.
CBS Sports Jon Heyman is reporting that, “Some among the Yankees’ hierarchy are said to be interested in getting in the derby for the free-agent switch hitter.”
And Mike Burke Yanks Go Yard, a personal favorite source, also tweeted Hal’s sentiments.
— Yanks Go Yard (@YanksGoYardFS) May 31, 2014
In 156 games last season with the Mariners, Morales hit 34 doubles, 23 homers, drove in 80 runs and drew 49 walks.
Yes, since destroying his ankle in 2010, Morales has played 214 at DH and just 59 games at first base but the Yankees biggest problem is offense.
The bottom line is the Yankees have to score more runs, as they are barely hanging on to second in the AL East at 29-26.
And Morales bat could do beautiful things at the bandbox in the Bronx.
Now that you know what I think…. so I want your opinions?
JUST A NOTE: Speaking from personal experience, as I had tendon repair elbow surgery three years ago, these types of injuries are tricky because one day nothing hurts at all only to have swelling and tenderness the next. The weather also factors in; and I swear my lower right arm can better forecast rain then any Doppler tracker out there. I just hope Tex doesn’t continue to experience the same ups and downs that I have.