No one hypothesized that the New York Yankees would be anything less than joyful and relieved to get back their wounded superstars.
Of course, no one assumed this haphazard army of reserves would be winning enough games to be atop of the AL East either. You can check out available MLB future odds to see that the Yankees are now one of the favorites to win the 2013 World Series, a spot this team was far from just six weeks ago.
Everyone getting this team wrong doesn’t change the fact the Yankees are now in a pickle. Some might even call it a catch-22, as their pricey stars start getting healthy.
Curtis Granderson came off the DL earlier this week, which gives skipper Joe Girardi some relief in the outfield.
Granderson has played his whole career in centerfield but was started in left.
This essentially would put Vernon Wells out of a job he has done superbly.
Luckily for Girardi, Wells’ hot bat gets to stay since DH Travis Hafner is suffering from a sore shoulder, which buys the skipper some extra time.
Looking at the bigger picture, Girardi might not get the same courtesy when first baseman Mark Teixeira returns.
As, where is Lyle Overbay going to go?
According to a tweet from Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Tex is anticipating returning soon.
Mark Teixeira said yesterday his rehab is going "great" and he expects to be playing in big league games before June 1st.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 15, 2013
Clearly, Overbay is not in the same league as Tex but you cannot deny his importance to the Yankees success thus far.
You cannot deny that Overbay’s 24 RBIs, which are second most behind Robbie Cano, and six homers, tied with Hafner for third most, haven’t been a Godsend.
Essentially, Overbay has way overachieved and to think he can keep it up for an entire season is a huge stretch. And it was inevitable that Overbay would be released or traded presuming Tex is here to stay.
What scares me is dismantling something that works, and losing, which elevates Overbay’s overall importance to the team.
In turn, enduring Tex’s perennial slow start at the plate will feel like exaggerate torture.
Even knowing that Tex always ends up with big numbers might not make this four to six weeks semi-bearable this time.
The bottom line is baseball’s 25-man roster will eventually not allow the Yankees to keep Overbay, and probably some others.
My opinion is that the Yankees do not act immediately particularly in regards to Overbay.
It would be pretty stupid to release Overbay, or trade him for scraps before seeing how Tex’s injured wrist holds up.
Also, you have to consider that Tex’s hired back-up Kevin Youkilis is still on the DL. Youks has been mighty fragile for some time now, so making any rash decisions based on him seems a tad risky too.
Still, the main goal here is for the Yankees to continue winning right?
So the last thing the Yankees want is to be kicking themselves in the rear for letting Overbay go to fast.
Also, you have to factor in the chance that all this shuffling could very well put this team’s chemistry in jeopardy too.
Look, no one knew the Yankees would be in this place as it seems almost surreal, but it is what it is and they have to deal with it.
My one wish is that the Yankees don’t start losing games while figuring all this out because the BEEP will hit the fan(s). Ha-ha….did you get that pun?