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New York Yankees: Injury loves company

The latest New York Yankees casualty is first baseman Mark Teixeira, who will be out 8-10 weeks with a strained right wrist.

Wrist injuries are tricky to begin with, but hitters need their full optimal wrist mechanics in order to be successful so healing fully is a must.

What are the Yankees going to?

Normally the Yankees can weather injuries like this, but thanks to Hal Steinbrenner’s unproductive and frugality off-season, they cannot.

This team has ZERO depth off the bench, as Juan Rivera, Dan Johnson and Matt Diaz are not players who can keep a team winning.

As I have said all off-season fielding a ball club of veterans, many coming off of major injuries without viable back-ups, is a lose-lose situation.

The Yankees should have prioritized bringing back Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez. And why Chris Dickerson is gone is beyond me too.

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game b...

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 26, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Swisher could have covered for Tex at first; Ichiro for Swisher in right field; and use Melky Mesa in left field with Brett Gardner moving to center for Granderson. Also, Kevin Youkilis could move to first with six time Gold Glover, Chavez taking over for him at third.

Nevertheless that scenario is now just a pipe dream.

So what is the solution here?

Simply ownership needs to either pony up some green, or give some prospects a shot.

Since the former already didn’t happen, and with the Yankees season seemingly in trouble, why not see if there is a superstar in the minors?

Or choose someone to tell Hal Steinbrenner it is time to cough up some dough and surprise fans with Marlins Giancarlo Stanton on Opening Day.

What is the bottom line?

Everyone knows that injuries are unavoidable in professional sports but in this situation you have to look at the bigger picture.

And that is Hal Steinbrenner’s plan is failing, just as I predicated it would.

He cannot continue selling his father’s mission statement of World Series or bust to fans and do nothing about it.

The end to the 2012 ALCS should have been Hal’s breaking point but it wasn’t because he doesn’t see it as losing.

Hal probably left Detroit last October with a big smile on his face because the Yankees cash cow is winning big time, and that is all that matters to him.

If things do happen for a reason then somebody upstairs is sending a clear message to Hal Steinbrenner that is about time he start walking the talk.

 

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