Derek Jeter had surgery on his fractured ankle yesterday. Recovery time 4-5 months. Opening day 2013 in jeopardy. Jeter turns 39 next June, has had diminishing range and you wonder what effect this injury will have on the rest of his career.
CC Sabathia will have his left (pitching) elbow checked out by Dr. James Andrews. Apparently CC has had a bone spur in that elbow for a while, and it flared up this year. The most famous bone spur in Yankees history was the one that cost Joe DiMaggio the first half of the 1949 season.
A recent NY Post poll had people suggesting whether certain Yankees players should stay or go. 77% wanted Alex gone. 50.2% Granderson. Most wanted Swisher gone. I won’t go into all the players, but there is one problem as I see it. Of the players most wanted back, most of those players are old. I mean OLD. But how do you tell legends like Jeter (39 next June), Ichiro (39 next week), Rivera (43 at the end of November) and Pettitte (41 next June) to go away? On top of that, Kuroda is 38 next year, and Ibanez 41. Not to mention that if the Yanks are stuck with A-Rod, he turns 38 next July.
I was a little surprised by the amount of people that want Eppley and Rapada gone. Granted neither are stars, and it could be that they had their one great moment and that was it. But Girardi handled them both well, and their stats (Eppley 1-2, 3.33; Rapada 3-0, 2.82) show that they did a good job. Meanwhile, while the people were harsh on these two, they wanted Logan (7-2, 3.74, worse stats) back. I don’t get it.