The more things change…
OK, now it’s starting to feel like 2007 all over again. What is up with this team and their sluggish first half starts? The Yankees dropped a 6-4 decision to the Tigers last night on an evening when Alex Rodriguez received some especially bad news, being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps.
What happened to that well-conditioned team we were all talking about in Spring Training? The injury bug has bit hard here, with A-Rod, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter all missing time. When you’re looking ahead to Wilson Betemit’s rehab assignment at Triple-A, that’s a really bad sign.
Phil Hughes struggled again last night and you have to wonder how long the leash will be. Sure, it’s 60 feet and six inches no matter where Hughes pitches, but you have to remember that he’s 21 and maybe adjusting at the big league level won’t work out.
I said the same thing with Ian Kennedy — there is no shame in it if either of those guys has to dip back down to the Minors for a stint. If the Yankees give International League Pitcher of the Week Darrell Rasner a turn or two while Kennedy or Hughes tweaks a few things, it’s only to their long-term benefit.
Last night was not the time to mention it to Hughes, but I knew just what he was talking about when he said he couldn’t see the catcher’s signs. Back in the day, we fixed it by having the catcher tap parts of his thigh for pitches instead of flashing fingers. Then again, pitching a night game at Yankee Stadium is quite a bit different than hurling under the starry skies at some municipal field in New York. You’d hope the lighting is better.