Scoot over, I’ve got bad news
Can’t say I saw that one coming. We were watching batting practice from the Yankees bench when Brian Cashman walked up and pushed my left leg aside, taking a seat. He’d just received some bad news on Phil Hughes and decided to spill it with an opening statement — cracked rib, not oblique strain, and out until July, not late May.
Go figure. Darrell Rasner, who was 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA in five starts at Triple-A, is going to have every chance at an extended look beginning on Sunday. Rasner recently told The New York Times that he has developed a cutter to offset his curveball. That can only help — you’ll remember Joe Torre used to characterize Rasner as a “touch and feel guy,” which was Torre-speak for soft-tosser who doesn’t dominate anyone. His Triple-A numbers for ’08 suggest that the Yankees might see a different guy on the mound Sunday against Seattle.
They’ve got other things to worry about here as they trail the Tigers, 4-3, in the fourth inning, trying to avoid a series sweep. Ian Kennedy retired seven of the first eight but was hit hard in the third inning, including a Miguel Cabrera triple that was misplayed by Bobby Abreu in right field. They’re still in the game and Nate Robertson has already shown that he’s hittable.