Good morning, Pinstripe Alley. Hope you've all recovered from the heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays last night. The good news is that CC Sabathia is taking the mound tonight in an attempt to win this three game series.
Moving on, here's the buzz around Yankee Universe this morning:
Mariano Rivera's leg just might be the most talked about topic for the Yankees that I can remember in quite a while. If you didn't see it, Rivera spoke at a press conference at Yankee Stadium yesterday confirming that doctors found a blood clot in his right knee upon examination and it's expected to heal just fine. In fact, he says it won't hinder his ability to make a full recovery in time for the 2013 season. Heck, he even stated he was leaning toward a return before the injury occurred last Thursday afternoon.
I'm happy that someone at the AP kept this in perspective. After David Robertson's blown save opportunity last night, there are already rumblings of nostalgia. "Ah, Rivera would have closed out the game." But let's keep things in perspective here.
"Let's give the kid a chance," Girardi said.
The Yankees are just beginning to get used to not having No. 42 ready in the bullpen for the ninth inning. But even Rivera isn't perfect. Remember, he blew three of his first six save chances when he replaced John Wetteland as the closer in 1997.
I don't think anyone is truly concerned with Robertson. It's just tough to lose to Tampa Bay in that fashion and even tougher that Rivera wasn't there to help.
Check out Ed Valentine's piece on Andy Pettitte's return over at SB New York. Amazing how Pettitte was just another option a few months ago and is now being counted on to return to form and help shore up New York's rotation.