The Yankees are hitting an incredible amount of injuries at the same exact time. Most of it popped up today during tonight's game against the Mets. We know that CC Sabathia is out with a knee problem and Michael Pineda will take a little longer getting back from his injury. Mark Teixeira sat out of today's game with a tight groin/legs, but that's not all.
John Ryan Murphy hit for Carlos Beltran in the seventh inning of tonight's game. As the DH for the night, the move didn't make a lot of sense. It turns out the veteran outfielder hyperextended his elbow while taking batting practice in the cages under the stadium in between at-bats. This sounds an awful lot like the Humbler's doing, if you ask me.
If you were one of the many who asked where Shawn Kelley was in the eighth inning when Preston Claiborne came in and gave away the game, it turns out he's still hurt. The righty said that he was good to go after undergoing an MRI on his back, but Joe Girard disagreed:
Girardi said Kelley is "still not right. He does not have the flexibility to finish his pitches."— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 13, 2014
So thanks for completely lying, Kelley?
Finally! If you were also wondering why Brendan Ryan pinch ran for Mark Teixeira in the ninth instead of Ichiro Suzuki, it turns out that he's hurt too. He's apparently suffering from back pain after making a diving catch during Sunday's game.
All of this is happening at once because this is what happens when you rely on old players.
Right now it's not clear who will need to go on the DL, if any of them, but we're going to see someone new up here eventually. It's looking likely that Chase Whitley will be called up in the next few days and could take CC's next start. If Tex needs to go on the DL, expect the likes of Dean Anna or Scott Sizemore to be recalled. If Beltran or Ichiro go down, then it could be Zoilo Almonte or possibly Ramon Flores who get a chance in the majors.