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Around the Yankee Universe, 05.13.09

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Let's take a look around the Inter-Google at stories making the rounds of the Yankee Universe today. We have a headache, but we aren't too hurt to play -- like, it seems, almost everyone else around the Yankees.

  • Gotta start with those injuries. More trees fell around the Bronx Bombers Monday. Derek Jeter missed the game with an oblique strain and is unlikely to play until at least Wednesday. Hideki Matsui left with a tight hamstring, and his status going forward is unknown. We know Phil Coke was unavailable with a sore back, as well.
  • At least there was good news about Chien-Ming Wang. CMW pitched six good innings Monday at Scranton, and GM Brian Cashman indicated he will make one more minor-league start.
  • When it comes to Yankee fans' unhappiness with the new Stadium, chief operating officer Lonn Trost obviously doesn't get it. He was utterly clueless, and unapologetic, about the reason fans are not happy with the lack of access to the field level prior to games.

Lonn Trost, the team's chief operating officer, made it clear Tuesday that no change is imminent. "Right now, that's the policy,'' he said.

He also likely opened a new front in the public-relations battle with his blunt response to a Newsday reporter's question about the rationale for the policy.

"Well, if you purchase a suite, do you want somebody in your suite?'' he said. "You purchase a home, do you want somebody in your home?''

The concrete border around the Legends Suite has been likened to a moat that highlights the separation of haves from have-nots or, as it has turned out, filled seats from empty ones.

Somebody (Hal Steinbrenner?) needs to step in and change this. As far as I know, Yankee Stadium is the only major-league stadium where this is an issue.