Hey, look -- it's a New York Yankee notebook! I have been busy most of the past month covering New York Giants' training camp for Big Blue View. Now that the Giants have broken camp and gone back to New Jersey, though, I will be here more often. So, let's get started with a look around the Yankee Universe.
- Jorge Posada left Wednesday night's game with a finger injury, and says it isn't likely to heal any time soon.
"It’s not going to go away," Posada said. "It’s going to stay there until I get some rest. ... I don’t think it’s going to heal until the season is over. The joint is bruised. There’s not much I can do."
All we can do is hope Posada gets enough rest that thru September that he can be a factor with the bat in October. On the good side, maybe that means we will see more of Francisco Cervelli as the season winds down.
- Speaking of Posada, A.J. Burnett absolved the catcher of any blame for the issues the two had the other day in Boston.
"I had a bad start because my mind wasn’t right," Burnett said. "I didn’t make good decisions." ... "I wasn’t myself out there. I wasn’t ready. That’s on me."
- Andy Pettitte was terrific Wednesday night. In case you haven't noticed he has been that way for a while. Mark Feinsand points out that Pettitte is 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. If Pettitte can pitch like this in October, that will be a huge boost for the Yankees' chances.
- I'm not the only one who has done little blogging about the Yankees recently. Kim Jones has been on hiatus, too. She is back, though, and her newest entry includes this little tidbit on Phil Hughes.
Before the last road trip, he cut his locks. But you already knew that. When we asked him about it, he said, "My hair was taking up too much of my day." Yeah, we know the feeling. He's a funny guy.
Stuff like that is why Kim is a must read.
- In the wake of Joba Chamberlain's poor start the other night, NY Baseball Digest reminds us that Joba is still a young pitcher learning his craft. Oh, and there are some interesting comparisons to Josh Beckett, Pedro Martinez and Sandy Koufax.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers have been watching their National League West lead evaporate slowly in recent weeks. And you would never believe what they are complaining about in LA. Joe Torre's bullpen management. Some things never change.