Friday, April 2, 2010

Hope injury bug doesn't bite Yanks like Mets

Injuries really are the only thing that can stop the New York Yankees in their quest to repeat as World Series Champs. And they got a fresh reminder of that this week with injuries to their starting first baseman and both catchers.

Mark Teixeira returned to the lineup after missing two baseball games when he was plunked on the elbow. He didn't miss a beat, hitting a single and a double and showing no signs that the injury would interfere with his play. He's still sore, but should be ready for opening day, a huge relief for the Yankees.

But that relief was tempered when Jorge Posada was forced to miss a game due to a stiff neck. Like with Tex, this seems to be a minor injury that will cause him to miss a few days, rather than something major that a 38-year-old catcher would likely have to deal with at the end of his career. But it's problematic with opening day being Sunday and backup Francisco Cervelli also out due to a strained hamstring, a slightly more serious injury that could keep Cervelli off the opening day roster.

These injuries seem relatively minor and nothing like last year when Alex Rodriguez had to have major surgery on his hip and was out for five weeks. But I can't help but look at the cross-town rival Mets and worry. They just announced shortstop Jose Reyes is starting the year on the disabled list. The spate of injuries that hit the Mets ruined last year for them and the current campaign doesn't look promising.

Could this happen with the Yankees? Hopefully, these injuries aren't a harbinger of things to come.

Thanks to Googie man via en.Wikipedia for the photo.

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