Sunday, June 13, 2010

Yankees can't shake injury bug

One player comes back, another goes down. That's been the theme for the New York Yankees over the last month and half. They just can't shake the injury bug.

While Jorge Posada is set to catch for the first time in nearly a month, Alex Rodriguez is out until at least Tuesday with a bad hip/groin. Posada has been working furiously to get back behind the plate, but it's well past time to start transitioning him to a designated hitter role, even if he hates it. But on the days Posada does catch, ARod may have to be the DH to prevent further stress on his 35-year-old body.

But it's not just the older guys who are getting hurt. Speedster Brett Gardner was sidelined with a thumb injury Tuesday. Although he went into yesterday's game when Marcus Thames strained his hamstring, Gardner is nowhere near 100%, with the thumb heavily wrapped and obviously hindering his swing.

Will the Yankees ever get completely healthy? Probably not, especially with the high average age of this team. But if they can stay healthy enough to remain competitive with those young studs in Tampa Bay, they can beat them with their experience and superior lineup.

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