The Yankees take a well-earned and probably needed day off Thursday before traveling to Cleveland for a four-game series at the Jake. I don’t expect much news wise today, but I got interested in getting updates on Melky Cabrera, Brian Bruney and Jorge Posada, so I will include those below.
First, my thoughts on the game last night. Chris has a great recap of the game last night in the post below this one. I turned the game off right after the fifth inning ended and missed the fun of the sixth and seventh innings (5 Yankee runs). Isn’t it great when that happens?
AJ Burnett seemed to turn the bus around yesterday with his six inning, three hit, four walk, 7 strikeout performance. Before last night he was winless in his last seven starts. He took the win last night, his first since April 14, but what I like the most about this situation and Burnett in general, is his attitude. He was still not fully satisfied with his start, after all, it took him 118 pitches to get through the 6 innings.
“It’s a start,” Burnett said to the Journal News’ Peter Abraham. “Mechanically, I felt better than I have in a long time.”
Jorge Posada is expected to return to the team Friday night in Cleveland, although it is unclear whether he will play catcher or not. It is also unclear what the Yankees will do with the other two catchers on the roster, Kevin Cash and Francisco Cervelli. Cervelli has been hot behind the plate, doing very well for a player who was called up from Double-A Trenton. Cervelli’s .300 BA is much better then Kevin Cash’s .231 and as a result, Cervelli has more starts behind the plate.
Melky Cabrera is expected to miss at least the next 5-7 days, although the Yankees are waiting for Cabrera to meet with team doctor Chris Ahmad before making a decision on what to do with the outfielder. Keep your fingers crossed that Cabrera can return quickly – he has the highest batting average on the team.
If Dr. Ahmad thinks Cabrera needs to miss more then a week, the Yankees will most likely put him on the DL and call up an outfielder from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and send either Cash or utility infielder Angel Berroa back down.
Finally Bruney. Mr Bruney should miss the next 2-3 weeks after not fully disclosing the extent of his injury and agravating his elbow even more. SIGH. You have to admire the man’s heart and desire to be out on the field but you can’t be stupid and rush back just to re-injure yourself. Bruney, you’re too good for that.
Fortunately, Bruney’s injury doesn’t seem to be all that bad and should be back with the team Friday. It is unclear whether he will pitch or not.
Finally, CC Sabathia, a former Cleveland Indian and friend of Cleveland Cavalier Lebron James, will be attending the Cavaliers-Orlando Magic game tonight at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland along with several other Yankee players and staffers. According to the Daily News, Sabathia phoned Lebron and told him he will most likely wear an Orlando hat – a jab at Lebron for wearing a Yankees cap to the 2007 divisional playoff match-up between the Yankees and Indians.