- This week brought a lot of bad news to the Yankees ballclub. Beltran may have broken his face but the awful injury news on Tanaka has broken all Yankees fans’ hearts. There is no positive spin on Tanaka’s injury and it seems inevitable that he will have Tommy John surgery at some point in the future whether it is this year or a little bit down the road. The current standings suggest that the playoffs are still within reach for the Yankees but the harsh reality is that the loss of Tanaka is likely going to be the deathblow that truly takes the Yankees out of contention.
- It is unfortunate that Brett Gardner wasn’t named to the All Star team. His numbers are very good and warrant consideration but the intangibles that he has brought to the table this year are truly remarkable and worth league wide recognition. He has also shown grit and determination as he has been dealing with an abdominal injury and playing through the pain at a time when the team needs him and needs anything positive it can grasp upon amidst the Tanaka injury dark cloud.
- I have to go back to Tanaka for a minute because I am not over this in the least bit. If he does not have surgery right now, there is a still a strong possibility that the UCL will still need surgery down the road. Either way, Tommy John surgery will cost him one full season to recover and it will probably take another full season before he regains his elite form. That means the Yanks are basically eating two of the seven years of Tanaka’s contract. They were so fortunate to get a player of his caliber at the relatively young age of 25 but major surgery would eat into a few of the core performance years of his seven year deal making this a really crappy situation for Tanaka, the Yankees and their fans.
- It is looking more and more likely that CC Sabathia is going to need microfracture surgery on his right knee. Word is that Sabathia is trying to get the opinions of as many doctors as possible before committing to the surgery. Note to CC…the others doctors are also going to tell you what you don’t want to hear…just have the surgery and let’s hope (and maybe pray a little) that you can salvage your career in some way.
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