NEW YORK YANKEES
Johnny Damon, CF
Derek Jeter, SS
Bobby Abreu, RF
Álex Rodríguez, DH
Jason Giambi, 1B
Xavier Nady, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Ivan Rodriguez, C
Wilson Betemit, 3B
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Frank Catalanotto, DH
Michael Young, SS
Josh Hamilton, CF
Marlon Byrd, RF
David Murphy, LF
Gerald Laird, C
Chris Davis, 1B
Ramon Vazquez, 3B
Yanks have lost 7 of their last 10 after winning 8 straight.
Tommy Hunter has never faced the Yanks or any of their hitters.
Sidney Ponson is a lifetime 8-2, 5.22 ERA, 1.46 WHIP in 18 games (16 starts) against the Rangers.
Rangers' hitters vs. Ponson can be viewed here.
JOBA TO THE DL: By now, most of you already know that Joba Chamberlain is headed to the DL with his ailing shoulder.
Joe Girardi has not divulged any further details on the condition or the results of the MRI he had yesterday so the news cannot be good.
Brian Cashman is flying back to NY from Oklahoma City and is expected to report the extent of Joba's injury.
Personally, I no longer care if the Yanks make the postseason in 2008 or not. The only things I care about is Joba's long term health and this team making the necessary changes to the roster over the offseason to make this team younger and strengthen the starting rotation for 2009.
I'll go into more much detail on the latter in the coming days.
KENNEDY TO START FRIDAY: Ian Kennedy will now pitch Friday against the Angels this weekend and Dan Giese will be pushed back to Saturday. Sounds like a logical move since Kennedy last pitched on Sunday and his turn in the rotation for Scranton would have also fallen on Friday.
MELKY SITS AGAIN: Obviously, it appears Girardi and the Yankee brass is finally getting tired of Melky Cabrera. He's now sitting for the third straight game and has been the subject of many trade rumors the last several weeks - and not in a good way.
ANOTHER JOBA UPDATE:
Here is the latest from Brian Cashman via Pete Abe:
This from Brian Cashman: Chamberlain has what is being described as rotator cuff tendinitis. He will be rested for “about a week” and then start a throwing program after being evaluated again.
He will return to New York.
Just for your own reference: “tendinitis” is a nice way to say he has a little tear in his rotator cuff.
Joe Girardi said before the game he was optimistic Joba would play again this season. But a rotator cuff issue is nothing to mess around with. Don’t expect to see Chamberlain any time soon this season, if at all.
So there you have it.
I wouldn't be shocked if Joba misses the rest of the season because the Yanks are going to be ultra-conservative with his injury. And that's not a bad thing.
We've already seen one shoulder injury get worse this season (Jorge Posada) because he wasn't shut down long enough and rushed his way back into the lineup.
That's not going to happen with Joba. No chance. They will absolutely make sure Joba is 100% healthy before he sets foot on a mound again.
This team would rather miss the postseason than risk the long term health of the jewel of the franchise.