Suddenly, it's 2013 all over again. After Monday night's 9-7 loss to the Mets, Joe Girardi spent much of his news conference explaining his club's extensive injury situation rather than the defeat.
There was reliever Shawn Kelley's back, which acted up again just before the game and made him unavailable; Ichiro Suzuki's back, jolted the day before in Milwaukee on a failed attempt at a sliding catch, which made him unavailable in any role Monday, and Carlos Beltran leaving in the seventh inning after hyperextending his right elbow, necessitating an MRI.
Couple that with three of the five pitchers who started the season in the rotation landing on the disabled list in the last month, and the Yankees are just about in crisis mode. "We've just got to get through it," a deflated-looking Brian Cashman said. "Find out what's going on, make some adjustments and try and get through it."
Ichiro said, "We'll see where I am tomorrow" regarding his availability. He did not think a DL stint will be necessary.
Mark Teixeira had hoped for a full day off to rest what he described as "tightness" and "fatigue" in his legs, but he didn't get it. He pinch hit in the ninth inning with one out, Derek Jeter on first and the Yankees trailing 9-7 and singled into the rightfield corner, but he couldn't get to second -- critical when Brian McCann grounded into a game-ending double play. (Brendan Ryan, rather than the faster Ichiro, pinch ran for Teixeira.)
"That's what happens with guys that are older," Teixeira said of the injuries infecting the team. "You get bumps and bruises. That's the unfortunate part about getting old, but we have a very deep team. We have a bunch of guys champing at the bit to get at-bats. We have All-Stars on the bench, so we'll fill in when we need to fill in, and the guys that are bumped and bruised, we'll give them a day here and there and get them back at it."
He added, "I'm going to play [Tuesday night]. No matter what."
With David Lennon