Well, there’s not much of a story today in the Buckeye State for the Yankees. A massive storm front that dropped spring snow on Denver is swept through the Midwest and Great Lakes areas today with a deluge of rain. Chances are not good for the game tomorrow either, which means the powers-that-be will be scrambling to look and book make-up games later in the season. Make-up games are hard on everyone because of team scheduling, out-of-series momentum, recouping lost profits from the fans in attendance, and broadcasting schedules.
News from Tampa today came that both Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson are on the road to recovery, working out at the minor league complex this morning. Both (along with Mark Teixeira, who lately has been with the team) are looking at an early May return (though no actual date has been announced so as not to hamper or push any recovery before its time). And while I know the fans will be happy seeing them back on the field, I know it means so much more to the guys that they can return to doing what they love to do. And though I am one of those who cannot wait to hear their names announced playing Shortstop, Center Field, and 1st Base (respectively), I’d rather have them fully healthy and ready for the long stretch of season. Keep up the good work and heal up soon, gentlemen!
Of course, this got me thinking about the team’s transactions because every time you activate someone from the disabled list, you have to send someone down to the minors or release someone from the team. They did this recently when they brought back Phil Hughes by sending Cody Eppley to AAA Scranton. Reactivating the “big three” I mentioned above means that three current roster guys will be moved elsewhere — probably 2 infielders and an outfielder (current guesses, based mostly on positions: Overbay, Francisco, and Nunez). But when the time comes to shuffle the deck, as it were, the decision makers will be looking at a lot of different aspects — offensive production, utility role ability, defensive range, current individual injuries and injury history, and overall team cohesiveness. I suppose it is rather dejecting for those who get sent down or released. But they only have to look into recent Yankee history with Cervelli’s redevelopment, which not just earned but demanded a 25-man roster spot.
So, on this rainy day (or couple of days), as we hope the rain doesn’t dampen the winning streak the Yankees are on, we focus on where they are now and the many different puzzle pieces that are making this winning streak possible and setting the stage for those recovering. I think they are ever grateful for the contributions (albeit temporary) and keeping the continuity that is the 111 year old tradition of New York pride. Once a Yankee, always a Yankee.