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Bronx Tales: With a tidal wave of injuries, what does the Yankees opening day starting line-up look like?

KOBEsh: As unmomentous as the offseason was for the New York Yankees, it appears that spring training might be even worse. The line-up had already suffered losses, including Alex Rodriguez (hip) and a no doubt below-par Derek Jeter (ankle) coming off of surgery. Within a week of each other, Curtis Granderson (forearm) and Mark Teixeira (wrist) hit the disabled list with maladies that will keep them out of action until the early summer.
 
With three regulars out, another recovering from a major injury and two offseason free agents losses in OF Nick Swisher and C Russell Martin…what the hell is the opening day roster going to look like?
 
Vin: First, let’s get the easy part of this out of the way. There is a 0% chance that the average Yankees fan can spell Teixeira. I know this because I have typed “Mark T…” into Google at least a dozen times since he signed with the Yanks around Christmas 2008, and I am no average fan. The “i’s” are the tricky part- particularly the one before the “x.”
 
As to the more difficult part of the question, Jesus Christ. I’m no fan of the Yankees’ new found and well publicized thriftiness, but you almost have to feel bad for Hotel Hal (for those who are unaware, fiscally conscious Hal Steinbrenner’s greatest accomplishment before usurping older brother Hank as King George’s replacement was successfully opening and running several Holiday Inn-esque hotels in Florida and Ohio) regarding the timing of all of this. Right as the Yankees sacrifice roster depth to cut around the edges, it’s tested in the earliest weeks of spring like it never has been before. Losing Granderson and TeIxeIra for the first month leaves them with precisely 1 of the 3 offensive players who were coming into 2013 without significant performance and/or injury issues.… Read more...

Bronx Tales: What To Do Without Curtis Granderson?

KOBEshigawa: After several years toiling away in the Major Leagues, left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ may have made his first significant contribution to the game…but not in a good way.
 
Last Sunday in a spring training game, Happ served up a breaking ball in the most literal of senses, fracturing Curtis Granderson’s right forearm. The Yankees, already having lost the offensive punch of sluggers Nick Swisher, Russ Martin, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones this offseason, will be without a potential 35-40 home run threat for at least the first five weeks of the season.
 
Knowing full well how competitive the AL East is with five teams that could compete for a playoff spot, the Yankees simply cannot afford to fall behind seven, eight or nine games behind the division leader even as early as April.
 
We of course sent out the Pinstripe-Signal to our man Vin for some insight on the Yanks in this latest edition of MAMBINO’s Bronx Tales.
 
Vin, will the Yanks really miss Curtis Granderson? And who should be the opening day left fielder?
 
Vin: Obviously, the Yankees will definitely miss Curtis Granderson over the first month plus of the season, which seems to be the time he is guaranteed to be sidelined even if he comes back from his broken forearm as quickly as possible. As has been said by many, the only silver lining (playbook) of this injury is that it occurred during Grandy’s first spring AB and thus will missing as few games that actually count as possible. Of course, missing spring training could affect Granderson’s numbers after he returns (presumably he’ll have some rehab games in the minors but nowhere near the preparation time he otherwise would have had), but you’d still rather him miss spring training than larger chunks of actual spring or summer.… Read more...