Tuesday evening held a lot of promise for the New York Yankees. A-Rod was back in the lineup, Mike Mussina was on the mound, and Joe Girardi has just preached about the Yanks restarting with a clean slate.
Well, Moose gave up 7 runs and didn’t even finish the first inning before getting pulled. Derek Jeter left the game after getting hit in the hand by a pitch. And a retaliatory throw by LaTroy Hawkins almost resulted in a bench clearing brawl. All this, and a 12-2 loss to the Orioles, too.
So much for promise.
But there was one positive - Jeter’s x-rays came back negative. As reported in the NEW YORK TIMES:
Jeter was examined by Dr. Stuart Hershon, the team physician, and was determined to have a bruise. Jeter, who missed six games earlier this season with a strained left quadriceps muscle, will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Jeter’s left hand was wrapped with an elastic bandage to the middle of his forearm. Not surprisingly, he described the injury as “no big deal,” then said he would like to play Wednesday, in the second game of a three-game series against the Orioles.
“Obviously, it doesn’t feel good,” he said, “but it should be all right by tomorrow.”
Of course Jeter’s not going to let a little thing like a hurt hand keep him down. He must have gotten all that strength & stamina while going through the Maxim Hot 100.
Oh, and A-Rod did belt a 2-run homer in the 6th. Sure, the Yanks still lost by 10 runs & have been out-scored 30-8 by the O’s in this current homestand. But such hits can do a lot for Alex’s confidence.
And when a guy is prone to fainting during hospital visits, he needs all the pick-me-ups he can get.