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The bullpen had been the one area of the Yankees’ roster unstained by injury in the first month of the season. That situation has changed.
The Yankees placed righthander Joba Chamberlain on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 28, because of a right oblique strain. They called up righthander Preston Claiborne from Triple A Scranton where he had three saves in three opportunities with a 3.48 ERA and 10 strikeouts in eight relief appearances totaling 10 1/3 innings. To create room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated righthander Cody Eppley for assignment.
In addition, David Robertson is also ailing with soreness in the area behind his left knee. The righthander was not available for Friday night’s opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium against the Athletics.
Without Chamberlain and Robertson, Yankees manager Joe Girardi will have to maneuver his bullpen differently in the late innings. Even relying on matchups won’t help much considering that Claiborne, recent call-up Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren have limited experience. Girardi said he may have to rely on veteran Shawn Kelley more in late-inning spots.
Friday night marked the 1,000th managerial game over seven seasons for Girardi, who had a 574-425 (.575) overall record – 496-341 (.593) in 837 games in six seasons with the Yankees (2008-present) and 78-84 (.481) in one season with the Marlins (2006) when he was received the National League Manager of the Year Award from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Regardless of Friday night’s outcome, Girardi will have the best winning percentage among all managers with at least 1,000 games at the helm since Hall of Famer Earl Weaver compiled a 1,480-1,060 (.583) mark over a 17-year managerial career (1968-82 and ‘85-86), all with the Orioles. Among active managers, Girardi ranks second in winning percentage behind the Rockies’ Walt Weiss (17-11, .607), who is in his first season as a skipper, and ahead of the Nationals’ Davey Johnson (1,301-1,009, .563).
Friday night was also an anniversary for Robinson Cano, who made his major-league debut on this date eight years ago. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that Cano has more career hits (1,495) for the Yankees than any other player in franchise history through his first eight calendar years in the big leagues. Cano has played more games (1,241) with the Yanks than the other 12 position players on their active roster combined (1,074).
The Yankees’ victory at Nationals Park Friday night was career No. 500 as a manager for Joe Girardi. He became the 123rd manager in major league history to reach that plateau.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, with a 500-373 record Girardi was the first manager to get 500 victories with fewer than 380 losses since current Nationals manager Davey Johnson in 1989 with the Mets when he got to 500 April 29, 1989 with 329 losses.
The only other managers to do so in the expansion era since 1961 were Hall of Famers Sparky Anderson and Earl Weaver. Girardi was also the first manager to collect 500 victories prior to his 48th birthday since current Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen, who was 45 years, 227 days old when he got to 500 Sept. 4, 2009 with the White Sox.
The Yankees have signed the following picks from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft: C Austin Aune (second round), RHP Nick Goody (sixth), RHP Taylor Garrison (seventh), CF Taylor Dugas (eighth, RHP Derek Varnadore (ninth), 1B Matt Snyder (10th), LHP Caleb Frare (11th), C Chris Breen (12th), LHP James Pazos (13th), RHP Andrew Benak (14th), RHP Stefan Lopez (16th), LHP Timothy Flight (17th), LHP Dietrich Enns (19th), OF Danny Oh (27th), 1B Saxon Butler (33rd), LHP Eric Erickson (34th) and RHP Charles Basford (37th).
The soap opera surrounding Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez came to an end for now with his issuing an apology to his teammates Wednesday for loafing after a hit that he had kicked into the left field corner two nights earlier. I say “for now” because when a player treats the game with the disrespect Ramirez did by not hustling to prevent runs from scoring on the hit he is very likely to do it again.
This sort of behavior must come as a surprise to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was Florida’s manager in 2006 and ushered Ramirez into the majors. They were award winners that year, Girardi as the National League Manager of the Year and Ramirez as the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year.
I remember when they were honored in January 2007 at the New York Baseball Writers Dinner. Girardi was already let go as the Marlins skipper by the time of the event. One of the most poignant moments came when Ramirez, in accepting his award, looked toward Girardi and said, tearfully, “I love you, Joe.”
There was every indication then that Ramirez was a respectful young guy who just might go on to the type of career that Derek Jeter has had for the Yankees. Obviously, that has not happened. Oh, the ability is there. A lot of people think Ramirez is the best shortstop in the NL. He was, after all, runner-up to Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols for the Most Valuable Player Award last year.
Ramirez’s leisurely jaunt for the ball Monday night was bad enough, but he compounded his mistake by ripping his manager, Fredi Gonzalez, who pulled him from the game and then benched him Tuesday night. While it is true that Ramirez had fouled a ball off his lower leg and may have still been hurting, there is no excuse to pursue a ball in that listless a fashion. Give it a try, at least. And if the leg was still barking, Ramirez should have told the manager about it to get a replacement.
Adding insult to injury, Ramirez showed his manager no more respect than he showed his procession, dismissing the discipline from Gonzalez by noting that “he never played in the big leagues.”
I’ve got news for you, Hanley. Neither did Earl Weaver, who took four Orioles teams to the World Series. Neither did Jack McKeon or Jim Leyland or Joe Maddon, who took teams to the World Series this past decade. Neither did Joe McCarthy, who won nine pennants in the 1930s and ’40s, eight with the Yankees. McCarthy and Weaver are in the Hall of Fame. Want me to go on?
Talking with Don Zimmer before Wednesday night’s game at the Stadium, we both came to the same conclusion. What Ramirez pulled the other night is something you would never see from Derek Jeter. Funny, isn’t it, that when the subject of hustle comes up, Jeter is at the top of the list.