The New York Yankees did not have much time to enjoy their first win of the season, as they had to fly out immediately after for a day game against the Detroit Tigers. The player that should not have had any problem adjusting to the move as he flew out to Detroit a day in advance, starting pitcher Ivan Nova, was off from the first batter he faced.
Somehow, Nova almost escaped the game with a win, but the high-wire act and horrendous pitching from the bullpen started the Yankees road trip with an 8-3 loss.
In addition to the loss, the Yankees got another scare. This time, it was shortstop Eduardo Nunez, who was hit in the right bicep in the fourth inning. He thought his arm was broken, and it looked like he might have been right, as he grimaced and rolled on the ground.
Nunez was immediately taken for X-rays, which turned out to be negative, so the Yankees dodged a bullet there.
Even with all that happened, the day was not all negative for the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda had no discomfort in his injured index finger after throwing 35 pitches in the bullpen prior to the game, and the team announced that pitcher Phil Hughes will come off the disabled list as scheduled.
Hughes is set to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and will start against the Tigers at Comerica Park, according to general manager Brian Cashman. David Phelps was originally listed as the probable starter for today’s game against the Tigers, but he is now expected to slide into a long-relief role to help the Yankees’ bullpen.
There are positives here Yankee fans. Instead of getting down on the team or blaming injuries, realize the season is only four games deep. Not one team in the AL East is so impressive that they are going to put the Yankees in such a big hole they can’t get out of.
Kevin Youkilis is showing he is still a very good player, Nunez is playing much better in the field and at the plate and Vernon Wells is hitting the ball well, looking like he still has a lot of good baseball left in him. Also, the play of Cervelli has been great — he is calling good games and producing at the plate.
Even with the Yankees in the midst of a tough stretch, having to play 12-straight games with seven of those on the road, they do have a team that is capable of winning.
Maybe the Yankees will finish in last — so be it. The team can’t win every year.
It is understandable that Yankee fans are hitting the panic button. They have been spoiled over the last 15 years and the season isn’t starting off well at all; but, it is baseball season, so enjoy it — there is no reason to give up on the 2013 Yankees.