The Curious Case of the New York Yankees’ Infield
As we all know, the New York Yankees‘ biggest issue this season has been injuries. I have lost count of how many players are currently on the DL.
You would think that the injuries would affect the team’s play: however, to the surprise of many, including myself, the team has not fallen under .500. The injuries that I find to be the most unusual are the injuries that have affected the Yankees’ infield.
I cannot remember the last time a team had half of its infield injured. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are all on the DL. To solve this problem, the Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to replace A-Rod. The irony of the situation is that Youkilis ended up on the DL too. It is very unusual for a team to have its starting third baseman and his replacement both winding up on the DL.
The infielder who the Yankees miss the most is Jeter. Eduardo Nunez is decent, but he obviously is no Jeter. Nunez is nowhere near as good as Jeter defensively, and it is rare when Nunez comes through with a clutch hit. At first base, Lyle Overbay is not Teixeira, but he has done a decent job filling in.
I was a bit excited when the Yankees signed Youkilis to replace Rodriguez. I’ve always liked Youkilis’ bat and I felt that he was a suitable replacement. I did not think that it was possible for a guy who was signed to fill in for a player on the DL would end up on the DL himself.
The good thing is that Youkilis and Teixeira will be back soon. I hope that Jeter will be back shortly after the All-Star break, but we’ll just have to wait and see. No matter who is on the DL, the Yankees have to make sure that they win games.