New York Yankees Are Staying Optimistic Through Tough Times

By Arthur Dowell
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

When the franchise looked like they had no other route to go but to stay silent and be sellers, they remained optimistic and became buyers, a logo the New York Yankees are used to. The injuries are something they have been experiencing these last two years, but this year, they refuse to remain quiet in hopes of not missing the playoffs for a second straight year.

The team is expecting things to be a-okay with first baseman Mark Teixeira and his back; he should be back in the lineup by tomorrow against the Texas Rangers. They have also given center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury the night off, but there should be no concern coming from there. The team has been getting some great offensive production from catchers Brian McCann, who seems to find a defensive gap every time he is up, Francisco Cervelli, who carries enough for a good portion of the veterans, and newly traded for third baseman Chase Headley, who has a hit in each of his six games with the Yankees. The team has also gotten a lot of help from newly acquired pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

McCarthy has been dominant in his first three starts since dawning the pinstripes. He is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA. Nobody had expected him to pitch numbers similar to team ace Masahiro Tanaka, who the team announced still has arm pain, but that is expected as the time table is three weeks before he can throw again. However, the team has gotten a fortunate break with McCarthy and hopes he can keep up the strong pitching as they look to see what is in store for their pitching staff that looks to make the playoffs with one starter left from the opening day rotation, Hiroki Kuroda.

Cashman and the Yankees continue to do what they can to find short-term solutions for some big problems. Much like Cashman has done so with Headley and McCarthy, he hopes to find more diamonds in the rough without giving up too much, as the team cannot do that in these tough times.

Arthur Dowell is a Yankees writer for Follow him on Twitter @a24dowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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