Mildly distressing: The Yankees lost to the Twins last night. New York got their usual flurry of first-inning runs but not before Hiroki Kuroda got lit up pretty badly in his third start of the year. The Yankees kept pulling within one run, but Justin Morneau swatted 'em into oblivion. They dropped to 1-2 in a series against a Minnesota team that the Yankees can traditionally handle. So, there's that. There's also the slightly more distressing injury news that arrived just before game time.
Brett Gardner, starting left fielder and wheels of the lineup, hurt his elbow while making a catch in Tuesday night's game. He kept playing in that one but began to feel uncomfortable not long before last night's game. He was a last-minute scratch (Andruw Jones started in left and went 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts) and has been placed on the fifteen-day disabled list with the vague diagnosis of "bruised left elbow and strained arm muscle." Joe Girardi's assessment of the injury wasn't the most encouraging thing of all time:
"We will have to sit him down for a while," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after his team lost to the Minnesota Twins, 6-5, on Wednesday night. "We'll try to get him back after 15 days."
Oh. The curious follow-up to the news is that the Yankees opted to call up some relief pitching — right-hander Cody Eppley — instead of bringing in a new outfielder. That means that Jones and Raul Ibanez are left to take over the left field duties. As Pinstripe Alley succinctly illustrates, those two don't cover quite as much ground as they used to/Gardner does. Such is life.
The Yankees get their chance to even the series tonight before heading to Boston. Phil Hughes will take the mound against Anthony Swarzak.