A look at Raul Ibanez, above. Want to know why I like Raul Ibanez? No, not because he’s a veteran. Because he is the team’s best hitter, but had a couple of bad days in Detroit. So, here in New York, he showed up to take early batting practice. Didn’t stay out shopping on Fifth Avenue, or lunching in Times Square. He wasn’t on the early BP list, but put himself on it. That’s why I like him. He’s a pro. This team needs more of him, in left field, as a DH, or whatever.
Am at the ballpark and can tell you, you’re all in for a surprise. Yes, there has been a rotation shakeup. But not what any of you were expecting.
Carlos Silva pitches tomorrow. Jarrod Washburn on Sunday.
No, that’s not a misprint. Felix Hernandez’s sore calf is still…well…a sore calf.
Washburn and Silva will both be working on short rest. Yes, it’s true, they didn’t go all that deep their last time out. So, that’s the good news. The bad news is, they still pitched. Their arms will be taxed, somewhat, though both say they’re ready to go. And they did not pitch well. Silva pitched terribly his last time out at Yankee Stadium and has never done well here. Washburn pitched terribly his last time out — period.
“I’ve thrown bullpen sessions that were tougher than that,” Washburn said. “My arm will be fine. I’m ready.”
Washburn is anxious to get back out and show that he’s a better pitcher than the one who got pounded for nine runs on 12 hits in 2 1/3 innings in Detroit.
“Physically, I’m ready to go,” he said. “And mentally, i want to get out there as quickly as possible.”
Mariners manager John McLaren said the idea for now is to use Hernandez in Monday night’s game to give his calf all the two extra days needed to heal. It’s worth remembering that the Yankees pounded Hernandez the last time he pitched here. Washburn has done well at Yankee Stadium.
That said, Hernandez is supposed to be part of the “one-two” punch. Any decision not to use him, or push him back, is bad news.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi has been suspended one game — tonight’s — for his tirade late in his team’s win over Baltimore last night. So, if the M’s have a shot at winning anything here, it may be tonight with Erik Bedard on the hill and Girardi not in the dugout. Then again, Tony Pena does know how to manage. Won a lot of games with a lousy Royals team in 2003.
May 23, 2008 at 3:19 PM