Saturday, June 11, 2016


This week was very overwhelming for me.  Between graduations, grant proposals and typical work/life challenges, I have been engaged in things other than the Yankees.  Meanwhile, out at the ballpark, the Yankees are on a five-day win streak, so things are going well, despite my absence.

Hey, what can I tell you, between MIGRAINES experienced by our BYB editor and legends Gordie Howe and Muhammad Ali passing on, this week has been a tough one for many, including Nick Swisher, who seems to making the RailRaiders his permanent home this season.

"When Mark Teixeira recently hurt his knee, the Yankees passed on Swisher and chose to convert utility man Rob Refsnyder to first base and call up journeyman Chris Parmelee instead.

On Thursday night, Parmelee went down with an ugly looking hamstring injury, which means the Yankees have now lost four first basemen this year (Greg Bird and Dustin Ackley both had season-ending shoulder surgery). Swisher is hitting .238 with four homers, 17 RBIs and a .605 OPS in 42 games for Scranton and remains at Triple-A," reported ESPN this week.

Besides hardships for Swisher, there's Tex, who "still hasn’t begun baseball activities as he attempts to avoid surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee." And Girardi said "he would use Austin Romine at first, as well, but with the way the roster currently is constructed, playing Romine at first would leave the Yankees without a backup catcher," reported the NY Post.

So despite winning as of late, there is still so many deficits in this club between injuries to veterans and rookies and position changes, which are not entirely comfortable for individual players. I would say the team is as overwhelmed as I was this week.  The good thing is the game is played everyday. And there is always an opportunity to do something great, despite the challenges that face us along the way.

--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist
Twitter: @suzieprof

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