In the most shocking news of the Spring, the Yankees decided to send down Nunez and instead go with the guy batting .429 in meaningless Spring Training at-bats. Solarte, it is rumored, can also play the infield without consistently dropping, throwing away or otherwise mishandling balls hit to him.
Anna made it because Ryan is hurt. Which basically means that the guy gets to start the season in the big leagues and after a month, tops, goes down to the Purgatory called Scranton-AshleyWilkes-Barre. Next year, kid, just wait. Although knowing the Yankees, they'll probably go after some infield free agents next winter and make their young guys languish in limbo. Or trade them for someone who won't pan out, or is too old.
ESPN's MLB home page has these items as news. Note the items in blue, all related to injuries. We shall be seeing a lot of similar items about Yankees as the season wears on. Especially note the Kershaw story. We shall be seeing a lot of Yankees saying they're ready to come back from an injury, but in our cases it will not usually be true:
- Angels lock up Trout for $144.5M
- MLB, union stiffen PED-use bans
- Kershaw on track for Friday, back pain gone
- Lincecum bruises knee, uncertain for start
- A-Rod appears at Stanford baseball game
- Red Sox tab Sizemore to start in center field
- Braves GM: Gearrin has 'significant' elbow injury
- Ryan wishes Hicks tried harder to unify Rangers
- CF Kemp declares himself 'ready to go'
- Rookie Elias, 25, earns spot in M's rotation
- LeBron envious of Cabrera, rues salary cap
- Rockies' Chacin (shoulder) to open on DL
And yes, I saw the story about A-Rod going to a college baseball game, and I agree with you. Who the fuck cares.
NoMaas brought another item to my attention. Fortune magazine (which, by the way, always used to be properly written as FORTUNE, all caps, but even they don't bother with that anymore) named the World's 50 Greatest Leaders, and Derek Jeter came in 11th, only two slots below the Dalai Lama and 23 ahead of that teenage girl from Pakistan who almost got killed by religious lunatics for thinking females should get an education. This only shows that Fortune, like its country of origin, is completely fucked up in terms of priorities and shouldn't be doing crap like this no matter how high the click rates are when you put up numbered lists on the Intertubes. Note to Fortune: he's a goddamn baseball player. Jesus H. Christmas.
I can't believe I'm going to have to learn how to say and spell Yangervis.
Just typing it that time I had to go back and forth to another website three times to get it right. My suggestion is that we call him Yang and be done with it.