Archive for May 1st, 2008

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Breaking: Hughes Has Fractured Rib

Yankees Rumors & News

According to Yankees manager Joe Girardi on his weekly radio spot with Mike and the Mad Dog, an MRI today revealed that Phil Hughes’ “strained oblique” is actually something much worse.

Hughes has a stress fracture in his ninth rib and will be shut down for four weeks while the injury heals. Assuming the 21-year-old doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he can resume throwing at that time. He’ll of course have to work his way back into pitching shape at that point, meaning it could be July before we see Phil Hughes toe the rubber for the Bombers again.

Tough, tough break for the Yanks.

Rangers Retool For Game 4

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers are being forced to adjust going into game four in a series against the Penguins which has been just short of a disaster.

In three games the Pens have scored three powerplay goals and they have each been the difference in the games.

In game one Evgeni Malkin’s powerplay goal, or should I say the puck that bounced off Malkin, turned out to be the game winner. In game two Jordan Staal was the only player to score on a goalie during a second period power play. And it was Malkin again scoring the game winner in game three on the power play.

To do this the Rangers desperately need to stay out of the penalty box. They have received 46 penalty minutes over three games and the only chance they’ve got to win this series is to half that over the next four. If they are that lucky.

The Rangers are not only a slower team than the Penguins with less offensive weapons, but they are now battered and beaten. While they …

Drury In | Betts Out | None Of It Matters

Rangers Rumors & News

Chris Drury is good to go, evidently. Hard to imagine, but that’s what we’re hearing after a 10-minute skate around the rink this morning. Regardless, we all know that Drury won’t be anywhere near full-strength tonight. Here’s hoping that Renney sticks with Scott Gomez between Nigel Dawes and Ryan Callahan – a combination that was dying for a test drive in the season’s second half, yet somehow never made it out of the garage.

The news on Blair Betts is not so good. He’ll undergo surgery in the next few days to repair a fractured left orbital bone. Note to the Rangers: Stay out of the penalty box!

Taking Betts’ spot at the fourth line pivot will be Lauri Korpikoski, just called up from Hartford. I recall being fairly optimistic on Korpikoski’s upside back when he was drafted in 2004, however it seems that since then the Finish forward has done nothing but slip down the organization’s depth chart. If nothing else, I’m hoping Lauri shows me …

Arod’s Eagerness Costs Yankees

Yankees Rumors & News

Alex Rodriguez admitted last night that it was a mistake coming back from his initial injury last week and that has caused him to land on the DL for the first time since 2000.

Rodriguez injured himself after an April 20 game against Baltimore running out a double play ball. He returned to the lineup after just a few days on April 25 against Cleveland, but now says that was a bad judgment call.

“The curse of being a good healer is I thought I was ready in three days,” said Rodriguez. “I made it worse. But if you ask me if I could play tonight, I’ll go out there tonight. I’ll play until I’m dead.”

His injury is classified as a Grade 2 strain and he says he’ll be ready to go after he is eligible to come off the DL on May 14.

The Yankees are already facing inconsistencies in their lineup and with a weak pitching staff they need all the offense they can get. Last …

Hughes Is Latest Yank On DL

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees sent their 21-year-old right hander Phil Hughes to the 15-day DL after he strained his right oblique muscle. There is no word on when the injury occurred.

“It’s hard to put time frames on oblique strains,” General Manager Brian Cashman said. “They can linger. They can disappear after 15 (days).”

Hughes himself does not know how long to expect the injury to last. “It’s kind of just a day-to-day thing,” he said. “I talked to the doctor and he said it could be something I wake up and it feels fine.”

Joe Girardi wouldn’t commit to anything after his last start, but it appeared Hughes was on his way out of the Bronx after an abysmal start to this season. In six games this season he is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA and with 13 walks and strikeouts over 22 innings. That’s an average of three and two thirds innings per start.

In his place the Yankees are likely to call up Darrell …

Giants Rumors & NewsKnicks Rumors & News

Good morning! Your breakfast order is now up here at the Hot Stove. So, grab that coffee and dig in.

A slightly different style this morning, since thinking up breakfast items every day makes me hungry and I really, really need to drop a couple of pounds.

Anyway, here goes.

News Item: Giants visit White House

Thank you Dubya! I am, admittedly, a Democrat and I can’t wait until you’re outta town. Today, though, you’re the man. That Jessica Simpson joke you cracked when the Giants were in town yesterday, where you said “We’re going to send Jessica Simpson to the Democrat National Convention,” gave me the perfect excuse to run a photo of Tony Simpson’s — er, Romo’s — lady friend.

News Item: The Yankees are falling

Jorge Posada, Alex Rodriguez and Phil Hughes have gone on the disabled list in successive days. Any guesss who will join the injured tonight? My money is on Melky Cabrera, since he is actually playing well.

On the field, the Yankees lost and finished …

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