Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dellin Betances Placed On AA Disabled List

The New York Yankees... Where Injuries Happen!

Another one is being added to the disabled list and this time it is Yankees prospect Dellin Betances. This is just the icing on the cake of what has been just a horrible season for Dellin. Dellin, like Ivan Nova, is going to the DL with a shoulder problem. Dellin is more then likely done for the rest of the season so let's hope he gets healthy and gets his head on straight this off season.

If you look at The Greedy Pinstripes top prospect list before the season started, seen HERE, you will see that five of the top 6 players on it have missed SIGNIFICANT time on the DL this season. 

Skip Bayless Is An Idiot!!

I do not have to say anything I will just let Stephen A. Smith do it for me. Skip Bayless is an idiot. Derek Jeter on steroids and/or PED's? That has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life...


Next Up For The DL, Ivan Nova!

"I wonder if there's something wrong with my shoulder?"

Earlier today Ivan Nova was diagnosed with inflammation in his rotator cuff, and was placed on the 15-day DL. As of right now it's nothing that will require surgery, or any other invasive treatment, but after seeing Michael Pineda's should issue the Yankees will likely be very careful. 

And why not be overly careful? It's not like the team will miss his 7.28 ERA over his last 8 starts. Opposing batters will miss hitting .316/.377/.537 off of him over that same time period, but who cares about those guys? I think the time away will give him a chance to clear his head and think about things. I'm sure that going out every 5 days and getting bombed causes some amount of emotional stress. 

Mike over at River Avenue Blues said it wouldn't be a "total surprise" if we've seen the last of Ivan in 2012. I wouldn't wish that type of thing on anybody, but I don't think that would be the worst thing in the World. With Sabathia returning tomorrow night, Kuroda pitching like an ace, Hughes throwing to a 3.78 ERA over his last 8 starts, Garcia pitching pretty well at the bottom of the rotation (outside of his start against the White Sox a couple nights ago), Pettitte coming back in a month or so, and Phelps having a 2.92 ERA as a starter so far (5 starts), I think the team will be just fine without Nova.

Looking Around The AL Central Disabled Lists

My post about the Yankees 2012 Disabled list, seen HERE, got me thinking on how this injury riddled season stacks up against everyone else. Now granted that post took me a very long time to do and I do not plan on doing one that detailed for every team but rather I am going to look at all the teams CURRENT disabled lists and compare them.

Today we're going to start with the AL Central. Here is an up to date look at the standings.

These are the disabled list and salaries of every team in the AL Central.

Chicago White Sox

4 Players Currently On DL
$5.50 Million On DL of $96,919,500
5.68% of Total Payroll

Orlando Hudson - 5.5 Million
Leyson Septimo - 400 K
Brian Bruney - 400 K
John Danks - 500 K

Cleveland Indians

6 Players Currently On DL
$20 Million On DL of $78,430,300
25.5% of Total Payroll

Josh Tomlin - 495 K
Travis Hafner - 13 Million
Lonnie Chisenhall - 400 K
Rafael Perez - 2.005 Million
Grady Sizemore -5 Million
Carlos Carrasco - 489 K

Detroit Tigers

4 Players Currently On DL
$15.1 Million On DL of $93,353,983
16.18% of Total Payroll

Ryan Raburn - 2.1 Million
Daniel Schlereth - 490 K
Al Alburquerque - 495 K
Victor Martinez - 13 Million

Kansas City Royals

5 Players Currently On DL
 $7.90 Million On DL of $60,916,225
12.97% of Total Payroll

Chris Getz - 968 K
Felipe Paulino - 1.9 Million
Danny Duffy - 488 K
Joakim Soria - 6 Million
Blake Wood - 502 K

Minnesota Twins

4 Players Currently On DL
$19.75 Million On DL of  $94,085,000
20.99% of Total Payroll

Matt Capps - 4.75 Million
PJ Walters - 400 K
Carl Pavano - 8.5 Million
Scott Baker - 6.5 Million

Is there any correlation between the injuries and the standings? I do not know so you be the judge. Leave me a comment in the comment box because I am always down for baseball debate and banter.

Oh No The Sky Is Falling!!

The Yankees got swept by the Chicago White Sox this week and have seen their AL East lead shrink from a season high 10 games to 3 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays. The sky must be falling in New York right about now and it should not be. The Yankees have been without CC Sabathia for now his second DL stint and are only 13-13 since losing Alex Rodriguez to a broken hand. All and all though the sky is not falling and I will show you why.

The Yankees schedule for the remainder of the season looks as so:

3 games at CLE
3 games vs TOR
3 games vs BAL
3 games at TB
3 games at BAL
3 games at BOS
3 games vs TB
3 games vs TOR
3 games vs OAK
3 games at MIN
4 games at TOR
3 games vs BOS

The only teams on there that worry me all that much is Tampa Bay and Oakland. Every series going forward is very winnable and in some instances capable of a sweep. Now let us look at the Tampa Bay Rays schedule for the remainder of the season.

3 games at OAK
3 games at TEX
4 games at TOR
3 games vs NYY
3 games vs TEX
3 games at BAL
3 games at NYY
4 games vs BOS
3 games vs TOR
2 games at BOS
4 games at CHW

That is considerably a tougher schedule then the Yankees have to face. Not to mention the fact that the Yankees will have, presumably, Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Pedro Feliciano, and Ivan Nova back from injuries. Listen Yankees fans I know things look gloomy right now and you are starting to get a little nervous but we are fine.