Joba Chamberlain walked four of the five batters he faced Thursday and failed to get an out in the first inning of the New York Yankees' 6-0 loss to Canada's World Baseball Classic team
And, what's funny about that is, Yankee fans didn't even notice (if you consider the LoHud blog comments as a sufficient sample size of Yankee fans anyway)...
From the time of the initial report yesterday morning (just before 11am eastern time) regarding the possibility of Alex needing surgery and missing 10 weeks until today's game thread, there were 2469 comments spread over about 10 blog entries (I kid you not, I read them) and maybe
3 or 4 mentioned anything about the actual game. It was all about Alex ... and the different reports that were flooding in "10 weeks" "3-4 months" "etc., etc., etc., with opinions running the gammit from "why didn't the Yankees do something sooner" to " he should tough it out and play" to he should have the surgery today" to "can't we just get rid of him"
The latest post is for tonight's game vs. the Tigers (that started just minutes ago) and has some updates on the Alex story - there are already 258 comments - very few to do with the game itself.
Peter notes some interesting information gleaned from an interview with Joe Girardi...
Things have changed since yesterday. The Yankees said then that the plan was for Alex to try and play and have surgery after the season. Now both Hal Steinbrenner and Girardi have talked about Alex needing to make a decision about having surgery.
Alex underwent more tests today and supposedly planned to throw and even hit in a cage out in Colorado. Then he will take a day or two to decide what to do, in consultation with the Yankees.
The sense I get from talking to people both in Tampa and elsewhere is that Alex will be having the surgery and it would be as soon as Monday. The Yankees are fearful of his trying to play and then having to come out of the lineup.
By having the surgery now, the team has a month to prepare for life without Alex and his rehab clock starts ticking. Essentially, March is a free month of rehab.
Joe Girardi is not making the call here. But consider his plight. He already has a catcher who will be able to catch only two out every three games. He also has a DH with two bad knees. Having a third baseman who needs to DH at times, or can’t play on turf, or can’t play four days in a row … you’re handcuffing him.
Here is the money quote:
Question: Is there a possibility Alex could have surgery in the next few days?
Girardi: “That’s a determination Alex and the doctors have to make. The organization will continue to discuss it with both parties. But yeah, there is a possibility.”
In the past, whenever Girardi has used the word “possibility” that was exactly what happened.
UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: CC Sabathia is scheduled for 35 pitches tonight, about two innings.
Obviously, I don't know anything beyond what I've read about Alex's condition but...
sure seems to me that having the surgery now rather than later would be the most prudent thing to do. It makes no sense what-so- ever to risk further injury.