Postgame Notebook: Yankees add more injuries to insult in 3-2 loss to the Mariners
Within their 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Thursday night, the Yankees saw Andy Pettitte leave the game after just 4 2/3 innings because of a sore left trapezius muscle, and later saw catcher Chris Stewart leave after the seventh with a groin injury and head for an MRI tube.
No further word was available on Stewart immediately after the game, with Girardi waiting to see the results of the MRI before expounding further, but he did offer some encouraging news on his starter.
"It's muscular, so I don't know what that means going forward," Girardi said, "but he's 40 years old, so we're probably going to go through this a little bit."
Pettitte was pitching well prior to leaving, allowing two runs on four hits and in fact striking out both batters he faced in that fifth inning, even asking Girardi to stay in before being replaced, but he was denied and later was frustrated that he wasn't able to get through five.
"It's frustrating, especially when we had the short outing last night," Pettitte said. "You want to go out there and give the club a good start and a lot of innings. It's a grind right now, guys are battling, and (I'm upset) I couldn't stay out there and give us a good start."
Shawn Kelley came in to relieve Pettitte, and despite allowing what ended up being the game-winning solo home run to Michael Morse, he was once again strong; Kelley struck out five in two innings total, in including a fanning of the side after Morse's homer to lead off the sixth, and left after yielding a double to Jason Bay.
Boone Logan and Adam Warren followed with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, but after Robinson Cano's RBIO single brought them within one, the Yankees couldn't capitalize with first-and-third and two out in the seventh and left Brett Gardner stranded on third in the ninth.
More news and notes from the clubhouse after Thursday's loss:
-David Adams went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch, and recorded his first career RBI with the second inning double that scored Curtis Granderson, who himself had his best game since returning with three singles, a stolen base, and a run scored.
-On the flip side, Jayson Nix, who has been on a bit of a hot streak lately, was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, the second coming with Gardner on third and one out in the ninth. That might normally be a spot where Girardi would have pinch-hit Travis Hafner, but Pronk was still unable to go due to a sore shoulder.
"Obviously he wasn't available; we just felt that the more that we can get him healed, the more he's going to be completely healthy when we bring him back," Girardi said of Hafner.
-Ichiro Suzuki singled in the seventh inning to break an 0-for-22 skid, and went 1-for-4 on the night to bring his average to .239 on the season. That is very un-Ichiro-like, but Girardi said he's seeing some progress from Ichiro and isn't concerned about the veteran outfielder just yet.
"He had a hit tonight, he hit some balls hard last night…he got up to about .275 or .280 before but he's going through what a lot of guys go through," Girardi said. "He's struggling right now, but he'll come out of it. I'm not too concerned about that."
-Joba Chamberlain was in the clubhouse after the game, and said that his slowed down rehab process is more a function of making sure his injury doesn't linger than anything to do with a setback.
"I just have to continue to make sure that everything's strong so it doesn't continue to linger on through the rest of the season," Chamberlain said. "You have to make sure it's done and taken care of, so I'll just continue to get it stronger, play catch and throw another side, and go from there."
-Last word goes to Girardi, who was asked if there has been a point where "enough with the injuries already" entered his thought process:
"You just gotta move forward, that's the bottom line. Injuries are part of the game, and some years you're gonna have more than others. No excuses, you just gotta find a way to get it done."