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Lance Berkman "is on the phantom disabled list" and "has been healthy for a while"

Aug 26, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News reports that Lance Berkman will definitely be ready to come off the disabled list when eligible next week and in fact writes that “Berkman has been healthy for a while.”
According to Jennings “he could have played this week” and “is on the phantom disabled list so that Eduardo Nunez has a roster spot.”
When placed on the DL last week Berkman made it pretty clear that he felt healthy enough to play through the ankle injury, but obviously “phantom disabled list” is a much stronger way of phrasing it.
Berkman hit just .179 through his first 12 games with the Yankees and they didn’t feel like playing short-handed for even a handful of days, so they put him on the shelf and called Nunez up to serve as a utility man. Jennings calls it “amazing … how easily he talks about the situation” and says Berkman has “no bitterness, no frustration.”

  1. JimmyY - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Getting paid almost $90K/game whether you play or not helps keep you happy enough for awhile. Sorry, ain’t nothing ‘amazing’ about that.

  2. Don - Aug 26, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    .179 hitters don’t have the option of sounding frustrated.

  3. Buffalo - Aug 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Apparently we have a Yankee Team, and then we have a JV Team that consists of sub-.200 imposters and ridiculously injury prone boat anchors! Berkman-sherkman, go polish shoes out front if you’re not gonna hit with the Big Boys in the A.L.!!!

  4. James - Aug 26, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    The Berkman trade made no sense from the beginning and it looks like they found a way to get out of putting this liability in the field.. Amazing the difference between the Astros and the Yanks, huh? In Houston this guy was a hero, but the second you get on the Yankees you have fans actually paying attention to what you do and resting on the laurels of that phenomonal 03-05 run just doesn’t cut it.
    He seems like a really nice guy who didn’t deserve to be thrown this far over his head in a pennant race in the AL East.

  5. James - Aug 26, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    The person they need to play the DH position for the rest of the year is ARod and they should try to make a waiver claim on Brandon Inge, Chone Figgins or someone like that who can play 3rd base the rest of the year so Arod can stay healthy for the lon haul and we still have his bat for the playoffs.
    Berkman should just be a situational pinch hitter off the bench for the playoffs. He could even come in handy during the WS against National League pitchers whom he knows well. But to get there the Yanks need to field a team that is better without him.

  6. Pisano - Aug 26, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    He reminds me a lot of Nick Johnson , totally lost at the plate . I’m starting to realize that NL players have a hard time adjusting to AL pitchers . It’s that or those two are finished . Probably the latter . Either way , you’ll never see either of them in a Yankee uniform after this year . Thank God .

  7. Ditto65 - Aug 26, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Unless they are talking about their frustrations at the plate.

  8. Gary - Aug 26, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Wow, Yankees fans really don’t know much about the rest of the major leagues.

  9. The Real Shuxion - Aug 27, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    They also thought (and think) Jeter is a better player than A-Rod. Go figure.

  10. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Don’t they fine teams for stashing healthy players on the DL?

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