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Zoilo Almonte suffers sprained ankle, will go on DL

Jul 19, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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Zoilo Almonte left tonight’s game against the Red Sox before the bottom of the fifth inning due to a sprained left ankle. While Luis Cruz took his spot in the lineup and Alberto Gonzalez took his spot in left field, Almonte had x-rays taken on his ankle, which came back negative. According to Bryan Hoch, manager Joe Girardi says Almonte will be placed on the disabled list.

The Yankees dropped tonight’s game 4-2 as they lose yet another player to the disabled list. Curtis Granderson is expected to start a rehab assignment some time in the next week to ten days, but you have to wonder if the Yankees will add an outfielder to their shopping list as they approach the July 31 trade deadline. There was some speculation that Alex Rodriguez would take Almonte’s roster spot, but Andrew Marchand says that will not be the case.

  1. drewsylvania - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Man, they’re really falling over themselves to avoid playing for this team.

  2. largebill - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Yankees are hiring. Yeah, they’re hiring an extra painter to paint the wheelchairs in the player’s parking lot for handicapped spots.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:44 AM

      Can you throw a baseball and live to tell about it? Call 1-800-NY-YANKS

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      the probably aint going anywhere this year but at least they will end up with a winning record, a hell of a lot more then I can say for the bluejays who have last place locked up

  3. pisano - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    What difference does it make, the season’s over for the Yankees.

    • bigharold - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Over? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Nothing is over until we decide…

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Ouch.

    That could really negatively impact their playoff run.

    Hey….remember when the Yankees always ended up acquiring the players who had gotten too good to play for teams like Kansas City?

    When did they end up with so many players who aren’t good enough to play for teams like Kansas City?

    • anxovies - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      When Hal Steinbrenner decided to save money by not signing expensive free agents in order to drop under the salary cap next year. If Yankee attendance drops this year and next, and season ticket owners stop renewing next year, there will be some doubt as to the wisdom of that decision.

      • bigharold - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        What expensive FA this past off season would have changed the Yankees fate?

        Since pitching is not the problem this year what they need was hitting. There are only three players that might have helped.

        1. Swisher, was the best option. He was familiar, had success here and the fans liked him. He was productive, hit from both sides of the plate and could play 1B and OF. Right now those qualities look pretty good. Except that he got essentially a 5 year 70 mil deal from the Indians. Assuming all the Yankees had to do was match it, who thinks giving Swisher 5/70mil is a good idea? Maybe it’s good this year and next but after that it’s going to get pretty ripe real quick.

        2. Josh Hamilton, a bit younger than Swisher but 50 mil more for the same 5 years. Assuming that Hamilton was even willing to come to New York, considering all his issues, the only way that deal makes sense is if one can foresee Granderson’s TWO bone breaks. Otherwise, it’s allocating tremendous resources in an area that wasn’t needed.

        3. Mike Napoli would have been a good fit, play 1B, catch good RH bat. Except the RS signed him for three years 39 mil before it was reveled that he has hip issues.

        The Yankees need some pop in their line up. While they shouldn’t have assumed Teixeira, Jeter and A-Rod would be 100% this season, they couldn’t plan for all three of them being out either. Granderson’s injuries was completely off the wall. The result is that the only guy that gets anybody’s attention is Cano and it’s amazing that he’s doing as well as he is without protection. Cashman, seeing there were no real alternatives or good fits for the Yankees did the best best thing tried to wring some production out of Wells, like Jones a few years before. But, Wells wasn’t suppose to be anything but a role player. It hasn’t worked out exactly the way they wanted but that doesn’t mean it’s a bust either.

        The Yankee’s are regularly and roundly criticized for throwing money at their problems when frequently that is not the best solution. Now that they are showing some restraint, and that is only restraint by Yankee standards, it is ironic that they are being criticized for that as well. Of the three FA I mentioned, I wouldn’t have taken any for what it would cost. And, with the exception of Youlklis, which was a gamble that failed miserably, the Yankees, in the long run were better off for not loading up on expensive FA last off season.

        And, the season isn’t over yet, just like it wasn’t over when they were 11 games over .500 in first place.

  5. whmiv21 - Jul 20, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Zoilo Almonte is one of the best names in baseball.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 20, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      They just need to pick up Al Alburquerque and they’re set.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Who’s Al Alburquerque? No such player right fatcesca?

      • yahmule - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Listening to him try to play it off is painful.

      • anxovies - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        I’m from Albuquerque and I always wanted Al to play here.

  6. tbutler704 - Jul 20, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    The Yanks have incurred the wrath of the gods. Finally.

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    • Mr. Furious - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Can she play the outfield?

      • anxovies - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Who care if she can play in the field, can she hit lefthanders?

  8. yahmule - Jul 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I’m glad it’s just a sprain. Almonte has made significant strides as a hitter this season. His plate discipline improved dramatically. In 2012, @ AA Trenton, he struck out 103 times against just 25 walks. This year, @ AAA, he only had 47 strikeouts and 30 BB. With the better approach, his power/speed mix and overall athleticism is pretty impressive. I think he has a nice future.

    Almonte is a prime example of why you shouldn’t blindly follow prospect rankings. He was not considered a top prospect by anybody coming into this season. When he was promoted, a lot of people wrote him off right away, without bothering to research that he had altered his game significantly this season.

    • anxovies - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      He has been a pleasant surprise, one of the very few for the Yankees this year. I have been impressed with his fielding as well as his hitting. Michael Kay and David Cone got on him in the Boston game last night for not going to the Green Monster and trying to catch a fly ball from Ortiz that hit the scoreboard and bounced off. Personally, I thought he showed good judgment by not trying to make a catch against the wall and waiting for the bounce. It was questionable whether he could have reached it and the game was close.

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