March 15, 2006


Damon's shoulder problem sore point (DAN GRAZIANO, 3/15/06, Newark Star-Ledger)

Mystery surrounded the condition of the left shoulder of Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon yesterday.

The player was in Anaheim, Calif., still with the United States team in the World Baseball Classic, even though his recurring shoulder problem apparently will prevent him from playing for that team in the near future. [...]

[A]ll anybody knows is that Damon's throwing shoulder, which bothered him during the 2005 season with the Red Sox, is bothering him now, and that he won't play for a little while.

Did they not scout him at all at the end of last season? Did they not wonder why no Red Sox fans were sorry to see the Yanks sign him?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2006 8:25 AM

Karl Rove must be a Red Sox fan. No one else could have induced the Yankees to devote a $200 million budget to injured senior citizens.

Posted by: pj at March 15, 2006 9:09 AM

Perhaps his sore shoulder will provide some cover when Yankee fans get a regular look at the worst throwing arm in MLB history.

Posted by: Palmcroft at March 15, 2006 10:20 AM


Obviously you never saw Al Bumbry. Belanger would go halfway to the fence for the relay and Al would still get it to him on one hop.

Posted by: Jeff at March 15, 2006 11:52 AM

Palmcroft - At least they still have Bernie Williams to play center while Damon DHs.

Posted by: pj at March 15, 2006 12:00 PM

Red Sox still won't win the division. Coco's arm is little better.

Posted by: Bob at March 15, 2006 3:14 PM

Yanks have the best cut-off men in the biz. Jeter and Cano both have cannons and can get the ball 300 feet from the plate and gun out whichever Sawk is waddling towards home plate.

Meanwhile, in Wrong Sawx nation, the boy wonder is desperately trying to unload Arroyo and Clement, Wells just showed up to camp, and Mr. Pamplemousse is wetting his pants just thinking about facing Damon, Jeter, Arod, Giambi, Sheffield, and Matsui.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 15, 2006 3:14 PM

The Sox 8th starter, John Lester, would be the Chisox #3.

Posted by: oj at March 15, 2006 3:26 PM

You really believe that? Not much has changed since last October when one team swept the other. Only several of the Sawx veteran starters have gotten even older, and they've picked up a NL pitcher -- that transition to facing DH's doen't always work out

The Real Sox will be challenging teams like the Yanks and Indians for the pennant, while the Red Saux will be trying to fend off the D-rays for 3rd place in the AL East.

It's gonna be a fun season.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 15, 2006 4:05 PM


Not much? Schilling healthy for a full season and a real bullpen makes all the difference.

Posted by: oj at March 15, 2006 4:14 PM

SChilling needs a walker to get to the mound.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 15, 2006 6:51 PM