After all the bad injury news on Tuesday, the Yankees' loss to the Baltimore Orioles seemed like stale icing on a very bitter cake.
One after another, the announcements game, each like a body blow to the Yankees playoff hopes. Nathan Eovaldi, the Yankees one starter who’d been healthy all season, is now expected to miss the rest of the regular season with elbow inflammation. Brett Gardner sat out his second game in a row and received an injection for a jammed shoulder. Mark Teixeira may not make a return to the Yankees in the regular season with what is still being called a bone bruise.
Then the Yankees went out and played a very lackluster game against a Baltimore Orioles team that would love to play spoiler if they accomplish nothing else this season. Masahiro Tanaka turned in 8 stellar innings, no-hitting the O’s through 4.2 IP and making just one mistake on the evening.
The bullpen, without the services of Dellin Betances, who had his own shaky outing on Monday evening, turned to the second tier of a very solid bullpen. Chasen Shreve has been very reliable this year but promptly served up a HR to Chris Davis, who somehow recovered his power this season, and the game was lost.
The Yankees seemed to be playing flat, which was the exact opposite of what they needed to show. At just the wrong time, in the midst of a crucial run through the A.L. East including a four game set against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees are without some of their key pieces and not just for a game or two, but for the foreseeable future.
After all the battling this team has done, waiting out the inconsistent offense, the struggles of a young Didi Gregorius and a terribly ineffective Stephen Drew, the loss of table setting Jacoby Ellsbury and wasted the innings of Masahiro Tanaka, it would be oh so cruel to have this poor timing derail this team.
Cruel like watching Tanaka throw 8 innings and have to take a ND. He did everything asked of him but the Yankees offense could barely touch Orioles starter Kevin Gausman and couldn’t do anything against the Orioles bullpen.
The Yankees need to make a statement in tonight’s game and at least break even with the Blue Jays over the weekend. They need to show some resiliency here in the stretch run and prove that they won’t buckle under the heavy weight of injury news.