With Thanksgiving upon us, blog traffic dies down, and I wanted to get all of this news to you before everyone jets from their computers for the long weekend. So a few hits from Yankeeland:
- Shelley Duncan was hospitalized a few days ago with what The Post is calling a blood clot in his arm. While this is the first I’ve heard of this disturbing injury, Duncan has been released from the hospital after a stay that may have included some time in the ICU. The Yankees and Duncan’s family are not commenting on the issue, and there’s no word on how this clot – which may have developed as a complication following hernia surgery – will affect his long-term health. We’ll definitely keep an eye on this story.
- The Yankees are not sure if Joba Chamberlain will be in the rotation or the bullpen come Opening Day. Basically, some in the organization see Joba as a Josh Beckett-type starter while others see him as the answer to the Yanks’ recent set-up woes. We’ve been pretty clear where we stand: 200 innings from Joba the starter are worth a whole lot more to the team than 75 innings from Joba the reliever.
- In the world of the bullpen, the Yanks are one of a handful of teams interested in Troy Percival. The righty was utterly dominant in St. Louis last year, and his signing could push Joba int the rotation. That being said, there are a lot of questions surrounding Percival. Does he want to close? What sort of deal does he want? The Yanks have simply expressed interest.
- Joe Girardi himself will try to convince Andy Pettitte to return. That along with $16 million may just do the job. My bet is that Pettitte is the Yankees’ Opening Day starter.
- Finally, following up from yesterday, the Jets say they plan to address the Gate D problem. That’s good.