Hideki heading for surgery

Yanks beat another playoff team, but Joba the main story
Sheppard to miss Stadium finale

Hideki Matsui hasn’t seen much action lately. He’s been riding the bench since the first game of Saturday’s double header and is 0 for his last 16. Since returning from his knee injury, Matsui is hitting just .205/.267/.325 in 90 plate appearances. Now, word comes that, as soon as the Yankees are eliminated, Matsui will probably get the knee surgery he’s been putting off for a while. Considering his lack of production over the last few weeks, he probably should have just gotten the surgery earlier this year. Matsui is under contract for the 2009 season, and it will be interesting to see how the Yankees manage to slot him into their plans to say the least.

Yanks beat another playoff team, but Joba the main story
Sheppard to miss Stadium finale
  • Chris

    It’s sad, but they probably could have gotten more out of Melky or Gardner.

    • Steve

      But then Sterling wouldn’t get to say
      “HIDEKI!! HITS ONE IN THE LOWER DECK-EEE”

  • Chris M.

    It’s much needed. A healthy Matsui gives you a top 10 offensive left fielder…not counting his defense. Maybe playing all those consecutive games has taken a toll on his knees.

    • ChrisS

      I don’t think Matsui will be playing left field on a regular basis again, unless they decide to go with Damon in CF and don’t get another OFer. In which case, Mats/Damon/Nady will be the worst defensive OF in baseball and they’ll have to each OPS+ 130 to make up for all the balls hit into the gaps and extra bases taken on throws.

      He’s a DH now.

      • Steve

        One of the things I hope to see happen is getting rid of some of these DH types. If we go into next year with 3 DH’s again, thats just one less bench player or reliever we can carry. And the fielding rates in the OF and at 1B this year were horrendous.

        Damon or Matsui, but I hope we don’t have both on the team again next season. According to Heyman, Damon is a bit unhappy with Girardi for a reason I find incomprehensible. Maybe they can deal him this year.

        • ctkaiser

          Obviously a Damon-Girardi disconnect as correctly noted by Michael Kay after the Minnesota game where Joe thought he should sit out a game rather than play on turf (did he forget about the DH?) when he was the hottest hitter on the team then slumped for 10 days.

  • bob

    If Matsui goes on the 60-day DL, the Yanks can add Albaladejo to the roster and give him a few innings as the season winds down. Otherwise, they would have to DFA someone.

  • Reggie C.

    Hope this means that JD can DH for the rest of the season so we can give Gardner starts for the remaining games.

  • eVizions

    Hey, off-topic question: is there a way to get the non-mobile version of RAB from a mobile device? I would really prefer to view the site normally. Usually there’s a parameter on the end of the url that will automatically activate/deactivate the mobile version.

    • radnom

      Sometimes i get the non-mobile version when I’m on my mobile, and sometimes I get the mobile version when I’m at my PC. I agree though, the mobile version of this site is COMPLETELY unusable. They would be better of just disabling it.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        Considering that I use it perfectly on my blackberry, I wouldn’t say it’s “completely unusable.” It’s buggy.

        If you’re getting it at your PC, I’d suggest clearing your cache or switching from IE 7 to FireFox.

        • radnom

          “Considering that I use it perfectly on my blackberry, I wouldn’t say it’s “completely unusable.” It’s buggy.”

          Yeah it is buggy…I would call a site that result in a JS error about 1/4 of the time as pretty unusable. Not to mention you can only load 5ish? comments at a time..thats also pretty bad, it is much easier to navigate the full version of the site (on my ipod at least).

          “If you’re getting it at your PC, I’d suggest clearing your cache or switching from IE 7 to FireFox.”

          It’s not my setup, I’m actually well verse in computers and its definitely a server side issue. This has happened to me on multiple computers with Firefox, Opera (and right now i’m using the new Google Chrome and when I went to the main page it was redirected to the mobile version.)

          Anyway, just trying to help.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

            A fourth of the time? That’s a problem unique to you then. Mike, Joe and I load this site way more often than just about anyone else here, and we rarely, if ever, get this error. It’s probably your setup unless you can pinpoint something server-side.

            I don’t mean to be contradictory but I’ve spent a lot of time on this problem over the last few months, and I’ve yet to come up with anything that pinpoints a problem on our end.

            What Javascript error are you pulling down?

            Additionally, for a mobile version not loading on an iphone, anything more than 5 comments is a significant drain on resources. If anything, it’s a caching error and not a JS error.

            Furthermore, we need a mobile plugin that allows for mobile posting.

            Anyway, if you want to help me out troubleshooting this, just e-mail me. It’s easier than doing comments and I’d love to solve this problem.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    “It will be interesting to see how the Yankees manage to slot him into their plans to say the least.”

    8th inning bridge to Mariano.

    • Jack

      No, no, no. 7th inning bridge to Joba, remember?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Right, right, my bad.