They’re bringin’ sexy back

Via Pinstripes PA, Getty Images has the “photo day” pics available. You should definitely check ‘em out, but here are the highlights:

Make sure you take a look at all the photos. Good stuff. Some of ‘em remind me of yearbook picture day.

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The good news about Tabata’s injury

From Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus (subscription required):

The fact that he recently had surgery on his hamate bone is a mitigating factor, as that’s exactly the kind of injury that can sap a player of his power…Nonetheless, on a pure hitting level, Tabata is pretty special and should be a consistent contender for batting titles when he reaches the big leagues.

It’s a little reassuring, and should at least silence the Tabata cynics for another six months or so. Hard to knock a guy’s power when he’s on the DL with an injury that was directly related to it.

Tabata done for year, Garcia suffers setback

From BA:

Yankees outfielder Jose Tabata will miss the remainder of the season after surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right wrist.

The injury has bothered the 19-year-old outfielder since playing in the Venezuelan Winter League, and he’s seen five different hand specialists over the past year to get a proper diagnosis.

“It’s a six-week rehab and he’s going to be fine,” Yankees senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said. “He tried to play through it and he shouldn’t. He’s had problems with it on an off for a while and it really bothered him on a swing. We got him in for an MRI that revealed the damage.”

Well at least he’s getting this fixed once for all. If the kid could hit .307-.371-.392 in the FSL as an 18-yr old with a bum hand, I can’t wait to see what he does fully healthy.

The same article has this on forgotten man Christian Garcia:

The Yankees got hit with more bad news recently when righthander Chris Garcia sustained a knee injury and needed surgery.

Garcia, a third-round pick out of a Miami high school in 2004, was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery at the time of the injury and isn’t expected to begin rehabbing again until November.

“He was doing some running as part of his rehab from (Tommy John),” Newman said. “As fate would have it, this happened. It’s like serving a concurrent sentence for a criminal. We expect him to be ready to go in the spring.”

The Garcia injury is no biggie, it won’t delay his return at all. That’s the good thing about TJ, if you hurt anything else while you’re rehabbing, you have plenty of time to let that heal as well.

Jose Tabata: stud outfielder, great hitter…

…husband and father? Of two??? From his milb.com Player Journal:

I haven’t spent too much time seeing Tampa — my wife and I generally stay home when I’m not playing. We’re expecting twins this winter, and my mother will come to help out.

Damn yo, guess he’s living the life of a normal 18 yr old, huh?Â

Speaking of husbands and the such, congrats goes out to Alex and Emily for driving off the cliff walking off the plank getting hitched. Homer Simpson said it the best: marriage is a coffin, and every kid is another nail.

Just kidding on that last part, but in all seriousness, congrats and here’s to the long happy and healthy life ahead of them.

(hat tip to James for the Tabata link)

Jose Tabata player journal

Tabata’s going to be keeping a journal with milb.com this season, in his first entry he writes:

Bobby [Abreu] taught me so much in big-league camp, that really helped a young kid like me adjust from A-ball, to big-league pitching and just being in that kind of environment.

He’s supposedly had some maturity issues in the past, hopefully Bobby knocked some sense into him. How crazy is it to think that of all the great players in big league camp with the Yanks this year, A-Rod was probably the only guy with more physical talent than Tabata.

In other new, it looks like Phil Hughes’ site has been shut down; now there’s just a message board.