Time To DL A.J.

August 20, 2011 – 10:29 pm

Minnesota 9, NYY 4.

  • How in the world can the Yankees keep A.J. Burnett in the starting rotation, regardless of how he does in his next start? Whether it’s a mental problem, a physical problem, or both — who knows? But it’s clear he’s totally lost the ability to pitch at the big league level — over his last four starts his ERA is an unbelievable 10.99 and he’s giving up over two hits per inning. I have no idea what you do with him — you really don’t even want him in the bullpen right now. Why can’t they just invent some type of injury — surely there’s something wrong somewhere — put him on the DL, send him to Florida to rehab, and give him a fresh start next spring? I don’t see any other options.
  • Kudos for Joe Girardi, though, for sticking up for A.J. in the post-game press conference, and pretty much telling the media to stick it. What happens in the club house and what goes on between players and coaches outside the base lines is not the media’s or anyone else’s business. This has been going on for a long time, and someone needs to take a stand and say enough is enough. Sports fans have no “right” to know anything about the players other than what goes on on the field of play, and the media needs to start respecting that fact. Get back to reporting on the game and stop trying to turn everything in to a circus.

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