Who knows how good the Yankees would be this season if injuries wasn't the key topic of discussion. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixiera, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, we all know the names of those who have missed the season so far. But the injury bug hasn't stopped, with Francisco Cervelli, Ivan Nova and Kevin Youkilis joining the long list of injured players. Luckily for the Yankees, they keep winning games on the field, putting themselves in perfect position to make a run once the stars return to the lineup.
For the first time since losing their first two series of the season, the Yankees actually faced some adversity again. The Yankees headed into a four-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays having lost three of four games, with both CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte losing in that time. A return trip home, however, did a world of good, as the Yankees went on to sweep four games from the Jays to finish the week with a 15-9 record overall and second place standing in the AL East. But, of course, injuries have taken their toll yet again, putting a dark cloud over what has become an outstanding season on the field. Francisco Cervelli broke his hand and will be out six weeks. Ivan Nova has triceps inflammation and should miss two weeks. Kevin Youkilis has barely played over the past 10 games because of back problems. The first two have already been placed on the disabled list and Youkilis may join them soon. On a positive, Mariano Rivera appears fully back from his season-ending injury a year ago, saving the most games ever (9) during his career in April.