Spending much of his contract year on the disabled list isn't what New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield (wrist) had in mind; but alas, he will miss most of the season with torn ligaments in his left wrist, which will require surgery.
Sheffield originally injured the wrist when he collided with Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Shea Hillenbrand at first base and re-injured the wrist shortly after coming off the disabled list. Sheffield originally didn't want to take any chances with the injury and return too soon because he fears the team will not pick up his $13 million option for next season. But he opted against surgery to come back and play through the pain.
With Sheffield gone, the Yankees are hoping rookie outfielder Melky Cabrera (.286-0-12-16-2) can continue his hot hitting or bring an established outfielder like Kansas City Royals outfielder Reggie Sanders to town via trade. The latter is most likely to occur with left fielder Hideki Matsui likely out for the rest of the regular season with a broken wrist.
For those Sheffield owners in leagues that allow a couple of disabled list spots, place Sheff on your disabled list and pick up Cabrera, New York Mets outfielder Lastings Milledge or try to pull a trade for outstanding young Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson. However, we can make a case that when Sheffield comes back, he's only going to have a couple of weeks to produce for you, so there's no sense in burning a needed roster spot for a couple of rusty weeks.
About Ryan Dodson
Dodson is a KFFL Contributor and has been with KFFL since 2002.
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