In the Tampa Yankees’ loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs yesterday Mike Ford was injured in the second inning. While on second base he jammed his wrist sliding back into second after a pick-off attempt. Ford stayed in for one more at-bat, but was replaced after that with lingering pain. He’ll be placed on the 7-day DL which is a better situation than it could be, but Ford missing any games is something the Yankees didn’t need with their recent struggles.
The Yankees have lost three in a row and have only scored two runs in those three games. Mike Ford is hitting .371 this season with a team-leading 14 RBIs, five walks, and a .439 OBP. Ford was definitely in line for a call-up to Trenton before this injury if he kept contributing in such ways. Now the Yankees will be without their best hitter so far this season when they extremely need him. The Tampa Yankees were 6-2 before heading to Charlotte, leading the FSL.
Taking Ford’s spot will be Vicente Conde, Trenton’s back-up shortstop. Conde has only played in four games (15 at-bats) for the Thunder this season, but has yet to get a hit. He has two walks which gave him an OBP of .118. Though Ford will be missed, perhaps this is what Conde needed as he’s been struggling in Trenton with limited playing time. Either way, the Yankees need all the help they can get right now after starting the season with power, they now have hit a brick wall which is putting more stress on pitchers as they aren’t getting any run support.
In yesterday’s loss Vicente Campos gave up three runs in 6.1 innings and gave up only one run until the seventh inning which would have still given him a loss. Mike Ford has been able to reach base himself, but he’s also had nearly no one to drive in.
The Yankees will look for someone to step up as they try to get a game back after a three-game losing streak this last weekend in Charlotte. They play the fourth game today as Ian Clarkin takes the mound and certainly looks forward to more run support than Campos received yesterday.