Wright goes wrong

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:09 AM ET

No one ever feels sorry for the New York Yankees.

It's not necessarily a rule in baseball. That's just the way it is.

But Jaret Wright is about one more freak accident away from breaking that unwritten edict.

To put it mildly, September has been a bit of a pain for Wright.

Yesterday at the Rogers Centre, the Yankees starter had to deal with the business end of Eric Hinske's bat as it shattered on a ground ball toward first with the fat end flying out toward Wright in the third inning.

Wright, heading towards first to cover on a ball hit to his left as every pitcher is taught, caught the flying projectile out of the corner of his eye a second or two before it smashed into the back of his right elbow.

Wright threw a few pitches for Yankee manager Joe Torre, before the latter made the decision to shut the pitcher down in a game New York would go on to lose 6-5 against the Blue Jays.

Exactly 18 days ago, Wright was on the mound in Seattle when a Raul Ibanez liner hit him in the right collarbone and also on the right side of his neck with one out in the sixth inning.

Wright refuses to let these freak accidents get to him.

"It's the game," Wright said. "Stuff happens. I don't look at it like, 'Why me?' or anything like that."

"It just seems like he's stepping in a lot of potholes right now," Torre said of his hard-luck right-hander.

Losing Wright for even a start could be crucial to the Yankees' post-season hopes this season.

"Just the fact that he was able to throw from the mound probably tells us it's not anything serious," Torre said after the game.

Wright, though, didn't sound quite so optimistic when he was asked if he thought he would make his next start.

"I'm not sure," Wright said. "When you throw a ball in a game, it's pretty much max effort. When you have a bruise or something tight it affects you a lot more than maybe if you were hit in the neck or something."

The Yankees also had to get by without first baseman Jason Giambi after three innings yesterday. Giambi, who was experiencing back spasms, was replaced by Andy Phillips in the bottom of the fourth.

Giambi had been sent to sit down and rest his back after the game but sent word through the Yankees public relations staff that he would be playing in New York tonight against the visiting Baltimore Orioles.


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