Jaret Wright was describing the precise location of his latest injury, pointing to the top of his shoulder and talking about how the sensations were similar to what it felt like when he needed surgery in 2001. Each word looked like it pained him as much as the ache in his arm, which knocked him out of his start Saturday and landed him on the disabled list.
Wright's once-promising career has been marred by shoulder woes, and he walked off the mound Saturday to an uncertain future. He will have an MRI and other tests Monday, but he was despondent over the injury about an hour after it happened.
"You try to stay positive until we do the tests, but after what I've been through, it's not where I want to be," Wright said.
Wright's health was certainly the worst Yankees news of the day, but the result of their game was bad, too. They were clobbered, 10-2, by the Rangers in Yankee Stadium and fell to 7-11. They are in last place in the American League East, the latest in a season they have been there since they were 9-11 in April 1997.
Before he left the game, Wright pitched poorly. He tied a career worst by allowing three homers -- on a misty, raw day that didn't seem ideal for longballs -- and gave up six runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings. He was booed several times, but the rest of the team deserved it, too. The Yankees were outhit, 19-5, and they made a season-high two errors that led to three unearned runs.
"Right now you feel like you're Pigpen, with that dust cloud following you," General Manager Brian Cashman said, referring to the Peanuts character. "You're not hitting, not pitching and not staying healthy."
After the game, Torre spoke briefly to his players, urging them not to be frustrated. But, he acknowledged, "I think there's more frustration grabbing at everybody. Everybody comes out here expecting it to turn around. We just have to work at it."
Saturday's game seemed over in the third inning. Ex-Yankee David Dellucci had homered in the second to give Texas the lead, then the Rangers scored five times in the third, helped by two-run homers by Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench. Wright hurt his own efforts by fumbling Dellucci's grounder for an error, prolonging the inning. Teixeira later added a second homer.
Wright's injury flared up in the sixth, though he felt tightness in his warm-up and twinges in the second that "got progressively worse."