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Gary Sheffield & Hideki Matsui

This morning's New York Times reports on the injury status of the Yankees $25MM corner outfield super-sized combo of Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield.

...because Sheffield and Matsui are a long way from coming back.

Sheffield has a torn tendon in his left hand, and Matsui has a broken left wrist. Neither has been cleared for full batting practice yet, and the minor league schedules end around Labor Day.

"They're going to run out of rehab games, and that's going to make it a little more difficult to send them out there cold," Manager Joe Torre said....

I doubt either would be unable to get up to speed within a few games though.

What is more relevent are the fantasy implications for this season.

Neither Matsui nor Sheffield should be counted on for a September push, so those teams that are basing their strategies on that need to adjust.

For those teams that thought they'd need to react to their competitiors benefitting from either player's return need not worry any longer.

And for those who have ridden the 7 HR/9 SB contributions (in half a season's ABs) from rookie OF Melky Cabrera do not need to worry about him turning into a pumpkin the moment either player returns.