Gary Sheffield’s shoulder is going to force him out of the rest of the homestand and there really isn’t a timetable for his return. Short term this is probably a good thing, not that he’s hurt of course, but that he’s out of the lineup. Since coming back from a week long break at the beginning of the month, Sheffield is hitting just 196/268/294. He’s clearly not healthy, and while there is a lot of talk about how his bat is feared, the scouting reports are probably already out that he’s not fearsome right now. He only has 5 walks in his last 13 games, which is a decent mark by a lot of players standards, it is a shadow of what Sheffield was doing.
Best case is that he rests up for a week or two and is healthy enough to still help this season (and hopefully in the playoffs). For tonight Sean Casey will bat 3rd. If Curtis Granderson were swinging the bat a little better right now, it would be the ideal time to shift him to the 3 spot and go with some combination of Placido Polanco and Ryan Raburn 1-2 in the lineup.