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December 20, 2008

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Yankees Injury Updates: Johnson, Aceves, Thames, Mitre

July 2, 2010

A lot of teams have been dealing with injuries and fortunately the Yankees injuries have been relatively mild. Here is a rundown of a couple of players and how they’ve been doing:

Nick Johnson – Out with a wrist injury, he has been hitting off a tee this week with hitting coach Kevin Long. No ETA as of now, but Yankees are hoping by August.

Alfredo Aceves – Out with a back injury, Aceves has been throwing bullpens and despite the lack of a time table, he should be back on the roster soon. A rehab stint will be necessary before a Bronx return though.

Marcus Thames – Out with a strained hamstring, Thames has been playing rehab games in Triple-A Scranton. Last night he played in the field for five innings and appeared about ready. Should be the first one back on this list.

Sergio Mitre – Out with an oblique strain, Mitre was scheduled to pitch a rehab inning today. He’ll probably appear in another game or two before the Yankees know exactly when to expect him back. If anybody beats Thames back to active duty it will be Mitre.

Thoughts: This is mostly good, not bad, news. Two players are likely back before the All-Star break and one shortly after. I don’t think anybody expects anything certain when it comes to Nick Johnson, early August still seems slightly optimistic.

(thanks to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com).

Yankees Notes: Recap, Moseley, Oppenheimer, Montero, Burnett

July 2, 2010

The Yankees had a slim lead for most of yesterday’s game and then with two-outs in the 8th inning CC Sabathia gave up the lead as the Mariners tied the game at two, but Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer to help the Yankees win 4-2.

Here are some notes:

  • Sabathia is heating up. In his last 6 starts he has a 6-0 record with a 2.00 ERA and has not pitched less than 7 innings.
  • RHP Dustin Moseley has been called up, LHP Boone Logan has been sent to Triple-A.
  • The D-Backs fired their manager and GM and the Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer is said to be getting “serious consideration” for the GM position.
  • Joel Sherman of the NY Post agrees with me, the Yankees should call up catcher Jesus Montero. It’s time for the second coming.
  • The Yankees open a 3 game series against the Blue Jays today. AJ Burnett (6-7, 5.25) is on the hill for the opener. It will be his first start since pitching coach Dave Eiland has come back.
  • Burnett had a strong April, but he is 2-7 with a 7.71 ERA in his last 10 starts. That’s just awful over the course of a third of the season.

It’s July 2nd and the Yankees still have the best record in baseball and are on pace for a 100-win season. They also hold a 1.5 game lead over the second place Red Sox who just lost Dustin Pedroia. It seems like expectations are higher than ever in the Bronx this year, but the Yankees are doing just fine up until this point. It’s a long season and there are still a lot of games left to play.

Cervelli Makes Me Wonder if the Yankees Should Call Up Montero

July 1, 2010

In the middle of May it looked like the Yankees had such a good backup to catcher Jorge Posada that they might even have a future starter on their hands. After all through Francisco Cervelli‘s first 20 games he had a staggering .400 batting average and an impressive .987 OPS. Obviously he wasn’t likely to keep that up, but if he could come even close to that the Yankees had a real secret weapon.

The problem is that Cervelli hasn’t even sniffed those numbers and has been about as close to an automatic out as you can get. This coming at a time in Posada’s career where he is just not able to handle the load of everyday catching.

Here are Cervelli’s numbers since May 18:

33 G, 101 AB, 6 R, 19 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 14 RBI, 11 BB, 17 SO, .188 AVG, .274 OBP, .238 SLG, .511 OPS.

With numbers like those the Yankees might as well have Chad Moeller as their backup catcher.

At this point it could be reasonable to wonder how bad this will get before the Yankees make a change. Not only has Cervelli gone over a month under the Mendoza-Line (under .200), but he has almost no power whatsoever in his bat.

What’s making this harder is that Jesus Montero is in Triple-A and after a very slow start to his season he has picked it up. During the month of June Montero hit .283 with nine doubles, two triples, and three homers. That’s 14 extra-base hits compared to Cervelli’s three over the same span.

Cervelli is a skilled backup catcher, especially defensively, but he has almost been the Yankees regular with Posada dealing with foot problems. At a certain point it might be wise to carry three catchers including Montero until Nick Johnson returns from his wrist injury. Montero might not be 100 percent ready, but it’s probably better than having an automatic out in the lineup everyday.

Yankees Notes: Gardner, Moseley, Thames, Aceves, Mitre, Rivera, and Outfield Grass

July 1, 2010

The Yankees have played back-to-back games against the Mariners and have not faced one reliever. A night after Cliff Lee went the distance and beat the Yankees, Felix Hernandez got a complete game shutout and won 7-0. Javier Vazquez didn’t pitch especially well or bad, but he is on hook for the loss.

Here are some notes:

  • Brett Gardner has been out for the past couple of days with a forearm issue, but he is in the lineup today.
  • RHP Dustin Moseley is expected to be added to the roster today. Chad Gaudin and Chan Ho Park are the most likely to get DFA’d.
  • Marcus Thames has begun playing in rehab games and should be back soon. Either Chad Huffman or Colin Curtis will be sent down.
  • Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves have thrown off a mound this week. Mitre could get into a rehab game soon.
  • How is it that Mariano Rivera is so damn good? Watch this video. Trust me, you’ll like it.
  • The Yankees outfielders haven’t liked the condition of the outfield grass since the Yankees held a boxing match at the stadium about a month ago.

I thought that the Yankees were going to have issues with the outfield this season. I go to a fair amount of Brooklyn Cyclones games and they regularly hold concerts on that field and it shows. I hoped that the Yankees are hiring better grounds crew guys, but their talents can’t make up for putting a few thousand pounds of metal on a field like that. This news is especially bad because the Yankees are already planning two Jay-Z/Eminem concerts there in September and their stage will be bigger than the boxing ring was.

Several Current Free Agents That Could Help The Yankees Bench

June 30, 2010

As usual, there have been a lot of rumors that continue to swirl around the Yankees as the trade deadline approaches in July.

However, the Yankees might not have to trade anything to add depth to their bench because there are some very talented free agents available that could get the job done just as easily as somebody the Yankees could trade for.

This is also a better option, due to the fact that the Yankees wouldn’t have to give up any prospects, and some of the players out there might be cheaper than picking up the contract of a traded player.

Mark Grudzielanek is a hard-nosed veteran player who has had a very solid 15-year career in the big leagues.

He has over 2,000 career hits and a career batting average of .289, along with a .986 fielding percentage. He was an All-Star way back in ’96 and won a Gold Glove in 2006.

Grudzielanek started this season with the Cleveland Indians, and hit .279 with 11 RBI and 10 runs scored, but was released because the Indians wanted to give their younger players a shot, realizing their season was over.

He would give the Yankees a much needed veteran presence on the bench, while providing solid defense in the middle infield and an average bat, for a cheap price too.

An option for the corner infield spots and occasional DH is Joe Crede, who has dealt with some back issues over his career, but may be worth the risk to the Yankees.

He hit 15 home runs in a injury interrupted season with the Twins a year ago, and has hit 140 homers over his career.

The Yankees could use some of that power off the bench right about now, considering the four players warming the bench right now have a grand total of zero home runs, at least not until Marcus Thames returns. A power outage indeed.

Crede would be a big risk, considering his injury history, and he probably wouldn’t come cheaply (not with Scott Boris as his agent), but the Yankees do need some pop from the bench.

Another veteran, and former teammate of Crede, Jermaine Dye is also still available, which simply amazes me that a player of his caliber can’t find a job.

He too would get the job done for the Yankees in the power department, he hit 27 home runs and had 87 RBI for the White Sox last year.

Dye would be a major upgrade over any of the outfielders currently on the bench or Thames, he is 35 but still has a cannon of an arm in the outfield.

These guys could all help the Yankees with their very young and inexperienced bench.

Yankees Notes: Moseley, Moeller, Cell Phones, and T-Shirts

June 30, 2010

The Yankees got beat up by the Mariners yesterday and things don’t look great today either as they have Javier Vazquez going up against King Felix Hernandez.

Here are some notes:

  • The Yankees have until tomorrow to decide to call-up RHP Dustin Moseley or let him opt-out. He has a 4-4 record and a 4.21 ERA in 12 starts.
  • The Yankees DFA’d catcher Chad Moeller last week and he has cleared waivers and been reassigned to Triple-A.
  • Hate D-Bags at baseball games who sit on their cell phones the entire time? Watch this video of a guy getting hit in the face.
  • Also, Alex Rodriguez has inspired a pretty funny t-shirt. I’m thinking about buying one.

It’s hard to tell if the Yankees are going to call up Moseley or not. If they did obviously it would be out of the bullpen. If they called him up it could be the end for Chan Ho Park or Chad Gaudin.

Let The Criticism Begin: Hughes Gets Batted Around After Skipped Start

June 29, 2010

The “Phil Hughes Rules” have claimed their first start, which would have been last Friday. Those same rules have also claimed their first loss.

The Seattle Mariners are among the worst teams in the Majors in terms of offense, and with Phil Hughes on the mound, with a 10-1 record, the game would appear to be a good match up for the Yankees.

That is of course, not mentioning the 10 days in between tonight and Hughes’s last start, due to the innings limit that forced him to miss his last scheduled start on Friday.

Hughes pitched very poorly, he allowed at least one run in every inning except for the first, and was pulled after five and two thirds innings pitched 

The Mariners ripped a home run, four doubles, a total of 10 hits, and six earned runs off him, that coming from a terrible offensive team, against arguably the best pitcher for the Yankees this year.

If you ask me that sounds like he either had a really bad night, or something was hindering his effectiveness on the mound. MY9 Broadcaster, Al Leiter thought the latter of the two:

“By limiting his innings and skipping his last start, I think it has affected his effectiveness tonight.”

Either way, he pitched very poorly, and hopefully this will serve as a lesson to the Yankees to not skip any more starts, but I’m sure they will just say that he had a bad outing. Yeah, a bad outing due to 10 days off!

Nick Swisher accounted for two of the Yankee runs, with two solo shots off Cliff Lee, but the rest of the Yankee offense was unable to pick it up, and the Mariners beat the Bombers 7-4, behind a complete game by Cliff Lee.

An embarrassing performance by New York, and one that could be the first of many to come, if Hughes is unable to pitch like he did before the “rules” came into effect.

A game that the Yankees, seemingly, should have won turned out to be an easy win for the Mariners, whose offensive woes ended against a pathetic Phil Hughes.