Monday, April 23, 2012

Pineda's MRI Rescheduled

According to numerous reports, the first I saw coming from the Twitter account of Meredith Marakovits, the dye-contrast MRI that Michael Pineda will get has been pushed back until tomorrow. Apparently there were scheduling conflicts.

Not only is this not cool because we have to wait another day to find out if we should write off Pineda for 2012, but this also makes me think he's fine. I mean, there's no way the New York Yankees can't get a test done as soon as they want. We're not talking about some pitcher in Little League here, who has to wait til the doctor can fit him in.

Maybe I'm wrong, and the MRI will reveal structural damage that takes him out of things this season. But I'm starting to believe that's not the case, and a little more rest is all that's necessary.

Yankees @ Rangers 4/23

UPDATES: Yankees Win 7-4

Jeter sets the tone with an infield single. Extends his hit streak to 13 games and steps one step closer to Pete Rose. Yankees load the bases with 1 out, Texeira strikes out, Granderson has a 2 RBI single. Yankees lead 2-0.
Rangers start the game with 1st and 3rd and nobody out but CC induces a ground ball double play but the run scores. 2-1 Yanks.
Jeter singles to center field to get one step closer to Pete Rose. Yankees lead 2-1.
Error on Derek Jeter. End of 2. Yanks lead 2-1
Basically a 1-2-3 inning

Game is on ESPN


Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez DH
Chris Stewart C

CC Sabathia will take the hill, and hopefully we see the pitcher we know CC can and will be, as so far he hasn't been ace-like at all. The big guy has the 3rd worst ERA out of the 5 Yankee starters, which doesn't sound bad until you realize the worst two are Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes.

Eduardo Nunez doesn't sound right as the team's DH. But it really came down to either him or Raul Ibanez, and Raul's far from a sure-thing against left-handed pitchers (they are facing Derek Holland). And since Nunez isn't know for his strong defense, DHing is probably the best way to go.

Just goes to show you the importance of Brett Gardner to this team.

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Meet A Prospect : Brett Gardner Edition

Here we meet again. We had way more support then I would have ever imagined on the current Yankee special edition's of our popular Meet A Prospect series so I decided to do another week of them, starting with Yankees Left Fielder Brett Gardner. What Brett lacks in height, weight, and muscle, he more then makes up with speed, grittiness, and heart. That, in my opinion, makes him the perfect place to start this week's special edition of Meet A Prospect. Let's meet Brett Gardner all over again.

Brett Gardner was born on August 24th, 1983 in Holly Hill, South Carolina. He is now the starting left fielder for the New York Yankees but it always has not been this great. in 2001 Gardner attended walk on try out for the baseball team at his college, the College of Charleston. After the try outs the coach told his players that if they made the team then the coach would contact them to tell them so. Well Brett did not hear anything from the coach but attended the practice the next day anyway wearing his school uniform and when he was asked what he was going there he told the coach he knew that he was capable of playing Division I baseball. The coach must have been impressed because he allowed him to practice with the team with the promise that if he showed signs of not being able to cut it then his time with the team would end right then and there.

Gardner, in typical Gardner fashion, ended up being a three year starter at the College of Charleston and was chosen to the All Southern Conference team in 2004. In 2005 he had the third highest batting average in the country with a .447 average and 122 hits, tying for the most in the country. He also scored 85 runs, an all time record at the College of Charleston, and had 38 stolen bases to lead the Southern Conference. He also added a third team All American and a second time All Southern Conference player as a Senior.

After his junior year in college he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round of the 2005 First Year Player Draft and received a $210,000 signing bonus. After signing he was immediately sent to the Yankees short season league, the New York Penn League. While there he ranked 5th in at bats, 2nd in runs, and 5th in stolen bases. He followed that up in 2006 with a Florida State League all start appearance while with the Yankees A affiliate the Tampa Yankees. He was 3rd in the Florida State League in batting average and led the league in stolen bases with 30 swipes. Gardner was also second in walks with 47 that season. Gardner had similar success when called up to AA Trenton before he suffered a broken bone in his hand and continued the success when promoted to AAA Scranton Wilkes Barre.

I would call 2007 his break out season and coming out party as a Yankees prospect though because, while in the Arizona Fall League, he played 26 games and led the entire league in runs and stolen bases while bolstering a .343 batting average and a .433 on base percentage. He also was 3rd in the league in walks with 17.  During the 2007 season he was named the Yankees 12th best prospect and was named the Yankees fastest minor league runner and one with the best plate discipline. 2008 would be his final season in the Yankees minor league season, playing in 94 games for Scranton, while compiling the 2nd best OBP, walk total, triples and a 6th place finish in stolen bases in the International League. Gardner was called up on June 30th of the 2008 season but sent down the very next month in July to make room for the newly acquired Xavier Nady. No worries though because in August of 2008 he was called back up to the Yankees where he has remained ever since.

Gardner was actually the one, Trivia Alert!!, to score the final run in Yankee Stadium of ANY player when he pinch ran for Jason Giambi and scored on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Cano. Gardner has been a Yankees full time starter since beating out Melky Cabrera for the starting Center Field spot in the Spring of the 2009 season. The acquisition of Curtis Granderson has since moved Gardner to LF where he has won the Fielding Bible Award for the best defensive Left Fielder in the 2010 season. Gardner finished the 2011 season tied for first place in stolen bases and that was without Joe Girardi giving him the green light to steal whenever he wanted to. Gardner also won his second consecutive Fielding Bible Award in 2011 and is looking for the three peat in 2012.

Off the field Brett is married to his wife, Jessica, and have a son named Hunter. Hunter was born on November 19th, 2008. Brett Gardner's father, Jerry Gardner, played in the minor leagues for the Phillies and Brett also has an older brother who to the best of my knowledge is not pursuing any baseball activities. Gardner lives in, as recent as 2011, Westchester New York and is neighbors with New York Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey.

Make sure to tune into the blog tomorrow when we continue our Meet A Prospect special edition series and we meet Yankees back stop Russell Martin.