Saturday, September 1, 2012
For the first time since Andy Pettitte had his ankle broken off of a Casey Kotchman line drive Andy has thrown off of a full mound, a huge step in the rehab and recovery process. Andy threw 20 pitches and, while not at full strength, feels and looked great doing so. The Yankees plan on having him on an accelerated rehab assignment to get him back to the majors by September 27th so he can make two regular season starts before the playoffs, if we even get there. Andy will see the team doctor tomorrow and they will decide what they would like to do next.
Joe Mauer clears revocable waivers and the question never got asked... how? The American League got first dibs in putting in a claim for him and according to record everyone would go before us except for the Rangers but NO ONE put in a claim for Mauer. My question is, and yes I know I am a little behind, why the hell not? No one wanted to block another team from trying to acquire Mauer? No one wanted to take a shot in the dark? I mean that is essentially what it is, a shot in the dark, because I do not think the Twins would trade Mauer but still. I am pretty disappointed in Brian Cashman right now for not putting in a waiver claim with our current catching situation.
Granted I know that the Twins are still on the hook for approx. $133 million through the 2018 season, I know that Mauer has battled some injuries lately, and yes I know that he had an absolutely awful 2011 season but the guy has stuff that you just cannot teach and do not find every day. He does not fit into the 2014 luxury tax threshold plan the Yankees have but again Joe Mauer is a once in a lifetime kind of catcher that you do not pass on. The hefty AAV of $23 million may be the only downside I see to getting Joe in pinstripes.
Combine the fact that he is a left handed hitter with Kevin Long and mix in a little bit of Yankees Stadium and you will see why the possibility of Mauer on the Yankees absolutely intrigues me. Not to mention that even with a huge contract he will still only be 35 years old when the contract ends so I do not see another Alex Rodriguez situation here. We would have him for his prime and some other team can suffer through his decline, presumably.
Get it done Cash!
Granderson has left the game with a tight right hamstring.
MRI being scheduled now.
Granderson has been removed from the game against the Orioles. More news to come... stay tuned
Yankees down 2-0 early
Curtis Granderson removed in the 2nd inning due to an apparent injury after yet another strike out
Phelps allows a home run to make it 3-0 Baltimore
Cano hits a home run to pull within 3-1
Eduardo Nunez brings them within one with an RBI single 3-2 O's
Jeter bases loaded walk ties the game at 3!
E6!!! Yankees take a 4-3 lead!!!
#untuck Yankees win 4-3
The Yankees will host the Baltimore Orioles in the second game of their weekend series that could determine the AL East division winners. The Yankees lost last night with ace Hiroki Kuroda on the mound due to zero run support, shocker for Kuroda, and yet another shaky bullpen appearance. The Yankees will send David Phelps to the mound to face off against Wei Yie Chen for the Orioles. The game will be televised on YES at 1:05 pm ET.
1. Jeter SS
2. Swisher 1B
3. Cano 2B
4. Jones RF
5. Granderson CF
6. Martin C
7. Nix 3B
8. Nunez DH
9. Ichiro LF
Don't forget to post your MEGA PREDICTION GAME predictions in the comment box!
In what could have been Pedro Feliciano's last rehab assignment he was, yet again, a little shaky but overall got the job done. In one inning he allowed a home run, to a right handed batter, and got the next three batters. He only threw 13 pitches and recorded one strike out. Feliciano may see one more rehab assignment but I can see him coming up the pen as early as Sunday and as late as next week.
As you know both David Aardsma and Alex Rodriguez began their respected rehab assignments last night with the High A Tampa Yankees. The Tampa team ended up winning the game.... but that is not why we are here we want to check on our stars.
Alex grounded out in his first at bat, walked in his second at bat, and drew boo's in his third at bat with a strike out looking. He did score a run on a Tyler Austin double but we are not paying him to walk and run the bases. Alex struck out swinging in his fourth at bat and really heard it from the crowd.
David Aardsma was on the mound for the first time in what seems like forever after hip surgery and Tommy John surgery in that same game last night. Aardsma pitched to four batters, walking one, in his one scoreless inning. He has come a long way so I am not even worried about the results I am just glad he is back and working his way back to the majors.
Welcome to September who will hopefully be good to the Yankees, unlike August. With September comes expanded rosters and September call ups. The Yankees announced their first round of September callups late yesterday and they include Francisco Cervelli, Eduardo Nunez, Chris Dickerson (finally). Cory Wade, Adam Warren, and Justin Thomas. The Yankees will need to make a 40 ma roster move to include Dickerson on the roster and I expect that to have something to do with Dellin Betances. Call it a hunch but that is what I expect.