Wednesday, September 19, 2012
David Aardsma has come all the way back from Tommy John surgery and hip surgery with a setback or two thrown in 2012. He has exhausted his 30 day rehab window in the minor leagues and now has no other options but to either get shut down or be called up since the minor league season is over. He was very shaky and showed obvious signs of rust but he got better with every rehab game, harnessed more and more control, and cleared every hurdle including the back to back games. He will not be used in any meaningful innings if I had to guess but it could not hurt to get him in and get him some confidence before next seasons spring training.
Congratulations Derek Jeter on his 8th 200 hit season of his career.
Chris Stewart ties the game with an rbi single 1-1
Ichiro has a 4-4 day and takes a 2-1 lead
#untuck for the 2nd time today Yankees win 2-1
The Yankees finish up their day night double header with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight in Yankees Stadium. On the mound for the Yankees will be David Phelps and he will be facing off against Henderson Alvarez. Every other starter will get pushed back one day so unfortunately Andy Pettitte will only get three starts before the post season instead of four but would line up to start a potential wild card game. The game will be televised at 7:05 pm ET on YES.
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Jayson Nix 2B
Casey McGehee 1B
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Chris Stewart C
Billy Connors has been part of the Yankees organization since as early as the 1980's. He served as the Yankees pitching coach in 1989-1990, again in 1994-1995, and a third time in 2000. He has been a huge part of the Yankees organization down in Tampa since being appointed a "pitching guru" by George Steinbrenner. His most recent job in the organization was helping young minor leaguers rehab their injuries but has been removed of these duties, effect immediately. He did get an invite to Spring Training next season so there is always that. George Steinbrenner must be rolling over in his grave right now if we know him like we think we all do...
Mark Teixeira has been out for a week and a half after re-aggravating his calf injury and does not seem any closer to getting back in the lineup. The projected date to get him back is still unclear but it is looking like the last week in September before we can see Mark back in the lineup. He was evaluated over the weekend and the calf is still sore and has not healed nearly as fast as everyone would have hoped. A 100% Mark Teixeira is more important to our playoff push then rushing him back, again, and him hurting himself again.
Brett Gardner has only seen 28 at bats professionally this season after a lingering elbow injury and setback after setback. Eventually Brett has surgery and we were all lead to believe that his season would be over but some reports are conflicting this. Brett Gardner has started some hitting drills which is huge because the swings were what kept causing the setbacks for Gardner. The Yankees have hinted at activating him and using him as a pinch runner and defensive replacement. His arm must be ok to at least play in the field if the Yankees are letting him swing the bat.
The watch is officially on for the activation of Brett Gardner.
Andy Pettitte was activated from the DL today just in time for his scheduled start in the first game of the double header and his first since a broken ankle. Dellin Betances was transferred to the 60 day DL to clear a spot for Andy. Dellin will miss the rest of the season with shoulder fatigue and head to the Arizona Fall League in a little over three weeks.
In 1937 Hank Greenburg becomes the first player to hit one into "the black" seats in center field in the old Yankees Stadium.
In 2001 Yankees hurler Roger Clemens beats the White Sox and improves his record to a staggering 20-1.
In 2011 Mariano Rivera shuts down the Minnesota Twins in the 9th inning for his 602nd career save breaking the all time record previously held by Trevor Hoffman.
Yankees win 4-2
Welcome back to the Bronx Andy Pettitte! For real this time... This afternoon the Yankees will start a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium with a day night double header. On the mound, as I said earlier, will be Andy Pettitte for the first time since a come-backer broke his left ankle. On the mound for the Jays will be Henderson Alvarez. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on MY9.
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez RF
Eduardo Nunez SS