Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mark Teixeira Injury Update

Mark Teixeira up to this point has only been able to hit the baseball off of a tee and do some toss in his rehab from his wrist injury. Mark is still yet to take live batting practice which is going to be an obvious sign on whether he has fully healed or not. The tricky thing for Teixeira, and the part this is going to make this so time consuming, is that Teix is a switch hitter and is going to have to get enough swings from both sides of the plate before he comes back to the majors. The Yankees are obviously not missing him with a career year coming from Lyle Overbay but you have to be concerned that its getting into the latter parts of May and Teix has still not seen a live batting practice session.

Joba Chamberlain Injury Update

Joba Chamberlain has been on the DL for about three weeks now with a sore oblique muscle and continues to inch closer back to the majors. Joba is heading to Tampa to throw a bullpen session and make a minor league rehab appearance with the High A Tampa Yankees. Joba seems to think that he is about a week or less away from being back with the big league club.

We Need A Replay Of 2007

In 2007 the Yankees had a rash of injuries and ended up firing their strength and conditioning coach Marty Miller, who was in his first year on the job after Brian Cashman hired him earlier in the winter. An impressive list of Yankees stars, including Hideki Matsui, Mike Mussina, Chien Ming Wang, Phil Hughes (the almost perfect game start), and Johnny Damon to name a few landed on the DL or battled various muscle and hamstring injuries in that season before Brian Cashman and George Steinbrenner had seen enough. Should we see the same thing happen this season to current Yankees strength and conditioning coach Dana Cavalea? Is current Yankees trainer Steve Donohue or his assistant Mark Littlefield safe? Should they be?

The Yankees have more money on the disabled list this season then 17 major league teams and have by far missed the most games due to injury of any team in 2013. The young guys or guys in their prime, guys like Eduardo Nunez, Chris Stewart, Cesar Cabral, Joba Chamberlain, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Francisco Cervelli, David Robertson, Curtis Granderson, Boone Logan, and Mark Teixeira to name a few,and the older and aging guys, guys like Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkilis, Andy Pettitte, Travis Hafner, and Alex Rodriguez to name a few, have all missed time due to injury this season. At some point it has to stop being called dumb luck or simply "baseball" and has to go towards something else. Should it be the trainer, strength and conditioning coach, manager Joe Girardi, or simply the unpredictability of baseball? I do not really have the answer to that but I sure wish someone would figure it out sooner rather than later.

Game Thread TOR @ NYY 5/19

Rained out.. no schedule make up date announced

The Yankees have thoroughly enjoyed playing the off season American League East winners going an amazing 8-1 against the Toronto Blue Jays this season. The Yankees will be looking for another sweep of the Jays this afternoon as CC Sabathia faces off with RA Dickey. Head over to twitter and tweet with us all season long by following @GreedyStripes.

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Week 7 Yankees Player of the Week

The Yankees had another successful week going 5-3 against Kansas City, Cleveland, Seattle and Toronto. The week started out on the road as the Yankees completed a sweep against Kansas City on Sunday behind home runs from Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells and a solid outing from Hiroki Kuroda. The Yankees went on to split a doubleheader in Clevealnd after getting shutout but turned the table in the second game by shutting out Cleveand in Vidal Nuno's first MLB start. On Tuesday, the Yankees had a huge come from behind win after training Seattle 3-0. In the seventh inning, Cano hit an RBI double that tied the game at and the Yankees went ahead on Lyle Overbay's sac fly. However, the Yankees lost the next two against Seattle, including an embarrassing 12-2 loss on Wedesday, in which Phil Hughes allowed seven runs and did not make it out of the first inning. Fortunately, the Yankees got to beat up on Toronto two more times this year. Kuroda pitched a gem on Friday when he went eight inning without allowing a run in a 5-0 win. Yesterday, Cano pounded Brandon Morrow with two home runs in a 7-2 rout. This week's nominees for Yankees Player of the Week are Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Vernon Wells.

Robinson Cano- Cano hit .250 for the week with 3 HR's and 10 RBI. His game tying RBI double in the seventh inning on Wednesday was one of the biggest hits for the Yankees this season. Also, Cano's two home runs yesterday were obviously huge in the Yankees winning that game as well.

Hiroki Kuroda-  Kuroda was absolutely fantastic in his two starts this week. On Sunday, he pitched 7.2 innings, allowed two runs on six hits and struck out one in Kansas City. He was even better yesterday, as he pitched eight shutout innings and allowed only two hits. Kuroda lowered his ERA to 1.99 for the season.

Vernon Wells- Wells hit .308 on the week with 2 HR's and 5 RBI. His best game was on Sunday in Kansas City when he had three hits, including a two-run home run.

With his two outstanding starts Hiroki Kuroda is your Week 7 Yankees Player of the Week. With today's rain out, discuss the solid week that the Yankees had in the comments. It was a fun week because we got to see a lot of new young players come up and perform as well as the regulars.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees 5/19

The Yankees and the Blue Jays finish up their series this afternoon with what should be a pitchers duel at Yankees Stadium with two former Cy Young Award winners. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound to face off with reigning NL Cy Young winner RA Dickey. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on YES and on MLB TV.

Game 44 Lineup: Blue Jays vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. Blue Jays:

Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Reid Brignac SS
Austin Romine C

CC Sabathia LHP

This Day In Yankees History 5/19

On this day in 1998 Orioles closer Armando Benitez hits Tino Martinez in the back after giving up a three run home run to Bernie Williams and insights a brawl. Graeme Lloyd would punch Benitez in the face and the O's Alan Mills bloodied Darryl Strawberry's nose before the brawl was ended.