Category Archives: In-Season Moves

The Minors.

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AAA: SWB swept a DH. In the regularly scheduled game, they won 6-4. 2 RBI Slade Heathcott.

In a makeup of an April 9 rainout, they won that one 10-2. Eddy Rodriguez HR’d, and Heathcott had 2 RBI in this one, too.

The Yanks are struggling right now, but so are some of their prized prospects, so a callup or shakeup probably isn’t in the picture right now. As for Swisher, he isn’t considered an OF anymore, just 1B/DH.

Gamel .311, Judge .280,  Sanchez .239, Refsnyder .216. Heathcott .231.

AA:   Trenton won 8-4. 3 h, 2 RBI CF Dustin Fowler. 2 H, 2 RBI 1B Tyler Austin. Matt Wotherspoon 4 no-hit innings of relief, 8 K.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston won 5-0. 1B Chris Giftens solo HR.

The minors. Kaprielian shut down.

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From the NY Daily News:

Yankees top prospect James Kaprielian has been shut down after an MRI revealed inflammation—but no ligament tear—in his pitching elbow. There were some who felt Kaprielian, at High A Tampa, might even hit the Bronx this year. Those plans have been pushed back.

Brandon Pinder will undergo Tommy John surgery, joining Nick Rumbelow as relievers lost for the year due to that.

The Yanks signed Phil Coke to a minor league deal. Coke was with the Yanks in 2009 when they won the WS. He was 0-0, 5.68 in 18 games for the Cubs and Blue Jays last year. For his career, 22-27, 4.20, ERA+ 100. 8 saves. A 162 g. average of 4-4, 4.20.

In 26 postseason games, Coke (soon to be 34) is 0-1, 4.26, 3 saves.

AAA: SWB beat Lehigh Valley 5-2. Anthony Swarzak 2 R in 7 IP. Vinnie Pestano struck out the side in the eighth. Solo HR Nick Swisher. 3 hits, double, rbi Chris Parmalee. Jose Rosario solo HR. 2 hits Ben Gamel, 2 RBI Gary Sanchez.

AA: Trenton lost 7-6 in 10. Cale Coshow 1 unearned run in 5 2/3 IP.Kyle Higashioka 3 h, rbi. Juan Silva 2 h, 2 rbi. 2 hits Tyler Austin.

High A Tampa and Low A Charleston were off.

Game 16. Gardner’s walkoff HR wins it.

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Usually my goal for the Yanks in each and every April is to just finish April at .500. If over, great. But just finish at .500.

Joe McCarthy, the great ex-Yankee manager from 1931-1946, stated to never fall below .500 if you can help it , and if you do, get back ASAP.

Brett Gardner’s walk-off HR in the 9th won the game today for the Yanks, and made them 7-9. Now to continue that and get back to .500 ASAP.

Masahiro Tanaka did a great job, going 7 innings but getting a ND.

The Yanks scored first, on a WP in the first. A-Rod just missed a 3-run HR when his drive was caught at the top of the wall.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fourth to tie the game, and a HR which hit the foul pole in the fifth that put the Rays up.

Before the game winning HR in the bottom of the ninth, Gardner tied the game with an infield single in the seventh.

Gardner’s HR was his second of the year. He had three hits in the game.

A-Rod continues to struggle, he is at .132. It’s a little early, but come mid- to late May, there may be comparisons to Willie Mays ca. 1973 as far as greats past their peaks. Maybe it is a slump, but when you are almost 41, slumps get magnified.

Headley is at .159. He, like A-Rod, is having a rough go so far.

Some Yankees news: Brandon Pinder was called up recently, as the Yanks have gone from Cessa to Olson to Pinder in the bullpen. Now he has a partially torn UCL and is deciding between rehab or surgery. Nick Goody was brought up to take his place.

Jacob Lindgren at High A had elbow surgery last year, has struggled so far this year, and is having elbow issues again.

Aaron Hicks left Friday’s game with a sore shoulder after attempting a diving catch and will be having an MRI.

Today’s pitching line:

Tanaka 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 7 K, gave up 1 HR. 2.92.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 0.00.
Miller (w, 1-0, 0.00) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks , 0 K.

Game 11. Yanks snap skid, win 4-3.

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Joe Girardi made a lineup change that paid off, Masahiro Tanaka became the first starter to go 7, the bullpen was tremendous and the Yanks snapped their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first, but in the bottom of the second, A-Rod, dropped to sixth in the lineup because of an 0 for 19 slump, hit his second HR of the season (#689 career) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

The Yanks showed aggressive baserunning today, a good sign. Gardner stole a base in the first, but didn’t come around to score.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a Gardner double. Gardner is heating up (3 hits today), now to get Ellsbury to do the same.

After Seattle got an unearned run in the fourth and another earned run in the fifth to tie the game, the Yanks got the game winning run in the bottom of the fifth.

With one out, Gardner and Beltran (moved up to #3 in the lineup) singled, and Gardner scored on a WP. Nice, aggressive baserunning.

In the eighth and ninth, Betances and Miller went six up, six down and all by K. Imagine when Chapman returns.

Tanaka (w, 1-0,  3.06) 7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 walks, 6 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K., 0.00 (3rd hold)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00. (3rd save).

Game 10. Yanks lose 4th straight, 3-2.

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For the second game in a row, the Yankees went 0 for 12 with RISP. As a result, they lost to Seattle 3-2. The loss, the Yanks’ fourth in a row, dropped them to 4-6.

While it is too early to panic, perhaps a couple changes should be made to shake things up a bit. Starlin Castro, who was 3 for 5 today and is hitting .342, and Carlos Beltran, who drove in both Yankees runs with a double and a HR, and who is at .351 after a 4-hit day today, are the Yankees hottest hitters right now. Meanwhile, the usual #3 and #4 hitters, A-Rod and Teixeira, are at .100 and .200 right now. A-Rod is now 3 for 30 and was 0 for 5 today with three strikeouts.

Maybe put Castro and Beltran 3-4, drop Teix to 5, split Teix and Alex with McCann 6 and A-Rod 7 until things change and someone else gets hot or goes cold? But for now, why not get your hottest hitters 3 and 4? That would be Castro and Beltran.

Gardner is showing signs of snapping out of it with two hits today, but Ellsbury is at .209.

Also, Headley is at.154 and made an error today. In limited time, Ronald Torreyes is 6 for 9. Torreyes doesn’t have the power Headley does, but right now, the Yanks need to do the little things and not wait for the HR. Steal, hit and run, move runners up. Anything to keep from those 0 for 12 with RISP games like last night and today.

In the third, Teix walked and Beltran doubled him home to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Seattle scored all their runs in the fifth. CC gave up a HR to Leonys Martin which tied the game. Then, with two out and a man on first, Jacoby Ellsbury was caught napping a bit. Katel Marte was running on the pitch when Robbie Cano singled, and he scored all the way from first….shades of Enos Slaughter’s mad dash in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. Cano went to second on the throw and scored on a double by Nelson Cruz.

Beltran’s third HR of the year, #395 career, made it 3-2 in the seventh, but that was it.

Sabathia (L, 1-1, 5.06) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K,. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.. 0.00

The bullpen of Barbato (so far, a rookie revelation), Shreve, Betances and Miller have been good, and that should improve once Chapman joins the team.

The starters have to do better, though. Through two turns around, the only starter with an ERA less than 5.00 is Tanaka at 3.38.

It’s early. Too soon to panic, but not too soon for a couple tweaks after a 4-6 start.

UPDATE: Girardi has made some moves today, Sunday. Beltran moves up to 3. A-Rod dropped to 6th. Teix stays at 4, McCann 5. Castro is 7th (wish he were higher) and Torreyes is at 3B, batting 9th. So some tweaking I suggested is in play today, Sunday for Game 11.

Game 9. Yanks lose 3rd straight, 7-1.

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Tonight’s 7-1 Yankees loss to Seattle was very disappointing. The Yanks were 0 for 12 with RISP.

Brett Gardner hit his first HR of the year in the first inning, and Seattle tied it in the fourth.

The Yanks may have lost the game right in the bottom of the fourth. They had runners and 2nd and 3rd, no one out, and Gregorius, Headley and Ellsbury all struck out.

After that it all went downhill. Luis Severino was good for three innings, then lost it, and the bullpen didn’t help.

Tyler Olson made his MLB  Yankees (he pitched in 11 games for Seattle last year, my bad) debut, and Luis Cessa was sent to SWB. One reason for this is because Seattle had a bunch of lefty hitters and the Yanks wanted to swap out the righty Cessa for the lefty Olson.

Severino (L, 0-2, 5.91) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Yates 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.40
Olson 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 6.75.

The Yanks can’t like who they see tomorrow. It’s King Felix vs. CC. Hopefully the bats, which have been dead for a few days, wake up so that they snap this three-game losing streak which has dropped them to 4-5.

Yankees game ppd.

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Forgive me while l vent.

Who the hell schedules a game for ESPN where the two teams are playing a night game in DETROIT on a Sunday Night in April?

LA, SD, fine. Texas, fine. A domed stadium, fine. But DETROIT?

Of course, the game was cancelled. Not only that, but who the hell schedules the ONLY Yankees trip into Detroit for the season to be on April 8-9-10?

Meaning that the game will be recheduled on July 28.

Meaning that the Yanks play in Houston, fly from Houston to Detroit for one makeup game, then have to fly back south to Tampa Bay after the game is over.

Do you agree with me that this is brainless?

Really, now.

The Yanks’ signing of Swish to a minor league will be good news to the masses, and Swish has a great personality, but you do have to wonder what it means for Chris Parmalee.

The Yanks are off on Monday. They now head to Toronto.