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 18. Nasty Nate dominates Texas. Yanks win 3-1.

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Nathan Eovaldi no-hit Texas for six innings and the Yanks beat Texas 3-1 Monday night.

These are the outings that the Yanks need, and need consistently, from Eovaldi and Pineda. Innings, not many runs given up (0 on this night), keep the ball in the park.

The Yanks scored two in the third on a HR by Ellsbury (1), a walk to Beltran and a double by Teixeira.

Starlin Castro’s third HR of the year made it j3-0 Yanks in the sixth.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR in the eighth.

The Yanks are now 8-10.


Eovaldi (w, 1-2, 4.38) 7+ IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Betances (h, 5), 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K,. 0.90.
Miller (s, 5) 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 0.00.

The Minors.

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AAA: SWB (8-9) lost 7-4. 4 runs were unearned. 2 h, double, 2 rbi, 2B Donovan Solano. 3B Rob Refsnyder made one of the errors and is at .190. Nick Swisher 3 for 4 so if A-Rod needs DL time b/c of the oblique, Swish could be an option. LF Jose Rosario 3 hits. 3 hits, double, rbi for Lane Adams.

AA: Trenton (10-7) lost 5-0, getting  just 3 hits.

High A: Tampa (11-7)  lost 6-5. 2B Billy Fleming 3 hits, double, HR, 3 rbi. 2 h, rbi, CF Mark Payton.

Low A: Charleston (13-5) got a run in the bottom of the 9th to win 5-4. 1B Conor Spencer 2 h, HR, 2 RBI.

Yanks’ prospect dies in crash.

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I just saw this news on and am sharing it.

Yankees Minor Leaguer Sandy Acevedo was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday night, the team said. Acevedo was 18 years old.

Prior to their Sunday game against the Rays, the Yankees held a moment of silence in memory of the third baseman. Acevedo had not appeared in any Minor League games since signing with New York as an international free agent last July 6, his 18th birthday.’s David Adler cited a 2015 interview in which Donny Rowland, New York’s director of international scouting, said of discovering the infielder, “Acevedo was one of the hitters that we brought in to face [pitching prospect Yoan Lopez, now the D-backs’ No. 8 prospect], and he absolutely owned him in three out of four at-bats and crushed stuff.

“That’s where our staff became sold on this guy. ‘We like the pitcher, but who is the hitter?'”

According to the Yankees media guide, Acevedo hailed from the Dominican capital Santo Domingo and was expected to make his Minor League debut this season.

Acevedo’s death is the latest in a rash of road accidents that have claimed the lives of young prospects in the Dominican Republic. In the span of six days in January, 23-year-old Astros pitching prospect Jose Rosario and 20-year-old Orioles infield prospect Ramon Ramirez were killed in separate motorcycle accidents. Former top Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras died in a car crash in Puerto Plata on Oct. 27, 2014, one day shy of a month after making his Major League debut.

Game 17. Yanks K 16, but lose 8-1.

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Winston Churchill once said that the Soviet Union was a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma.

He could have been talking about Michael Pineda. Pineda struck out 9 in 5 IP, but gave up 4 HR, 2 in the first inning when he gave up 5 of his 7 runs and put the Yanks behind the 8-ball, 5-0, before they ever got to bat.

The Yanks struck out 16 Rays, but lost 8-1.

Pineda reminds me of A.J. Burnett. So much talent, but it seems wasted and unfulfilled. You just never know with Pineda who shows up that day. Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. That inconsistency is holding him, and the Yanks, back. A.J. was the same way.

A-Rod had an RBI double for the only Yanks run of the game, and apparently strained an oblique swinging in the cage between at bats. So he could be out. Hicks’ sore shoulder will keep him out about a week.

So far this season, the Yanks have struggled against lefty pitchers. Part of that is because Alex is at .145 and Chase Headley, a switch-hitter, is at .149. Even Teixeira, another switch-hitter is just at .220. Teix is a notoriously slow starter.

They need the bats to come alive. At 7-10, the Yanks now go to Texas, Boston and Baltimore.

The Yanks do catch a bit of a break. They were supposed to face Cole Hamels on Monday night in Texas, but Hamels is forced to miss a start due to a groin pull.

Pineda (L, 1-2, 6.95) 5 IP, 7 R, 10 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Yates 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 3.68.
Goody 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 4.50. Gave up a HR.


The Minors.

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AAA: SWB lost 9-4.  3 hits CF Ben Gamel. 2 H, RBI DH Gary Sanchez. LF Chris Parmalee a 2-run HR. Kyle Haynes went 6 2/3, 2 unearned runs, but Tyler Olson gave up 6 R in 1 IP.

AA: Trenton won 6-1. Dan Fiorito a 2-run HR, Sebastian Valle 3 h, HR, 3 RBI. Jake Cave 2 h, rbi.

High A: Tampa won 3-1. Ian Clarkin 1 R in 7 2/3 IP. Mark Payton 3-run HR.

Low A: Charleston won the continuation of the suspended game from Friday 5-2. They won the regularly scheduled game 5-4.

In the reg. sched. game, Anyelo Gomez with 11 K in 5 1/3 IP. SS Hoy Jun Park  2 h, rbi. 2B Thairo Estrada & RF Jhalian Jackson the same. HR, 2 RBI for 1B Conor Spencer.

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.