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Gardner played with wrist injury the entire season

From the Lohud blog, new hitting coach Alan Cockrell states that Brett Gardner played the entire 2015 season with a wrist injury.

Gardner’s offense began to significantly decline after the All-Star break. He was still getting on base at a pretty decent clip through the end of July, but Gardner hit just .203/.288/.290 from August 1 through the end of the year. Why would a hit by pitch in April cause a massive second-half decline? Cockrell said Gardner got injections to deal with the issue, but eventually he wasn’t allowed to get any more.

“I know he was getting some cortisone and some things like that to try to help him, and they did,” Cockrell said. “They helped him in spurts, but you can only get three of those in a year.”

That wrist injury, along with lingering trouble with Jacoby Ellsbury’s knee, might have been a factor in the Yankees’ struggles at the top of the order.

“It’s tough to hit if you don’t have legs,” Cockrell said. “And it’s tough to hit if you don’t have your hands. … I think it probably was a bigger thing than either of those guys let on.”

Also, the Yanks have let minor leaguer Kyle Roller go. Andrew Bailey is gone as a free agent. Chris Martin was released to go to a Japanese team.

Game 160. Yanks lose opener, 9-2. Magic number for home game Tuesday still at 1.


The Yanks lost the opener of a day-night DH to Baltimore 9-2 today (Saturday). The magic number to have that wild card play-in game played at home remains at one. A Yankees win in the nightcap tonight (provided they play, what with the weather) or a Houston loss will ensure the Yanks are at home on Tuesday night for the play-in game.

It wasn’t a good game for the Yanks in many ways. Ivan Nova and Chasen Shreve, both not pitching well lately and both on the bubble as far as making the postseason roster, didn’t pitch well today again. The Yanks also missed out on opportunities, going 1 for 12 with RISP.

I wouldn’t be surprised if neither Nova or Shreve is on the postseason roster. Nova is 6-11 with an ERA over 5.00. He is 2-8 in his last 10 starts with a 6.58 ERA. Meanwhile, Shreve in his last nine games has given up nine runs in five innings.

Down 7-0, the Yanks only two runs came in the seventh  on an RBI groundout by Gardner followed by an RBI single by Refsnyder.

Rico Noel did get his first MLB at bat and he made the most of it, getting a single in the ninth.

Also getting his first MLB at bat, making his MLB debut was Gary Sanchez, who popped up after Noel’s hit.

Nova (L, 6-11, 5.07) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.09.
Goody 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.76
Martin 1 IP, 0 r, 1 h, 0 W, 1 K. 5.66.

Game 157. Yanks lose to Boston, 10-4.


Michael Pineda gave up six runs in the top of the first and even though the Yanks scored four in the bottom of the inning, they couldn’t come back as they lost to Boston 10-4 Tuesday night.

The loss means Toronto’s magic # to clinch the AL East title is down to 1. The 86-71 Yankees have a magic number of 2 to get into the wild card game, and 3 to be the top wild-card seed and have that game played at home.

Weather will be a factor over the next couple of days.

The Angels have now taken over the second wild-card spot…by 1/2 game over Houston.

Pineda did stay in the game to give the bullpen a breather, and did settle down after that first inning, but it was too late.

The Yanks got their runs on an RBI groundout by McCann, RBI double by Beltran and a two-run HR (10) by Dustin Ackley.

But after that four-run first, they were quiet the rest of the night.

Stephen Drew is not only not playing because of performance (or lack thereof). He has been having dizzy spells and could be done for the year. He has been undergoing tests to see if they are concussion-related.

Ever since Teix got hurt, the Yanks are having trouble against lefties. They are thinking of giving backup C John Ryan Murphy some time at 1B.

Pineda (L, 12-9, 4.24) 6 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Mitchell 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 5.83
Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.95

Game 153. White Sox 5, Yanks 2


The Yanks grounded into four DPs Friday night in losing to the White Sox, 5-2.

The Yanks fell four behind Toronto in the AL East with nine to play. It’s safe to say the Yanks should concentrate on being the home team in the wild card game and forget about the division. Even though there is still a chance for the division, that chance is very slim. You won’t hear the Yanks conceding, but…

The Yanks are 84-69, and still have a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1. They have a 5 game lead over the Angels for WC 2. The magic # to just get into the wild card game remains at 5.


One more quick note on Masahiro Tanaka. He said that he still felt the hamstring strain slightly during his bullpen today, but he doesn’t think it will prevent him from pitching. Girardi indicated pregame that they’d like to start him next week, but nothing is set in stone. “We didn’t expect him to be 100 percent today,” Girardi said. “We wanted to have him throw a bullpen to keep things going. I really think you have to see how he feels the next couple of days and the decision is, do you have him do another bullpen before he starts? Or do you think that he’s ready to start a game.”

If Tanaka can start Tuesday or Wednesday, he can start that wild card game on about a week’s rest. You wonder about the rust after missing a start. If Tanaka can’t start the WC game, then who? Would you trust the rookie, Severino? Would you go with Pineda?

Both Yankee runs Friday night were driven in by Gregorius in the fourth. It tied the game 2-2 at that point, but when CC gave up two solo HRs in the seventh, that decided it.

Sabathia (L 5-10, 4.82) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K.
Bailey 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 6.14
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.11
Shreve 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.65
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.79

Game 147. Yanks blank Mets 5-0.


Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann homered while seven pitchers combined to shutout the Mets 5-0 on Saturday.

Beltran’s 3-run homer in the first (16) set the tone. The HR was #389 in Beltran’s career, tying him with Johnny Bench on the all-time list.

McCann’s 26th HR of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth, provided the Yanks additional insurance.

Michael Pineda went 5 1/3, then Girardi mixed and matched the rest of the way.

The win puts the Yanks at 81-66 for the season, and guarantees a non-losing season. The last time the Yanks finished under .500 was in 1992.

Since the Blue Jays lost, the Yanks are 3 1/2 behind Toronto with 15 to play. They are four up on Houston for WC #1 and 5 1/2 up on the Angels for WC #2.

The Yanks magic # to get into the wild card game is 10—over the Angels.

Pineda (W, 11-8, 4.10) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 3.09
Cotham 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 7.11
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.41
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.89
Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.79

Game 144. Yanks lose, 6-3.


If this offends people, I’m sorry but I need to vent.

The Yanks missed out on a golden opportunity tonight, and I have to question a couple of Joe Girardi moves.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Girardi. I think he is a good manager. But hear me out.

Number 1. I have been advocating for DAYS to bench Ellsbury and play Heathcott in CF instead. Now Heathcott won the game last night with a HR. Ellsbury was 1 for his last 29.

Ever hear of playing the hot hand?

Nope. Joe stuck with Ellsbury, who went 0 for 4, dropping him to .251 (he was .324 when he went on the DL) and 1 for his last 33. Heathcott sat. Joe, don’t you think a minor leaguer can at least go better than 1 for his last 33? 

This…. from the SAME Girardi that credited A-Rod’s resurgence (and A-Rod now has a bone bruise in his knee) on the fact that A-Rod couldn’t play in Atlanta due to the fact that the NL has no DH and that those days off gave A-Rod the rest he needed to rejuvenate himself.

Hey, Joe (sounds like a Jimi Hendrix song here)…. don’t you think the same can help Ellsbury? Really. If a few days off rejuvenated Alex, don’t you think the same can get Ellsbury going?

How about sitting Ellsbury Wednesday night. Thursday is an off day. That is TWO days off. Play the hot hand, Heathcott, instead. If you have some balls, sit Ellsbury Friday as well. Give him three days off. See how he responds.

For God’s sake, it couldn’t hurt.

For goodness sakes, I know Heathcott is a rookie, but even he could probably do better than 1 for 33.

One other thing, Joe. Am I the only one who has noticed that Bryan Mitchell isn’t the same since he took that liner off of his nose? His ERA is over 6.00 now. You trusted him in a game where it was 4-3 Rays and you let the game get away by putting him in there. You have an off day on Thursday. Bringing in Mitchell there was a bad move.

Since getting hit by that liner, Mitchell has given up 8 R in 4 1/3 IP.

This loss really hurt because the Twins lost and the lowly Braves beat Toronto. The Yanks stay 3 back of the Blue Jays where they could be 2 back. The magic # to get into the wild card game was reduced to 15.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on an A-Rod HR. #32 meant that A-Rod would be the Yanks HR leader this year since it passed Teix and Teix is done for the year. Career HR #686 was hit #3061, passing Craig Biggio on the all-time list.

Warren, making his first start in a while, gave up single runs in the first and second, but considering the rust, did Ok. 2 runs in 4 IP.

Bird hit a 2-run HR in the fourth (6) to put the Yanks up 3-2. A-Rod was on board so his two runs scored left him two shy of 2000 runs scored for his career.

Nick Rumbelow gave up a two-run HR in the sixth and Mitchell the two in the eighth to lose it for the Yanks.

Warren 4 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 3.33
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow (L 1-1, 3.95) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.40
Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.39
Mitchell 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 6.04
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

Game 139. Yanks lose to Jays 11-5, fall 2 1/2 back. Teix’s leg is broken, out for year.


Before the game, the Yanks’ fears were confirmed. It isn’t a bone bruise that Mark Teixeira has, it’s a fractured shin. He’s done for the year.

As for the game, Luis Severino made his seventh MLB start and it turned out to be his first bad one. He gave up five runs in the first inning, two home runs, and was knocked out in the third as the Blue Jays won 11-5.

Toronto hit five HR in the game. The only bright spot for the Yanks was a 3-run HR (9) for Didi Gregorius, who drove in four of the Yanks five runs. Alex Rodriguez had the “Golden Sombrero”—0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.

Chris Martin was brought up before the game and wound up pitching in it.

Michael Pineda will start the opener of today’s DH, Ivan Nova the nightcap.

The loss dropped the Yanks 2 1/2 behind Toronto for the AL East lead. They are 77-62. The Yanks still have a 3 1/2 game lead for the first WC spot (meaning the one-game wild card playoff would be played at home) and a 4 1/2 game lead for the second wild card spot (game played on the road). The magic # to get into the wild card game is 19 over the Twins.

By the way, the Yanks “tragic number” to not win the AL East is 21. Hope they can win the division and it doesn’t come to that, but just saying. At least there is the wild card to fall back on.

Severino (L, 3-3, 3.35) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Martin 1 2/3, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.11
Bailey 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.75
Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H 0 walks and 0 K. 2.29
Cotham 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 9.00
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.59