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The minors. Kaprielian shut down.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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 13. Yanks still struggling, fall 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe Joe Girardi needs to call a team meeting. For the Yanks are struggling right now, down to 5-8 after a 5-2 loss tonight.

In the first, the problems getting runners in resurfaced. (They were 0 for 4 w/RISP tonight and those numbers have been awful so far this season). The struggling Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, but the Yanks couldn’t bring him home. I have often said that I’d kill for a SF, but the Yanks don’t seem capable of that lately (and Girardi NEVER calls for a squeeze bunt, one of my gripes against Girardi. Be aggressive. Bunt. Steal. Squeeze. Hit and Run. Don’t just wait for a HR).

Didi Gregorius did get the Yanks on the board in the second with his 2nd HR of the year.

Eovaldi gave up 3 in the fourth, and it could have been another if not for Aaron Hicks gunning a runner out at home. If only Hicks were hitting. He is 1 for 20 for the season. You wonder if sending Hicks down and bringing Aaron Judge up may be a benefit.

Any chance of the Yanks getting back in it evaporated when Brandon Pinder gave up two in the eighth. Pinder replaced Olson, who replaced Cessa on the Scranton shuttle.

Carlos Beltran hit his 4th HR of the year, #396 of  his career (tying Joe Carter) in the bottom of the eighth.

Some numbers: Ellsbury is at .220. He has to improve and set the table. Since coming off the DL last year, Ellsbury has done nothing. Teix is at .182. He is notoriously a slow starter. A-Rod is at .163. Headley .182. Hicks .050.

It’s early, but those numbers have to improve.

Generally, I want a club to finish April at .500 or above. The Yanks are 5-8, so they have to get it going.

Eovaldi (L, 0-2, 6.11) 6 Ip, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.15
Pinder 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 18.00
Nova 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 1-0. Kyle Haynes (6) and Brandon Pinder (3) combined on the four-hit shutout. SWB got just 3 hits themselves.

AA: Trenton also won 1-0. Lane Adams HR for the only run of the game.

High A: Tampa lost 4-1.

Low A: Charleston won 5-4. 3 hits and 2 RBI for Kendall Coleman.

S.T. Games 29/30. Yanks lose 2. Mitchell out 3 months.

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On a day when the Yanks found out Bryan Mitchell has a broken toe with Grade 3 turf toe, may need surgery and be out three months, they lost both exhibition games as the squad was split.

In one game, Michael Pineda gave up 4 HR (albeit, a strong wind was blowing out) as the Yanks lost 9-1 to St. Louis.

Pineda (L) 5  IP, 6 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up HR
Pinder 1 1/3 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Tracy 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

They lost the other game 10-6 to Detroit. They are 13-15-2 for the spring.

Castro 2 hits. Romine 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI. Mateo 2 RBI. Parmalee 2 hits, rbi.

Green (L) 4 1/3, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Webb 2 1/3, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Mullee 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.

Rough day for the pitchers.

Johnny Barbato and Luis Cessa made the bullpen. They were to make it before Miller and Mitchell got hurt. Miller wants to pitch through the injury to his non-throwing hand. We’ll see. But a sub must be found for Mitchell….and maybe Miller, too.

Romine is the backup catcher, Torreyes the backup IF.

The fifth starter hasn’t been named yet between CC and Nova.

Barbato won the J.P. Dawson award as best rookie in camp.

S.T. Game 24. Mitchell strong in Yanks’ 4-3 win.

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After Ivan Nova’s performance yesterday, it was pretty much a given that he pitched himself out of the starting rotation. It was also pretty much a given that CC Sabathia would have the #5 slot.

As ESPN’s Lee Corso is known to say, “Not so fast, my friend.”

Although it still strongly appears that CC will have that #5 slot, if only because of his salary, Bryan Mitchell gave the Yanks some food for thought as he continued his fine spring training with four scoreless innings in the Yanks’ 4-3 win over Toronto in spring training action today.

Aaron Hicks led off the game with a HR for the Yanks.

Poor Rob Refsnyder took a bad hop off of his face for the second day in a row. He’s made three errors at 3B in the last two days. Meanwhile, don’t count out Ronald Torreyes maybe beating out Refsnyder for a spot on the team as the backup infielder. Torreyes, 23, has had a fine spring. The rookie had two hits today and is at .313 for the spring.

A-Rod had an RBI. The winning run scored in the ninth on an E-2.

Nick Rumbelow and James Pazos were sent down to AAA. I still think the final bullpen spot(s) are down to Barbato, Yates and Pinder.

Today’s pitching line:

Mitchell 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Swarzak 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Pinder(W) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

 

S.T. Game 22. Yanks lose 6-2. CC better, Sanchez sent down.

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Sorry for the late posting. Busy with Easter stuff and getting my car back after having a rental for two weeks (thanks to a deer).

The Yanks lost Thursday, 6-2 to the Rays, dropping their spring training record to 9-11-2. CC Sabathia improved over his last outing, however, giving up 2 runs in 5 IP.

The Yanks sent Gary Sanchez down to AAA, so it looks like Austin Romine will be the Yanks’ backup catcher to start the season. Maybe Sanchez, given his first shot to make the team, pressed a bit. He hit just .048 (1 for 21) in the spring. This gives the youngster more time to develop, and lets him play everyday instead of twice a week. He’ll be up soon.

Brian McCann had two hits in the game.

The Pitching Line:

Sabathia (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. Gave up 1 HR (to Evan Longoria).
Olson 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Yates, Pinder and Barbato are having a nice competition for that final bullpen spot.