Quick hit: A CC Sabathia injury update

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CC Sabathia is feeling no pain after a bullpen session.

According to George King of the New York Post, Sabathia pitched a bullpen session Monday and is scheduled to throw another one today. Sabathia said, “No pain, I’m excited.’’

When speaking to the media about Sabathia on Monday, GM Brian Cashman said, “”I think we’ll be in a position to plug him back into the rotation. That’s the plan.”

Sabathia is currently on the 15-day DL. The degenerative knee condition he suffers from, which was diagnosed in 2014, acted up after Sabathia changed his delivery to increase his velocity. He told reporters when he was first placed on the DL, that he was sacrificing pain for velocity.

Sabathia last pitched on August 23 against the Indians, when he was removed from the game due to knee pain and said that the large brace he’s been wearing since going on the DL and rest have helped him avoid pain while throwing.…

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A Sweet Golden Sombrero

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This post is not going to be an analytical gem. It is not going to be some biting analysis about what happened in a game. It is certainly not a journalistic endeavor. Okay, you might be saying, “So what else is new?” Yes, I know. I’ve been writing about baseball on the Internet for twelve years. Let’s be real. Nobody has ever called me a journalist or an analyst. After all, my Twitter handle has always been, “@FlagrantFan.” No, this post is none of those things you can hang a shingle on. This is a post of a one-man celebration of an event that has never happened before. The Yankees struck out David Ortiz swinging four times in four at bats. That, friends, was a sweet Golden Sombrero.

Oh, the Yankees have struck out David Ortiz four times in a game before. It happened twice before it happened last night. The first time was on May 24, 2006. Randy Johnson started the game for the Yankees and got Ortiz swinging in the first.…

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Game 131 Recap: Yankees 3 Red Sox 1

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It’s so beautiful it almost makes me cry. Courtesy of Getty Images

That’s more like it.  I wouldn’t necessarily call it snapping out of their funk from Monday night, but the Yankees did turn in a very good team pitching performance to shut down the Red Sox and picking up a win to even the series.  I’ll always take a win.

Michael Pineda started the night with the ball in his hand for the Yanks and from the get go it was clear that he was feeling better tonight than he has in a while.  He pumped a few fastballs in at 94-95, threw a couple good, hard sliders, and retired 7 of the first 8 Boston hitters he faced.  He hit a speed bump in the bottom of the 3rd when Jackie Bradley Jr. smacked a double and came around to score on a Pablo Sandoval hit, but he quickly recovered from that to strike out Xander Bogaerts swinging on a 96 MPH fastball and end the inning.…

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Game 131: Pineda vs. Porcello

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Mookie Betts, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS
Brian McCann, C David Ortiz, DH
Alex Rodriguez, DH Travis Shaw, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Rusney Castillo, RF
#GREGBIRD, 1B Brock Holt, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Blake Swihart, C
Stephen Drew, 2B Jackie Bradley, Jr., LF
Michael Pineda, SP Rick Porcello, SP

Enjoy the game!

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An injury update on Mark Teixeira

Ugh… this just came across the Twitter wire, so to speak:

I’m so glad they didn’t put Tex on the DL right away. Good job, everyone!

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Quick hit: A-Rod’s Awful August

Just saw this tweeted and wow, A-Rod was worst in August than I thought:

A-Rod’s awful August has dropped his season numbers to .256/.364/.487/.851.

If the Yankees have any hope of winning the division – yeah, I know Toronto exists – or at least a chance of locking up a playoff spot, they will need two things to happen: Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez need to start hitting again. Well, in Tex’s case, he needs to actually play again but with his leg injury not getting any better that may not happen. So now, it’s up to A-Rod and the rest of the offense to make up for Tex’s absence.

Since turning 40 on July 27, A-Rod is batting .192/.328/.327/.655. Yikes.

Here’s how that looks in spray chart form:

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Some numbers:

  • He’s batting .355/.487/.613/1.100 in 31 at bats against lefties and .123/.256/.205/.461 in 73 at bats against righties.
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About Last Night: A brief rant

I went into last night’s game against the Red Sox figuring the Yankees would lose because I didn’t have much faith in Ivan Nova and because the Red Sox have been good lately so that seemed like a lethal combination which would result in a frustratingly annoying loss. But much to my surprise, as much as watching Nova pitch makes me want to punch things, my own face included, I was most angry with the Yankees’ offense after last night’s debacle ended.

And yes, it was a debacle.

Hey Yankees, here’s a tip: When you squander that many scoring chances, you’re going to lose the game. And while I appreciate the effort you made in the ninth inning, things would have been a lot better if you actually did something the other times you had the bases loaded during the game.

My goodness.

And even more annoying is the fact that Toronto actually lost a game to the Indians. I know, I can’t believe it either.…

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Quick hit: Yankees Designate Austin and Figueroa, Activate Bailey

More roster moves were announced this morning.

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees have designated outfielder Tyler Austin and infielder Cole Figueroa for assignment, the club announced. Those moves were made as part of a flurry of roster activity to clear 40-man space for September call-ups, including former All-Star closer Andrew Bailey.

Also of note, Domingo German, who had Tommy John surgery, was called up and transferred to the 60-day DL. This means he gets five weeks of MLB pay and time even though he can’t actually play.

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Checking in on Didi Gregorius

Back on July 15, I wrote about the slow and steady progression of Didi Gregorius so I thought in light of last night’s performance and his performance against the Braves this past weekend, we could take a look at how he has been doing since the All-Star break.

In 147 at bats (42 games), Gregorius is hitting .327/.365/.435/.800. He’s batting .233/.273/.315/.588 at home and batting .419/.451/.554/1.005 away from Yankee Stadium.

Here’s his overall spray chart since the All-Star break:
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And here’s the heat map:
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Some numbers:

  • Gregorius has gotten three singles off the cutter – two off David Price – and he’s batting .375/.375/.375/.750.
  • He’s gotten one single off the splitter. .286/.286/.286/.571
  • He has trouble with the changeup, batting .111/.190/.167/.357, but he hit a double in Saturday’s game against the Braves.
  • He’s hit five singles and a double off the slider and he’s batting .259/.259/.296/.556.
  • In six at bats against the knuckleball, he has three singles – two off R.A. Dickey and one off Steven Wright.
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