Nardi On Horne, Humberto, and De La Rosa

Chad Jennings spoke to Nardi Contreras, who gave some updates on injured prospects. Alan Horne is pitching every five days, and is close to being ready in terms of innings. However:

“He still needs more arm strength,” Contreras said. “He’s getting pitches, but the arm strength, he needs to continue to pitch. He’s just getting some innings in, getting some arm strength and building it up. Slowly (the velocity) is getting higher and higher, which is good. He’s gaining arm strength, and that’s what he’s there for.”

It would be a huge boon for the Yankees if Horne could reestablish himself as a top prospect. He has great stuff, as health has been the only thing really holding him back from mega-prospect status. He will be an interesting prospect to track for the next few months.

The news on Humberto Sanchez is less encouraging. He has “stiffness” and is only long tossing. He is unlikely to see game action for a while, and I would not bet on seeing him in the Bronx at any point in 2009.… Click here to read the rest

Matthews: Giambi The Root of All Evil

A few weeks ago, I swore off posting about Wallace Matthews. However, I read his article on Jason Giambi and could not help myself. Apparently Giambi is to blame for the Yankees’ fall from grace (or at least is to blame until A-Rod comes back and it becomes more relevant to blame him):

Technically, the signing of Mike Mussina to a six-year, $88.5-million deal after the 2000 Series may have been the first shot, but with the Giambi signing, The Boss – drunk on four shots of championship Kool-Aid – was off and running.
Since then, the Yankees have spent $1,466,012,054 on players. That’s one billion, four hundred sixty-six million, twelve thousand and fifty-four dollars. In return, they’ve won this many world championships: zero.

And one thing every one of those teams had in common was the presence of Giambi.

You know what else those teams had in common? Derek Jeter. Mariano Rivera. Joe Torre. Brian Cashman. George Steinbrenner. Yankee Stadium.… Click here to read the rest

Recap: Pettitte Leads Yankees To A 5-3 Victory

What Happened

Andy Pettitte went 7 innings and allowed two runs in leading the Yankees to a victory in the first night game at the new park. Brian Bruney finally allowed a run, but Mariano Rivera shut the door on the A’s in the 9th. Brett Gardner had a big 2-run single, and Johnny Damon blasted a long home run.

What I Liked

1) Andy Pettitte- Andy was a bit erratic in allowing 9 hits, but continued to avoid the base on balls and went deep into the game for his third straight start. With Chien-Ming Wang struggling, top of the rotation type performances from Pettitte have been vital in keeping the Yankees afloat. He looks poised to have a great season.

2) Mariano Rivera and Brian Bruney- Bruney did get hit around a bit for the first time since Opening Day, but limited the damage and did not fall into his old pitfall of avoiding the plate and walking batters.… Click here to read the rest