Posada Update And The Cervelli Question

From Pete Abraham:

Xavier Nady has been cleared to play in an extended-spring-training game in Florida today. He has been on the disabled list since April 16 with a partially torn elbow ligament.
Nady, Jorge Posada (right hamstring), Jose Molina (left quad) and Cody Ransom (right quad) started working out at the team facility in Tampa yesterday.
Posada hopes to play in a game as early as tomorrow.
“It’s now a matter of getting into baseball shape,” he told The Associated Press after taking batting practice, throwing and running.

If Posada plans on getting into a game by tomorrow, you can expect both him and Nady back within 10 days. Nady’s return seems to create no issues with the roster. he will replace Angel Berroa, and will probably split time with Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher once he can play the field. Posada’s return, However, brings to mind the question of what the Yankees are going to do once Molina is healthy as well, as the Yankees are unlikely to carry three catchers.… Click here to read the rest

Hughes dominates in Texas, Yankees roll 11-1

Phil Hughes made his return to Arlington, the site of a traumatic event in his young career.  As a hotshot 20 year-old and top pitching prospect, Hughes was at the top of his game, tossing 6 1/3 no-hit innings and keeping the Rangers on the ropes.  This all changed with one pitch, a curveball to Mark Teixeira, where Hughes went for a little too much, and injured his hamstring.

2 years later Hughes, now 22, has experienced both success and frustration.  Filling in for Chien Ming-Wang, Hughes has been up-and-down, though he had posted quality starts in his last 2 outings.  Returning to the site of his injury, you would have to imagine that Hughes was looking to dispel the bad memories from his last appearence in Texas.  And with Wang back in the majors, Hughes’ time in the rotation might be numbered, so the pressure was on him to pitch well.

And pitch well he did.  With the Yankees exploding for 11 runs against Ranger pitching, highlighted by a 5 for 5 day by Alex Rodriguez, Hughes allowed just 3 hits and a walk in 8 innings of work, while striking out 6. … Click here to read the rest

The Resurgence Of Melky Cabrera

As I have said before, Melky Cabrera is a polarizing figure amongst Yankees fans. While most love his exuberance and obvious love for the game, his talent has been questioned by many, including myself. Even when things were going well for Melky in the past, you always felt like the other shoe was bound to drop. he did not seem to have the swing to make consistent solid contact, and his approach at the plate was often awful. Yet all of that has changed. Melky is hitting .328/.374/.492, good enough for 6th in the majors in OPS for center fielders. He has also played an excellent outfield, with a UZR/150 of 19.2. While I would point to last year and say that Melky has started quickly before, the truth is that May is almost over. It will soon be time for us to stop calling it a good stretch and starting calling it a good season. Most importantly, Melky’s approach and ability to drive the ball seem to have improved enough for us to look at his performance and not expect him to totally collapse at some point.… Click here to read the rest

Callis and Law on Phil Hughes

These are questions from the ESPN chats of Keith Law and Jim Callis last week:

Chris (NY): Crazy to say that Phil Hughes should be in the bullpen from here on out as a quality multiple innings reliever?

Keith Law: Not crazy at all.

I agree that it is not crazy, but I believe that Hughes should spend some time in the minors working on his cutter and changeup, as well as finding more consistency in regard to locating his fastball. Some have said that he has nothing to prove in the minors. While that may be true, he certainly has some things to work on, and I believe that he would be best served in an environment where he can work on those things without having to worry about winning and losing. Also, one interesting point comes up in the Callis’ chat:

Steve (NY): Is there any chance Phil Hughes will be allowed to have more than 14 sporadic starts at AAA to learn how to pitch before people decide on him?

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Minors Recap, 5/24

Scranton defeats Pawtucket, 10-4

  • Kei Igawa was the starter, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 5.
  • Edwar Ramirez was wild, giving up a run in 2 1/3 innings, allowing just 1 hit and walking 4.
  • Jonathan Albaladejo pitched 2/3 of a perfect inning.
  • Austin Jackson was 4 for 5 with a double, raising his average to .354.  It’s hard not to be impressed with the high average, but I would like to see a little more power and fewer strikeouts.
  • Shelley Duncan continued to hit for power, going 1 for 4 with his team-leading 15th home run of the season.
  • Juan Miranda was 1 for 4 with a walk.
  • Eric Duncan was 1 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.
  • Chris Stewart was 4 for 5.

Trenton falls to New Hampshire, 10-4

  • Wilkins De La Rosa had a rough outing, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks.  This raised his ERA to 4.57 since promotion. 
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Thoughts On Yesterday's Thriller

  • Melky Cabrera came up with another walk-off hit, his third of the season, to cap a three run ninth inning. I was not a big believer in Melky coming into the season, and I think it is dangerous to judge a player during their hottest stretch in years. That being said, Melky looks a lot better at the plate, taking more pitches and being more selective on pitches up and out of the zone. Pretty soon a good stretch will turn into a good season, and I will be forced to happily admit that I was wrong about the Melk Man.
  • Alex Rodriguez is Mr. Clutch. With the Yankees on the verge of losing their second straight disappointing game against an average at-best starter, he drove a ball into the right field seats to tie the game. He has been having better at-bats over the last week, and is reaching base at a .381 clip and slugging .653. With a BABIP of .088, his .204 batting average is likely to go up as hits begin to fall for him.
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MLB Investigates the Yankees… D’oh!

“No trap can hold Homer Simpson! Uh, but I’m not Homer Simpson… I’m the Pieman! Homer Simpson away! I mean, the Pieman”

You knew was too good to be true. Just when you start getting exciting and believing in baseball, again, they let you down. Bad news, folks. In a late breaking press release, Major League Baseball has announced that they are investigating the New York Yankees for Performance Increasing Enhancements (P.I.E.’s) during their recent 9 game winning tear.

Fireballer AJ Burnett is the suspected point man in this scandal and is charged with distributing P.I.E.’s to several different Yankees including Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera. In a forthcoming book by Selena Roberts, an unnamed source claims that, “they’re not even hiding it! They’re shoving it in each other’s faces!”

Some reputed benefits of P.I.E.’s include bursts of increased energy and a warm, yummy feeling in the tummy. Side effects include facial acne, obesity, and diabetes. Burnett refused to comment directly on the controversy, only saying, “mmmmmmmm… piiiiiiies,” whenever he was asked about the performance increasing enhancements.… Click here to read the rest