Nady Has Another Setback in Recovery

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According to Peter Abraham, Xavier Nady was pulled from Scranton’s game after 5 innings after feeling pain in his right elbow while making a throw.  It was believed that Nady was about ready to return to the Bronx, but this setback could keep him out even longer.  Hopefully everything’s ok with Nady, but I imagine the club will take it slow with him and try to let him rest his arm.

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Minors Recap, 6/25

Scranton stopped by Syracuse, 6-3

  • George Kontos was the loser, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings.  He also had 1 strikeout.
  • Zach Kroenke walked 3 but struck out 5 in 3 shutout innings.
  • Anthony Claggett gave up a hit and a walk, but fanned 2 in a scoreless inning.
  • Mark Melancon gave up an unearned run without allowing a hit or a walk.
  • Kevin Russo was 2 for 4 with a double.
  • Austin Jackson was 1 for 4 with a double.  He has cooled down somewhat, and is hitting .250 in his last 10 games.  Jackson’s average is down to .327.
  • Xavier Nady was 0 for 2.
  • Juan Miranda was 1 for 4.
  • John Rodriguez was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.
  • Colin Curtis was 2 for 4 with his 1st AAA homer.

Trenton falls to Akron, 4-3

  • Kanekoa Texeira started, giving up a run on 4 hits and 3 walks in 3 1/3 innings, and striking out 3.
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Discussion: The State Of Sports Media

Someone I work with asked me an interesting question today: “Do you know more about baseball than Mike Francesa?” My answer was very simple: “I probably do not know as much about the history of the game as someone like Mike, but I (and many other fans) know significantly more about today’s game than Francesa does.”

The reasoning is very simple. In the last 15 years, new ways to measure, explain, and predict what goes on on the field have come into wide use. Anyone interested in understanding the game better and honing their grasp of the sport can easily gain some measure of understanding of these newer metrics in a matter of hours. Yet, the dinosaurs like Francesa have shown a general unwillingness to change while their profession has changed. Most of the teams are utilizing the numbers and the metrics, and some enterprising clubs have actually begun developing their own metrics. Statistics are not the be all and end all, and if you feel that things like heart, grit and chemistry are important elements of the game and are ignored by most of the stats, that is a fair criticism.… Click here to read the rest

2 Yankee Prospects Make Futures Game

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posted for the American and World teams.  2 Yankees were selected to be on the world team.  Jesus Montero is 1 of the 2 catchers on the world roster (the other being Carlos Santana), so he will likely get a fair amount of playing time.  This is Montero’s 2nd straight season being selected to the Futures Game.

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The 2nd Yankee picked was Manny Banuelos, which surprised me a bit.  He has pitched very well this season as an 18 year-old in Charleston, and is worthy of selection.  I would have expected an older prospect like Austin Jackson, Zach McAllister, or Austin Romine to make the team ahead of Banuelos, though looking at the stacked US roster, I can understand why none of those guys made the team.

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A-Rod's Rest, Girardi, and Francona

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From the excellent Marc Carig:

But when asked if he would rest Rodriguez and his surgically repaired hip at least one game this week, Yankees manager Joe Girardi balked. I must ask, haven’t we seen this movie before?

“We’re going to talk about it,” said Girardi, who played Rodriguez 38 straight since his return from hip surgery. “The thing is he had Monday off and he’s going to have next Monday off. But I still think I’m leaning towards giving him a day off here somewhere.”

The Yankees enter Thursday night’s game with a chance to win the Braves series. The Subway Series follows, leaving few natural breaks in the schedule for Rodriguez to sit.

“That is kind of hard,” Girardi said about giving Rodriguez time off, especially after showing signs of life.

So, to recap, the doctors have already prescribed added rest, though the manager is tempted to use Rodriguez, and the star player is OK with it all.

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Cashman: We Have Enough Offense

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From Mark Feinsand:

Asked if he believes he needs to add a bat to the roster before the deadline, Cashman put the kibosh on that quickly.

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“We don’t need a bat,” Cashman said. “All the bats are here; I have no doubt about that. We have a tremendous offense, we’re just struggling right now. The only way we would need a bat is if we had an injury.”

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Minors Recap, 6/24

Scranton falls to Syracuse, 5-3

  • Sergio Mitre was effective as the starter, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk in 6 innings, and fanning 6.  He also recorded 9 groundball outs gainst 1 flyout, so the sinker was working for him.
  • Edwar Ramirez took the loss, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk in 1 inning of work, and striking out 2.
  • Jonathan Albaladejo gave up a run on 2 hits in 2 innings of relief.
  • Kevin Russo was 2 for 5 with a steal.
  • Austin Jackson was 1 for 5.
  • Xavier Nady, rehabbing, was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk.  I imagine he’ll be back in pinstripes very soon.
  • Shelley Duncan was 1 for 5.
  • Juan Miranda was 2 for 3 with a walk, raising his average to .278.
  • Justin Leone and Colin Curtis were each 1 for 4.  Leone doubled, and Curtis made a throwing error.

Trenton edges Akron, 7-6

  • Ryan Pope started, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings. 
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Swisher In 200 Words Or Less

A running argument that I have had with some less stat-inclined Yankees fans is about the value of Nick Swisher. I just read this bit on Swisher from Steve Goldman, and thought it summed things up perfectly:

Swisher does NOT play awful defense. He plays incredibly UGLY defense, but he’s actually quite a good defender. His UZR/150 is above average as is his range factor per game. Don’t confuse ungraceful and lumbering for bad.

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To which I, your humble servant, will add that there’s not a lot that’s pretty in Swisher’s game, but he’s a productive player and one the Yankees can’t afford to take out of the lineup. Even when his bat went on vacation in May, he still drew 19 walks, making for a .311 on-base percentage despite a .150 batting average. This month he’s hitting .267/.397/.500. You show me a team that benches a guy with those rates and I’ll show you a team that needs its head examined Stir Crazy dvd .

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Tex Tells AJC "You're damn right I took the money!"

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Mark Teixeira was interviewed before last night’s game by Denis Gorman of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He told the reporters that he enjoyed his time in Atlanta, but made it clear all along that he was going to maximize his free agent opportunity when they traded for him. Still, some in Atlanta seem to still harbor hard feelings over his departure:

Able to parlay his status as the premier position player available in free agency, Teixeira signed an eight-year, $180 million deal with the Yankees two days before Christmas

Grace Is Gone . It was widely panned as an example of fiscal irresponsibility. Along with Teixeira, the Yankees signed starting pitchers CC Sabathia ($161 million for seven years) and A.J. Burnett ($82.5 million for five) for the collective sum of $423.5 million.

Teixeira scoffs at the criticism.

I was completely up front with everybody. I was totally honest with everybody.

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