Chavez as DH?

To push the mind away from the Michael Pineda situation, which I admit has me vexed this morning, I decided to play GM for a day. And those thoughts swirl around guys like Dewayne Wise, Justin Maxwell, Doug Bernier, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez. Yes, my mind always comes back to Raul Ibanez. Having both Ibanez and Chavez on the roster causes a redundancy that limits some of the Yankees’ options. You really do not need Chavez to back up first base because Mark Teixeira will should play 155 games there. If something were to happen to Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees would call on Eduardo Nunez. Meanwhile, Ibanez is strictly a designated hitter who can supposedly play the outfield. Okay, I get that he has hit two homers in the last week or so, but Ibanez has looked ancient this spring. Should the Yankees continue this little experiment knowing that Ibanez couldn’t push his on-base percentage beyond .300 last season AND should never, ever play the outfield?

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Pineda headed to DL, Yankees’ rotation set

The results are in on Michael Pineda‘s sore shoulder, and the decision Joe Girardi had called one of the most difficult decisions of his managerial tenure has taken care of itself in the way no one wanted it to: Pineda will start the season on the 15 day disabled list with shoulder tendonitis. As undesirable as that may be in a vacuum, Girardi is probably right to call it “great news,” as the rest of the MRI means there’s no structural damage and no rotator cuff issues, injuries that would have been much more severe and worrying for his long term prognosis. The diagnosis could also explain why his fastball has lacked zip so far this spring. In a way, this is arguably the best possible conclusion to Pineda’s difficult first spring with the Yankees.

With Pineda sidelined, the composition of the Opening Day roster has obviously been settled, and the Yankees will start the season with a rotation of C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova, and Freddy Garcia. Continue reading Pineda headed to DL, Yankees’ rotation set

So, about Pineda…

You know how us cooler head types have been saying that Michael Pineda‘s struggle to find his fastball velocity Phil Hughes” href=”” target=”_blank”>wasn’t exactly like Phil Hughes’ similar problems in 2011? It might be time to re-think that. Pineda was, frankly, awful in the three innings he pitched in Friday night against Philadelphia. He may have been unlucky at a few key points, but the Phillies’ hitters were hitting him hard from the outset, his fastball command was non-existent, and he was unable to push the fastball above 92-93 MPH when he needed to dial it up and put a hitter away. To make matters worse, an apparently emotional Pineda confessed after the game that he was experiencing soreness at the back of his pitching shoulder.

A shoulder problem would certainly explain a lot of Pineda’s issues this spring, from the lack of ability to push his fastball up at times to over-compensating with his body, which had him unable to locate the fastball much at all last night. Of course, the possibility that Pineda has been lying to his coaches and trainers about how his arm feels is troubling, not so much because of anything it says about him (the Yankees decided to insist he needed to pitch his way on to the team, after all), but for the possibility that it’s an issue that hasn’t gotten better, or may have even gotten worse if Pineda aggravated it.

We’ll obviously know more when the team results of the MRI come back, but for now it looks like the rotation decision has been made in the worst possible manner, and it seems like Pineda is a good bet to open the season either on the disabled list or in High-A Tampa following this development.
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Updates and thoughts on Pineda’s injury

Twitter and the interwebs seemed to explode last night after Michael Pineda’s poor start and subsequent admission of “soreness” in the back of his shoulder. This all but ends the Spring Training battle for the 5th starter’s spot in the rotation, due both to his abysmal performance last night (with Brian Cashman and Billy Eppler in attendance) and the post game ‘injury diagnosis’.  With that in mind, I want to use this post to get you guys and gals up to date on the latest info, and weigh in with some of my own thoughts and reactions to what transpired Continue reading Updates and thoughts on Pineda’s injury

Cesar Cabral to have MRI in the morning

At the very end of a very long spring game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, Yankee announcer, Ken Singleton, mentioned that Cesar Cabral will have an MRI in the morning due to a sore elbow. Cabral pitched in the game earlier in the evening. Cabral has been in a battle with Clay Rapada for the second lefty in the bullpen and has had a good spring. Much interest will be on that MRI center in the morning with Cabral and Michael Pineda on the schedule. Continue reading Cesar Cabral to have MRI in the morning

Michael Pineda has a sore shoulder

During the broadcast of the game tonight between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, the Yankees’ announcers stated that Michael Pineda felt some soreness in the back of his shoulder before his outing but did not tell the coaching staff until after he was finished pitching. The news makes sense because Pineda never looked comfortable and was completely ineffective during his less than three full innings of work. As David Cone mentioned during the broadcast, Pineda was displaying bad body language on the mound and now we know why. Cone kept mentioning during Pineda’s innings that Pineda was “getting around the ball” with his fastball. Cone felt this interfered with Pineda’s velocity and location. If Pineda was in discomfort, those would be symptoms. The Yankees have to hope this is nothing serious and simply spring fatigue. If not, then the rotation questions just might have been answered. Continue reading Michael Pineda has a sore shoulder

Nightly Links: Pineda, Sanchez, Garcia

Michael Pineda only went 2.2 innings tonight, and gave up 7 hits and 6 earned runs. It’s impossible to make anything of this yet (though I’m sure one ESPN beat writer will) since Pineda’s velocity was sitting slightly higher at 91, and a lot of the hits were squeakers through the infield. Offensively so far, Curtis Granderson hit a 2 run homerun off Jonathan Papelbon. (Game Day) Bronx Baseball Daily explains why Gary Sanchez is poised for a huge season in the minors. With the type of potential he has, a breakout season could propel him to the top of Continue reading Nightly Links: Pineda, Sanchez, Garcia

Prospects who could move fast in 2012

The rosters for the Yankees’ full-season affiliates have been posted, courtesy of The Trentonian’s Josh Norris, and for the most part, the assignments are what we would have expected.  Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances will headline what should be a deep Scranton rotation. Brett Marshall, David Adams, and the brothers Almonte (not actually related) are some of the guys to watch in Trenton.  JR Murphy and Ramon Flores are probably the most intriguing guys to follow on Tampa, along with reliever Mark Montgomery.  As discussed previously, Charleston should be stacked, with a rotation that includes Jose Camposand Bryan Mitchell, and a lineup featuring Gary Sanchez, Dante Bichette, Mason Williams, and a number of other Continue reading Prospects who could move fast in 2012