Replacing Gardner

The Yankees recalled right handed pitcher Cody Eppley to take Brett Gardner‘s place on the active roster after the speedy outfielder was placed on the 15 day disabled list, meaning that, in the near term, the Yankees will be carrying 13 pitchers with a three man bench. In general I’m not a fan of that alignment, but at the moment I can certainly see the logic behind it. The Yankees’ bullpen has been getting a lot of work in over the team’s first 12 games, especially the front end guys like Cory Wade, Clay Rapada, and David Phelps, and with 9 games in 10 days against the Red Sox, Rangers, and Tigers after the Yankees finish up with the Twins tonight, things don’t figure to get any easier on the pitching staff before the end of the month. Under those circumstances, adding an arm to the bullpen is certainly a logical choice.

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Musing on Hughes before his start

Here we go again. Another Phil Hughes start will come tonight, and once more, we’ll be crossing our fingers and hoping for something to click. As as I write this, I can’t help but feel bad, like I’m setting Hughes up for failure. The first step in setting someone up for failure is setting low expectations, and that’s what I’m doing. After two inefficient and mostly ineffective starts, I’d be thankful to get five innings out of Hughes tonight. On a more micro level, I’d be happy just to see him throw some decent offspeed pitches and put hitters away. Continue reading Musing on Hughes before his start

PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Anthony Swarzak

The Yankees will face Twins right handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak tonight in the final game of the four game series. The 26 year old pitcher came up with the Twins organization as a 2nd round draft pick in 2004. In the minors, he cracked Baseball America’s top 100 prospects once in 2006 at #100, but had a moderately successful minor league career. Although his rookie season was technically 2009, he finally broke the 100.00 inning barrier last year. In 2011 he posted a 4.32 ERA, a 4.04 FIP, a 4.85 K/9, and a 2.29 BB/9. Although he’s far from a Continue reading PITCHF/x Scouting Report: Anthony Swarzak

Brett Gardner placed on the DL

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has reported that Brett Gardner has been placed on the DL due to a bone bruise and strained right elbow caused by a defensive play Gardner made in left field during Tuesday night’s game. Feinsand stated that Gardner will be replaced on the 25-man roster with relief pitcher, Cody Eppley, to bolster the bullpen for a few days.

The Yankees will try to limp along for a few days with Andruw Jones, Eduardo Nunez and Raul Ibanez available for outfield duty. Brett Gardner was off to a fast start and was batting .321 with a .424 on-base percentage. The loss of Gardner’s services will certainly weaken the outfield defense while he is away.

**Update** Feinsand later corrected himself and said it was Gardner’s wrist and not his elbow.
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Clunky Kuroda and blown chances sink Yankees

The Minnesota Twins jumped all over Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning to put four big runs on the board. The Yankees came roaring back in the bottom of the first to score three of their own off of Jason Marquis and they had the bases loaded with one out and could not knock out the Twins’ starter. Marquis hung in there for five innings to collect the win despite allowing ten base runners. Kuroda would be gone after four and a third innings allowing fourteen base runners of his own and was charged with six earned runs. The Yankees’ bullpen shut the door the rest of the way but the Yankees fell just short and lost, 6-5. The Twins have now taken two of the first three games of the series.

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Hiroki gets Hi-rocked, Yanks fall to Twins (plus Gardner to the DL)

After a dominant outing against the Angels, in which he came a few outs shy of pitching a complete game shutout, Hiroki Kuroda took the mound against the Twins looking to keep the momentum going.  Kuroda was in for a tough assignment because the Twins’ lineup featured a number of left-handed hitters.  This included healthy versions of Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, who have been looking like the modern day M&M Boys in this series.  The Twins countered with soft tosser and longtime National Leaguer Jason Marquis, whose repertoire seemed tailor-made for a barrage of Bronx bombs.  Brett Gardner was Continue reading Hiroki gets Hi-rocked, Yanks fall to Twins (plus Gardner to the DL)

The Farm Report: 4/18/2012

Thin night on the minors schedule tonight. Tampa had a scheduled night off before they head to Daytona to start an extended weekend set tomorrow, while Charleston was rained out in Augusta.

Empire State beat Rochester 2-0:

Offense was at a premium in this one as the two teams combined for a total of eight hits and one walk in the game, but thankfully the Yankees got six of those hits and shutout the Red Wings. Dewayne Wise was back in the lineup for the Yankees and continued to stroke it at the plate, going 2-3 with a double while Steve Pearce went 2-3 with the two RBI. D.J. Mitchell was spectacular on the mound, going a total of 8 shutout innings with seven strikeouts to one walk and two hits allowed. Suffice it to say, that was a welcome development from a starting staff that has really struggled at the outset of the new season.

Trenton sweeps Erie, winning 7-1:

In the only other game played today, the Thunder beat Erie 7-1 this afternoon to complete the sweep and move above .500 for the first time this year. Abraham Almonte followed up his big Tuesday night by going 2-4 with a walk and an RBI, while Ronnir Mustelie continued to hit the ball well, also going 2-4 with a walk. Melky Mesa added his fourth home run of the season, a three run blast in the first inning that got the Thunder out to a lead they would never relinquish. The other four runs all came in the 6th inning. Continue reading The Farm Report: 4/18/2012

Game 12: Yanks vs. Twins

Game Three of the Yankees vs. Twins series will feature a matchup of Jason Marquis (scroll down for a scouting report) and new fan favorite, Hiroki Kuroda. Lineups: Minnesota: 1. Denard Span, CF 2. Jamey Carroll, SS 3. Joe Mauer, C 4. Josh Willingham, LF 5. Justin Morneau, DH 6. Chris Parmalee, 1B 7. Sean Burroughs, 3B 8. Clete Thomas, RF 9. Alexi Casilla, 2B New York: 1. Derek Jeter, SS 2. Curtis Granderson, CF 3. Mark Teixeira, 1B 4. Robison Cano, 2B 5. Nick Swisher, DH 6. Raul Ibanez, RF (ugh) 7. Andruw Jones, LF 8. Eric Chavez, 3B Continue reading Game 12: Yanks vs. Twins