Girardi shoots down knee jerk trade speculation

With C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte both hitting the disabled list with just about a month left until the non-waiver trade deadline, it was pretty much a given that the national baseball media would launch straight into trade speculation mode where the Yankees are concerned. Joe Girardi isn’t biting on that, however, saying that the Yankees would try out internal options, namely Adam Warren and David Phelps, before going outside of the organization for help. Of course, that’s true up until the point that it isn’t, and given that Brian Cashman already hinted that he might still be looking for starting pitching upgrades it seems likely that the Yankees will at least be calling around to see if they can get a good deal, but that isn’t likely to be the case in the immediate aftermath of these injuries.

As for right now, Warren is getting called up to take C.C. Sabathia’s place in the rotation, and you would figure that Freddy Garcia will take Pettitte’s next start. Phelps has been getting stretched out in the minors, but he could be an option to come up as a long reliever, or to pair with Garcia in an attempt to stretch one out. Continue reading Girardi shoots down knee jerk trade speculation

Pettitte leaves game early with broken ankle

Update 3:38: Michael Kay just reported that Andy’s been diagnosed with a fractured ankle. Kay then said he “heard” he’d be out a minimum of six weeks. Crap.

Apparently it is not a good day to be a Yankees’ starting pitcher. Just hours after we learned that C.C. Sabathia would be hitting the disabled list for the first time in his tenure with the Yankees, Andy Pettitte was forced to leave today’s game in the fifth inning after being struck in the ankle area by a line drive. Pettitte hobbled around and attempted to stay in the game, but he was clearly treating the right foot/ankle very gingerly, and limped off the mound after delivering a pitch. At that point Joe Girardi decided to play it safe and call on his bullpen early. Hopefully it’s just one of those things that hurts like the Dickens, and Pettitte will be able to make his next start as scheduled after treating the soreness.

Pettitte allowed 2 runs, only one of which were earned, on three hits and a walk with seven strikeout over the four innings he was credited with. The earned run was allowed to score after he left the game. Continue reading Pettitte leaves game early with broken ankle

Freddy Garcia, Friday’s starter, enters game in relief

The early word late this morning was that Freddy Garcia would step in to start for the injured C.C. Sabathia this Friday night. Apparently there’s been a change of plans, however, because Garcia entered this afternoon’s game in relief with two outs in the top of the fifth, following Andy Pettitte’s early departure due to injury. Most chatter has the Yankees planning to call up Adam Warren to take Sabathia’s place on the active roster, so right now it would appear as though he’ll likely make his first major league start Friday night against the White Sox. Continue reading Freddy Garcia, Friday’s starter, enters game in relief

The What Ifs of Last Year’s Trade Deadline

The July 31st trade deadline is one of my favorite times of the year. Its that point where every baseball fan seems to break out their general manager business suit, and propose ideas that you’d never fathom, for better or for worse.  I’ve always been reluctant to take trade chatter seriously, but it’s also easy to get caught up in the excitement. Last year’s trade deadline was somewhat disappointing for those looking for another Kerry Wood type pickup. The Yankees didn’t make a single move before the deadline, the first time since 1999, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t pursue Continue reading The What Ifs of Last Year’s Trade Deadline

Game 74: Return of the sweep

The Yankees recently went on a string of sweeping three consecutive three game series as part of their 10 game winning streak. Since then they’ve dropped two out of three against the Braves and the opener of the series against the Mets, but today they’ll have a chance to pull the brooms back out after winning the first two games of this series against the Indians. Standing in their way will be Ubaldo Jiminez, while the Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the mound. Pettitte, like Phil Hughes last night, is looking to bounce back from a disappointing outing his previous turn, when he allowed five runs in the first inning to put his team in an ultimately inescapable hole in that loss in queens. Here are the lineups:

Indians (37-36):

Michael Brantley CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Jose Lopez 3B
Carlos Santana DH
Shelley Duncan LF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Lou Marson C
Aaron cunningham RF

Ubaldo Jiminez RHP

Yankees (45-28):

Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinsin Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 1B
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix SSS

Andy Pettitte LHP

Good to see Martin back in the lineup after three games off with a tight back, and also good to see Derek Jeter getting a day off. He probably needed one right about now, and a day game after a night game is as good a time as any for it.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 74: Return of the sweep

6/27 Game Thread: Martin’s Back

This afternoon, Andy Pettitte takes on the Indians and Ubaldo Jimenez. The Yankees are looking for their 5th straight win and a three game sweep behind strong pitching efforts from Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes. Not only has the pitching rebounded, but the hitters appear to have their RISP trouble in the past. Russell Martin will return from his stiff lower back, Jayson Nix gets a start at shortstop, Eric Chavez at first base, and Mark Teixeira at DH. With Jeter out, here is today’s lineup courtesy of Chad Jennings. Curtis Granderson CF Nick Swisher RF Alex Rodriguez 3B Robinson Continue reading 6/27 Game Thread: Martin’s Back

Breaking: Yankees put Sabathia on DL

Big news ahead of this afternoon’s finale with the Indians: the Yankees have announced that they’ve placed C.C. Sabathia on the 15 day disabled list with a strained left adductor muscle (in his upper leg). Sabathia indicated that he began feeling pain during his last start Sunday night at Citi Field, but didn’t say anything about it until after his bullpen session yesterday. The good news is that it’s merely a Grade I strain, and the plan according to Joe Girardi is for Sabathia to miss two starts and return after the All-Star break.

Freddy Garcia will start in place of Sabathia against the White Sox Friday night. Continue reading Breaking: Yankees put Sabathia on DL

Is Rafael Soriano…liked?

Rafael Soriano has been quite the lightening rod during his brief time with the Yankees. Signed by ownership against the wishes of general manager Brian Cashman, ostensibly because he was the best pitcher left on the market after Cliff Lee opted for the Phillies, and given an absurdly lucrative and friendly contract considering how barren the market for him had been until the Steinbrenners got involved, Soriano has endured a tumultuous stay in pinstripes literally from day one. It certainly didn’t help that he didn’t live up to his billing on the field either last season, battling ineffectiveness and injury to miss a good chunk of the season, losing his billing as the team’s Eighth Inning Guy to David Robertson along the way. It was a toxic mix of circumstances that conspired to make Soriano one of the most universally unpopular Yankees in recent memory. Fans complained about him, the media hounded him, and I sort of wonder if he ever contemplated giving up the extra money in exchange for just getting out of town this past winter.

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