No time to waste in Pettitte rehab

Andy Pettitte is expected to throw a bullpen session off off a mound in the coming days, clearing his biggest hurdle to date as he attempts to comeback from a fractured ankle that resulted from a line drive off the bat of Casey Kotchman in late June. Pettitte’s comeback seems to have come along at a good pace since he suffered a brief setback in Seattle, and obviously it’s hoped that he’ll be able to pitch for the team before September ends and have enough time to get at least a couple of starts under his belt before the postseason begins.

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Hank Aaron is trolling me?

This has nothing to do with anything, really, but since a) it’s an off day and, b) I’m the guy who coined the term “PE”DOTTUBHA (“performance enhancing” drugs other than those used by Hank Aaron), I suppose I’m pretty much obligated to post something about this:

Henry Aaron can see the progress commissioner Bud Selig has made with his comprehensive testing programs to rid the game of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). But Aaron, at a benefit for his Chasing the Dream Foundation on Wednesday, said that he believes the punishment for such violations in today’s game should be much more severe than it is currently.

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“I think it’s got to be a little bit more severe as far as penalties are concerned,” Aaron said. “I think 50 games is not enough. I’d like to see 100 games really. I think the second time, they need to just ban the player from baseball.”

Aaron’s answer sent the crowd into a standing ovation.

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Yankees extend contract with Trenton Thunder through 2022 *Updated*

As had been expected, the Yankees and the Trenton Thunder have extended their existing Player Development Contract. They added eight more years to the existing contract, keeping the Yankees’ Double-A team in Trenton through at least the 2022 season. The Thunder have won two Eastern League championships in their time with the Yankees and look to be headed back to the playoffs this season.

Update: Just after I posted this it turned out that there was another big announcement at the press conference, Tony Franklin has been named EL Manager of the Year. It is a well-deserved honor for Franklin, who by all accounts seems to be pretty popular and has been very successful as the Thunder’s skipper. He graciously accepted the award, making sure his coaches and players were recognized for the work they have done. Continue reading Yankees extend contract with Trenton Thunder through 2022 *Updated*

A-Rod to begin rehab assignment Friday

After hitting coach Kevin Long said all the right things following Alex Rodriguez‘s batting practice sessions, the good news keeps coming as A-Rod will begin his minor league rehab assignment tomorrow night. He’ll be the DH for the Tampa Yankees in that game, and will then play third base in Saturday’s game if all goes well. The Yankees have been without A-Rod since late July, and while his replacements at third base, especially Eric Chavez, have played admirably in his absence, the Yankees would no doubt like to get A-Rod back in the lineup as soon as possible to give the roster a little bit more depth and versatility, if nothing else. Continue reading A-Rod to begin rehab assignment Friday

Should Mark Montgomery be called up?

William already took the time to examine some possible names we might see added to the roster when September call up season rolls around this weekend, but because he limited himself to only those players currently on the 40 man roster, he didn’t consider the most intriguing question of all: should the Yankees call up Mark Montgomery from Double-A?

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Who needs facts when you’ve got Jon Heyman?

Jon Heyman’s latest column is up at CBS Sports, and I think it’s safe to say that he doesn’t like Roger Clemens much. Most of us already suspected as much, to be sure, but I guess there’s something to be said for removing all doubt. More interesting, however, is Heyman’s apparent dislike for the English language. To wit:

In my own personal opinion, Clemens is a steroid and HGH cheat and got off on a perjury charge because he had better lawyers than the government, the jury didn’t like his accuser, or they didn’t want to send him to jail for lying at a hearing they may feel should have never occurred in the first place (or maybe someone combination of all three). But that doesn’t make him innocent.

Here’s the thing: This isn’t an opinion! Opinions, in very simple terms, are answers to questions to which there is no objectively correct answer, and/or in which mutually exclusive answers can both be “correct” depending on the holder. “Does Coke taste better than Pepsi?”, for example. You can prefer Pepsi while I like Coke, and neither of us must necessarily be wrong, because the answer is strictly one of personal taste.

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Pondering September call ups

The September roster expansion is always a tricky thing for contending teams. Do they call up prospects to just give them a taste in lopsided games or can a contending team bring up players that just might help the team’s effort down the stretch? The New York Yankees will have to make those kinds of decisions fairly soon as the rosters expand this weekend. Pondering this, some thought was spent this morning on who the Yankees should call up in September for either reason.

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Does Joe Mauer Make Sense For The Yankees?

Yesterday, the Twins put catcher Joe Mauer on revocable waivers. Now that the five time allstar has cleared, there is a possibility for some late season trade magic. At one point, this may have been wishful thinking, but with $133 million owed until 2018, a recent injury history, and a year removed from an awful season, there’s a good chance that the Twins would make Joe Mauer available. He’s put together a solid season in 2012, a .309/.403/.425 triple slash in the small confines of Target Field. Although he’s hit just 8 homerun, Mauer has strung together some pretty impressive Continue reading Does Joe Mauer Make Sense For The Yankees?