Monday Morning Yankees links: 2/25/12

Good morning everyone. Hopefully you’re doing better than I am at the moment. I have a bit of an Oscars hangover and already feel like I need a nap. But things could be worse, we could be poor Curtis Granderson. Obviously, his injury is what everyone’s talking about today and while I did post some links about it, I tried to include other Yankees news – not that there is much, it’s all doom, gloom and Granderson’s broken forearm.

  • Should the Yankees pursue Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano? –
  • Spring begins with a bad break – Wall Street Journal
  • Fractured arm leaves Grand canyon until May –
  • Impact of & Effects of C-Grand’s Fractured Forearm – An A-Blog For A-Rod
  • The most overrated players of all-time – Beyond the Boxscore (I included this because there are Yankee players mentioned.)
  • In case you missed it this weekend: Yankees prospect Heathcott bounces back from past trouble –
  • Comparing Youkilis’ new batting stance – The Yankee Analysts
  • Curtis Granderson’s broken arm presents outfield problem for Yankees that they need to solve – NY Daily News

As soon as the word emerged that Granderson was going to be sidelined for 10 weeks, I’ll admit, I was pretty upset. Everyone’s initial reaction was a word that began with “f”. But now that I’ve had some sleep and have thought about it, it’s not that bad. It’s not great by any means but it’s definitely not the end of the world and I will not let the negative articles I’ve seen this morning put me in a gloomy mood.

Granderson will only be out a month and while, yes, the lineup is looking a tad powerless without him in it, it’s not like the Yankees are made of only replacement level players. I wrote in a post late last night on my other Yankee blog which said that fans should probably calm down a bit and I think the same goes for the media. It’s still February, the Yankees have time to evaluate the outfield situation and if things aren’t looking good in a couple of weeks, maybe they’ll make a move.

Let’s look at this in a positive way, it gives some of the kids who weren’t expecting to see much playing time, even in Spring Training, a chance to show off for the Yankees’ coaches and management. That could be exciting to watch for all of us. Continue reading Monday Morning Yankees links: 2/25/12

Comparing Youkilis’ New Batting Stance

Over a month ago, Kevin Youkilis and Kevin Long met up at the third baseman’s home in California to discuss changes to his batting stance. In an interview with Jack Curry, Youkilis explained the changes to YES network’s Yankees Access. Now that we have a broadcasted Spring Training game under our belts, we get to witness the stance in a game situation, and compare it to last year’s. There isn’t a major visual difference from this camera angle, but I do see three things. He is taking a more athletic stance and keeping his knees bent, the stride is somewhat Continue reading Comparing Youkilis’ New Batting Stance

The Kansas City connection

After a lifetime of reading about and watching the New York Yankees, there is a story that happened in the past that has floated by my consciousness from time to time. I often wondered about this story. As it goes with writers, the story floated by my consciousness one too many times and I had to find out what it was all about. The story goes that for a time, the Kansas City Athletics, a major league club, became a minor league team for the Yankees and funneled its best players to the Yankees thus allowing the Yankees to continue its dynasty. The years involved were from 1955 to 1960 when a man named Arnold Johnson purchased the Philadelphia Athletics from the Connie Mack family and moved the team to Kansas City. The period ended when Johnson died of a sudden cerebral hemorrhage in March of 1960 which led to the Charlie Finley era later that year. I wanted to know if the stories were true and to what tune Johnson’s Athletics aided the Yankees to continue the Yankees’ winning ways during the late 1950s.

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Spring Training Game Two: Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0

The Yankees dropped their Grapefuit League game to the Blue Jays 2-0 this afternoon at Steinbrenner Field but the biggest loss happened five pitches into Curtis Granderson‘s first at-bat. Toronto starter J.A. Happ hit Granderson in the right forearm. He was immediately taken out of the game as a precaution and a few innings later, the Yankees announced that Granderson suffered a fractured forearm and that he will be out 10 weeks.

Kevin Youkilis, who was on deck when Granderson was hit said, “It didn’t sound good.” And now we know, it wasn’t good at all.

It’s not a season-ending injury by any means and if there’s good news to come out of it, at least it happened early in Spring Training. Because of that, if things go as planned and Granderson doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he’ll be back a month into the season.

The game itself was pretty uneventful. Youkilis made good contact in his at bat, driving the ball to the warning track a couple of times but had nothing to show for his effort. He finished 0-2. Another new Yankee, Travis Hafner, finished the day 1-2 with a double.

The Yankees finished with 11 hits.

Cody Eppley and Juan Cedeno each gave up an earned run with Eppley getting the loss. Starter Adam Warren threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

The Blue Jays got their runs thanks to an RBI single by Emilio Bonifacio in the third and an RBI double by Sean Ochinko in the eighth. Continue reading Spring Training Game Two: Blue Jays 2, Yankees 0

Curtis Granderson Out 10 Weeks With A Fractured Right Forearm

There aren’t many ways this Spring Training could have gotten off to a worse start.  In his first at-bat of his first ST game of 2013, a game he started as the left fielder rather than the center fielder, Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch from Toronto starter J.A. Happ on the right arm and immediately left the game.  After first being called a “bruised right forearm” by the team, X-rays confirmed that Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm and is expected to be out for 10 weeks. According to Jack Curry, that 10 weeks includes time for both Continue reading Curtis Granderson Out 10 Weeks With A Fractured Right Forearm

Granderson out with a broken forearm

The Yankees just announced that Curtis Granderson will be sidelined at least 10 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Granderson was hit with a J.A. Happ offering in this first at bat of the game.

Granderson, who led the Yankees with 43 home runs last year, was taken out of the game immediately after being hit with the pitch.

More on this as the details come in but this is not good news for the Yankees. Continue reading Granderson out with a broken forearm

Quick hit: Yankees are eyeing March 10 return for Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter practiced on-field running and agility drills again this morning and if things continue to go as planned, he can see in-game action in about two weeks or so. GM Brian Cashman, who had a lot to say this morning, said that they are eyeing a March 10 return for Jeter who is rehabbing from ankle surgery.

Jeter’s ultimate goal is to be ready for the home opener April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.

Eduardo Nunez will starting in Jeter’s place today at Steinbrenner Field when the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Continue reading Quick hit: Yankees are eyeing March 10 return for Derek Jeter

Cashman: We’re not looking for catching

Thought this was interesting. From MLB Trade Rumors:

Backstops Francisco CervelliChris StewartBobby Wilson, and Austin Romine won’t light up the scoreboard, but that’s alright with Yankees GM Brian Cashman.  “We’re not looking for catching. We just know our offensive production at that position isn’t going to be as good as in the past,” Cashman said.

So, the Yankees aren’t looking for catching? If that’s the case, let’s stick Travis Hafner back there. I’m just joking, obviously.

More from Cashman: Cervelli is out of options and Dellin Betances will start in Triple A.

What do you think of Cashman’s statement? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Continue reading Cashman: We’re not looking for catching