Saturday Morning News And Notes: 10/3/15

Just a few quick notes before we get into today’s doubleheader.  Most of this stuff is courtesy of Chad Jennings.

Ivan Nova will start the first game today and Luis Severino is scheduled to start the second one, but that may not be set in stone depending on whether or not the Yankees clinch home field for the WC game before the nightcap.  Joe has said he wants to have more than one starter on the roster for Tuesday, and it sounds like Severino is in consideration for that role.

– Also sounds like we won’t be seeing a lot of the starters in today’s doubleheader.  I imagine the lineups will look similar to ST split-squad games and the older veterans won’t be in for the full game.  Maybe Rico Noel and Gary Sanchez will finally get ABs!

Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a “vestibular concussion” and has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and most likely the playoffs.  …

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Friday Morning News And Notes: 9/18/15

Final off-day of the regular season yesterday.  It’s 17 in 17 from tonight on out and there’s going to be some real juice to this weekend Subway Series.  Should be fun to watch.

– The Yankees will send Tanaka, Pineda, and Sabathia to the hill this weekend, with Joe non-committal on pitching Tanaka on normal rest again next Wednesday against the Blue Jays.  Given the state of the rotation and the potential divisional effect of winning that series, it should be a no-brainer.

– Assistant GM Billy Eppler has started his interview rounds for open GM positions.  Via George King, he met with the Mariners in Chicago on Wednesday after talking to the Angels on Monday.  I don’t see any way he comes out of this offseason without a GM job somewhere.  He’s been real close the last few years.  Good for him.

– The 2015 MiL season officially came to an end for the Yankee organization on Tuesday night when SS Staten Island lost the Penn League Championship Series in 2 games.  …

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Friday Morning News And Notes: 9/11/15

That rainout last night kinda sucks, huh?  What was already going to be a difficult series against the Blue Jays this weekend became more difficult, and I think I’d be happy with a split if we’re being honest.  Since there’s no game to recap, let’s catch up on some small stuff.

– Like the new pitching plan.  The Yankees announced last night that Luis Severino will start tonight, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda will start Saturday’s doubleheader in a TBD order, and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Sunday on regular rest.  They’ll probably also have to start Adam Warren next Tuesday after CC starts on Monday.  I actually don’t hate this.  You want your 4 best starters in this important series and those are the Yankees’ 4 best starters right now.

– Still doesn’t sound like Mark Teixeira‘s bruised shin is getting any better.  He was on crutches yesterday, told reporters he still can’t walk without pain, and is reportedly going back for more tests on it.  …

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Sunday Morning News And Notes: 9/6/15

Hope everyone’s enjoying the middle portion of their 3-day Labor Day weekend.  I’m still coming to terms with Wisconsin’s loss last night and the fact that I’m sitting in my company’s office while I write this, and I thought a quick notes post might be therapeutic.

– It sounds like it’s all but a done deal that CC Sabathia will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday.  He’s been throwing bullpens without issue since getting another injection in his knee, and he threw a 4-inning, 60-pitch sim game before Friday night’s series opener against the Rays.  Sabathia’s return will give the team the 6-man rotation it was hoping to use this month to give guys an extra day of rest, and hopefully the time off and new knee brace will help him pitch more like he was before his last start.  The Yankees can’t afford to have more bad CC starts at this stage of the season.

Mark Teixeira told every reporter within earshot that he was “100%” confident he would play again this season the other day.  …

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Yankees Announce First Round Of September Call-Ups

It was news that flew under the radar while the frustrating game was playing out in Boston, but the Yankees did announce their first round of September roster expansion call-ups last night.  The group will include catcher Austin Romine, infielders Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela, outfielder Rico Noel, and relief pitchers Caleb Cotham, James Pazos, and Andrew Bailey.  The team will also activate utility man Dustin Ackley off the DL today.

This a pretty even layer of depth being added to the roster with nothing really standing out as especially notable.  I wrote about what Ackley is bringing back to the table yesterday and he figures to be the most useful of this bunch.  I expect we’ll see some of Refsnyder against left-handed pitching at second, but he isn’t going to be taking time away from Drew.  Romine will serve as the emergency catcher because Gary Sanchez is hurt and could be an option as a righty first baseman.  …

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Thursday Morning News And Notes (And Bad Offensive Numbers): 8/27/15

This was supposed to be a post about how bad the Yankee offense has been over the last few weeks and me finally giving in and accepting that they’ve regressed and are really this bad now.  But I knew the minute I stepped into the shower this morning that I wasn’t emotionally ready to do that, so instead we’re going to recap some of the smaller stories from the last 2 days and I’ll mix in some bad offensive stats to at least acknowledge that reality.  Fair?

– The official diagnosis is in on CC Sabathia‘s right knee and it’s about as positive as it could have been.  There is no new damage in the knee, no tears or anything like that.  It’s simply the continuation of the degenerative condition that’s existed there for a while and there’s nothing that will require surgery.  That leaves the possibility open for Sabathia to return this season, and he did say he would be open to working out of the bullpen if/when he came back.  …

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Pineda Update: Throws 4.2 Innings For Triple-A SWB

Michael Pineda made his second MiL rehab start last night, pitching for Triple-A SWB and pitching much more like the guy we’re used to seeing.  On a pitch count of 65, Pineda threw 62 in 4.2 innings of 1-run ball.  He gave up 3 hits, struck out 3, and didn’t walk a batter, working low 90s with his fastball again and throwing much sharper offspeed stuff than he did in his previous start.

Via Chad Jennings, Pineda threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen after coming out of the game, so he did reach 72 total pitches on his count.  Joe wouldn’t commit to a next step when speaking with the media after the Yankees’ loss, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that next start came with the big league club.  If Pineda’s good for 90-ish pitches, that could get him through 6 innings and that would be good enough working in a 6-man rotation turn with roster expansions around the corner.…

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Pineda Update: Throws Three Innings In First Rehab Start

While the rotation continues to get by just fine without him, Michael Pineda took another step towards rejoining that rotation last ngith by making a rehab start with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.  He worked 3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits while walking none and striking out none.  He threw 42 pitches, 30 of which were strikes.

Pineda was scheduled for either 3 innings or 45 pitches, whichever came first, so he reached his desired work level last night.  According to the reports I saw on Twitter, he was mostly low 90s with his fastball and he touched the mid-90s on a few pitches.  Talking to Nicolas Stellini after the game, Pineda expressed confidence in the fastball but added “I need to work on my slider and my changeup.”  That’s not uncommon for a pitcher who’s had his normal throwing routine interrupted and nothing that can’t be worked out with another rehab start or 2.

As for that next rehab start, I imagine it will come sometimes later this week.  …

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Pineda Update: First Time Back On A Mound Goes Well

Here’s some good news.  Michael Pineda threw from the mound for the first time since hitting the DL yesterday as scheduled, and reportedly came through his 25-pitch session feeling good.

Via Chad Jennings, Pineda said he threw at about 75-80% yesterday, but clarified that it was not because of any issues with his forearm.  “I never throw 100 percent in the bullpen.  But I can tell when the arm feels good, and when the arm feels something’s wrong, you know?”

The next step for Pineda is a 35-pitch bullpen session scheduled for Thursday.  Joe said he would likely throw all his pitches in that session, and it sounds like a rehab assignment could come after that provided Pineda makes it through this next bullpen without issue.

Things are definitely progressing ahead of schedule for Pineda right now, and I think that has to be taken as a good sign.  He only missed about a week of throwing activity and he’s back on a mound less than 2 weeks after going on the DL.  …

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