Tonight’s Game Rained Out, No Makeup Date Announced (UPDATED)

The Orioles made it official about a half hour ago.  Tonight’s second game of this early-week series has been postponed due to rain.  The weather in Baltimore is horrible right now, like flash flood warning bad, and is not expected to let up until much later tonight, so chances of getting the game in this evening were already slim to none.

No makeup date has been officially announced yet by either team or MLB, but word around the Twittersphere is that September 12th looks like the most likely date as part of a doubleheader.  The Yankees have also not announced how this postponement will affect their rotation plans for the rest of the week.  Shane Greene was scheduled to start tonight with Michael Pineda expected to be activated off the DL and follow him tomorrow.  More on these parts of the story to come…

** UPDATE 5:26 PM- Via Meredith Marakovits, The Yanks have announced that they will keep Pineda scheduled to pitch tomorrow.  

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Quick Hit: Big Mike To Make His Return On Wednesday

It had been a source of speculation since his latest MiL rehab start on Friday, but today the Yankees ended that speculation by announcing that Michael Pineda will be activated from the disabled list to start in Wednesday night’s series finale against the Orioles.  Pineda has been rehabbing for the last few weeks and has been on the DL since May 6th.  He has not pitched in a Major League game since April 23rd, the night of his now infamous pine tar start.

Pitch count fully stretched or not, Pineda is an obvious upgrade over Esmil Rogers in the rotation.  At this point in the season, every game is critical and the Yankees need their best pitchers out there on the mound.  If Pineda can be as good as he was in his 4 April starts, he would be a really big help.  Just remember, Big Mike.  Belt buckle, hat brim, glove.  Belt buckle, hat brim, glove.  Keep the head and neck area clean.…

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Injury News: 8/7/14

A couple updates on the less healthier members of the 40-man roster:

- Mark Teixeira left last night’s game after the challenged play at the plate.  He cut his left pinky finger sliding into home, badly enough that it required stitches.  An MRI revealed no breaks though, so he will sit out today’s game and then be re-evaluated.

- Michael Pineda threw a side session at The Stadium yesterday and is scheduled for his next MiL rehab start this Friday.  The team has said he will not be considered for David Phelps‘ spot on Friday, but could be after this next start.  His targeted pitch count is 75-80.

- Masahiro Tanaka threw again on Tuesday as a follow-up to his 25-light throw session on Monday.  This time it was 50 throws from 60 feet and the throws were a little bit harder than Monday.

- CC Sabathia‘s knee surgery last week revealed a bone spur, which was removed as part of the procedure.  …

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Pregame Notes 8/5: “It’ll Never Be the Same”

When Dr. Neal ElAttrache went in to clean up CC Sabathia’s right knee last week, he made a discovery that led to more optimism for the Yankees’ lefthander: a bone spur.

How is that a good thing?

“[The doctor] got in there and saw it, and was able to shave that out of there,” Sabathia said. “I think that was good – having him go in there and at least get a scope in there and see what is going on, try and put a plan together going forward.”

The removed bone spur wasn’t initially found in Sabathia’s MRI, but represents a sense of optimism in the future, that his knee is completely clean. More so, he was able to avoid microfracture surgery, saying the procedure “isn’t an option” considering it would likely mark the end of his career.

That doesn’t mean all Sabathia’s problems will dissipate, though.

“I’m always going to need something,” Sabathia said. “Whether it’s getting it drained, or PRP shots, or something, going forward there’s always something I’m going to need to do.…

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Report: Nationals Claim Matt Thornton Off Waivers (UPDATED)

Well that’s a helluva thing.  I didn’t even know Thornton was put on waivers.  But he was, the Nationals put a claim on him, and the Yankees didn’t pull him back, so now he and the rest of his contract are off to the nation’s capital.

I admittedly was much less of a fan of Thornton than others, but his removal from the bullpen mix does leave Joe without the matchup lefty option he loves to have.  Short-term solution: BRING ME PAT VENDITTE!!!  Slightly longer-term solution: BRING ME JACOB LINDGREN!!!

** UPDATE 2:24 PM- Via Dan Barbarisi, lefty Rich Hill will be coming up to take Thornton’s roster spot.  Needless to say, he is not Venditte or Lindgren. **

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Tanaka Scheduled To Throw Today (UPDATED)

Three weeks was supposed to be the big milestone in starting to determine the success of the rest/rehab/PRP injection treatment plan for Masahiro Tanaka‘s partially torn right UCL.  That milestone was reached last week and all indications are that the treatment has worked so far.  Tanaka was examined by the Yankees’ team doctor on Friday and cleared to start throwing again.  Had he not been cleared, the plan probably would have been scrapped and TJS would have been scheduled.

Now that’s still a possibility, as there’s no way of knowing how healed Tanaka’s UCL is and how long it will be able to hold up to the rigors of throwing and pitching again.  But the plan was for him to throw today if he was cleared and, via Wally Matthews, that’s exactly what he’s going to do:

“He’ll definitely throw,” the source said. “He’s already told the doctors that he feels better.”

That source was not Brian Cashman or Joe Girardi, so take the quote however you want.  …

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Sunday Evening News And Notes: 8/3/14

A few odds and ends before tonight’s super huge, ginormous, monumental rubber match against the Sawx.

- Via Sweeny Murti, Luis Severino was scratched from his scheduled start today with what’s being called “very slight” right oblique soreness.  Better safe than sorry, and as long as it’s not an arm issue it sounds like there isn’t much to worry about here.

- Michael Pineda made his first official MiL rehab start earlier today for SWB.  He threw 3.1 scoreless innings, allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, struck out 4, and threw 58 pitches.  Assuming he wakes up tomorrow and feels fine, I figure he’ll make at least 1 more rehab start and maybe another before rejoining the rotation.

- The Dellin Betances-Mike Napoli matchup in the 8th inning last night was a clash of the titans.  Betances finally struck him out after a 10-pitch battle and the Fenway Park radar gun had his final fastball at 101 MPH.  He averaged 99.2 MPH on his fastball for the night, so he must have been feeling good.…

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Thursday Mid-Morning News And Notes

There’s a handful of happenings that have gone untouched over the last few days.  Such as…

- Carlos Beltran played catch before Tuesday night’s game as the Yanks continue to try to get him back to a point where he can physically play right field.  It would be great if it could happen, both to create some roster flexibility and get Ichiro back to the bench where he belongs.  But given how quickly the bone spur flared up the first time he tried throwing again, I’m not saying I’m optimistic.

- Michael Pineda is also working his way back.  Again.  He threw live BP at the Tampa complex over the weekend, and via Chad Jennings, he’s slated to throw a simulated game today.  The limit is set at 2 IP or 30 pitches, whichever comes first.  Again, not optimistic that Pineda will make it back to help this season, but it would be nice if he did.

- Fellow injured starter CC Sabathia had his knee surgery as scheduled yesterday.  …

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Cut to the Chase: What to Know About Headley

Through two games, we’ve learned a decent amount about new Yankees 3B Chase Headley. Here are some highlights, mixed in with some things he carried with him to New York.

Epidurals are good. Headley battled back issues earlier this year in San Diego, to the point he says he was “pretty banged up.” That said, he’s said twice that the epidural he had on his back has worked like a charm, and his back “continue[s] to feel much better than prior.” He’s called back surgery a “last-case scenario,” and noted it’s an unpleasant thing to think about. He said that he’s added a few core workouts, and that he warms up his back quite a bit before games. It seems like he has a firm hold on his back for now.

Newspapers are no good. Chase Headley won’t read the NY papers, not even after a walk-off hit. “I’ve been warned to stay out of those,” he said. “My parents, first of all when I started playing baseball, they told me that.…

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