Monday Evening News And Notes: 5/18/15

You know the drill.  Here’s the latest:

Masahiro Tanaka threw his latest bullpen session this morning at Nationals Park.  29 pitches, no reported issues, and it sounds like he’s ready to start his official MiL rehab.  The team has yet to announce any formal plans, but both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A SWB are at home later in the week.  Assuming Tanaka feels fine tomorrow, I bet he’ll be lined up to pitch for one of those teams on Thursday or Friday.

– Sounds like everything is OK with Mark Teixeira‘s toe.  X-rays were negative and both he and Joe sounded optimistic that he would be able to play on Tuesday.  Here’s hoping.  The offense really can’t afford to have him start breaking down right now.

Chase Whitley had his follow-up right elbow exam today with the team doctor and the decision was made to have him undergo TJS to repair the tear in his UCL.  The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow and will be performed by Dr.…

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Wednesday Afternoon News And Notes: 5/13/15

Lots going on in Yankeeland these days outside of the on-field stuff.  Here’s the latest:

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session yesterday at The Trop and all went well.  He said he felt no pain in his wrist or forearm and he reportedly threw all his pitches.  Chad Jennings had video.  He’s about halfway through his estimated 1-month recovery period.

– Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are planning on using Stephen Drew as the backup to Chase Headley at third base and limiting Alex Rodriguez to DH duty going forward.  Joe explained that it was about keeping A-Rod healthy, and I imagine the little hamstring issue from Monday night had something to do with that decision, whether Joe admits it or not.

Say what you want about Drew, but it’s hard to argue with a plan designed to keep A-Rod healthy and keep his bat in the lineup as much as possible.  That’s where all his value comes from anyway.…

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Injury Updates: 4/28/15

Mentioning Chris Capuano this morning made me realize we haven’t really done any updates on his progress or the progress of other players who are banged up, out, rehabbing, etc.  Let’s remedy that now, shall we?

– Jose Pirela was moved up to Double-A Trenton yesterday as he continues his rehab assignment.  Via Chad Jennings, he played second base for the Thunder.  Also, Chad’s idea of Petit going down for Whitley tonight and then Whitley going down and Pirela coming off the DL to take his roster spot later in the week is something I would fully support.

(Editor’s Note- Since this post was first drafted Petit has been optioned down, so it looks like that plan is already in motion.)

Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the lineup and at the top of the order last night and I haven’t read or heard anything about him after the game, so it sounds like that hip issue that kept him out for a game is a non-issue.…

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Quick Hit: Nova To Face Live Hitters Today

I wanted to touch on this briefly before I forgot and the news cycle moved on.  Via Marly Rivera yesterday, Ivan Nova is scheduled to throw live batting practice down at the Tampa complex today.  It will be his first time facing live hitters since his Tommy John Surgery last year.

I haven’t seen specifics on a planned pitch count, who he’ll be facing, and what he’ll be throwing, but I would assume he has no pitch type restrictions if he’s progressed to this point.  Nova has been throwing his offspeed stuff in bullpens for about a month now.  This will be another significant milestone reached for Nova on his way back from TJS.  If he comes through today OK, the Yankees can start thinking about a timetable for getting him into some Extended ST games and then a MiL rehab assignment.

June has been the projected target for his return to Major League game action, but with the spike in early elbow and shoulder injuries for pitchers, it wouldn’t shock me if the Yankees took a more careful approach with Nova.  …

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Yankees News and Notes: 4/8/15

Good afternoon!

Here are some links for you to read while you eat your lunch at your desk in your office because you’re a dedicated worker.

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Yankees News and Notes: 4/6/15

The Yankees lost their home opener, Masahiro Tanaka looked mortal and Alex Rodriguez was actually cheered during introductions.

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Here are some links for you to look at while you eat some lunch.

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Some Yankees news and notes: 4/5/15

Good morning! (And it is a good morning because we only have one more sleep until real Yankees baseball)

Here’s what’s happening with the Yankees:

Enjoy your Easter if you celebrate!

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Some Yankees News and Notes: 4/4/15

Good morning!

Here what’s happening today:

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Some (quick) Yankees news and notes: 4/3/15

Good morning!

Here’s what’s happening on the last Friday without regular season baseball until a long time from now:

Today is the Yankees’ last game at Steinbrenner Field. They will travel to Washington, D.C. after the game to face the Nationals on Saturday afternoon in their last exhibition game of the Spring. Then they will be off on Sunday and the season (finally) opens on Monday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

It’s almost here! We only a few more sleeps until the games finally count.

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