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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Thursday Morning Velo News And Notes: 3/26/15

- Dellin Betances’ velo!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“But Betances’ heater hasn’t warmed up this spring. And that’s led to results not exactly befitting of a man who appeared on the fast track to become Mariano Rivera‘s longterm replacement as Yankees closer…

His fastball only reached 94 mph, according to the notoriously generous YES Network radar gun.”

- Masahiro Tanaka’s velo!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“What was worrisome was the admission by Tanaka that he did not have full confidence in his fastball, and the nagging suspicion that the real reason why Tanaka has not cut loose is fear. The fear that to really let fly with a fastball will cause pain in his torn UCL, which the Yankees chose to rehabilitate without surgery last year — or pain, which Tanaka, manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild all insist is not there.”

Also from those articles:

– Betances had pitched almost twice as many innings at this time last year (10.1) as he has this year (5.1), and he was pitching low-mid 90s then just like he is now.…

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Sunday Morning News And Notes: 3/22/15

Yesterday was a slow day around these parts.  Let’s play a little catch-up.

– The Yankees won their ST game yesterday afternoon, 3-2 over the Astros on a 3-run rally in the bottom of the 9th that was started by an Eddy Rodriguez 2-run double and capped by a Jake Cave walk-off sac fly.  Even in a game where the win doesn’t mean much, that’s pretty cool.

Michael Pineda was the starter yesterday and he struggled out of the gate, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs in the 1st inning before settling down and getting through 3.2 innings without further damage.  He struck out 6 and did not walk a batter, so I’ll chalk the runs up to a mistake pitch and not a real problem.  Big Mike is looking healthy and looking good this spring.

– Strong day from the bullpen behind Pineda.  Justin Wilson, Andrew Miller, Andrew Bailey, Nick Rumbelow, and Jacob Lindgren combined to throw 5.1 innings of scoreless, 1-hit ball with 8 strikeouts.  …

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Quick Hit: The Upcoming Rotation Schedule

The Yankees go from one big name starter last night in CC Sabathia to another tonight in Masahiro Tanaka.  His second start will be just as closely monitored and dissected as CC’s first start was last night, and once again coming through the start healthy will be the primary and ultimately only important goal.

As for where the rotation is heading from here, Chad Jennings had the scoop on that earlier this afternoon.  Per Chad, the upcoming rotation schedule is as follows:

Thursday- Esmil Rogers
Friday- Adam Warren
Saturday- Michael Pineda
Sunday- CC Sabathia

Jennings also reported that Joe is committed to getting Bryan Mitchell “at least” 1 more start this spring.

So what does all that mean?  For starters, it means the replacement 5th starter competition is still alive and well and it should be.  Warren, Rogers, and Mitchell are the 3 clear candidates for the job, and I think it’s fair to say that this next turn for all of them will represent the start of “results matter” time.…

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