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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Sunday Morning News And Notes: 3/15/15

Good Sunday morning to you, Yankee fans.  Hope your weekends have been enjoyable so far, and I hope many will be sharing my Sunday plan of sitting around in sweatpants watching sports all day.  Here’s what you missed if you were productive yesterday:

– The Yanks split their split-squad games yesterday, beating the Tigers 4-1 behind Michael Pineda and losing to the Blue Jays 1-0 behind Esmil Rogers.  Pineda tossed 3 hitless, scoreless innings in his outing while Rogers gave up 3 hits in his 3 scoreless.  They combined to strike out 7.

Alex Rodriguez was back at third base in the Rogers game, and he went 1-3 with a well-hit single off the wall in right field, a 3-pitch strikeout, and a flyout.  He keeps putting good at-bats together, he looks as good as you’d expect a soon-to-be 40-year-old with his injury history to look physically, and it seems like the NY papers are starting to lose some of their anti-A-Rod steam.  …

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Monday Morning News And Notes: 3/9/15

I don’t know about y’all, but I didn’t do a damn thing this weekend.  Didn’t even shower until 2-3 PM yesterday.  I was barely following what was going on in the ST games yesterday and Saturday, so this is kind of a catch-up exercise for me more than anything.

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 29-pitch, 2-inning sim game on Saturday and once again all reports came back positive.  Joe announced during yesterday’s broadcast that Tanaka will make his ST debut on Thursday.  Sweet.

– As for the rest of that upcoming rotation, here’s what it looks like: Today- Michael Pineda, Tomorrow- Chase Whitley, Wednesday- Chris Capuano, Thursday- Tanaka, Friday- Adam Warren.

– Warren threw 3 innings of 1-run ball in his second ST start yesterday, the 1 run coming on a solo HR on the first pitch of the game.  No walks, 1 K.  Luis Severino also struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances each threw scoreless frames.…

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Thursday Morning News And Notes: 3/5/14

Quick round of ST news bits that we haven’t touched on yet:

– All continues to be well for Masahiro Tanaka this spring.  He threw another trouble-free bullpen session yesterday and the word on the street is that he will make his ST debut a week from today.  Nothing official from the team there yet, but keep your eyes and ears peeled.

– The team confirmed that Carlos Beltran will indeed make his 2015 debut tomorrow and he will do so in right field.  Guess that elbow is feeling OK.

Brendan Ryan is saying he feels good working his way back from a back strain, but the team had him take a day off yesterday after he told them he felt sore.  Something’s not adding up there.

– More early starter announcements, courtesy of Chad Jennings: Bryan Mitchell and Chris Capuano get the split-squad games tomorrow, Scott Baker will go Saturday.  Reminder that Esmil Rogers is the scheduled starter today.…

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Report: Luis Torrens Could Miss 2015 Season With A Shoulder Injury

I was going to wait until the severity of the injury was confirmed to write this, but after sleeping on it I realized I don’t expect the news to be good today anyway so why bother waiting on it?  If the news was better, the Yankees probably wouldn’t be waiting to make a formal announcement.

The bad news, via Chad Jennings, is that A-ball catching prospect Luis Torrens has suffered another injury to his right shoulder.  The Yankees are in the “still gathering info” stage of dealing with the injury, so there’s a chance it isn’t season-ending, but there were plenty of rumors out there yesterday saying it was.  That Billy Eppler is involved already and was the one talking to Jennings suggests that it’s pretty serious.

Torrens missed a few months this past season after suffering a shoulder strain very early in the Low-A season.  When he returned from the DL he was sent to SS Staten Island, where he hit .270/.327/.405 in 202 PA and continued to impress everybody with his natural hitting skills and how quickly he took to full-time catching.  …

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Joe Names First Three Spring Training Starters

This was supposed to be announced yesterday, but Joe wanted to wait a day and reconvene with his staff after the rainout before making the call.  The reconvening has been done, the decisions have been made, and the announcement is all but official.  Via Wally Matthews, the first 3 Spring Training starters will be Adam Warren, Nathan Eovaldi, and Esmil Rogers.  Warren gets the ST opener on Tuesday, Eovaldi will throw Wednesday, and Rogers Thursday.

The decision to start Warren and Rogers early is hardly a surprising one.  With both of them being told to stretch out and prepare as starters this offseason, they’re a step or 2 ahead of the rest of the rotation in terms of game readiness.  They also don’t have lingering injury concerns like most of the other projected starters.

Eovaldi got an early start on his spring activities as well, so it’s exciting to see him get one of the early game assignments.  …

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Saturday Morning News And Notes: 2/28/15

Have people been watching what Russell Westbrook has been doing?  Dude is out of control right now.  Must-watch TV.  Now here are some of the small Yankee-centric stories that I didn’t get to yesterday:

Brendan Ryan became the first player to suffer a ST injury when it was announced that he strained his back lifting weights.  He’s expected to miss less than a week, but you never know with back injuries.  Remember that Ryan missed all of camp and the start of the regular last year with back problems.

Via Ben Badler, the Yanks will have a spending pool of $2,262,800 for the 2015-2016 international free agent period.  Because they exceeded their spending limit this period, they will be unable to offer any contracts over 300k next year.  From what I’ve read, that means they won’t get a shot at 18-year-old Cuban pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez, who won’t be cleared in time to sign before the end of the 2014-2015 period.…

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