Quick Hit: Ellsbury Swings A Bat

Well there’s some good news!  I said earlier in the week it would be nice to know something about Ellsbury’s condition and when he was going to return to baseball activities, and lo and behold we’ve gotten a lot of information in that department over the last few days.

A return to game action next week would be more good news and provide further reassurance that Ellsbury will actually be ready for Opening Day.  We’ll see how things progress for the rest of this week, but it seems like the worry meter can be turned down on Jake.

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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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Quick Hit: What’s Up With Ellsbury’s Oblique?

There hasn’t been a lot of new information on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s strained oblique since it was finally diagnosed as a strained oblique over a week ago.  The injury that we were initially told would only keep Ellsbury out for a few days was extended to a week after that diagnosis, and yesterday made it a full week without any baseball activities and no update on Ellsbury’s condition.

The one thing we have gotten in the last week has been Ellsbury’s statements downplaying the severity of the injury and reassuring everyone that he would be ready for Opening Day.  This would be good news if it were accompanied by some kind of update on his condition or a report that he had started swinging a bat again, but it hasn’t.  Via Chad Jennings, yesterday Ellsbury’s assurances were accompanied by this quote:

“I guess all I can tell is just how I feel each and every day.  But until I swing a bat, until I throw, until I do really explosive stuff, that will be the real test.

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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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Quick Hit: Strong Spring Training Showing For A Lot Of Top Prospects

There hasn’t been much to get all aflutter about in terms of Opening Day roster production so far this spring.  Many of the lineup regulars are off to slow starts with the bat, but for the most part we don’t care about their ST numbers if they’re good or bad.  That’s not necessarily so when it comes to prospects in camp, however, and the Yankees have had the good fortune of seeing many of their top prospects perform very well in the early going*:

And that’s not all of them.  …

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Quick Hit: Today’s ST Opener Starting Lineup

Man it feels good to write a title like that again!  The Yanks open their 2015 Spring Training game schedule this afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are fresh off getting beat by a college team.  If only the Daily News could find a way to work a joke about that into a joke about A-Rod on their back page.  That would be hilarious!

Anyway, here’s the starting lineup for today’s game:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Brett Gardner- LF
3) Chris Young- RF
4) Garrett Jones- 1B
5) Jose Pirela- 2B
6) Austin Romine- C
7) Kyle Roller- DH
8) Jonathan Galvez- 3B
9) Nick Noonan- SS

SP) Adam Warren

There will also be a slew of top prospects playing off the bench and out of the ‘pen today, so that should be fun.  Yankee baseball, baby!  It’s back in a few short hours.

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Caption Contest: Big Al And Marky Mark

Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez

Courtesy of the AP

What could these 2 fellas be talking about during their time in the batting cage yesterday?  Give me your best guess.

P.S.- IIATMS overlord Jason took the prize the other day, both in terms of quality and quantity.  Don’t let him win again.

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Quick Hit: Nova Back On The Mound

While people continue to lament the loss of Moncada and Alex Rodriguez continues to be a miserable human being by working out, taking morning BP, and signing autographs for fans, there are some other legitimately important things happening in the early days of Yankee camp.  Like this little nugget of info.  Did you know that Ivan Nova is back to throwing regular bullpen sessions off a mound?  Me neither.  But he is.  Has been for a while.

A whole bunch of different beat reporters had the details earlier today, but the long and short of it is that Nova threw a 25-pitch session this morning of all fastballs.  It was the 3rd all-heater session he’s had, and he explained that the plan is to throw 1 more of these type of bullpens before mixing in changeups, and then another 4 fastball-changeup sessions before working breaking balls back in.

Nova told reporters he was “excited” to be back on the mound but added that he realizes he still has a long way to go and is staying focused on “just taking it day by day” right now, which is the right attitude to have.  …

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Quick hit: Pictures of players on a field

Look you guys! It’s #TANAK getting out of his car!

It’s a bunch of guys on a field!

More from a field!

You know what this means? It means that we’re much closer to the real start of the baseball season. And I know, the experts are predicting another not-so-great year for the Yankees but right now, who cares! We get to see sun drenched pictures of guys doing unauthorized drills (because Spring Training doesn’t officially start for the Yankees until pitchers and catchers report on February 20) while a lot of us in the Northeast are buried under mounds of snow.…

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