Report: Shawn Kelley’s Rehab Shut Down After Setback

That’s not good news.  There was a slight chance that the Yankees could have gotten Shawn Kelley back this weekend, but that’s not happening now.

Joe informed the media before this afternoon’s game that Kelley suffered a setback with his rehab work and is being shut down for the time being.  He played catch on Monday and woke up yesterday with more back stiffness, so clearly he’s not even close to ready to return to action.  According to Dan Barbarisi, tests on Kelley’s back are still coming back negative, which is good news, but the team is “taking it slow” for now.  No timetable for his return, more on this as it comes out.

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Quick Hits: Sabathia To The DL, Pineda Needs More Time

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After last night’s start, CC Sabathia complained about pain in his knee and an MRI revealed that he had fluid that needed to be drained. The Yankees placed the left-hander on the 15-day DL, and Joe Girardi believes he’ll only need the minimum 15 days to recover. In his place, the Yankees will put right-hander Alfredo Aceves into the rotation and recall Matt Daley to the MLB bullpen.

In other news, Joe Girardi believes that Michael Pineda will need more time than the original four week timetable to recover from his teres major strain. This means the Yankees will have David Phelps, Vidal Nuno, and Alfredo Aceves in the rotation for the foreseeable future. The Yankees previously lost Ivan Nova for the season only a few weeks ago, and the rotation has gone from a strength to a weakness rather quickly.

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Quick Hit: Vidal Nuno Will Start Saturday, Tonight’s Lineup, Surgery for Nova

For what it’s worth, Meredith Marakovits notes that Vidal Nuno is listed on the roster as a starting pitcher now. As I mentioned yesterday, Nuno is the only pitcher on the Yankees’ roster that’s stretched out enough to start for a reasonable number of innings. The plan is likely to start him against the Angels, and then switch him with David Phelps to gain the platoon advantage. As Phelps builds up his pitch count, the Yankees will probably make the real decision on who becomes the regular starter. I also expect to see Manny Banuelos bumped to Scranton or Trenton soon.

Anyway, here’s tonight’s lineup against the Red Sox.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B

And Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound against left-hander Jon Lester, which is why Brett Gardner and Kelly Johnson get an extra day off.…

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Quick Hits: PECOTA, FanGraphs Top 10 Prospects, Tampa

  • Baseball Prospectus released their PECOTA forecasts today, which for the most part is subscription only stuff. The playoff projections are free, though I don’t believe that they’re fully updated with PECOTA numbers yet. You’ll see that the Yankees are projected to come in third place in the AL East. The system pegs Masahiro Tanaka at a 3.42 ERA in 2014, and if Mariano Rivera were playing, he’d have a 2.68 ERA. For the most part, I’m not a huge fan of any projection systems, and especially PECOTA ever since Nate Silver left BP.
  • Marc Hulet of FanGraphs released his top 10 Yankee prospect list today, which was topped by Gary Sanchez, J.R. Murphy, and Eric Jagielo. He calls the organization a pedestrian to middle of the road farm system, though it has the depth in the lower levels to be a top 10 or even top 5 system quickly. There weren’t many surprises on his list outside of the high ranking for Jagielo.

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Quick Hits: Prospects, Michael Young, Hughes

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Sunday Links: Garza, Rivera, Cano, YES

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At least something is going on in Yankee Stadium

  • The Brewers have come to an agreement with starting pitcher Matt Garza. It’s a four-year deal of $50 million guaranteed ($12.5MM AAV) with $1 million in incentives for every season and a $13 fifth year million option. As they did with Kyle Lohse last season, the Brewers waited out the pitching market to get a bargain on a desperate free agent. Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez still remain on the free agent market, two players that the Yankees were connected to before signing Tanaka. Both players also carry draft-pick compensation, which Garza did not. The Yankees would only have to give away their second round pick to sign any of them, and Jimenez makes some sense for the Yankees on a one-year or similar short term deal. At 29 years old, Jimenez had a rebound season in 2013, but could use another year of success to reestablish himself as a top of the rotation pitcher in free agency.

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Quick Hit: Yanks Make Roberts Signing Officially Official

Stacey had this yesterday when the beat guys were reporting it, but it’s not officially official until the Yankees say it is and they said it was today.  Brian Roberts is now OFFICIALLY a Yankee.  He takes A-Rod’s roster spot and is currently the starting second baseman.

Insert your best “until he gets hurt” jokes in the comments.

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Quick Hit: Vernon Wells DFA’d

It was only a matter of time before this move came and it appears that time has come.  Vernon Wells has been designated for assignment by the Yankees to open up a roster spot.  He hit .233/.292/.349 (.279 wOBA) in 458 PA this past season, taking on a much bigger role than the team anticipated after the C-Grand injury.  After looking like an All Star in April and early May, Wells hit the wall and was pretty much useless for the rest of the season.  The Ellsbury and Beltran signings made him expendable and an easy target for a roster crunch casualty.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t celebrating this move.  I was against the decision to bring Wells in last year and would much rather see whatever playing time he would have gotten this season go to Zoilo Almonte.  …

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Quick Hits: Romine, Jimenez, International Spending

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Austin Romine is “very much available”. Even after trading Chris Stewart to the Pirates, the Yankees find themselves with five catchers on the 40-man roster. Brian McCann and Francisco Cervelli project to be on the 25-man roster, while Gary Sanchez will likely return to Double-A in 2014. This leaves the team with both JR Murphy and Austin Romine competing for a spot in Scranton. The Yankees still have a number of needs to address this winter, so if one of Romine or Murphy can help them obtain an infielder or pitcher, a trade makes a ton of sense.

In that same report by Cafardo, he links Ubaldo Jimenez to the Yankees. He hears from GM’s that even if the Yankees land Masahiro Tanaka, Jimenez makes sense for the team and his personality would be a good fit for New York. The team was linked to Jimenez earlier this winter, and Cashman almost traded for Jimenez in July of 2011.…

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