Injury Updates: Tanaka, Nova, Sabathia, Prado, Cervelli (UPDATED)

Slow news day on a Saturday, so here’s the latest batch of injury updates:

Masahiro Tanaka resumed throwing earlier this week with a long toss session and was scheduled to throw off a mound today.  If he is able to make it back this season, it won’t be for more than a start or 2 later in the month.

** UPDATE 2:44 PM- Tanaka threw a 34-pitch bullpen session earlier this morning as scheduled and reportedly came through it fine.  He told reporters he felt no pain or fatigue in his arm.  Now the team will wait a day or 2 to see how he responds before deciding if he’s ready to face live hitters again. **

– If you checked out that Chad Jennings link yesterday, you found out that Ivan Nova has started throwing as part of his rehab from Tommy John Surgery in April.  Right now he’s at 25-throw flat ground sessions from 60 feet every other day.  …

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Game 139 Quick Recap: KC 1 NYY 0

This one was a pitchers’ duel for sure, and when that happens the Yankees usually come out on the losing end thanks to their pathetic offense.  That was the case last night as they dropped the series opener to the Royals 1-0.

Michael Pineda wasn’t as sharp or as nasty as he was on August 25th, but he was still very good.  The only run KC got against him came thanks to a Chase Headley error at third base.  His botch put Alcides Escobar at second base with 1 out in the 3rd and Norichika Aoki’s base hit up the middle brought him home.  That was all KC would get.  Pineda only allowed 1 more hit after that and finished 7 strong innings with 11 straight outs.

That 1 run was all the Royals would need, however, as James Shield was even better than Pineda.  The Yankee lineup had no answer for him.  The only real scoring chance they had was when Brett Gardner double and Carlos Beltran got hit by a pitch with 2 outs in the 4th.  …

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Game 139: Pineda And Shields, The Rematch

When Michael Pineda and James Shields hooked up 11 days ago, Big Mike grossly outpitched Big Game James on his way to his third win of the season and the 5th Yankee win in a row.  They each get the ball tonight in a return match, this one the start of a 3-game weekend series at The Stadium, and Pineda has the chance to get another Yankee winning streak going with a repeat performance.  Here’s the starting lineup playing behind him:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Derek Jeter- SS
3) Brett Gardner- LF
4) Carlos Beltran- RF
5) Brian McCann- C
6) Mark Teixeira- 1B
7) Chase Headley- 3B
8) Stephen Drew- 2B
9) Ichiro Suzuki- RF

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 in the PM.  Let’s go Yankees.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 9/5/14

Big week in the Yankosphere, lotta good stuff out there.  Let’s get right to it.

– On Tuesday, SJK of NoMaas was saddened by Derek Jeter’s dip below the positive WAR line.  I think that’s a feeling all of us have in some way, regardless of how we feel about his farewell tour.

– Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley watched the Trenton Thunder in person on 8/29 and offered up some firsthand scouting reports on Luis Severino and some other top prospects.

– On Wednesday, Bryan Brunati of Pinstripe Alley wondered who would get the ball in the event the Yankees make it to the 1-game Wild Card playoff.

– On Thursday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits compared some key numbers from last year to this year to show how Stephen Drew hasn’t been as bad as some are making him out to be.

– Jed Weisberger of Pinstriped Prospects rattled off the list of good performances in the Yankee farm system this season, effectively silencing those who say the system is “depleted”.…

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Keep On Fighting

Hi guys, it’s Stacey. Long time, no see.

In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, don’t listen to the podcast and didn’t hear the news, my dad is fighting to survive in a New York City hospital and because of what’s been happening with him, watching baseball and more specifically, writing about it, has taken a bit of a backseat in my life.

Until this morning.

My dad is the one who introduced me to baseball. He took me to my first games, he taught me how to score and if it weren’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be writing about baseball so it has been hard for me to sit and watch games knowing he’s in a hospital bed with lines stuck into his body and tubes shoved down his throat. The thing that upsets me the most is that this is a man who has never been seriously ill. He worked for 42 years, never took a day off and the most he ever had wrong with him was a bad cold.…

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Quick Hit: Bullpen B-Team Gets It Done

The 9th inning home run dramatics will get the headlines this morning, but the key to the Yankee comeback last night was the stellar relief work by their bullpen.  Dellin Betances and David Robertson each gave Joe a couple of big innings to keep the team in the game after Capuano exited and set up the walk-off homer.

Oh wait, no they didn’t.  They were apparently unavailable due to each of them pitching once since last Sunday and so Joe elected to guy with his lower-tier guys.  With team team’s postseason heartbeat potentially on the line, Joe put it in the hands of Josh Outman, Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Shawn Kelley, and Adam Warren.  And they got it done.

4.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, and 4 strikeouts.  If you saw that line coming from that group, you’re a smarter person than I.  Hill finally did what he was brought here to do and struck out David Ortiz in the 5th after Ortiz had taken Capuano yard twice.  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 2-4 (Red Sox)

Chase Headley celebrates after hitting a walk-off homer to beat the Red Sox on Thursday. (Photo: NY Daily News)

Chase Headley celebrates after hitting a walk-off homer to beat the Red Sox on Thursday. (Photo: NY Daily News)

Rookies of the Year
The Yankees started their crucial nine-game homestand with a 9-4 blowout loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Two rookies, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, led Boston’s offensive barrage. Betts was 3-for-5 with a homer while Bogaerts went 4-for-5 with a homer.

Bogaerts is the first Red Sox rookie with at least four hits at Yankee Stadium since Jim Rice in 1975. He is also the youngest Red Sox with at least four hits against the Yankees since a 21-year-old Carl Yastrzemski on July 9, 1961.

Here’s a look at what the duo accomplished together:
• First pair of Red Sox rookies to both homer in the same game vs the Yankees since Phil Plantier and Bob Zupcic did so on September 21, 1991.
• First pair of Red Sox rookies to both homer in the same game at Yankee Stadium since the rookie rules were established in 1958.…

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Koji Uehorror – Yankees walk it off in the ninth

The Yankees appeared to be heading to another frustrating loss and Koji Uehara trotted in from the bullpen to protect a 4-3 lead. Three batters later, Mark Teixeira had tied it with homer and after a Brian McCann (hard hit) line drive out, Chase Headley hit a bomb to the third deck to win the game in walk-off fashion. Headley was met at home to a frenzied celebration and a Gardner Gatorade bath.

Uehara is really struggling right now and his big out pitch, the split-fingered fastball, is just not sinking and when that pitch doesn’t work, it becomes a batting practice fastball. Living in Maine with the blackout rules, I had to watch the game on NESN and the post game show featured Dennis Eckersley savaging Uehara. Hey, the guy won them a World Series last year, lighten up!

The game to the ninth inning was pretty tough to watch. Stacey Gotsulias was hurling epithets all over Twitter and who could blame her.…

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Game 138: Capuano Vs. Workman

I’m going to be real honest with you here.  I don’t give a crap about this game.  I don’t.  It’s a game featuring Chris Capuano and Brandon Workman pitching for Yankee and Red Sox teams that are a combined 12 games under .500 and the 2 lowest scoring teams in the American League.  Hard to get even remotely titillated at any of that when the other option is NFL opening night, which happens to feature the Green Bay Packers.  It’s all Packers all the time for me tonight, but if you’re going to be a better soldier than I and watch this game, here’s your open thread.

Yankee starting lineup is the same as last night:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Derek Jeter- SS
3) Brett Gardner- LF
4) Carlos Beltran- DH
5) Mark Teixeira- 1B
6) Brian McCann- C
7) Chase Headley- 3B
8) Stephen Drew- 2B
9) Ichiro Suzuki- RF

Go Yankees.  Or don’t.  That’s cool too.

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