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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Musing on a Scuffling Red Sox Team

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Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The Red Sox are the reigning World Champions, and Jacoby Ellsbury will return to Fenway Park tonight in a Yankee uniform. There’s enough drama and narrative to play-up this next series, but the rivalry just doesn’t feel the same. Both teams are outfitted with almost entirely new lineups, and the bad blood hasn’t developed yet.

This series comes only one week after the Yankees nearly swept the Red Sox in the Bronx. After a year where the Yankees missed the playoffs and the Red Sox conquered them, the perspective of both clubs has changed fairly dramatically in just three weeks. While small sample size needs to be taken into account, the Red Sox just don’t look as good as they did in 2013.

Most believed that after such an easy run to their World Series victory, the team didn’t need to make many moves this offseason. Indeed, the strength of their farm system allowed them to replace key players with younger and cheaper ones while they said goodbye to Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Stephen Drew, and Ryan Dempster.…

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Quick Hits: Robertson Activated, Cabral To Triple-A, Hensley Throws A Bullpen Session

The Yankees have officially activated David Robertson from the disabled list. He’ll be available to pitch tonight against the Red Sox, and after Nova blew up on Saturday and the long 12 inning game on Sunday, the Yankees needed the extra arm.

Cesar Cabral cleared waivers the last few days, and the Yankees have outrighted him to Triple-A. He no longer has a spot on the 40-man roster, and the Yankees get to keep the left-hander in their system, so good news there.

2012 first-round pick Ty Hensley announced on Twitter that he threw a bullpen today. Hensley hasn’t pitched since the year he was drafted due to a hip surgery in 2013, and then he suffered a hernia earlier this year. The Yankees will continue to take it slow with Hensley, but at some point they’ll have to push the 20-year-old right-hander into real games again.

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The Farm Report: 4/21/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 4-2:
The IronPigs only needed one inning to get the win on Monday evening. Clete Thomas singled with one out in the first and stole second. Maikel Franco drew a walk and Reid Brignac lined a RBI single to center for the first run of the day. Jim Murphy...

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The Potential Long-Term Effects Of Nova’s Injury

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Ivan Nova‘s Saturday was already a bad one before the injury was announced.  He was up in the strike zone again, getting knocked around the park, and not giving his team much of a chance to win.  His early exit and subsequent UCL tear diagnosis was a stomach punch to him, a sobering blow to what had been a mostly positive start to the Yankee season, and a possible explanation for his early struggles on the mound.

With Nova now out of the picture for the near future and most likely the remainder of the season, the Yankees will have to find a way to cover for that loss.  They appear to have found a suitable replacement for the short-term in Vidal Nuno, but the baseball season is a long one and it’s barely over 10% old.  More injuries are all but certain and it’s the long-term ramifications of Nova’s injury that are now the concern.  The ripple effect of losing Nova could extend from this past weekend into the final month of the season in a variety of ways, all of which the Yankees will have to consider and be prepared to address moving forward.…

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Monday Afternoon Open Thread: 4/21/14

It’s an off day so here is an open thread for the afternoon.

Discuss anything you’d like: Other baseball games, basketball, hockey, the weather, etc.

Oh and just in case you forgot, this happened two years ago today:

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How Will The Yankees Replace Ivan Nova?

 Mike Carlson/AP

Mike Carlson/AP

The Yankee rotation began the 2014 season as their strongest asset. All five of their starting pitchers had the ability to end the year with top-of-the-rotation numbers. After suffering a tear to his UCL, Ivan Nova is likely out of the picture for this season, and not only does this put a strain on the Yankees’ starting pitchers, but also their bullpen.

After the Spring Training competition for the fifth starter spot, the Yankees rightfully settled on Michael Pineda and sent David Phelps, Adam Warren, and Vidal Nuno into the bullpen. The three ex-starters haven’t been without their faults, but they’ve also shown value in the right situation. With Nova likely to undergo Tommy John surgery, the Yankees will need at least one of these three bullpen arms to convert back to the rotation.

Warren has been the most effective of this group. He’s pitched just 9.2 innings in relief thus far, but his velocity increased in these short outings.…

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History by the fours

Since today was a day off in the current 2014 New York Yankees season, I thought I might take a look at the past versions of the Yankees during all of their “4″ seasons. This entry will look at every Yankee season that ended with a four and present the best pitcher and batter of that particular season. We begin with the 1904 New York Highlanders.

1904. The New York Highlanders were managed by the 34-year-old Clark Griffith who also pitched ches100+ innings that season and went 7-5 with a 2.86 ERA. The team won 92 games and finished a game and a half behind Boston. The best player on the team was pitcher, Happy Jack Chesbro. Chesbro had his best season and led the league in games pitched, starts, complete games, wins, innings pitched and had the lowest hits per nine allowed in the league. He went 41-12 with a 1.82 ERA (2.19 FIP) and completed 48 of his 51 starts.…

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A Dean Anna Split: Yankees 5, Rays 1 F/12

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Dean Anna’s Nickname is “Raccoon”

Okay, I have to confess, I missed the 9th-11th innings of this game because I was eating Easter dinner with my mom and Aunt but I did leave the table a couple of times to see what was happening and I finished my plate just as the 12th inning was getting interesting.

In case you missed it, that was when the good stuff happened for the Yankees.

And it went a little something like this:

  • Heath Bell walks Yangervis Solarte.
  • Joe Maddon walks out to the mound to replace Bell with C. J. Riefenhauser while wearing his three quarter sleeved Rays hoodie and hipster glasses. He’s so cool and so hip! Yawn.
  • Brett Gardner grounds into a force out and Solarte is out at second.
  • Brian Roberts lines out to short for the second out.
  • Brian McCann singles to center and Gardner advances to 3rd.
  • After a visit to the mound, the Rays decide to intentionally walk Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases because surely the better matchup in this situation would be Dean Anna, right?
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