Quick hit: Tanaka to start Wednesday, Heathcott to 15-day DL

From Bryan Hoch:

Masahiro Tanaka will be activated from the disabled list to start on Wednesday against the Mariners in Seattle, manager Joe Girardi said.

 

Slade Heathcott has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps and will be placed on the disabled list. Ramon Flores will join the Yankees Saturday from Triple-A.

Girardi told reporters that Tanaka’s pitch limit is around 80. He also said that Heathcott may be out a while, maybe for as long as a month. His injury is similar to the one Chris Capuano suffered earlier this season.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/29/15

Rangers Game 7 tonight, flying home to see the family this weekend, so I’ll be mostly out of commish until early next week.  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB commented on the need for the Yankees’ bullpen and defense to improve.  Never good when your anticipated strengths become your biggest weaknesses.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud got some thoughts from Slade Heathcott, his teammates, and his manager on Heathcott’s strong early showing.

– Matt Provenzano of Pinstripe Alley mused on the potential need for a rotation rental at some point and some ideal targets if the Yankees decide to go shopping on the trade market.

– On Wednesday, Andrew Marchand discussed Alex Rodriguez’s sustained hot start and above-average production.

– On Thursday, el duque of It Is High… wondered if Carlos Beltran could continue to stay healthy and productive or if he’s doomed to eventual injury/regression.

– William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog looked deeper into the “bad contract” perception that’s crept over A-Rod and Teix over the years, and showed how well they’re living up to those contracts.…

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How Soon Should We Expect Luis Severino?

I’m not a big minor league guy, so I’m not here to tell you whether or not Luis Severino will be the next Pedro Martinez or another busted prospect. However, the way the Yankees have handled Severino has certainly peaked my interest.

Severino was promoted to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre a little faster than expected. He only pitched 67.2 innings at Single-A Charleston before getting promoted, 20.2 innings at Single-A + Tampa and 63 innings at Double-A Trenton before this promotion.

Severino is only 21 years old and moving through the system at a very rapid pace. Meanwhile, another top prospect Aaron Judge has almost 200 very productive at-bats at Trenton and is already 23, but has not been promoted yet. Is it because the Yankees have a logjam in the outfield and see no way Judge makes MLB this season? On the other side of the coin, the Yankees have very little pitching depth and maybe they see Severino making a contribution in the Bronx this season?…

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About Last Night: One bad pitch

Last night’s game against Oakland was frustrating for a few reasons.

1) The A’s aren’t good (And I can already hear people saying, “Well, the Yankees aren’t good either!!” Just save it. The A’s are 18-32. That’s really bad.)
2) They were 2-15 in one run games going into last night’s game and now they’re 3-15. Thanks a lot, CC Sabathia and David Carpenter!
3) We had to stay up late to watch the sixth and seventh innings unfold. At least when it’s an east coast game or a home game, we’re not up past midnight.

In my opinion, and we can argue about this in the comment’s section if you’d like, nothing is more annoying than watching a pitcher throw a meatball to a hitter that results in a two-run, game-tying home run. Especially when that home run comes after a big strikeout and there’s a possiblity of getting out of the inning unscathed.

Here’s the 83 m.p.h. changeup CC Sabathia threw to Brett Lawrie.…

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Game 48 Recap: Athletics 5 Yankees 4

CC vs OAK II

The moment the game was lost. Courtesy of the AP

Well that was a crappy loss.  The Yankees were in a good position to get a series-opening win in Oakland last night, up multiple runs heading into the game’s later innings.  But a few bad pitches and a really horrible bullpen decision fueled an A’s comeback and got the Bombers’ West Coast trip off to a tough start.

It wasn’t the 1st inning, but Brian McCann got the scoring off to an early start with a 1-out solo home run in the top of the 2nd.  He drove in the Yankees’ second run in the top of the 4th too.  Alex Rodriguez started the inning off with a single, moved to second on Mark Teixeira‘s walk, and came around to score on Mccann’s base hit up the middle.  Close play at the plate, but A-Rod’s blazing speed around third was enough to get him in.  There was still 2 on and nobody out after the replay, but the Yanks would not get any more runs in the inning.…

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Game 48: Sabathia vs. Graveman

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees Oakland A’s
Brett Gardner, LF Billy Burns, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Marcus Semien, SS
Alex Rodriguez, DH Ben Zobrist, 2B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Billy Butler, DH
Brian McCann, C Stephen Vogt, 1B
Carlos Beltran, RF Brett Lawrie, 3B
Stephen Drew, 2B Josh Reddick, RF
Chris Young, CF Josh Phegley, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Mark Canha, LF
CC Sabathia, SP Kendall Graveman, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Thursday Afternoon News and Notes: 5/28/15

Sabathia vs DET

Things are kind of slow around here so we’re doing a news and notes post to hold us over until the game thread later on tonight. Stupid west coast games.

  • Nice! I had suggested this on Twitter last week and I also think I did earlier in the season or possibly during Spring Training: Andy Pettitte is in contact with CC Sabathia and helping him with his confidence. Can Andy hang out with the team during the summer and talk CC’s ear off?
  • The AL East is putrid and Bill Madden thinks the Yankees have plenty of time to be the best of the worst which is funny because in July 2009, when the Yankees were only 2 or 3 games out of the division lead, he declared they didn’t have a chance to win the East.
  • Alex Rodriguez is amazing and he’s a leader. How hard was this to write? Poor Andrew Marchand. Kidding!
  • A-Rod and Mark Teixeira are leading the Yankees right now.
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Quick hit: Severino promoted to Triple A

So this happened:

And within two seconds of this tweet going up, I saw it retweeted four times and nearly everyone who retweeted said, “Woo!”

In case you’re not familiar with the 21 year-old right hander, here’s how Severino’s been doing so far this season:

severinostats

More info on Severino:

  • He has three pitches. His two strongest are his fastball and his changeup. There’s also a nice gap in velocity between the fastball and change which flummoxes some hitters. His third, and weakest pitch, according to scouts, is his slider. It’s not as consistent as his fastball or his change and it tends to get him into trouble when it’s not working.
  • Another thing scouts seem to worry about with Severino is his size. 6’0″ and 195 is pretty big but Severino appears smaller (skinnier) than that and they often wonder if his body type would hold up after a full season of 200+ innings.
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Musings after a sweep and before a West Coast trip

So that was series against the Royals was something, right?

After the way the Yankees were embarrassed by the Texas Rangers this past weekend, I was almost positive that the Royals would wipe the floor with them. I usually don’t like being wrong but I was so glad to be wrong this time.

What a fun three games to watch. There weren’t really any stressful or upsetting moments. The Yankees took the lead in the first two games and even in yesterday’s game, with Pineda on the mound, you felt that if he held the Royals to the one run, the Yankees could claw their way back into the game. Okay, that’s a bit hyperbolic. Overcoming a one-run lead isn’t that hard to do, usually. And who was the guy to give the Yankees the lead and ultimately the win? Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez who is now only 19 hits away from 3,000.

His performance so far this season must be driving certain New York area writers completely bonkers.…

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