Report: Phelps Left Early With “Elbow Inflammation”

I thought it was just because he was pitching like crap, and if that were the reason it would have been justified, but turns out David Phelps’ early exit tonight was due to him feeling pain in his right elbow.

He wasn’t very good tonight, but he had been pitching well of late and had settled in nicely as one of Joe’s more reliable rotation options.  The Yankee rotation has been ravaged by injuries this year and they can ill afford to lose anybody else.  More on this story as it comes out.

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Game 110: Phelps-Buchholz

Michael Pineda looked good in his first MiL rehab start today, Masahiro Tanaka looks like he’s ready to start throwing again tomorrow, and the Yankees are facing noted blowup expert Clay Buchholz in tonight’s series finale against the Red Sox.  Everything’s coming up positive for them in the pitching world.  They send David Phelps to the mound tonight to oppose Buchholz and roll out the best 1-9 lineup we’ve seen in months to hopefully punish him to an early exit.

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

First pitch is coming up soon.  Here’s your game thread.  Let’s go Yankees!

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Sunday Evening News And Notes: 8/3/14

A few odds and ends before tonight’s super huge, ginormous, monumental rubber match against the Sawx.

- Via Sweeny Murti, Luis Severino was scratched from his scheduled start today with what’s being called “very slight” right oblique soreness.  Better safe than sorry, and as long as it’s not an arm issue it sounds like there isn’t much to worry about here.

- Michael Pineda made his first official MiL rehab start earlier today for SWB.  He threw 3.1 scoreless innings, allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, struck out 4, and threw 58 pitches.  Assuming he wakes up tomorrow and feels fine, I figure he’ll make at least 1 more rehab start and maybe another before rejoining the rotation.

- The Dellin Betances-Mike Napoli matchup in the 8th inning last night was a clash of the titans.  Betances finally struck him out after a 10-pitch battle and the Fenway Park radar gun had his final fastball at 101 MPH.  He averaged 99.2 MPH on his fastball for the night, so he must have been feeling good.…

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Prospect Stock Watch: July 2014

Aaron Judge Tampa

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The dog days of summer are here in the Minors.  All-Star Games have been played, plenty of promotions have happened for the top performing prospects and demotions have taken place for some of those who are underperforming.  The short season leagues are in full swing and the focus on setting up for next year has started for a lot of guys.  Prospect evaluation is an ever-changing process.  Here are the guys who did the most to move the needle in one direction or the other and change how their evaluation looks in the month of July.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Stock Up- Jose Pirela

He was passed over by others when opportunities arose on the Major League bench, but Pirela has hit incredibly well since the end of April and even moving around to new positions didn’t stop that that last month.  He .310/.350/.422 in July with 8 XBH, 18 R scored, and did it while spending time at first base, second base, both outfield corners, and even a few games at shortstop.  …

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Game 109 Recap: Yanks 6 Sox 4

Teix HR vs BOS

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Last night was an ugly start to what should have been an advantageous series for the Yankees.  Against a Red Sox lineup that has struggled to produce all year and a rookie starter making his MLB debut, they went down relatively quietly in a 4-3 loss.  They had a rookie of their own in Shane Greene on the hill this afternoon in game 2 of the series, and while he was far from great he got enough run support early and bullpen support late for a much needed win.

Greene worked a 1-2-3 1st thanks to a favorable strike zone, but quickly got into trouble in the 2nd when Yoenis Cespedes singled in his first at-bat as a Red Sock and Yankee killer extraordinaire Mike Napoli clubbed a 2-run home run over the Green Monster to make it 2-0.  Greene would surrender a third run in that inning and then settled down somewhat.  He didn’t give up any more runs and did strike out the side in the 4th, but the Sox hitters worked him hard and he was yanked after only 4.2 innings and 96 pitches.…

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Game 109: The Start of Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut this afternoon, and he’s a career .313 hitter with 6 HRs and 12 RBIs in 17 games against the Yankees. Sticking with the trend of new faces, Martin Prado will make his first start with New York. Joe Girardi said pregame “we acquired him to play a lot.”

Cervelli catches, because he’s been behind the dish for over 24 innings with Shane Greene, while McCann has caught him for all of 5 batters.

Pitching matchup is Shane Greene (2-1, 3.28 ERA) against Allen Webster (1-0, 3.38 ERA). If that’s not Clemens-Pedro, I’m not sure what is.



Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Martin Prado RF
Francisco Cervelli C

Red Sox

Brock Holt 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C

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Thurman Munson 1947-1979


It’s hard to believe that it has been 35 years since the world found out about Thurman Munson‘s tragic death.

It was in the midst of the season, Munson was in his prime and the news was so shocking and jarring that grown men all over the New York area and beyond were beside themselves with grief. The captain of the Yankees was gone. His life snuffed out by smoke and flames in a plane crash in Ohio.

I was a few weeks shy of my 5th birthday in early August 1979 but I clearly remember the look on my dad’s face when he found out about Munson’s death. The next time I saw a look that was even remotely similar on his face was when he came home from escaping the chaos in lower Manhattan on 9/11. He just sat down, stunned, not believing the news.

How could Munson be dead? Was it real? I think that was everyone’s reaction.…

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Game 108: Capuano v. Ranaudo

Stephen Drew will make his Yankees debut tonight, facing off against his former team in his former stomping grounds. He’ll be playing second base for the first time since 10th grade. Martin Prado has not yet joined the team, though he has been added to the active roster (Zoilo Almonte and Zelous Wheeler have been sent down to make room for the newest additions to the team). It is not outside of the realm of possibility that he will pull a Chase Headley, and end up on the field at some point tonight.

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, check out the ‘All Questions Answered‘ episode of the It’s About the Money, Stupid Podcast, where Stacey and I handled an agenda set by … well … you. Or you all. Or y’all, if you’re so inclined.

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Brett Gardner, LF Brock Holt, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF David Ortiz, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Mike Napoli, 1B
Carlos Beltran, DH Allen Craig, LF
Brian McCann, C Xander Bogaerts, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Stephen Drew, 2B David Ross, C
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Mookie Betts, CF
Chris Capuano, SP Anthony Ranaudo, SP
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