Quick hit: Pineda to begin rehab assignment this weekend

So after a minor setback – a cracked fingernail on his pitching hand – Michael Pineda has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Tampa.

This brings Pineda one step closer to finally pitching for the team that acquired him in January 2012. So far, he has been throwing in extended spring training outings and he had thrown 65 pitches in his appearance on Monday.

As everyone knows, Pineda has not actually pitched in a regular season game for the Yankees. In his first season with the Bombers, Pineda injured himself in Spring Training and as he was working his way back, he re-injured his shoulder and needed season-ending surgery.

The road back has been slow for Pineda and the Yankees but if he can return to his 2011 numbers (173 strikeouts in 171 innings), he will be a big boost to the rotation.

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And so it begins…

Last night, comments made by Hal Steinbrenner about Alex Rodriguez were leaked via Twitter by some of the Yankee beat writers.

They came about because Brian Cashman was interviewed and appeared on ESPN before Sunday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox. Cashman said the following about Alex’s contract, “It’s something I think even Alex would tell you, he couldn’t live up to that (contract),” Cashman said. “It’s an enormous contract and I think that, I would say probably, he couldn’t live up to it. But he’s doing everything he can to try to do so.”

Yesterday, the main theme of what was relayed was Steinbrenner’s disappointment in A-Rod’s tenure as a Yankee. And true to form, some of those writers left the positive comments Mr. Steinbrenner made about Alex out of their tweets and let fans believe that Steinbrenner solely trashed him which isn’t the case at all.

And even this morning, the headlines say, “HAL STEINBRENNER HAS BEEN DISAPPOINTED IN A-ROD” or some other the variation of the Hal being disappointed in Alex theme.…

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Minor League Review: May

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We are now two months through the baseball season and over the next couple weeks we will see the MLB First-Year Player Draft and the start of the season for the short-season clubs. Of course, before we get looking too far ahead we better take a look back at the month that was May. Overall, it was a tough one for the Yankees’ affiliates, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Tampa Yankees both had losing records for the month and have some space to make up in their divisions. The Trenton Thunder’s May was a little better, thanks to a seven-game win streak to end the month. Meanwhile the Charleston RiverDogs put together a surprisingly strong May and find themselves atop their Division in the Sally League.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Scranton went 11-18 over May, as they adjusted to losing players like Austin Romine and Vidal Nuno to the big league club for at least the month. They are currently 9.5 games behind Pawtucket in the International League North Division, in large part due to their lackluster offense.…

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Is There A Problem With The Yankee Training Staff?

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(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Having left Saturday night’s game early with what was described as “dehydration” and reporting that he felt light-headed during pregame batting practice that day, I was a little surprised to see that Chris Stewart’s name was on the lineup card again Sunday night as the starting catcher. He had taken a ball off the mask the previous game and at first glance it sounded like he was suffering symptoms of a concussion. Sunday night, those symptoms were present again before the game and Stewart was scratched again for Austin Romine and sent to the hospital for further evaluation.

We’re still waiting to hear back on what that evaluation reveals, but if it is indeed a concussion and Stewart was misdiagnosed and allowed to play yesterday, that will be just another example of a slightly disturbing trend building with regards to the Yankee training staff. Not only are they seemingly letting things slide that should be bigger issues, they’re potentially putting players at risk by allowing them back on the field.…

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The Farm Report: 6/3/2013

Pretty quiet day on the farm as Trenton and Charleston both had scheduled days off. Scranton got pummeled by Durham.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 15-2:
The RailRiders fell behind early when Rich Thompson scored on a sac fly by Vince Belnome in the first. Wil Myers doubled in Jason Bourgeois and the Bulls held a 2-0 lead. Ronnier Mustelier hit a solo shot to center field, putting Scranton on the board in the second, but Durham immediately added to their lead. A three run triple by Thompson in the bottom of the inning gave the Bulls a nice advantage. Thompson then scored on a wild pitch by Chase Whitley for a 6-1 Durham lead. The third inning was scoreless, but Durham added runs in the fourth through the seventh, taking a massive 15-1 lead. A solo homer by Melky Mesa gave the RailRiders another run, but it was far from enough as they fell 15-2.

Mesa went 1-4 with a homer.…

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Game 57: Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

Tonight, weather permitting, Andy Pettitte will be trying for career win 250 against the Cleveland Indians.

Standing in Pettitte’s way, Justin Masterson who shut down the Yankees in his last start against them on May 13. He went all nine innings, gave up only four hits, walked three and struck out nine.

Pettitte is making his first start since a loss on May 16 against Seattle when he left the game early with an injury to his left trapezius muscle. He was placed on the 15-day DL and was activated this afternoon.

The weather has been spotty today and while the sun is out where I live 30 miles north and west of New York City, it has been raining on and off down south most of the day so the Yankees and the fans at the Stadium could be in for another long night.

Click here for the lineups and enjoy tonight’s music selection.

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Pettitte activated, Boesch sent down

In not-so-unexpected news, the Yankees have activated Andy Pettitte off the DL. We all knew this was coming before this weekend because he was listed as the probable starter for tonight’s game. In order to clear room for Pettitte on the 25-man roster, Brennan Boesch was sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

So now, the Yanks are back to having 12 pitchers again. (They were carrying 11.)

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