Today’s lineups: Red Sox at Yankees

YANKEES
Gardner 7
Nunez 6
Youkilis 5
Rivera 3
Francisco 9
Nix 4
Stewart 2
Neal DH
Mesa 8

Nuno LHP

RED SOX
Holt 4
Nava 3
Bradley Jr. 8
Gomez DH
Carp 7
Ross 2
Sweeney 9
Sutton 5
Iglesias 6

Doubront LHP

Some notes:

  • Derek Jeter is not listed in any activities today, probably to give his swollen ankle a break.
  • Via Bryan Hoch’s twitter: Mason Williams has been called to Yankees camp for the day, listed as backup center fielder.
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Jeter takes tests, passes

We all held our collective breath this afternoon when Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees’ spring training game against the Phillies. In light of that, Jeter had precautionary X-Rays and an MRI done by Dr. Daniel Murphy. The X-Rays came back negative, though the MRI showed “mild inflammation” in his injured ankle. He’s now listed at day-to-day, which is a lot better than it could’ve been, but I don’t think anyone’d blame us if we were more than a wee bit concerned about this.

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Yankees vs Stubhub: Round one goes to the Yankees

Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reported a short while ago on Twitter that the Yankees have gotten a temporary restraining order against Stubhub which prevents it, for the time being, from opening a storefront near Yankee Stadium.

Now, I’m not a legal expert like some of my favorite fellow baseball bloggers who all seem to be former lawyers but one in particular, Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, had this to say about the TRO:

A TRO is granted without any kind of hearing or evidence beyond the sworn statement of the plaintiff, in this case the Yankees, saying that they will be irreparably harmed if the activity at issue isn’t stopped. A hearing will be held in the next few days, however, as to whether or not StubHub should be enjoined from doing so for a longer period. The TRO, in fact, could have been issued without StubHub even being present in the judges chambers.

Let’s get ready to rumblllllllllllllle!…

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Boesch’s Mechanical Changes From 2011 To 2012

Yesterday, I discussed why I felt that Brennan Boesch was a good buy-low move for the Yankees. To quickly summarize, Boesch was a quality hitter from 2009 through 2011, but it all fell apart in 2012. Batted ball rates and batting averages show that the outfielder was far off from his 2011 style. A thumb injury, bad luck, and perhaps a change in his hitting mechanics hurt him. Now with the Yankees, Boesch can overcome his bad luck, he can hit in a much more hitter friendly ballpark, and he has the opportunity to correct his mechanics with one of the best hitting coaches in the business.

Boesch stated that the thumb injury, which led to surgery, subconsciously changed his hitting mechanics and I assume his grip. Finding the mechanics that gave him an .800 OPS in 2011 could mean big things in Yankee Stadium, so there’s no doubt that the left-handed hitter will be working to reclaim his old methods.…

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Late day notes: Yanks lose and Jeter goes to the doctor

The Yankees dropped their game against the Phillies today, 4-1 in Clearwater but there was good news, Boone Logan pitched and had no issues with his left elbow. Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger reported that Logan’s elbow, “…feels good. Period. It really does, though. I promise.”

Hmm, does that mean he had been lying before about his elbow?

As for Derek Jeter, he was a late scratch for today’s game and the Yankees sent him to the doctor. Via the Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog:

Manager Joe Girardi called it a precautionary measure after stiffness in his left ankle forced Jeter to be scratched from today’s lineup.

“We’ve got to find out what we’re dealing with and go from there,” Girardi said.

There were no updates after the game so I’m hoping for the whole “no news is good news” cliche coming true for Jeter, and for us. Girardi also spoke about how well Jeter’s rehab had been going up to this point.…

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Briefly Discussing Joba’s Value

Over the last few days, there’s been a little bit of trade discussion surrounding Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain. Mike touched on this yesterday and I’d like to expand on his value as a trade piece and to the team.

If the Yankees really could get Mike Olt or someone of his ilk for Joba Chamberlain, then there is absolutely no excuse for not executing the trade. But, that is not likely the case. For the Yankees to fetch someone of that caliber, they’d need to give up a lot more than just Joba. The thing is, that’s just not going to happen. As a reliever entering his contract year, he’s none too desirable, at least not right now. If the Yankees fall far out of contention at some point later in the year, say around the trade deadline, maybe they can flip him to a team that needs that one last guy to get it over the hump. Wouldn’t that be something for Joba?…

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Quick Hit: Jeter scratched from the lineup

Derek Jeter was supposed to bat second and play shortstop in this afternoon’s game against the Phillies but he has been scratched from the lineup.

The cause? His ankle is feeling a bit stiff.

It happens. I broke an ankle 17 years ago and it still bothers me from time to time and I’m not a professional athlete and it was not surgically repaired. I really don’t think this is a cause for alarm.

Yet…

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Tuesday morning news and notes: 3/19/13

Good morning! It’s Tuesday March 19, 2013 and Joe Girardi still doesn’t know who will be in the starting lineup Opening Day but, hey, he knows who is starting today!

Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Chris Stewart C
Ronnier Mustelier 3B
Corban Joseph 2B

RHP Adam Warren

Jeter is starting at SS but who knows what will happen on April 1? Maybe he’ll DH or maybe, “I could play short, too. I could play center field. I could catch. I could pitch. … My job is to get ready to play.”

Could you imagine Jeter pitching? That would be quite a sight.

In case you missed it yesterday, MLB and the MLBPA are talking about implementing an international draft and it could happen as soon as June 1. This move doesn’t make a lot of sense to smarter people than me. Mike Axisa of CBS Sports thinks the move is counterintuitive and that while the union and owners may be in love with the idea of spending less money on amateur players, an international draft may cause some of those players to stay away from MLB if the money isn’t there.…

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Possible Spot Opening Up In The Bullpen?

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and nowhere has that been more true than with the Yankees’ injury situations this spring.  Every time something good happens for a player, there seems to be something bad happening to another one to balance things out.  Derek Jeter gets back on the field at shortstop, Mark Teixeira‘s injury gets a more serious diagnosis.  Phil Hughes throws a sim game yesterday and comes away with no back problems, Clay Rapada remains on the sidelines with bursitis in his pitching shoulder.  Boone Logan throws a bullpen session without pain in his left elbow, but still acknowledges that there’s “something” going on there.

The Jeter and Teix situations are pretty set right now, but both Rapada and Logan remain up in the air as it relates to their availability and readiness for Opening Day.  Logan is scheduled to pitch in his first spring game sometime this week while there is no timetable set for Rapada’s return, and there could eventually be at least one spot open in the bullpen come April 1st.…

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