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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Late day Yankees news and notes: Yanks vs. Stubhub, Pettitte, Mo and Hughes

How’s your Monday going? It seems it’s not going so well for Stubhub. According to Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal the Yankees are suing the ticket outlet.

The Yankees really don’t like Stubhub at all, do they…

Anyway, as was reported earlier this winter, Stubhub was planning on opening a shop near Yankee Stadium this season so fans could print out the tickets they bought online since that option will no longer be available at the Stadium’s ticket offices. The Yankees seem to think that the shop will be violating the state’s scalping laws 1) by being within 1500 feet of Yankee Stadium and 2) they claim it’s a resale store which is why they’re suing.

An injunction hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.

This is what I don’t understand. The Yankees have an issue with Stubhub because they believe the outlet is undermining the team by selling tickets lower than the Yankees box office, right? Okay. But haven’t those tickets already been sold?…

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Quick hit: Hughes throws some pitches and survives

As you can tell from the way I post, I’m a bit of a smartass. I can’t help it. My late grandmother was sarcastic almost up until her dying day at 104-years-old so it’s engrained in me. With that said, it seems Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger may be a long lost relative:

So the good news is that Phil Hughes survived throwing 41 pitches in a sim game today. The fact that he showed no signs of back trouble is also good and that he will be throwing 50-55 pitches in a minor league game for his next test is even better.

Though there was a slightly scary moment in the sim game when Hughes was hit with a comebacker in the rear end. He was fine and continued pitching.…

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Brennan Boesch

Once upon a time, Brennan Boesch was power hitting left-handed outfielder that the Tigers loved. In 2009, Boesch broke out with 28 home runs and a .275/.318/.510 slash in Double-A Erie. Last week, he was released., and in what was a matter of days, Brian Cashman evoked shock and horror on Yankee fans by signing the 27 year old.

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Obviously the Yankees are in rough shape at the moment, but I didn’t quite understand the negative response. Over the last few years, Cashman and the rest of his front office have done a magnificent job of finding low-risk/high-reward players. Boesch fit the mold almost perfectly, a player that had seen success in the minors, and even in Comerica Park, but injuries and presumably bad luck ruined his 2012 season.

When reading opinions on the deal, I saw my fair share of love and hate, but there was an overwhelming push from the negative side. Perhaps it was the amount of playing time he’d receive, or that he’d take up a roster spot, or that he looked like Seth MacFarlane’s stunt double (That would be Brad’s expert analysis), but I didn’t see a better option in the organization. …

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Monday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/18/12

Good morning, everyone. It’s Monday March 18, 2013 and there isn’t a whole lot happening today with the Yankees scheduled to enjoy a day off.

Have you ever wondered what a buddy comedy starring Hiroki Kuroda and David Wells would be like? David Waldstein of the New York Times has a feature about “an unlikely friendship” between the two pitchers.

The conversation began with the right-handed Kuroda asking the left-handed Wells about his age, and from there it evolved into a general conversation about pitching philosophy and technique.

If you’re like me and were out of the loop for the past few days, you’re just finding out that Matt Diaz was released from the team and that Brennan Boesch is now a Yankee. Boesch had two hits and stole a base in yesterday’s game against the Pirates. Don’t you love Spring Training?

Former Yankee Russell Martin had some things to say about the current Yankees. He touched upon the catching situation, the injuries the team is fighting through and how different the 2013 squad’s bench is.…

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