Sabathia to throw first bullpen session Saturday

Via Jack Curry of YES:

Sabathia will throw 1st bp session Sat. Though he hasn’t been on mound yet, he said his elbow feels much better. No pain when he extends.

CC Sabathia had surgery in the offseason to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow so hearing that he feels fine and that the elbow is healing nicely is good news.

Sabathia is one of three players looking to return from offseason surgery in 2013. Derek Jeter had his ankle surgery and just resumed running this week and that Alex Rodriguez guy had hip surgery and is aiming for a July return to the team – barring any catastrophes or MLB suspensions, of course). And we also can’t forget Mariano Rivera who had surgery to repair his torn ACL last season.

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Kevin Youkilis arrives at camp

I don’t really have much to say about this news item – I mean, I guess you can consider it news – because I still can’t believe Kevin Youkilis is actually a New York Yankee. This offseason was odd for so many reasons but the news of the Youkilis signing was the weirdest – at least to me – of them all.

The beat writers, who are down in Tampa, tweeted and let everyone know that Youkilis had arrived and my initial reaction was, “Oh right, he’s a Yankee now.” My second reaction was an attempt at the drawn out “Youk” chant but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I’m looking forward to hearing all about Youkilis having to answer inane questions about Joba Chamberlain. Personally, I hope Youkilis runs out to the field and they hug it out in front of everyone. Actually, I want them to already have a secret handshake just to really blow everyone’s mind.…

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Piecing it Together: Part Three

In my last two pieces talked about building the lineup. To quickly test the potency of these lineups, I ran them through the lineup analysis tool from Baseball Musings. I used the PECOTA and ZiPS projections to get the players’ OBP/SLG. Remember, though, these projected OBP/SLG numbers are NOT split adjusted...

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Yankees Acquire RHP Shawn Kelley

Just in case you missed the news last night, the Yankees made a move!

From the MLB Trade Rumors site:

The Yankees have acquired right-hander Shawn Kelley from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte, according to Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune (onTwitter).  The Mariners designated Kelley for assignment on Thursday to make roster space for Kelly Shoppach.

Kelley, 28, appeared in 47 games for the Mariners in 2012, posting a 3.25 ERA with 9.1 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, and a 28.8% ground ball rate in 44 1/3 innings.  The right-hander will earn $930K in 2013.

Meanwhile, Almonte will give the M’s some much needed minor league depth at the centerfielder position and can also play the corners.  The 23-year-old spent last season in Double-A, hitting .276/.350/.392 in 78 games.

Reactions to this move from various bloggers, writers and the like, see it as a positive for the Yankees: an extra bullpen arm is always good to have and Almonte will have more of a chance to earn playing time for Seattle than he would with the Yankees.…

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Yankees Trade Abraham Almonte For Shawn Kelley

The Yankees have agreed to trade outfield prospect Abraham Almonte to the Mariners for reliever Shawn Kelley. Kelley, a right hander, pitched to a 3.25 ERA and 3.55 FIP in 44.1 IP last season. He is a fastball/slider pitcher that throws low to mid 90’s. His 23.7 K%...

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Report: David Adams to miss Spring Training

Anthony McCarron of the Daily News is reporting that David Adams has a back injury and will miss Spring Training.

Adams, an infield prospect, missed a chunk of both the 2010 and 2011 seasons with an ankle injury so news of this latest injury is a tough break for him. It wasn’t a guarantee that he’d make the big league club but it would have been nice for him to be given a chance to compete for a spot.

The soon to be 26-year-old hit .286/.388/.524 in 22 games in the Arizona Fall League and he batted
.306/.385/.450 in 86 games with Triple A Trenton in 2012.

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Will 2013 be Mariano Rivera’s last season?

So it seems Mariano Rivera has come to a decision about 2013 and whether it will be his last season in the Majors, he’s just not telling anyone yet. From Eric Boland of Newsday:

Rivera said he will announce his decision regarding next year before the start of the regular season.

Call it a hunch but if Mo saw himself pitching past 2013, he wouldn’t make his decision before the season. He’s been talking about the end of his career for so long that if he hadn’t gotten injured last season, I think we would have been dealing with our first post-Mo season in 2013. In some ways, the injury he suffered last year has been a blessing in disguise because we now get one more year with Mo in the bullpen.

Also, Rivera would be smart to make the announcement before the start of the season so he can give other teams time to plan their “Farewell Mariano Rivera” ceremonies.…

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