Long: A-Rod was hurting in August

Last week Alex Rodriguez‘s doctor said in no uncertain terms that the hip injury he’s about to have surgery to repair was responsible for his horrific postseason performance, and now his hitting coach is saying that signs something was wrong were present well before that:

“I knew it in August,” the Yankees hitting coach [Kevin Long] said by phone Saturday. “I didn’t know exactly what it was, but his lower half was not letting him do the things he’s normally able to do.”

Long also knew there were no easy fixes.

“At that point of the season, there’s not much you can do other than keep grinding,” Long said. “So I wasn’t surprised when I heard about the hip injury. His explosion was gone.”

This sort of raises the question of why A-Rod wasn’t checked out for an injury sooner, however. Perhaps Alex didn’t complain of any pain, but if the hitting coach was noticing a physical problem in a 37 year old slugger who’s already had a hip surgery, you’d think that would be a “better safe than sorry” sort of scenario, right?…

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Pinstripe Bible's New Project: Ranking the Top-100 Yankees of All Time

This one is pretty ambitious. The Pinstripe Bible is going to try and rank the top-100 Yankees of all time, and they want input from Yankee fans:

We will be commencing the project with #100 sometime soon. If you want to submit your list of the top 100 Yankees and help make your imprint...

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Yankees officially release Dickerson

Chris Dickerson cleared waivers, and has officially been released by the Yankees, the team announced over the weekend. Dickerson, who was designated for assignment last week in order to clear a roster spot for Russ Canzler, could have been traded to another team, but it’s generally hard to find someone who wants to trade for a player about to be released unless they really want to beat the rest of the league to the punch, and Dickerson isn’t really the sort of player who gets people that excited. Dickerson produced pretty well for the Yankees after a September call-up last year, but he’s a left-handed hitting fourth outfielder on a team looking for a right-handed hitter to balance out their lefty heavy starting lineup, so there was no room for Dickerson on the active roster.

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Projecting Andy Pettitte

Count me among the Yankee fans who were thrilled when Andy Pettitte came back in 2012. One of the low points of my Yankee fan career was watching Pettitte put on an Astros uniform from 2004 through 2006. I was certain Pettitte was one of the Yankees who would play his entire career...

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On the Money preview

On the Money returns tonight for our regular Monday program to help you grind out the deepest, darkest, period of the winter. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch will join us at the top of the show to discuss the latest Yankees related news (I’d say there’s a very good chance we’ll be asking him about Justin Upton and Javier Vazquez), and later on in the hour our own William Tasker will come out of hibernation long enough to check in and share his thoughts on the offseason thus far. The festivities start at 9:00 P.M., and you can listen live here.

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Countdown to Spring Training: 29

Now, we’re just 29 days away from Spring Training. It’s so close we can practically taste it. Today, I wanted to talk about someone who gets a bit overlooked in recent Yankee history. The (ugh) Core Four is always referred to as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano...

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The Yankees have scouted Vazquez

Nick Cafardo passes along a tidbit of information likely to send many Yankee fans into apoplectic fits: The Yankees are among the teams who have scouted Javier Vazquez as the former Yankee contemplates a comeback. Scouts are apparently raving about what they’re seeing from Vazquez, who’s reportedly throwing his fastball in the 92-95 MPH range, but that probably doesn’t matter to many of the pinstriped faithful after Vazquez’s two, um, less than stellar tours with the Bombers.

For what it’s worth, I really don’t expect the Yankees to sign Vazquez, even though he probably won’t get any more than a minor league contract after sitting out all of 2012. Aside from the PR problems a reunion would bring, and the immense pressure Vazquez would likely be under if he did indeed take the Yankee Stadium mound again, the Nationals are said to be particularly interested in him at this point, and seem like a likely landing point for the guy who apparently just doesn’t mesh with the Bronx.…

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How Alex Rodriguez’ Hip Injury Affected His Swing

It’s been two months since the Yankees found out about Alex Rodriguez‘ hip, and on Wednesday, the third baseman will finally have his surgery. After 27 awful-looking Postseason plate appearances, it’s no surprise that Rodriguez had a significant injury. It wasn’t until being benched by Joe Girardi in Game...

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Andy Pettitte will pitch in WBC

Via Jon Heyman, Andy Pettitte will pitch for Team USA in this year’s World Baseball Classic. He’ll join Ryan Vogelsong and reigning N.L. Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey in the Team USA rotation. Unlike a lot of people (so it seems, anyway) I enjoy having the WBC to watch every few years, but I’m not sure how wild I am about one of the Yankees’ starters participating in the tournament, especially the 40 something Pettitte. It’s more inning put on the arm of a guy who missed a big chunk of last season, and a greater chance of getting hurt. On the other hand, it’s more chances to see Pettitte pitch in what could well be his final season, and it’s not like guys can’t get hurt in camp or regular Spring Training games.

Update: According to multiple reports, Mark Teixeira will also play for Team USA. Along with Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Francisco Cervelli (Italy), that makes four Yankees participating in the WBC.…

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