Granderson out with a broken forearm

The Yankees just announced that Curtis Granderson will be sidelined at least 10 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Granderson was hit with a J.A. Happ offering in this first at bat of the game.

Granderson, who led the Yankees with 43 home runs last year, was taken out of the game immediately after being hit with the pitch.

More on this as the details come in but this is not good news for the Yankees.

Quick hit: Yankees are eyeing March 10 return for Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter practiced on-field running and agility drills again this morning and if things continue to go as planned, he can see in-game action in about two weeks or so. GM Brian Cashman, who had a lot to say this morning, said that they are eyeing a March 10 return for Jeter who is rehabbing from ankle surgery.

Jeter’s ultimate goal is to be ready for the home opener April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.

Eduardo Nunez will starting in Jeter’s place today at Steinbrenner Field when the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cashman: We’re not looking for catching

Thought this was interesting. From MLB Trade Rumors:

Backstops Francisco CervelliChris StewartBobby Wilson, and Austin Romine won’t light up the scoreboard, but that’s alright with Yankees GM Brian Cashman.  “We’re not looking for catching. We just know our offensive production at that position isn’t going to be as good as in the past,” Cashman said.

So, the Yankees aren’t looking for catching? If that’s the case, let’s stick Travis Hafner back there. I’m just joking, obviously.

More from Cashman: Cervelli is out of options and Dellin Betances will start in Triple A.

What do you think of Cashman’s statement? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

When is moving Brett Gardner to center about more than just defense?

Joe Girardi recently announced that Brett Gardner will be taking over in center for Curtis Granderson. On the surface this seems like a logical baseball decision. By all measures, Gardner isn’t just the better defensive outfielder, he’s the best defensive outfielder in the game. The real question, from a baseball perspective, is why the Yankees ever put Granderson in center at all.

But we all know the answer to that. When the Yankees first traded for Granderson they made it clear that he was the Yankee centerfielder of the future. The Yankees gave Curtis centerfield to make him happy, to demonstrate that they were making a commitment to him as a player, even if it meant putting a weaker defense on the field.

Curtis is still on the team, but centerfield is no longer his position. Why make this move now? If anything, Gardner should have to audition for the job. He missed most of 2012 with injuries, while Curtis played 160 games. Why should Gardner get promoted now, especially when the Yankees still have their centerfielder of the future?

The answer may be that Curtis no longer has a future in pinstripes. If that’s the case, then this move also serves as a preview of the 2013 Yankee offseason. Once upon a time the Yankees were hinting that they wanted to lock up Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson to long term deals. That may no longer be possible, not if the Yankees want to hit their $189 million payroll target and negotiate with Cano’s agent, Scott Boras. Moving Granderson to left may be the first step in a series of actions that leads to the team letting him go once he hits free agency, in part to make a serious financial commitment to Cano.

Today’s Yankees Lineup: 2/24/12

It’s Sunday morning, it’s February and there will be Yankees baseball on our TV’s this afternoon. Yes, you’re allowed to be giddy about it. It doesn’t matter that the game itself doesn’t count.

You will see some changes in the Yankees’ lineup today. Mainly, that most of the regulars are there and that the defensive alignment in the outfield has been altered. They’re trying out the Granderson in left, Gardner in right experiment which will be interesting to watch.

The game is scheduled to start around 1:05 p.m. You can catch it locally on YES and nationally on the MLB Network.

Gardner 8
Ichiro 9
Cano 4
Teixeira 3
Granderson 7
Youkilis 5
Hafner dh
Nunez 6
Stewart 2

Warren 1

Spring Training Game One: Yankees 8, Braves 3

The Yankees are undefeated in Grapefruit league play thanks to an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. I know, it’s only one game and it’s Spring Training but I’m just happy to be able to write about an actual game. The last set of games the Yankees played left a pretty bad taste in everyone’s mouth so a victory, even in exhibition play, is nice to recap.

Paul Maholm, who started for Atlanta, kept the Yankees off the scoreboard for two innings. Robinson Cano reached on an error in the first but was erased from the bases when Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the second, set the Yankees down in order.

Things changed in the third when Jordan Walden came into the game to replace Maholm. Melky Mesa reached base when third baseman Chris Johnson dropped a pop up in front of the plate. That play ignited the Yankees and they ended up scoring four runs in the inning.

Mesa stole second when Zoilo Almonte was up in the inning, Walden threw a ball that got past catcher Christian Bethancourt which allowed Mesa to advance to third. Almonte then made Walden pay when he took Walden’s 1-2 offering to left centerfield for a two-run home run putting the Yankees up 2-0.

Two batters later, Eduardo Nunez hit a double which was followed by a Dan Uggla error that allowed Cano to reach base and advanced Nunez to third. Teixeira grounded out and Nunez scored to put the Yankees up 3-0 while Cano advanced to second. Juan Rivera followed with a single to right field which moved Cano to third. Walden who wasn’t helping his own cause then threw wild pitch while Matt Diaz was batting and that allowed Cano to score from third putting the Yanks up 4-0.

Cano added a home run of his own – an opposite field shot – in the fifth inning off Yohan Flande to give the Yankees a 5-1 lead.

The Yankees had another big inning in the seventh when they scored three more runs. Dan Johnson walked to lead off the inning. His walk was followed by singles from Gil Velazquez and Jose Pirela – Johnson scored on Pirela’s hit. Following a J.R. Murphy walk to load the bases for the Yankees, Austin Romine hit a two-run single scoring both Velazquez and Pirela to put the Yankees up 8-3.

David Phelps, who started the game for the Yankees, gave up three hits and no runs in two innings. Brett Marshall allowed one run in two innings and Mikey O’Brien allowed two runs on a home run by Evan Gattis in the sixth.

The Yankees will be back home at Steinbrenner Field tomorrow for their game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The game is on the YES Network for the local folks and MLB Network is airing it as well for those outside of New York. It starts at 1:05 p.m.

Things that have happened in today’s Yankees Spring Training game

The Yankees and Braves are in the seventh inning of their game and so far the following things have happened:

  • Eduardo Nunez lost his helmet running out a ground ball in his first at bat of the game. I don’t know if he lost it when he hit a double in the third inning but I’ll just assume he did.
  • Francisco Cervelli threw a runner out at second.
  • Zoilo Almonte hit a home run.
  • Robinson Cano hit a home run.
  • Mikey O’Brien gave up a home run.
  • Cano also scored on a wild pitch.
  • The Yankees have an error and it wasn’t Nunez’s, it was actually Corbin Joseph’s who was playing third base.
  • Mark Teixeira and Matt Diaz have each grounded into a double play.
  • Melky Mesa stole a base.
  • Austin Romine just hit an RBI single to make it 8-3.

Some weekend Yankees news and notes: 2/23/12

Good afternoon, Yankee fans.

As you know, the New York Yankees will be playing the Atlanta Braves in Orlando this afternoon and it’s the first Spring Training game for the boys in Pinstripes. Today’s game isn’t going to be televised but if you visit’s media center, you can listen to it!

Here are some links for you to look at on this dreary winter day – at least it’s dreary here in the Northeast:

  • It looks like the Yankees are embracing their Evil Empire moniker, at least according to this story in the Wall Street Journal. The Yankees are suing to trademark “Evil Empire” at least in regards to baseball. I love this and think they should go all out. I’ve actually been saying for years that the Yankees should play the Imperial March for their lineup and not for opposition’s. Embrace the evil, guys, like Vader strangling people with the force.
  • Yankees reliever Nick Goody arrived to camp this morning on crutches. He sprained his ankle and from what Chad Jennings heard, it happened in a car wreck. Goody was the Yankees’ sixth round draft pick last year.
  • Derek Jeter practiced on-the-field running and did some agility drills for the first time since his ankle surgery last Fall. He was at Steinbrenner Field with the rest of the players who didn’t travel to Orlando for today’s game.
  • In case you missed it, I posted today’s lineup. The ways you can tell it’s a Spring Training game: Robinson Cano is batting second and Mark Teixeira is the only other regular in the lineup. Eduardo Nunez is also in Orlando to take on the Braves. Both Cano (Dominican Republic) and Teixeira (U.S.A) are participating in the World Baseball Classic.
  • And finally, the best story to come out today: Alex Rodriguez and Lady Gaga have the same hip surgeon and according to Page Six of the New Yorrk Post, Rodriguez lent some emotional support to Miss Gaga who is having the same hip procedure he had in January. Is there anything better than the “news” that comes out during Spring Training, especially where Rodriguez is concerned? The other day it was oysters and sweatpants, today it’s Lady Gaga. I’m a little worried about what will be next.

The first Yankees lineup of Spring Training

It’s Saturday morning, February 23, 2012 and that means it’s time for the first Yankees lineup of Spring. Now, hopefully you won’t ever see this particular lineup in Yankee Stadium this season otherwise, the team is in big trouble.

Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Juan Rivera DH
Matt Diaz LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Melky Mesa CF
Zoilo Almonte RF
Corban Joseph 3B

RHP David Phelps

[Lineup courtesy of the Lohud Yankees Blog]