The Implications Of The Murphy And Canzler Call-Ups

Bryan Hoch tweeted that out last night, after it was reported that John Ryan Murphy, and not Austin Romine, would get called up to replace Francisco Cervelli as the Major League backup catcher.  It has yet to be reported by any other beat guy or confirmed by the team itself, but I have to imagine this is the decision that will be made.  When the Yankees take the field tonight against the Cubs, they will be back to full strength.  Well, at least in terms of number of healthy bodies on the active roster.  That’s better than where they were at on Sunday night.

While these moves provide the obvious benefit of getting the Yanks back to a standard 5-man bench/7-man ‘pen roster breakdown and filling in the cracks on their injured infield, it’s what’s between the lines that is the real story here.  …

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John Ryan Murphy, Come On Up!

Well, it look like Francisco Cervelli‘s replacement will not be Austin Romine but will be J.R. Murphy. This is according to a tweet by Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal.

Poor Romine.

(I know he wants to be called John Ryan Murphy but Baseball Reference doesn’t want to call him that.)

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Quick hit: Beltran Wins AL Player of the Week

Some good news.

Carlos Beltran was named the American League Player of the Week after hitting .423 with seven runs scored, four doubles, three home runs and six RBI in seven games from April 7-13. That works out to a .423/.464/.923/1.387 line.

Not too shabby.

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Quick hit: Cervelli to the DL

It was just announced that Francisco Cervelli will be placed on the 15-day DL before tomorrow’s night game and it will be retroactive to today. An MRI revealed a Grade 2 right hamstring strain which he suffered on that reviewed play in the fourth inning of last night’s game. The recovery time for that kind of injury is 4-6 weeks.

Reliever Shane Greene was optioned to Triple A and Austin Romine will more than likely replace Cervelli.



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Off Day Open Thread: 4/14/14

Happy Monday, everyone.

So how are you all feeling? Are your quads, hamstrings, backs, fingers and groins okay? Well, the same can’t be said for the Yankees who were like a walking MASH unit this past weekend. I guess the good fortune with regards to injuries has ended in a spectacular way. Yikes.

Francisco Cervelli is more than likely going on the DL after pulling his hamstring in last night’s game and I’m sure with the way things have gone lately, the rest of the team will be joining him soon.

Luckily today is an off-day so the less ‘battered and bruised’ players who aren’t going on the DL can rest and prepare for tomorrow’s game against the Cubs.

We figured we’d make an open thread for you this afternoon so you can discuss the injuries, who you think the Yankees should get to play first base, this past weekend’s series, and other various subjects.

Today’s flashback video is from the 2000 ALCS when today’s birthday boy David Justice hit a booming home run against the Mariners:

I remember screaming as loud as Michael Kay in my house when this happened.…

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Featuring A Changeup, Pineda Does His Best Felix Hernandez Impression

In 2011, his rookie year with the Mariners, Pineda showcased a plus slider and command on a mid-to-high 90′s fastball. The combination was a deadly punch for hitters, and in Safeco Field, he earned a ton of strikeouts and fly ball outs. With Pineda headed to Yankee Stadium, the worry was that his high fly ball tendency would translate to home runs, especially against opposite handed hitters. Left-handed batters already have the advantage of the short right field porch, and when you add handedness and high fly ball tendencies into the equation, the worry was warranted.

Pineda finally made his Yankee Stadium debut on Thursday against the Red Sox. Manager John Farrell hoped to combat Pineda’s sweeping slider with a lineup full of lefties, and plugged in Grady Sizemore, David Ortiz, Daniel Nava, A.J. Pierzynski, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Jonathan Herrera. Farrell’s intentions were obviously to take advantage of the short right field porch and platoon splits, but Pineda broke out a gameplan that we didn’t expect.…

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The Farm Report: 4/13/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 7-1:
Ramon Flores started the bottom of the first by lining a double to right. A one out single by Zoilo Almonte put runners on the corners. Russ Canzler followed by grounding a single to left and scoring Flores for the 1-0 lead. The RailRiders pulled away in the third, as...

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Yanks Limping (Literally) Into Their First Off-Day

Cervelli Injury vs BOS

Very often in sports, commentators or writers like to say that something “couldn’t have come at a better time” to help a struggling team.  In the Yankees’ case, this first scheduled off-day of the year really could not have come at a better time after last night’s injury casualties.  If the Yankees had to play a game tonight, it’s doubtful they’d have enough healthy bodies to fill out the starting infield.

They were already short-handed heading into the game last night when it was revealed that Derek Jeter has a tight right quad and Joe was keeping him out of the lineup to steal a few more days of rest.  Once the game started, we found out that Brian Roberts was out not to get a simple day of rest, but because his lower back was bothering him and he went for a precautionary MRI earlier in the day.  We also found out that Francisco Cervelli still can’t escape his crappy injury luck when he appeared to seriously pull his hamstring trying to beat out a play at first base in the 4th.  …

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And Exhale: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2

I don’t know about you guys but I am still a little hyper from tonight’s game.

And it’s ridiculous, isn’t it? It’s only April 13, we should not be reacting like this to a game so early in the season but this Yankees-Red Sox “rivalry” seems to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Plus, the whole “national game on ESPN” thing didn’t help matters either. Most baseball fans had their eyes on the game so it felt bigger than it should have. Basically, I am going to blame the nice weather for tricking me into thinking it was actually September and that the Yankees and Red Sox were in a pennant race.

Now, onto the actual recap!

The Red Sox struck first in the top of the second thanks to a Jonathan Herrera single which scored Ryan Roberts. And when it looked like things were going to get away from Ivan Nova, after a Grady Sizemore single, Jackie Bradley Jr.…

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