Quick hit: Cervelli to the 60-day DL, Sizemore and Murphy called up

From Dan Martin of the New York Post:

“Yanks call up Scott Sizemore and John Ryan Murphy from Triple-A Scranton and place Cervelli on the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man.”

Poor Cervelli. That guy cannot catch a break. Actually, this time it wasn’t a break which is a switch.

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Infield Trade Targets?

The rash of injuries to Yankees infielders has led to rampant Stephen Drew speculation and the requisite denials. “Drew Day” is probably six weeks away regardless, as Scott Boras, having overplayed his hand this winter, has a new opportunity to create a sellers market once Drew’s draft compensation expires in June. Moreover, the timetable for signing a free agent, likely measured in weeks, isn’t exactly conducive to the Yankees pressing need. Players acquired via trade, on the other hand, may be available in as little as 24 hours. While pursuing this course of action probably depends on today and tomorrow’s injury updates, here are what I believe to be some realistic options. None of these players are world-beaters, but they are proven major-leaguers whose skill sets make them amenable not only for filling current gaps, but being valuable in various roles throughout the season.

Nick Franklin – 2B/SS – Seattle Mariners

Franklin’s youth (23) and pre-arbitration status make him an asset of considerable value and a somewhat unlikely trade chip.…

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Quick hit: Tonight’s game has been postponed

Per Yankees PR:

“Tonight’s Yankees-Cubs game is postponed & will be played tomorrow (4/16) at 1:05pm as the first game of a separate-admission, day-night DH. Tonight’s pre-game ceremonies and press conference honoring Nelson Mandela and Jackie Robinson are also rescheduled for tomorrow.”

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The Underrated Jackie Robinson

[Editor's note: This piece was originally published on 4/16/13 but we felt it would be nice to revisit today. -SG]

Over the past week or so, there has been much ado about Jackie Robinson – and deservedly so, at that. To many, myself included, Robinson towers over the game of baseball a la the Colossus at Rhodes, marking a turning point in not only the game that we all know and love, but in the United States as a whole. The courage and grace that Robinson displayed has become a part of the mythology that is our sport’s history, transmogrifying the man himself into something of a myth. That is not to say, of course, that Robinson is not deserving of the mighty stature that has been affixed to his memory. Rather, that the narrative has markedly obscured one simple fact that seems to be glossed over in discussions and commemorations of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier:

Jackie Robinson was really freaking good at baseball.…

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The Farm Report: 4/14/14

[I'm pinch hitting for Tamar today and since she's our Minors guru I am not even going to attempt to replicate her Farm Report so here is a condensed version. - SG]

The Yankees win theeeeee Yankees win! Oh, and the Riverdogs and Thunder also won.

Let’s start off with the news that Triple A Scranton was rained out last night. They have a doubleheader scheduled for today but it doesn’t look too promising because it is pretty rainy here on the east coast. According to Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues, Scranton has already had six rainouts this season. SIX. It’s only April 15. I guess what they say about April Showers is true: They are aplenty.

Double A Trenton beat Akron 2-0
The big news from Trenton’s game was right hander Bryan Mitchell‘s line: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K. Tyler Austin and Mason Williams each had a hit and Taylor Dugas went 1-4 with a double.…

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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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