Robert Refsnyder moves to the outfield – for now


It has been well documented that Robert Refsnyder has been hitting the ball very well this year. This follows a very quick journey through the Minors after ending his college career with a College World Series title and the MOP award. Last year, the Yankees moved Refsnyder to second base, as they thought his lack of power hitting would play better there than as a corner outfielder. No doubt this move looked even better when Robinson Cano left for Seattle.

Many people tagged Refsnyder as a prospect who could move through the system quickly, but learning a new position was likely to slow this process some. Earlier this week, however, Brian Cashman told the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate to have Refsnyder get back to playing some outfield and added to the rumor mill by saying that if he was to get the call this year it would likely be to play in the outfield. The Yankees sorely need some offense and, after reworking his swing with Marcus Thames in Trenton, Refnsnyder’s bat is begging for a chance in the Bronx (he’s hitting .308/.431/.551 right now).…

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Quick Hit: Yankees Acquire Jeff Francis

Per Jerry Crasnick: The Yankees have acquired Jeff Francis from the A’s. Francis, who was designated for assignment last week, was 0-1 with a 6.08 ERA (3.50 FIP) in nine games (13.1 innings). He was acquired along with cash considerations from Oakland for a player to be named later.

Per Donnie Collins: Francis had a 3.33 ERA in eight games in the International League as a starter this season with Louisville. The 6.08 ERA with Oakland came as a reliever.

The Yankees just announced that they promoted Matt Daley and designated Jim Miller for assignment, no doubt because he prevented us from seeing Ichiro pitch last night! (That’s a joke.)

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Revisiting the CC Sabathia Extension

CC Sabathia

Things have changed very quickly for CC Sabathia. It’s not to long ago that he was the ace of the Yankees staff and was one of the top pitchers in MLB. Now he is facing potential microfracture surgery on his knee that could leave his career in jeopardy.

Sabathia opted out of his contract with the Yankees in the winter of 2011, and the Yankees re-signed him to a five-year, $122 million extension to keep him from free agency. It was an added year and $30 million from Sabathia’s original Yankees contract that he signed in 2009.

That contract has now turned into an albatross for the Yankees, but it was hard to complain about the contract at the time with what Sabathia had accomplished with the Yankees and what they had in their rotation.

Sabathia was coming off three seasons in New York in which he was a combined 59-23 with a 3.18 ERA and finished in the top 4 in AL Cy Young voting all three years.…

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On Thursday morning, John Sickels shared a piece about Yankees farmhand Pat Venditte, suggesting that the team should promote the switch-pitcher based on merit. For those of you who only know Venditte as something of a sideshow attraction, I suggest you dig into his numbers – they are excellent, to say the least. To wit, he has thrown 356.1 IP in his professional career. Over those innings, Venditte boasts a 2.45 ERA, 1.064 WHIP, 10.3 K/9, and 4.28 K/BB.

His naysayers will point out that he, garnered his first promotion to Triple-A earlier this season, and he has struggled at times. Venditte’s 4.18 ERA with the RailRiders is underwhelming at best, and three of his fifteen appearances have been disastrous. However, his peripherals remain strong, as he is still striking out better than a batter per inning (9.3 K/9) and limiting walks (2.9 BB/9).

To be fair, there is more than a bit of truth in the critiques of Venditte’s stuff.…

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Yankeemetrics: July 7-10 (Indians)

Jacoby Ellsbury's 14th inning homer was a game-winner on Wednesday. (Credit: David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Jacoby Ellsbury was the hero in Wednesday’s win. (Credit: David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Grass is Greener in Cleveland
The Yankees started their four-game series against the Indians with a rare offensive outburst in a 5-3 victory on Monday. They pounded Indians starter Justin Masterson, who allowed five runs and failed to get an out in the third inning.

Masterson entered the game 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA in four career home starts against the Yankees. He was the only pitcher in the last 100 years to win each of his first four home starts against the Yankees, allowing no more than one run in each game.

Shane Greene, making his first career start, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished with two runs allowed over six innings for his first major-league win. Dellin Betances then closed the game for his first career save.

This was the third time in franchise history that a pair of Yankee pitchers earned their first career win and first career save in the same game.…

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Quick hit: Tanaka Has a Partially Torn UCL

Brian Cashman told reporters in Cleveland that Masahiro Tanaka has a small tear in his UCL.

Tanaka saw three doctors who all recommended rehab for his injury. Cashman added that none of the doctors recommended surgery because it’s such a small tear. So for now, Tanaka will have a platelet rich plasma injection next week, start rehab and if that’s successful, he could be pitching in six weeks. But if rehab isn’t successful, he’ll have to have the surgery.

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Game 91: Take the Series, Please

For those of you who missed the news, Yangervis Solarte has been called-up to replace Carlos Beltran and Carlos Beltran’s Broken Face™. Since being demoted to Triple-A last week, Solarte has hit the proverbial crap out of the ball, batting .600/.619/.850 with 3 doubles and a triple in 20 at-bats. Here’s hoping that...

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Quick hits: Beltran to the 7-day DL, Solarte and Tonight’s Lineup

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Zelous Wheeler RF
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Brendan Ryan 2B

You will notice that Yangervis Solarte is back and that’s because poor Carlos Beltran not only broke his face with that errant BP ball last night but he also has a concussion. He will be placed on the special 7-day DL and should be set to return after the All-Star break.

Solarte, who was sent down to triple A last week, will take Beltran’s place on the roster.

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