News on Shelley, some Andy’s, the Viz and a steroid report

Joba is still next
Quest for bullpen arms goes to Japan

In bullet-point form for all y’all:

  • The Shelley Duncan health scare was very serious, according to Duncan. He developed a serious blood clot in his arm and can only do limited upper body work until the January. Doctors say the scare has since passed.
  • The Yankees DFA’d Andy Phillips. He cleared waivers but refused the Yanks’ offer of a AAA assignment. He is now a free agent. Best of luck to him.
  • Andy Pettitte plans to pitch for the Yankees in 2009 also. The allure of a new Bronx ballpark was too much for Pettitte to pass up. Sounds good to me.
  • Luis Vizcaino and the Yankees are through with each other. No big loss there. The Viz had three good months and three incredibly terrible months last season. That’s easy to replace for less than the $4 million a year he wants.
  • The Mitchell Report may come out as early as Thursday. Merry Christmas, MLB.
  • Finally, for those of you trying to access the mobile version of RAB but failing, point your browsers at to bypass the faulty auto-redirect. We’re working on a better solution but for now, this is the best we’ve got.
Joba is still next
Quest for bullpen arms goes to Japan
  • JRVJ

    Pettitte coming back in 2009 is, assuming he’s healthy, a very good thing as it allows the Yanks to break-in the young guns a little bit slower (yes, I know the big-3 will get a lot of work in this year, but 2009 will still be a crucial year in their development). Plus, Mussina is almost certainly gone after 2008 (I’m quietly hoping for another season like 2006 from the Moose, but unless he does that, I don’t think he’s back).

    I liked the Viz, but no way is he good enough for a multi-year deal, especially when the Yanks (a) Have young arms coming out the wazoo who should be ready in late 2008/early 2009; (b) get a sandwich pick if Viz is offered arbitration, rejects it and then leaves.

  • E-ROC

    I wonder who will be in the steroid report that we don’t already know about. I’ve been reading articles that have stated Rick Ankiel and Gary Matthews being vindicated from their respective HGH scandals. Hmmm…

    Pettitte returning in 2009 would be nice see as he would be passing the torch to the younger pitchers. I’m hoping for Moose to return to form too, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Will he be more effective than IPK? I doubt it unless he’s facing the Indians or Royals, lol. Moose is need to relief Hughes and Chamberlain because of their capped innings.

  • Jamal G

    Ive said it before and Ill say it again, Mike Mussina still has alot left in the tank even for an AL pitcher. Im basing this on this past season’s performances as well. In the 12 starts leading up to his pitfall, he allowed 3 ER or less in 11 of those 12 starts. Also he allowed only 2 ER or less in 7 of those 12 starts. After the 3 start hell for him, the 5 appearances afterwards (4 starts) he allowed 3 ER or less 4 times. Of those 5 appearances he also made two scoreless starts where he had a shutout streak of 13.2 innings (he pitched a scoreless 1st in 7-5 W over TOR).

    That’s pretty damn good don’t ya think?

    *BTW, doing my little research over at, I stumbled upon the fact that you can watch any Yankees game in full. Im prolly gonna watch the Yanks/Sawkz series finale where Jeter hits that 3-run HR off of Schilling.

  • Count Zero

    Good news on Shelley it seems.

    It’s going to be interesting to see how the pen lines up in spring training.

    Tip of the cap to Phillips, a genuine nice guy. Here’s to hoping he hooks up somewhere for a decent paycheck.