Game 24: A-Rod back in the lineup


It’s nice to see A-Rod slotted back into his usual No. 4 spot. While the lineup has been solid for the past few days, there’s always room for the best hitter in baseball. He’s even playing the field, so we have the “A” lineup out there.

The news isn’t all good, though. We got a tip earlier that Brian Bruney would be out for the season. Turns out that was probably accurate. He tore a ligament in his foot — scrambling to cover first base — and needs surgery. Terrible news for a guy who was looking a bit more dependable than in years past.

Chris Britton and Jonathan Albaladejo come in as reinforcements, though it’s not clear what the other corresponding move will be. Could be Farnsworth to the DL, though we haven’t heard anything on that front for today, or it could be a trip to Scranton for Ross Ohlendorf. I suppose it could also be the designation of Chad Moeller, but with the Yanks facing two lefties this weekend and with two healthy catchers on the roster, you have to figure that Moeller will be swapped for Shelley Duncan tomorrow.

Thought on a possible Ohlendorf demotion: This makes sense if the Yanks are still unsure on Farnsworth. Clearly, neither pitcher would be available tonight, so you have to do something to get an arm in there. Demoting Ohlendorf gives the Yanks another day or two to decide on Farnsworth. If he does hit the DL, the Yanks can simply recall Ohlendorf before the 10-day waiting period, since he’d be replacing an injured player.

While we’re on the bullpen, let’s talk LaTroy Hawkins. Surely, we’re all hating the guy right now. And with so many arms from AAA seeking a promotion, I can understand the fervor over releasing him. But if you remember last season, we had a similar conundrum in Luis Vizcaino. At this point, the Viz had a 6.00 ERA, and would see that balloon all the way to 7.66 on May 25. He had a 2.66 ERA the rest of the way, striking out 50 and walking 24 in 50.2 IP. So don’t count out a turnaround for Hawkins. However, the question still remains of whether the damage he does now would be worth it, even if he did right the ship.

Stay tuned for any updates before game time.

Update: Moeller DFA’d for Britton. So it looks like Albaladejo comes up as Bruney’s injury replacement. That means a three-man bench tonight. Seems we’ll see Shelley tomorrow.


1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Jason Giambi, 1B
8. Robinson Cano, 2B
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

And on the mound, number forty-six, Andy Pettitte

Categories : Game Threads


  1. BigBlueAL says:

    Really SUCKS about Bruney. gotta feel bad for the guy since he obviously worked his ass off in the off-season to get into great shape and it was payin off for him so far.

  2. Link says:

    yeah that really sucks for Bruney but kudos to Cashman and the Yanks having that ridiculous depth at Scranton where hopefully Britton can pick up where Bruney left off. I thought they would have dl’d Farns and brought back Edwar as well as Shelley for Moeller…we’ll see I guess…

  3. zack says:

    Wow, that REALLY sucks. Personal suckatude for Bruney aside, that really screws up the bullpen plans. Bruney was the most logical candidate to replace Joba when he moves, and without him, it falls on either Farns of one of the kids. With Ohlendorf being used as a long guy, which doesn’t really make sense, it seems to block that possibility. This makes it a lot more likely that Joba will remain in the pen this season, and therefore the rest of his career. Damn this sucks…

    • NYFan50 says:

      I think you are reading a little more into this than you should be. :)

      • BigBlueAL says:

        i dont think so, i think Zack is DEAD on. ive said this before and ill say it again, to take Joba out of the pen this season is committing SUICIDE to the bullpen. to me, Bruney was the only guy who could logically take over his role, but now, the bullpen is really limited. unless one of the current starters gets seriously injured, there is no way u can take Joba out of the pen this season w/o seriously jeopardizing the team’s chances of winning, unless of course they make a trade or 2, then that obviously changes everything. but with the state of the current bullpen, Joba has to stay in the pen. i do disagree however with the people who say if he stays in pen entire season he has to stay there for rest of his career, i think that is ludicrous thinking. a whole off-season plus entire Spring Training next season is sufficient enuff to allow him to be a starter next season, and gradually build him up by end of the season w/o any problems. BUT thats next season, just lookin at this season, Joba has to stay in the pen with the way the current bullpen is lookin.

        • Casper says:

          Keeping him in the bullpen all year does not mean he will be a reliever his whole career, sure. But if he’s in the bullpen all year he won’t be a starter all year next year (unless the Yankees throw caution to the wind and abandon their philosophy, which they don’t seem willing to do). They simply will not ask a young, developing pitcher who throws 80 in 2008 to throw 180 in 2009, and the offseason and spring training really don’t factor into that decision. If you would rather keep him in the ‘pen in 2008 and then not have a full season of Joba in the rotation in 2009, that’s a fair opinion. But you’re not getting a full season out of him in the rotation next season if he stays in the ‘pen in 2008.

  4. Joey says:

    How long is recovery is he has surgery? Are we talking a few months or is he done for the year?

  5. Scott says:

    It’s my understanding that he’s done for the year

  6. E-ROC says:

    I guess Ohlie becomes the 8th inning guy when Joba moves to the rotation with Bruney being out for the year. Britton will probably be in the mix for that spot.

    Go Yanks

  7. zack says:

    On the other hand, can’t say I disagree with how they did this. They needed to get rid of Moeller, and they did. And they brought up probably the two most deserving guys, ATC. Now if Girardi actually uses Britton, then I will truly be impressed. I still think back to that game where they called up Britton specifically to pitch in game one of a doubleheader and Torre went to Proctor instead!

  8. Jamal G. says:

    Glad to see Chris Britton finally get a chance but that basically pales in comparison on the news of Mr. Bruney. I really looked at him and Ross Ohlendorf as the two Major League candidates to replace Joba but now we have to look at Ohly, Edwar Ramirez, David Robertson and maybe later down the line in JB Cox and Humberto Sanchez.

    BigBlueAL, they are not going to retard the development of Joba Chamberlain as a starter because Brian Bruney went to the DL. Does that give them less options come June when Chamberlain plausibly could make shortened, progressive starts for the Bronx squad a la Chad Billingsley or be sent down to the minors? Yes, but that does not mean the plan is dead and Joba has to stay in the bullpen. He is most likely not staying in the bullpen for the entire season and for his career.

    Finally man, he can not be in the bullpen for the entire 2008 season and start the entire 2009 season. It is impossible mathematically. Absolutely impossible, his innings cap of 140-150 this year would be the same next season. In other words he would be in the same boat as this season, unable to start and finish the season as a starting pitcher.

    • KW says:

      Horrible news! I agreed that I thought he or Ohlendorf was going to be the bridge to Mariano once Joba started, well, starting. This really will dent the bullpen too as Bruney carried a large workload and appeared uninhibited.

    • Ben K. says:

      To take this argument one step further, I’m fairly certain that the Joba argument is no longer an argument. Both Brian Cashman and Hank Steinbrenner have explicitly stated that Joba will be moved to the rotation later this year. It’s no longer a question of if; it’s a question of when.

  9. steve (different one) says:

    the Bruney injury sucks, but luckily it came from the organization’s biggest area of depth: overweight RH relievers.

    there are 2 more on the way as we speak.

  10. Not for nothing, but I did think Bruney showed signs of improvement. However, I am glad that Albaladejo and Britton will be getting shots, both should be good, I really like Albaladejo, and Britton has been toiling away in AAA for awhile now. I do kind of wish Edwar was up with the big club, but if Farnsworth is gone for a bit too, they’ll need fresh arms to come up.

  11. BigBlueAL says:

    Where im really comin from is just lookin at how this current team is put together, where Joba best fits is obviously in the bullpen. Im just stating that i believe takin Joba out of the pen and sendin him to the minors for over a month and so forth to let him be able to start games in th 2nd half is a bad plan that might really affect the team this season. i understand they r lookin towards the future, i am 100% behind that, but tell that to the veterans on the team, which is basically everybody, when they take Joba out of the pen, and out of the team for over a month. again, i know everyone here obviously hope/expect Phil and Ian to pitch better, so if they r pitching as good as we expected from them, and Moose continues to pitch decently, then what do u do???? go to a 6-man rotation??? No. so either Kennedy or Hughes will be demoted, or Moose gets taken out of the rotation. To be honest, this all boils back to, at least to me, not tradin for Johan and havin to go with 3 pitchers who r ALL on a strict innings/pitches count. But thats a debate for another day :)

  12. Jamal G. says:

    I know we’ve brought the topic about here on RAB, but how likely is it that Brian Cashman (if he remains as Yanks GM past 2008) & Co. will go after Mark Teixiera. Is this just a pipe dream for Yankees fans or is this seriously a possibility. The prospect of losing potential prospects by giving up 1st. RD and supplemental picks to sign this Type A Free Agent will be a tough pill to swallow I’m sure (seeing as how Yankees fans for the most part, I believe, have become more knowledgeable of the farm system and player development) but has the Yankees front office really developed into that type of team where the loss of draft picks outweigh the acquisition of a seemingly needed free agent?

    I know the picks along with the number of contract years were the two main reasons why Luis Vizcaino was not re-signed, but he was a relief pitcher, not the same case. Mark Teixiera will bring up an interesting discussion because we will see what this new player development mode has done to the Yankees on the free agent market when it comes to the big bad name, especially one who is in his prime.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      considering the amount of money comin off the payroll after this season (close to 80 million) they would be foolish not to go after Teixiera, especially with the gaping hole at 1b.

    • steve (different one) says:

      if the Yankees want to go after Teixeira, they will. the draft pick won’t even be a consideration. they wouldn’t even blink.

      the reasons they might NOT go after him would be:
      1. he wants to sign with Baltimore and the O’s are willing to overpay
      2. they need to hold 1B for Posada and possibly Jeter
      3. Jesus Montero.

      yes, i realize #3 is crazy. he is 18 and still a catcher.

      but by the end of the year, he is going to be a top 10 prospect in baseball. i really believe that.

      if the Yankees make an honest assessment of Montero’s future as a catcher, and see him as a 1Bman, they may decide to not spend the cash on Teixiera and sign a stopgap for 2009-2010.

      that’s how good i think Montero is.

      but to sum up, no, the draft pick wouldn’t be an issue for a premier player like Teixiera.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        ive read alot about how bad he is defensively. is he REALLY that bad behind the plate???? i mean with his bat behind the plate, wouldnt movin him to 1b take away alot of his value???? like i said, ive never seen him play obviously, so im just goin on what ive read, but to dismiss his catching skills at 18 yo isnt it a bit too premature???? or is he really that bad defensively????

        • Jamal G. says:

          He is raw with a plus arm. People just see the immense offensive skills and automatically assume that since he’s not a defensive whiz behind the plate at 18 that the Yankees should move him to 1B. I say that’s crap, they say that will move him up the system quicker. I say that’s carap because having a bat such as Montero’s behind the plate is too valuable unless he is a butcher. He just has to be below average to stick at Catcher, if he is that then we will all be happy.

      • Jamal G. says:

        If Montero is below average defensively behind the plate, he still would be one of the most valuable Yankees in the system. Look at Victor Martinez, he was damn sure well below average defensively when he came up but actually has progressed. Jesus Montero is said to have a plus arm behind the plate, therefore all he needs to do to become an even average backstop is to work on his mechanics. Seeing as how he threw out two baserunners and made a nice play on a bunt in one game this week, we have a lot to look forward to.

        I don’t understand the rush to move him to 1B, that should not even be a possibility until he’s on the cusp of a call-up and he is just a butcher at Catcher. I don’t see Montero moving to 1B anytime soon, way too young to assess his future as a backstop and way too early in his development to move him out of a position where his bat will make him so valuable.

        • BigBlueAL says:

          Oh i agree, im just sayin, ive read in a few different places (not here) that there is already talk about him not bein able to be a catcher in the majors, which i thought were way too premature since he is only 18. although i think it may be cause alot of people are also high on Romine and the kid who got hurt durin Spring Training (dont want to bother spellin his last name) so maybe they figured they have plenty of depth at the catcher position for the future.

          • Jamal G. says:

            Your absolutely right, it is way too premature for people to be talking about a move from C to 1B for Montero. I don’t care if we had Jorge Posada, Victor Martinez and Jesus Montero all in the same farm system. You do not move that offensive potential from Catcher unless he proves to be a butcher. Francisco Cervelli (the guy who was hurt in ST) is major league ready defensively but his bat has not caught up with his glove. If Jose Molina was not brought back, I’m sure he would have been a top candidate to become the backup to Jorge Posada. Austin Romine also grades out better defensively than Jesus Montero currently, but just because you have one Catcher with offensive potential and defensive prowess does not mean you start moving guys around to accommodate that one prospect. That is just bad baseball player development.

            • steve (different one) says:

              i was not suggesting that they SHOULD move Montero to 1B.

              i was just saying IF that’s what they see for him, they could leave 1B open for him.

              of course, i realize that talking about any 18 year old in relation to signing Teixiera is simply nuts. but that’s how good his bat is. just to be in the discussion is amazing.

  13. BigBlueAL says:

    didnt take long for Giambi to make his presence felt.

  14. Jamal G. says:

    Damn, FOX and TBS are going to show those highlights of Game 2 ad nauseam.

  15. Jamal G. says:

    Centerfield HR, got to love it.

  16. BigBlueAL says:

    well, didnt the statistical analysis done on Giambi earlier this week say he should only play against junk-throwing RHP’s. u cant get any more junk-thrower RHP than Paul Byrd!!!!!

  17. Mike P says:

    Maybe they should have tried Matsui at first in spring. Giambi clearly isn’t as finished as a hitter as he is a fielder.

  18. BigBlueAL says:

    btw, where is everybody???? first night this week i dont have a game to umpire so i can watch the entire Yankees game, and me and Jamal r the only ones commenting!!!!

  19. Jamal G. says:

    Is it just me or is the production of these games on UP…err MY 9 seem a little cheap?

  20. Jamal G. says:

    Melky Cabrera, FTW.

  21. BigBlueAL says:

    Melky finally chooched someone this season!!!!

  22. Jamal G. says:

    When are we going to start the All-Star campaign for Melky Cabrera?

    Yes, I am serious on April 25th.

    • Jamal G. says:

      I know BJ Upton is the likely candidate to be the starter (he should be, the fans in Tampa might not care enough to vote) in CF but how cool would it be that in the final innings of the final All-Star game at Yankee Stadium would see a Yankee in CF.

    • Mike P says:

      Definitely. Am a little sceptical just how good he is like some other guys. But damn he’s starting this season well.

  23. Mike P says:

    Who needs Beltran! Talk about the little engine that could… Melky Cabrera could really develop into something special in CF.

  24. Jamal G. says:

    So we can officially say Damon has broken out of his slump. I wouldn’t say the same for Giambi but he has shown a constant pulse. Robinson Cano is still getting some good wood but just not any results as of yet.

  25. Mike P says:

    Even that AB was a productive out. Seeing pitches is so valuable, as Damon is showing this year.

  26. Jamal G. says:

    God Damn you Grady Sizemore. Wow, is Bobby Abreu raking or what?

  27. Mike P says:

    Sizemore’s a jerk! saved two runs that inning.

  28. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, any of you two guys think that no one saw the game on YES so they thought there was no game on? Then again, I would hope they are aware that off days in MLB are only on Mondays and Thursdays, LoL.

  29. BigBlueAL says:

    so frustrating watching games against Paul Byrd, almost every out is raked, but so far only have a run to show for it

  30. Jamal G. says:

    Ervin Santana has been a Godsend for my fantasy squad.

  31. Jamal G. says:

    Dammit, I want Erik Hosmer to fall to us so bad. Come on Scott Boras, be the dick you usually are and demand the moon…at minimum.

  32. Mike P says:

    I love Pettite. He just gets it done. No hoopla, just outs. Consistently.

  33. Jamal G. says:

    Sean Casey has the left the game for Boston after his first Plate Appearance, he was replaced by Jed Lowrie in the lineup.

  34. BigBlueAL says:

    ARod really has to settle down his swing, he is constantly out in front of everything and popping it up.

  35. Jamal G. says:

    Patience guys, WTF.

  36. Mike P says:

    Do you think the Yanks resign Andy this winter? I would love them to but if they want Sabathia, I can’t see it happening. How about having him as our lefty in the pen!

    • Jamal G. says:

      Well if the Yankees go after Mark Teixiera, they can’t sign Andy Pettitte and C.C. Sabathia. I believe your only allowed to sign two Type A free agents an off season. With Pettitte’s numbers last year and with his good start to this year, I don’t see how he will be ranked a Type B over a Type A.

  37. Jamal G. says:

    May seem like a harmless two out single but that was really big, keeping Byrd from a 6 pitch inning and all. Now Jason Giambi’s OBP skills really come in handy right now.

  38. BigBlueAL says:

    FUCKIN Indians broadcast makin fun of the bug spray, showin clips of Game 2.

  39. So at least we know Giambi can hit off of two MLB pitchers: Mike Timlin and Paul Byrd.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      LOL, well they fit the description of the statistical analysis done on Giambi, soft-throwing RHP. even though Timlin isnt a real junk-baller, he doesnt throw mid-90′s anymore, so he now fits the criteria of pitchers Giambi can hit.

      • Jamal G. says:

        Well how many pitchers are there that throw 95+ MPH? Not really that big of a deal that his bat speed can’t get to plus-plus heaters anymore.

        • BigBlueAL says:

          actually, i think it was 90+, which is what made it pretty drastic the split. whatever, Giambi rules!!!!!!!!!

  40. Jamal G. says:

    OK, I am so gloating right now.

    I told you people, relax. Give him time, he’ll break out. What I say dammit? :P

  41. BigBlueAL says:

    Jamal, u must be horny as hell watchin Giambi this game!!!!

  42. Mike R. says:

    Release Giambi!!!!

  43. I sure am glad Giambi decided to take his ‘roids B-12 this morning…:-D

  44. Mike P says:

    I can’t believe my computer crashed for that Giambi homer. Maybe not a coincidence… don’t look out the window in case you see pigs flying.

  45. Jamal G. says:

    Chris Russo is such an asshole for saying Dustin Pedroia is better defensively than Robinson Cano. There is a reason Pedroia is ranked last in ESPN’s Zone Rating among qualified AL 2B, albeit with a small sample size (SSS).

  46. Jamal G. says:

    That was a strike, sir.

  47. Jamal G. says:

    Evan Longoria is hitting .300 with 2HRs and 9RBIs with .983 OPS to start his Major League career. Owned.

    BTW, Sean Casey left the game in the second inning due to an injured leg.

  48. Mike P says:

    Has Cabrera’s plate discipline improved drastically or what? He must be averageing 4-5 pitches per AB.

  49. Jamal G. says:

    Per PeteAbe:

    “Communicated with Brian Cashman, who said that Bruney is out for the season.”

    So, i guess it’s official. Hopefully Ross Ohlendorf and others can pick up his slack. Come on David Robertson, keep doing your thing.

  50. Mike P says:

    Gold glove play by Giambi at 1st!

  51. Jamal G. says:

    David Cone is great, I really hope he does a lot of games this season.

  52. Ivan says:

    So I guess we can’t expect anything from Mark Melancon?

    • Jamal G. says:

      I am not as optimistic as some are who feel that Mark Melancon will make his Bronx debut somewhere in late July or August. I feel that it is way too optimistic an estimation. I don’t expect to see him at all this season, just maybe a September 1st call-up.

  53. Ivan says:

    Man Jeter has no range

  54. Jamal G. says:

    That’s like the third or fourth hit that has sneaked through the hole. That is why BABIP is such a great stat.

  55. E-ROC says:

    Dear God, NOOOOO!!!!

  56. Ivan says:

    iight if the indians can get 4 runs off pettitte, then we can more off Paul Bryd

  57. Kelvin says:

    tsk..that could have been avoided.

  58. Ivan says:

    iight make that 5 runs.

  59. BigBlueAL says:

    im about to throw up.

  60. Ivan says:

    Andy you need to get infront these hitters man.

  61. Manimal says:

    SHIT, this game just got me so angry I had to come here and vent.

    AHHHHHHH, seriously Byrd isn’t that good. Whether he was on HGH or not on HGH he sucks. Yet he looks like a freaking ace against the yankees.

    SHIT, as I typed that they went back-to-back.

  62. Kelvin says:

    oh boy..how fast things turn around huh?

  63. Manimal says:


  64. Ivan says:

    hey guys there are 4 innings left in the game, the Yanks can certainly comeback.

  65. Kelvin says:

    ok guys! time for a come back! let’s go yanks.

  66. BigBlueAL says:

    im sorry, but these at-bats against Byrd r plain and simple EMBARRASSING

  67. Jamal G. says:

    Two out nightmares.

  68. E-ROC says:


  69. Kelvin says:

    YEAHHH!!! Matsui-san! just one more!!

  70. BigBlueAL says:

    that away to make the new pitcher throw strikes. now Perez gets to face Giambi and Cano to leadoff the 7th, shit.

  71. Kelvin says:

    just need to keep them scoreless, 3 more innings to go. go yanks!

  72. E-ROC says:

    You must have skills to get the righties out, but walk a lefty when you’re a lefty specialist.

  73. Jamal G. says:

    More than a couple weak ass hits by the Tribe thus far.

  74. BigBlueAL says:

    i cant stand this fuckin bullpen

  75. E-ROC says:

    tsk tsk tsk….sighs.

  76. Mike P says:

    Traber’s not exactly spectacular.

  77. BigBlueAL says:

    this is beginnin to look like a little league game

  78. Jamal G. says:

    Billy Traber is really pitching himself out of favor.

  79. BigBlueAL says:

    honestly, we shouldnt even bother tryin to have lefties in our bullpen anymore. we might be the WORSE organization in signing LH pitchers for the bullpen. this is gettin beyond ridiculous its not even funny anymore.

  80. E-ROC says:

    Ok where is henn?

  81. Mike P says:

    Yeah. Walking the lefties is just criminal. Sean Henn can do that and look better doing it.

  82. Kelvin says:

    what a LOOGY…sigh…sigh…

  83. Jamal G. says:

    Good job by Traber getting out of that jam with the switch hitting Victor Martinez at the plate, big out there.

  84. Mike P says:

    Finally. Incompetent bastard.

  85. Jamal G. says:

    Did Michael Kay just call Dan Giese, a month shy of his 31st birthday, a youngster?

  86. Kelvin says:

    good job by alba..come on now..we can still do this!

  87. Mike R. says:

    Albaladejo does not want to go back to Scranton!

  88. Jamal G. says:

    Yunel Escobar left the game in the 1st after a bunted ball bounced and hit him on his index finger (left one I believe).

  89. E-ROC says:

    Albaladejo is showing how you get outs.

  90. E-ROC says:

    Man, Jeter is struggling.

  91. Kelvin says:

    tsk..walk after 4 straight grounders to a-rod.. but hey, as long as there is no damage done I am good with that.

  92. Jamal G. says:

    Almost a 6:1 K:BB for Rafael Betancourt, nasty.

  93. BigBlueAL says:

    im tellin u Jamal, ARod leads the league in Infield Flyouts !!!! see, not just junk in Byrd, straight gas in Betancourt and he’s doin the same thing!!!! i should be the hittin coach!!! jk

  94. Jamal G. says:

    Rafael Betancourt is just plain nasty.

  95. Jamal G. says:

    This is the only other way I hate losing, one bad inning. Those and shutouts I can’t stand. One five run inning, that hurts.

  96. BigBlueAL says:

    well, at least my team at Imagine Sports swept their series today to moce 2 game out of the WC race :)

  97. Pedro says:

    Lets hope somebody tell our pitchers that the innings are over after 3 outs, not 2.

  98. ansky says:

    Riverdogs lost. Got used up by Cobb(Columbus’ pitcher) and Pendleton’s first start was not effective. His first inning was bad news.

  99. Bonos says:

    Yeah, but McCutcheon was smoking, 1 hit, 1 BB and 11 SO’s in 7 innings.

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