The injuries are starting to mount

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The big league team isn’t the only one being ransacked by injuries, the Low-A Charleston River Dogs are also fighting the injury bug, with Abe Almonte and Wady Rufino being the latest to hit the DL. The Yankees are extremely insecure about releasing injury info about their prospects, but I’ll wrap up the Charleston DL crew for you anyway:

Lower Body Injury: CF Abe Almonte, 1B/3B Brandon Laird, C Austin Romine, and 3B Bradley Suttle
Upper Body Injury: RHP Jairo Heredia, RHP Adam Olbrychowski, and RHP Ryan Zink

As you can see, the Charleston trainers need to alter their conditioning routines so that they do a better job of targeting the upper and lower body. Why can’t they just say, “hey, this guy pulled his hammy,” or “hey, so-and-so’s shoulder is barking.” Is that so difficult? Keeping the injury a secret won’t make it go away.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 loss to Indianapolis)
Brett Gardner & Bernie Castro: both 0 for 2 – Gardner scored a run, walked twice, was caught stealing & threw a runner out at first from CF … Castro walked once & swiped a bag
Jason Lane: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 HBP
Eric Duncan & Cody Ransom: Both 0 for 4 – Ransom K’ed twice
Greg Porter & Justin Christian: all 1 for 4 – Porter K’ed twice
JD Closser: 2 for 3, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing)
Dan Giese: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 9-4 GB/FB – 66 of 94 pitches were strikes (70.2%) … in 36.1 IP as a starter, he’s allowed 26 hits, 4 earned runs, 8 walks and struck out 30
David Robertson: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – only 13 of his 26 pitches were strikes … pitching against guys with big league experience for the first time can be a bit of a rude awakening, he’ll get over the shell shock soon enough

Double-A Trenton (3-1 loss to Akron)
Ramiro Pena, Austin Jackson, Colin Curtis, Cody Ehlers & PJ Pilittere: all 1 for 4 – Pena scored a run & was hit by a pitch … Ajax K’ed twice … Ehlers drove in the only run … PJ committed a fielding error
Edwar Gonzalez: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 3 K
Jose Tabata: 0 for 4, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Chris Malec & Reegie Corona: both 0 for 2, 2 BB – Malec also K’ed
George Kontos: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 5-8 GB/FB – 36-9 K/BB ratio in his last 28.2 IP after putting up a 5-8 K/BB in his first 14 IP
JB Cox: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – first action since Tuesday … I was starting to get a little worried

High-A Tampa (5-1 loss to Brevard County) check out which old friend was Brevard’s starting pitcher
Luis Nunez & Tim Battle: both 0 for 3 – Nunez walked & score a run … Battle K’ed twice to bring his 2008 total up to 36 in 26 games
James Cooper & Kyle Anson: both 1 for 4 – Anson K’ed, allowed his first 2 passed balls of the year & picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Mitch Hilligoss & Josue Calzado: both 0 for 4 – Calzado’s down to .130-.161-.204 in 28 games this year … he’s never done much with the bat, it might be time to take that rocket arm of his to the bump
Andres Perez: 2 for 4, 1 SB
Grant Duff: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4-6 GB/FB – back in the rotation thanks to Eric Hacker’s blister
Stephen Artz: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-6 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-1 loss to Asheville)
Austin Krum & Carmen Angelini: both 0 for – Krum K’ed … Angelini committed a throwing error & is now 1 for his last 18
Justin Snyder & Brian Baisley: both 1 for 3 – Snyder walked & K’ed
Jesus Montero: 0 for 2, 2 BB – he’s drawn 5 walks in his last 2 games & walking only twice in his first 33 games … good to see he’s taking what they give him, and not trying to do too much by expanding his zone
Braedyn Pruitt & Taylor Holiday: both 1 for 4 – Holiday K’ed twice
Chase Odenreider & Walter Ibarra: both 0 for 3, 1 E (fielding) – Odenreider is just up from Extended Spring Training to help cover all the injuries
Dellin Betances: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 1-7 GB/FB – gave up as many homers in this game (3) as he had all season … settled down after a 5-run first, and he’s still at 10.76 Kper9 & 5.49 Hper9
Craig Heyer: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5-2 GB/FB
Chase Vacek: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – ERA is down to 1.08

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  • Stylez

    Tabata’s on a 0 for 9 skid last two games….understand his prospects status, but considering this kid is coming off wrist surgery and struggling to adjust AA, shouldn’t the yankees send him down to high A, let him beat up on the pitchers as he’s had before and get his confidence up

  • Brandon

    seeing how Rodriguez, Posada and Hughes are in Tampa well Alex on Tuesday should be in Tampa, I’d send Tabata down, he needs to regroup and learn to get some lift on that ball, he’s grounding out too much in AA.

  • Brandon

    the GO/AO concern me w/ Betances, it could be the difference in him becoming a Josh Beckett or Jaret Wrong

  • whozat

    “the GO/AO concern me w/ Betances”

    He’s what…19? 18? He’s barely got his arms and legs moving in the right direction at this point. It’s basically pointless to even pay attention to kids as young and raw as he is. Look back on him at the end of the year and see how he did.

    tabata went on a tear after his suspension, and then had two hitless games. He just manned up after hitting rock bottom. A demotion would seem unwise. I don’t think he’d take it as a confidence builder, but more as a punishment.

    • Brandon

      good point on Betances whozat I’m not that worried it’s just something I pay attention to and actually you changed my mind on starting to think a demotion for Tabata being helpful.

  • E-ROC

    Dan Giese continues to impress as a starter. I wonder if the organization will make him a reliever once the roster levels out.

  • McCaff

    So first outfeilder to get banged up we see Brett Gardner?

    • swo

      I doubt it. Jason Lane is still down there, and I don’t know if they’d want to call up Brett just to sit on the bench. Keep in mind that we have 5 outfielders already, so it’s not like an injury would guarantee a starting role for Gardner.

  • Felixfella

    Tabata actually went 10-28 before his 0-7.

    shit happens.

  • dan

    Jesus Montero must have read my comments here from a few days ago.

  • Manimal

    Who will be our left fielder next year, Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson, or possibly Tabata or some Free agent.

    • swo

      Probably Johnny Damon, considering he is under contract through 2009……

  • Joe

    What about putting Igawa in the bullpenn?

  • My Pet Goat

    Prospects are assets. As long as the Yankees are not required to divulge that true nature of their prospects’ injuries, they best serve the organization’s long-term interest by keeping quiet. For example, Heredia has an upper body ailment. An elbow/forearm problem obviously has a far smaller impact on his trade value than a shoulder issue. If it gets serious enough for surgery, we’ll find out.

  • Alex