A-Rod closer to return after live BP session

Game 10 Spillover Thread II
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Cody Ransom has earned himself the dubious distinction of being the first Yankee to make an error at the new Yankee Stadium and the first to end a game by hitting into a double play. He also went 0-for-5 and left nine baserunners on today. I can’t wait for the Cody Ransom Era to end.

To that end, some good news after a bad day: A-Rod is taking batting practice. According to the AP, A-Rod took 49 swings off of live pitching. Three of those went for home runs, and the rest of his hacks seemed to be strong. He also took some grounders and took some soft-toss swings. While the Yankees are hewing to a May 15th return for A-Rod, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in the bigs by the end of the month.

Game 10 Spillover Thread II
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  • Matt

    I got to give Ransom credit making that one great diving stop and throwing out the guy at home. But I can’t say anything else good about him. This guy blows and I cannot wait for A-Rod to be back. Every time I see Ransom come up I have to cringe.

  • MTM

    okay good,now could we get berroa up here while a-rod keeps taking bp?

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      If you switch him for Ransom and are willing to lose the Cody man.

      • El Generalissimo

        I am willing to lose CODY MAN and would be shocked if he didnt clear waivers… either way, no loss from a 31 year old journeyman. It’s a shame, we all wanted him to succeed, seems like a great guy everyone likes him… but he really is hurting the team now.

  • Drew

    Can’t wait till Al is ready.
    Do you think he’ll have to do some rehab starts or will he be thrwn right into the fire? Didn’t we do that last year when his thigh or whatever was hurt?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      He says he needs ~40 rehab ABs. Some of that will come in Extended Spring Training and some will be probably with AAA.

  • jon

    NOMAAS needs to photoshop girardi as princess leia

    please help us Arod you are our only hope

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Except A-Rod’s taking over for third base and not Jose Veras/Damaso Marte or Joe Girardi’s trigger-happy tendency to overmanage the bullpen.

      • Thomas A. Anderson

        Didn’t we laud Girardi for his bullpen management skills last season? Or was it overrated in stark contrast to Torre’s bad bullpen management the last 6 years?

        • pat

          It’s not his fault the guys are sucking. They’re not overworked or underused they’re just not making pitches when it counts, it happens.

          • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

            its his fault coke was replaced after 1 batter

            • pat

              Is that what lost the game?

            • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

              I think he did that this way he could use as many guys the next day as he could by not overworking them today. He also wanted to go with the favorable match-up(so we thought)

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

            I’m happy to talk about this in a bullpen-centric thread at some point when we’ve seen more of the season, but on Sunday and again today, he’s been far too quick to take guys out who are pitching effectively.

            On Sunday, why take out Marte when he had two outs and a relatively weak hitter up? Today, why burn Coke for one batter? I realize this is a lot of 20/20 hindsight, but he wasn’t doing that last year as far as I can recall.

            • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

              p.p.s. Ben, your last sentence, is that suppose to be wouldn’t? I’m not trying to call you out or anything because you’re much more of a scholar than I am, I just hate e-mailing because I have to log into Yahoo/Aol or that jazz. Just trying to be a bud, bud.

              • pat

                He’s supposed to be back May 15 but there are rumblings it could be May 1st. That’s close enough to the end of this month.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Billy Butler does have a career .226 IsoP against southpaws, and not to mention an overall .327/.388/.563 vital line.

              • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                .236 IsoP, sorry.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

                  And Marte has a career line of .238/.326/.386 against righties. You stick with the pitch who is — at least monetarily — your second best reliever and who is throwing strikes at the time.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Yeah, but Jose Veras does have a .236/.311/.368 line vs. RHB, and Butler a .256/.304/.344 vs. RHP, wouldn’t you rather that combination? Billy Butler just does not hit same-handed pitchers anywhere near to the tune of southpaws, and in a one-run game, why not opt for the best possible matchup?

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

                  Jose Veras also has 81 big league innings to his name. In that situation, I take Marte. I can see why you and Girardi would go to Veras, but I don’t like it.

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

                  It also doesn’t make sense to limit Marte to lefties on Sunday and not on Thursday. That’s not consistent pen management.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Also, Butler has a career vital lines of .333/.391/.429 and .300/.417/.600 against CC Sabathia and Francisco Liriano, respectively, so it’s not like he mashes against a bunch of soft-tossing LOOGY relievers, the guy rakes high-quality southpaw pitchers.

                • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                  Yeah, I see you’re point about going with the overall better pitcher in the situation, but Butler is just too dangerous a bat not to go for the best possible matchup in a one-run game.

                  As long as you understand my side then I’m cool, I just didn’t understand the irrational disagreement that some had with Girardi without even considering what his reasons were.

                • JonH

                  Butler is too dangerous a bat? He’s done well against lefties in a 250 AB sample size, but with the bases empty and two outs you take your chances. He is not a big power threat so even if you don’t get him out he probably won’t homer, and then you still have a good reliever who is pitching well that day to close out the inning. Panicking and bringing in Jose “Wild Thing” Veras is not the answer.

                  And what’s up with Girardi’s wildly inconsistent bullpen management, he trusts coke to take on Grady Sizemore with the bases loaded, but not to open an inning? Come on.

            • BklynJT

              If he left Coke in and he did just as bad, we would be saying the same thing. I personally was sick of seeing Coke after his last couple of performances. I think Edwar sucking it up shook Girardi’s boots and was the catalyst to this all.

              • JonH

                Edwar was fine, he got the third out which Ransom made an error on. Then he gave up a weak groundball.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    A-Rod alone won’t solve all our problems.

    Right now it seems the biggest team issue is the bullpen…that’s two quality or near quality starts they’ve blown and we’ve played ten games.

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Bullpen is the least of my concerns. Tampa and Boston have bullpen issues also and will keep it going just like us. Both of their pens, like the Yanks, have had great runs in this stretch and some very bad games. Not really very worried, especially considering the depth.

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        But this is off-topic and I apologize for this.

    • kSturnz

      it isn’t too much of a stretch to say that Alex instead of Cody would change the complexion of the pitching, but only to an extent.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Boy am I going to hear a lot of B-Jobbers in school tomorrow…

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      Just tell them A-Roid is coming back.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Good to hear Alex is coming back, maybe helps out Teix with his “protection”. Considering Teix always starts slow, would be nice to get another big bat in the lineup after losing Nady too. Not so many holes in the lineup once he gets back. Hopefully he just mashes and adds on his stat-padding home runs.

    • pat

      Word. I hope Arod comes back maaad greedy and starts hitting lots of 3rd inning homeruns.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        Those count for only 0.5 runs this year, though, Pat. Didn’t you get the memo?

        • pat

          New Stadium. New Rules. Same Arod.

      • Drew

        Considering games are only 6 1/2 innings now, 3rd inning HR’s would be UUUUUUge!

    • Drew

      Not too long after he’s back we will have no holes in our lineup. We have to figure that either Matsui will begin hitting, or we will find a DH that can hit, I mean, that is their only job. *BB=FA*

      • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

        Ya the lineup should be fine, but the 8TH Inning!

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        gardner?

        • Drew

          eh.. he had 3 hits the other day. He’s hitting .265, I wouldn’t call him a “hole” but he could definitely improve.

  • Joey H

    By the end of the month? I’m saying 4/22 He’ll be back. And that is me being modest.

    • El Generalissimo

      My guess is April 28th.

      And I am not worries about the bullpen as many have mentioned solely because of the great depth. I know im projecting… but when melancon comes up we at least will have a 7 8 9 with Bruney, mo melancon (in no order) and coke and marte to get lefties out. I think our pen issues will solve themselves when we make the move.

      Rationally thinking melancon will have accomplished everything he needs to in AAA most likely by June. As he will have gotten 40 IP under his belt.

      • Joey H

        Why not Just make a separate comment? lol

        • El Generalissimo

          because I am very efficient

  • Eirias

    All part of A-Rod’s diabolical plot to make Yankees’ fans miss him. Damn he is good.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Speaking of home runs, Adam Dunn just fucking CRANKED one off of Joe Blanton.

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  • Erik

    You know we here all about the bullpen issues and the hitting issues which will easily be resolved when a-rod is back and offers protection for teix, as well as a healthy johnny damon. But here is what it boils down to. 1. Besides the bullpen the starting pitching has been less then stellar. First we have chieng ming wang with an awful few first starts and is now on the dl. then theres cc walking more batters then he ever has and joba has been okay but not what everyone expected. And i know its off topic but starting pitching definitely deserves a big part of the blame. 2. The yankees need to get an outfielder. Gardener and Melky are not the answers. Swisher is okay but only time will tell, the yankees need an outfielder with a little more pop in his bat then melky or gardener. And finally Im interested to see the fan reaction to Arods return. I regulary attend yankee games and have to put up with the constant jeering of arod I t will definitely be interesting to see if that changes. Maybe now fans realize how vital he is to this lineup.