Injury Update: Bruney, Nady

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As June marches on, two injured Yankees are nearing their respective returns to the active roster. Ernie Palladino has updates on Xavier Nady and Brian Bruney. The Yanks’ right-handed set-up man plans to throw a bullpen session on Thursday in Boston. It will be his first try at tossing some breaking pitches since his return to the DL. If all goes well, he could be back in a week to ten days. Bruney’s return will spell the end of either David Robertson‘s, Phil Hughes‘ or Jose Veras’ time in the Bronx.

Nady, meanwhile, went 1 for 3 with a home run and a walk during an extended spring training game. He continued to throw, this time from 75 feet, and Joe Girardi said that Nady won’t return to the outfield until he can double that distance. It will be interesting to see how the Yanks handle Nady’s return. A few weeks ago, we looked forward to his replacing Swisher, but Nick has hit .419/.537/.839 over his last 42 plate appearances. Hideki Matsui is 0 for 18. Still, Nady’s return is probably two weeks away, and talk of lineup changes is premature.

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  • Bruno

    Phil to AAA so we can avoid any B-Hughesing. Nady = bye bye Berrora, sit down Godzilla.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      That one.

      • Pablo Zevallos


        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          i hate to even suggest this…but is there a point this year where Matsui isnt on the roster? i know he’s streaky, but…this year is looking pretty iffy…

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            i hate to even suggest this…but is there a point this year where Matsui isnt on the roster?

            Yes. That point, this year, would be December 2010 when we decline to offer him arbitration and he becomes a free agent.

            • Ed

              Sooner than that. He’s off the roster as soon as he fils for free agency, so about two weeks after the end of the World Series.

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                With everything he’s done for the organization, can’t we find a more dignified way to work this out?

  • A.D.

    So the twinge or pain that Nady felt last week isn’t a big deal?

    • ChrisS

      He’s only throwing 75 feet.

      150 is a long way away.

  • Joe R

    When Nady and Ransom come back who else leaves besides Berroa?

    • Bruno

      Pena probably goes to AAA to play everyday at SS.

      • A.D.

        That or Ransom doesn’t come back, or they go with one less pen arm.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Between Peña going back to Scranton or Ransom being DFA’d when he comes off the 60-day, clearing waivers, and accepting the assignment in Scranton, I’d choose the latter.

          How to handle the Peña/Ransom roster question should mirror how we handled the Cervelli/Cash question when Jorge came back, IMO.

          • Chris

            I think the chances of Ransom getting claimed are greater than the chances of Cash getting claimed. I still agree that it’s the right move, but I would have more hesitation DFA’ing Ransom than I would Cash.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I agree, but just like you said, I’d still do it anyway. Ransom no longer presents a reasonable upgrade over Peña.

              Frankly, if worse comes to worse and somebody takes Ransom and then Peña gets injured the next week, we’d probably promote Doug Bernier, Justin Leone, or Kevin Russo and never notice the difference. These guys are fairly interchangeable.

              • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

                But Girardi has said over and over again that he wants two backup infielders. So if that holds, I have to believe that when Ransom’s rehab assignment/DL stint is over (same day), they DFA Berroa and activate Ransom. There will have to be another move for Nady.

                No matter what, one thing we’ve learned this year is that depth is good. Everyone, even Gardner, is getting ABs. Having Nady back throws another bat into the mix. It’s a good thing.

              • Matt ACTY/BBD


  • Corey


  • Corey

    i think Pena has earned the bench role (even if he hadn’t Girardi has a man-crush on ‘im)

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    “The Yanks’ right-handed set-up man plans to throw a bullpen on Thursday in Boston.”

    That’s probably not a good idea, bullpens are pretty heavy. I’m sure he’d reinjure his elbow trying to lift all that steel, concrete, and glass, let alone trying to throw it.

    • Bruno

      Nitpick much?

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Meh, I’d call it more playful ribbing than actual nitpicking. Kabak knows he’s good with me.

        His dad is financing me and Andy’s Keith David/David Keith madcap buddy cop comedy “Black and White”, after all. We’re practically family.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Have you picked an outfit out for the Golden Globes? I hope we sit with Jack.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Brüno’s letting me borrow his assless chaps from the MTV VMA’s. I’m excited.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Nice. Back to the drawing board for me then.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Could be a pen for Greg Luzinski.

    • Benjamin Kabak

  • Jake H

    I really appreciate what Matsui did for the Yanks but he is so done. My wife asked if he was really 50 years old since that is how fast he moves.

    • AlexNYC

      But Angel Berroa was Juan Marichal’s teammate back in the 60’s.


  • Stryker

    wtf happened to marte? all this talk about bruney and nady but what’s word on damaso?

  • Mike HC

    “Still, Nady’s return is probably two weeks ago”

    I wish Nady returned two weeks ago, although the Yanks may have missed Swish’s hot streak if he came back then.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Saw that too, but I was gonna let it slide.

      Benjamin Kabak = epic proofreading FAIL

    • Benjamin Kabak

      I had fixed one mistake in drafting that sentence, and then I missed the second.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Who wrote this crap, touchtoneterriost?


        • UWS

          I hate you all. *grumbles*

  • OmgZombies

    Spell the end for Veras? I can only hope.

    • Matt ACTY/BBD

      I think Bruney’s return means Hughes will get sent back to Scranton to stretch himself back out again (unless a starter is going to miss time) and they’ll DFA Veras once Melancon is ready to come back up.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Yup. I want to see Bruney, Marte, and Melancon added to the 2009 bullpen when their ready. My order of guys currently in the pen I want removed to make room for them:

        1) Hughes (because he doesn’t belong in there in the first place)
        2) Veras
        3) Tomko

        Why Veras #2 and Tomko #3 and not the other way around? Because I just flipped a coin.

        • Mike HC

          But wait, didn’t you see Hughes pitch that one excellent inning out of relief. That obviously means that he should be in the bullpen for the rest of his career. You can’t argue against what you just saw. He was dominant; the next Mo. Forget about him pitching 200+ innings for the next decade. His best value is clearly in him going for about 50-60 innings a year. How can you not see that after last night?

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        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          I would actually actively choose Tomko over Veras. This is really the first year in his 13-year career that Tomko will not have started a game. He has a career 1.373 WHIP. I’m not saying that he is the second coming of Jeff Nelson, but it’s possible that he could be a decent reliever if dedicated to that role for a season.

          Veras has gone off the rails. I could see him finding whatever control he had last year with another organization, but I don’t see it happening this year in New York.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            For “stuff-wise” I would lean towards Veras, but you’re right. Tomko could be a decent reliver, with his stuff playing up a little bit. It’s time for Veras to find his control on a team that isn’t trying to win a world championship this year.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Fair enough. Here’s what I would like to do, though:

            Trade Veras, Tomko, and (to a lesser extent), Edwar. To anyone. For pennies on the dollar, if need be. For anybody who’s not on a 40-man roster and isn’t Rule V eligible in the offseason.

            Those three guys probably aren’t really much better than, say, Melancon, Claggett, WLDR, Dunn, Garcia, Kontos, etc., but they’ve lost their flexibility since their all either vets (Tomko), out of options (Veras), or will be next year (Edwar). So, since there’s teams that need bullpen help immediately (I’m looking at you, Washington Natinals), giving them away for any type of warm body, like a Johnny Nunez or a Romulo Sanchez–even if it’s an immediate MLB-readiness step down in talent–helps us clear a logjam and clears spots for guys who can match their production but be shuttled down to Scranton based on effectiveness or roster management.

            If we dealt Veras and Tomko today and replaced them with Edwar and Albaladejo, would the pen be any better or any worse? Or, say, Albaladejo and Melancon? Melancon and Claggett?

            Rather than wait for Bruney and Marte to be healthy and activated and need to DFA Veras or Tomko and get nothing for them, I’d rather trade them preemptively and get something for them, even if it’s not much of something at all.

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              “you may have something with this preemptive trade idea here…”

              Bobby Cox

  • Bo

    Matsui should be on the bench anyway. Gardner should be getting his at bats and playing CF and Swisher should be DH’ing. And matsui is utterly worthless in the NL parks but he’ll fit right in on this team with Berroa and Veras taking roster spots.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      As always, Sal/Bo/Grant/Lanny, batshit insane. You’re like a metronome.

      • Bo

        Oh heavens. God forbid they put their best defensive team on the field and also put in a player who gives the lineup and team an added dimension with his pure speed at the expense of an aging, declining player who can’t seem to hit unless a pitcher makes a huge mistake in the inner half of the plate. What was I thinking?!?!

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          I’ve been working on saying what I want without coming across like 8 grit sandpaper, so let me give Bo’s statement a try:

          Well, I believe that Gardner’s speed and arm are better than NICK SWISHER’s outfielding (even though Grittner does run routes poorly sometimes!). We really want to keep NICK SWISHER’s hot bat though, and I think he may be a better choice than Matsui right now.

          Who knows? Sometimes the Yanks FO makes moves that I don’t completely understand–like hanging on to Berroa, but I’m sure they have a plan to work that out as some of our supporting cast comes back–especially Nady and Ransom.

          GO YANKS!

          how bout it?

  • leokitty

    If David Robertson goes down I’ll shake my fist so hard at my computer monitor.

  • Peter

    I’ll chip in for Veras’ bus ticket.