Aceves dealing with a lower back issue

The positives of having Joba in the bullpen
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Via Anthony DiComo, Al Aceves is battling a lower back issue and won’t make his scheduled pitching appearance tomorrow. The team will keep an eye on him before determining his status for Opening Day. Aceves also missed a total of nine days last August with lower back soreness, so this is something worth monitoring. Boone Logan is the logical candidate to take his place in the bullpen should he miss any time.

Is it too late to get Chad Gaudin back?

The positives of having Joba in the bullpen
AL East Preview: Boston Red Sox
  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    But I thought Aceves was going to be the fifth starter. I booked it and everything, just like I was told.

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      did you get traveler’s insurance?

  • C

    Amazing how much SP depth we’ve lost in the last week…

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I hope Mike Diet Coke has read up on Jason Hirsh this winter, because he’s coming. Get ready.

      • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

        Think of the endless amusement that could be had, peppering Francesa with questions about obscure (to him) Yankee prospects!

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Meh, he’ll just scream over your voice and then cut your mic off/hang up on you.

          • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            Yep. And then, when coming back from the commercial break, have to eat crow–like he did with Hirsh.

  • Rob

    Morons. Gaudin could have been released at the latest this Wednesday. Why the rush?

    So in one week’s time they went from:

    6. Joba
    7. Aceves
    8. Gaudin
    9. Mitre


    6. Mitre
    7. ?????


    • radnom

      Perhaps professional courtesy to Gaudin?

      I can see being upset that they released him at all, but if you’re looking for a reason why they would do it (slightly) before they had to, this is it.

  • paul

    I didnt like the Gaudin move at all. Again, if this is our biggest debate-I will take it!

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Except…this isn’t our biggest debate, as I’m sure you know.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Exactly. This is our biggest debate, and I’m still awaiting a response on it:

        • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

          And I thought it was whether Granderson was secretly a switch-hitter!

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            wtf does his sexual preference have to do with anything?

            grow up.

            • Joseph Pawlikowski

              You’re missing the joke here. Apologies on behalf of everyone, but Andy did not make any reference to sexual preference. There was a commenter here, since banned, who insisted that Curtis Granderson is a switch hitter and insulted anyone who claimed otherwise.

              • king of fruitless hypotheticals


                my bad.


        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          I’m sure Curtis, unlike the majority of major leaguers, could answer your first question.

          • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            In that breathless, fast-forward way of talking he has, which always makes me nervous…

  • A.D.

    Starting to become more of a chronic issue, which is never good.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Joba for long-man! More innings!

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      I wish…

      • J.R.

        Realistically isnt he still stretched out enough to be a long man?

        • Matt Imbrogno


          • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

            Of course he is…I just have zero faith that he will be used this way.

            Didn’t Eiland or someone as much as state he would be a one-inning pitcher? Or is that my fallible memory striking again?

            • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

              Maybe this was what I was thinking of:
              “[…]Eiland…did make it clear that there will be no stretching out of Joba’s arm should the Yankees need another starter mid-season”.

              Not what I remembered, but not promising.

    • Drew

      Joba to teh 4th-7th!!11!

      That just doesn’t have the same ring..

  • Jammy Jammers

    Ace is faking it just to get an Icy Hot endorsement deal!

    • Andy (different one) in chilly NYC

      Ugh. My back went out a few years ago. You are bringing back incredibly unpleasant memories. :-(

  • Hughesus Christo

    My confidence in this organization went from 11.5 to 8 in one week. Incredible.

  • Reggie C.

    Could Aceves get the a platelet-rich plasma shot for that pain? Cliff Lee received one for his abdominal strain.

  • YankeesJunkie

    At this rate the Yankees will only have CC starting by opening day. Thank goodness he can go 15 games in a row.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So how far is Nova on the depth list? This isn’t good.

  • Bo

    I find it funny seeing how now Chaud Gaudin is supposedly good and the key to the 2010 season.

    Like Cashman couldnt get a legit SP in here if needed.

    Not like Washburn isnt looking for work. Or Pedro.

    • Tampa Yankee

      “Legit SP” =/= Washburn or Pedro

    • Rick in Boston

      Yeah, let’s bring in Washburn or Pedro. Cause those guys are so effective.

    • pete


      except gaudin’s contract was $2.9 million. Why would pedro bother playing for that much, and washburn could probably get more considering his “strong” first half in ’09.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size