Bleich & Warren shine as Garcia gets bad news

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Sabathia steals the show as Yanks' pound Rays

It’s a torn elbow ligament for Chris Garcia, so that all but guarantees that he’ll have his second Tommy John surgery in the last three years. For shame. Expect the Yankees to call him up, then stick him on the 60-day DL to free up a 40-man spot. It’s just a procedural move. As an added bonus, it’ll save an option since he hasn’t been down for 20 days, but he’ll pick up a year of service time.

Meanwhile, Alan Horne is putting off shoulder surgery, and instead is going to try to rehab plus PRP route. Good luck to him.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Buffalo in 11 innings)
Kevin Russo, 2B: 1 for 5, 2 K, 1 SB
Greg Golson, CF: 0 for 5, 2 K – tough to score runs when your top two hitters combine to get on base one time all game
Juan Miranda, 1B: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 BB – the walk was intentional
David Winfree, LF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5 – in case you didn’t notice, the Montero Watch is up on the sidebar … sorry for the delay
Eduardo Nunez, 3 B & Colin Curtis, RF: 3 for 5, 1 BB – Nunez doubled & K’ed … Curtis drove in a run & played his third different outfield position in the first three games of the season
Robby Hammock, DH: 1 for 3, 2 K
Reegie Corona, SS: 0 for 4, 1 K – he’s been on base once in the three games
Romulo Sanchez: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1-8 GB/FB – 47 of 86 pitches were strikes (54.7%) … I guess effectively wild would be the term to use here … love the strikeouts, but the fly balls are going to be a problem if he doesn’t get that under control
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 24 of 35 pitches were strikes (68.6%) … he was the last reliever on the staff to get into a game … no respect
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 19 of 27 pitches were strikes (70.4%) … served up a solo jack to Mike Hessman, just the tenth homer he’s given up in his three-plus year career
Jon Albaladejo: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (67.9%)

Double-A Trenton (4-1 win over Erie)
Austin Krum, CF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
David Adams, 2B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – huge day for the 2008 3rd rounder
Austin Romine, C, Brandon Laird, 3B, Dan Brewer, RF & Marcos Vechionacci, DH: all 0 for 4 – Romine K’ed once, Vech twice
Reid Gorecki, LF: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
Luis Nunez, SS: 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 2B – three of his four hits are doubles
Jeremy Bleich: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 9-4 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 55 of his 81 pitches were strikes (67.9%), though he was sitting 86-90 … that’ll pick up once the weather warms up … it’s fantastic season debut, especially considering how badly he got roughed up following his midseason promotion to AA last year
Josh Schmidt: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB – he’s probably pissed to be back with Trenton after having such a great season last year
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (2-0 win over Lakeland)
Abe Almonte, CF: 2 for 4, 2 K, 1 SB
Jose Pirela, SS & Neil Medchill, LF: both 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – Medchill swiped a bag & K’ed
Corban Joseph, 2B & Melky Mesa, RF: both 1 for 4, 1 K – CoJo committed a fielding error … Mesa stole a base
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Adam Warren: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 12-2 GB/FB – picked up right where he left off last year … phenomenal
Pat Venditte: 3 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 2-3 GB/FB – slam that door

Low-A Charleston (8-4 loss to Lexington)
Ray Kruml, CF & Taylor Grote, RF: both 2 for 3, 1 BB – Grote doubled, drove in a run & came around to score
Hector Rabago, 2B: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 2 K
DeAngelo Mack, LF & Luke Murton, DH: both 0 for 5 – Mack drove in a run & K’ed twice … tough to win when your 3-4 hitters do that
Rob Lyerly, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Garrison Lassiter, DH: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – stock, meet toilet … pro ball hasn’t been kind to him
Francisco Arcia, C: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Kelvin Castro, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Sean Black: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 8-3 GB/FB – needs to sharpen up the control, obviously
Mike Solbach: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Francisco Rondon: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-1 GB/FB – eek
Ronny Marte: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Open Thread: A near no-no
Sabathia steals the show as Yanks' pound Rays
  • Greg G.

    Mark my words, Mike A….someday there’ll be a Venditte Watch on RAB. :-)

    • camilo Gerardo

      i propose Nunez Watch next year, Eduardo Nunez

      • camilo Gerardo

        I think his clock runs out before we need him in the show, though. sticky sichu there

  • Tank the Frank

    Can’t wait to see Warren in Double-A.

  • pat

    Poor Christian. All the talent in the world, but a body that just won’t let him use it. What a shame.

    • Nostra-Artist

      Yeah, I’m past having given up on him. Now it’s just sad.

      • Brian

        Can someone who has had 2 TJ surgeries, still make it? By the time he gets back on the field he will be 25-26…what a shame. I don’t know why, but I really wanted to see him make it.

        • Nostra-Artist

          What you’re asking for is hope, and with guys like Garcia and Horne you just have to let go at some point.

  • Salty Buggah

    Damn, Jesus’ OPS is down to .724 (SSS but I like it .900+ and he’ll get there)

    Hey Mike, is it possible to get the number of times Jesus K’s (or is the number of times K’s Jesus?) up there on the watch? I’d like to see his K/BB .

    • BigGuy

      I’ve been at the 3 SWB games and Montero has 1 K and 1 walk so far. 2 doubles and a single. He missed a walkoff homer in this game in to deep center about a foot from the wall in the 9th and hit another deep shot to right-center to the warning track in the 11th. Sanchez flirted with disaster all afternoon, but he managed to shut them out while he was in the game. His whip has to be high. Igawa struck out 2 lefties, including Ike Davis who’s been tearing it up for Buffalo. Melancon gave up the go ahead run on a homer and Alby gave up the game winner.

      • pete

        thank you for this.

  • Rebecca from florida

    Jesus, Mo and Joe DiMaggio

  • Pablo Zevallos

    Where’s Angelini?

    • Jake H

      Extended spring training that never ends. The kid should have gone to school.

      • dr mrs the yankee

        I think it was in his deal that the Yankees will pay for him to go to college if he decides to do that. So there’s that.

        Sad that the bat just never came around.

      • Yanks

        Why go to school when the Yanks gave him huge $?

    • Reggie C.

      ‘Gator hutin’. One-million bucks goes a long way in the bayou.

  • pat

    Former DoTF All Star Tyler Clippard struck out 7 Metsies in 3 innings of work today. MUAHAHAHA

    • Reggie C.

      Sick. That likely qualifies as the most dominant relief performance by any reliever this young season. Cashman should be proud.

      • pat


      • pete

        in that game, the Nats’ announcers were saying “wow Clip is throwing HARD today”…he was 90-92…They are going to JITP when they see Strasburg in about two months

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Hmm..when’s ManBan’s first start?

  • Reggie C.

    Mike, what’s your thoughts on David Adams? The second half of ’09 showed that Adams has ML potential. This kid is obviously blocked, but perhaps a McAllister + Adams package can become the new IPK + Melky meme.

    • pete

      I kinda get the feeling that Adams is something of a Kevin Russo type, albeit with a little more bat and a little less defense. In other words, might not be a good enough hitter to be an impact corner infielder, and not nearly enough defense for SS/2B, which are probably the only positions at which his bat would be anything better than average.

  • Jake H

    Good to see Warren and Bleich dominate. I would like to know the speed of Warren’s fastball throughout the year. If he keeps his velocity up that will really increase his prospect status.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    ….in other news, Jose Veras is still awful

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      And this has what to do with DotF?

  • Tank the Frank

    What’s with Bleich’s velocity? Wasn’t he hitting the mid 90’s at the end of last season? Can we expect him to get there again? Where should we expect him to sit at when he matures, 89-92?

    • Tank the Frank

      Er, not matures, but I guess I mean when he settles into a certain range. 86mph is a long ways from 94mph. Can he be a legit low to mid 90’s starter?

      • Jake H

        If he was throwing his 2 seamer like the Yankees want that might be where they got the 86. It’s his first starter, lets wait to see what the velocity readings are after the next one.

        • pete

          I generally don’t pay attention to velocity until June

    • Yanks

      his lack of velocity is an issue

  • T-Dubs

    I LOVE Adam Warren. How long until AA? I say 3 more starts.