Park activated, Nova sent down


Via Bryan Hoch, the Yankees have activated Chan Ho Park from the 15-day DL after he battled a bum hamstring for the last month. Ivan Nova has been sent to Triple-A Scranton to make room on the roster. Getting CHoP back is big right now, given the unreliably of the middle relievers beyond Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera (yesterday notwithstanding). Furthermore, David Robertson and Joba respectively threw 30 and 23 high stress pitches yesterday, so they might not even be available tonight. Park might get thrown right into the fire.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • JobaWockeeZ

    Nooo, not Nova! I’m sure there’s a less valuable bullpen piece that could have been sent down.

    But it’s good to have CHoP back.

    • Thomas

      I’m sure there’s a less valuable bullpen piece that could have been sent down.

      I suspect that is a major reason Nova got sent down. He has value and thus, should go to the minor leagues to hone his craft, so could become better piece in the future. Sending down another in place of Nova, could place Nova’s development and large long-term potential in jeopardy for the sake of small short-term gains.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


        Nova getting dozens of innings in the Scranton rotation >>>>>>>>>>>> Nova getting an inning a week (maybe) in the big league bullpen

        • JobaWockeeZ

          …Wow. I think I got used to the Yankees calling up starting prospects as bullpen pieces that I subconsciously thought Nova was only a bullpen guy. I have shamed myself. Time to commit seppuku.

          • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            harry carey here…..

    • vin

      “I’m sure there’s a less valuable bullpen piece that could have been sent down.”

      Come on, man… call him by his name – Boone.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        How long is the Boone Logan experiment going to last? Having two lefties for the sake of having two lefties doesn’t make sense.

        • Jamal G.

          It is not “for the sake of having two lefties.” Boone Logan should be on this team, considering the alternatives.

          Ivan Nova’s demotion was explained above by Thomas and Eric, and the same applies to Romulo Sanchez.

          Mark Melancon would not get regular work in the current construction of the bullpen, nor should he. As for as non-Rivera relievers go, Melancon should not be pitching high-leverage innings before any of the non-long-man relievers in the bullpen.

          Logan has been successful in his truly brief career in the majors versus southpaw batters, and is a better option than Jonathan Albaladejo.

          Unless you want an 11-man pitching staff, Boone Logan does represent the best option for a sixth one-inning reliever.

          • Mike

            I agree about having Logan here. Although he has control problems at times he has the abilty to blow people away. Plus his control is much better then Mike Dunn’s because atleast Logan hits the strike zone.

            As far Melancon goes, I would rather have him up here then Park. Even though Melancon is inexperience he is still a much better option then Park. Melancon no only can blow people away but he also has movement on his fastball. I would rather have a young reliever with little experience and 94 mph fastball with sink on it than an old reliever who throws an 88-91 mph fastball that is straight as anything.

            I have said this from the beginning and will continue to say that Chan Ho Park should have never been given a contract with the guarantee of a roster spot. If anything, Cashman should have only offered him a minor league contract with an invite to compete for a spot in the bullpen out of spring training. I guarantee Park will put up an over 6.00 era after returning and be released by mid-july. This is a signing that Cashman will regret the most.

    • ROBTEN

      I’m sure there’s a less valuable bullpen piece that could have been sent down.

      Hmm…let me think…you mean like a left-hander with an xFIP of 5.12, a BB/9 of 6.48, and off whom left-handers are hitting .300/.500/.500?

      Nope, sorry, I can’t think of anyone.

      (But, yeah, I agree with others that it makes more sense for Nova to keep starting than waste away as the long man in the BP.)

    • Chris

      There is also the question of how to best develop Nova. I don’t think there’s much benefit in having him as the last man in the pen in the majors. Let him pitch regularly in AAA.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yep that would be better. I completely forgot he was a starting prospect with the starter to bullpen thing that we’re seeing recently.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Back to my question from last night:

    Nova going back to Scranton (plus Tim Redding’s addition) gives them 14 pitchers for a 12 man staff:

    Nova, McAllister, Hirsh, Sanchez, Redding, Moseley, Igawa, Melancon, Albaladejo, Ring, Sanit, Whelan, Schmidt, Segovia.

    Which 2 of those pitchers get bumped off the active roster, and would it be to Trenton or to the Phantom DL? And who gets the last spot in the rotation: Redding, Moseley, or Igawa?

    (I don’t know why I care about this, but I do.)

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      i mean, why did they sign redding when they dont even seeem to have a spot for him?

      is brett tomko still around? or jason jones?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Didn’t Schmidt get sent down already?

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He did? I must have missed it. Didn’t he just get called up? He was pwning the Eastern League.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I thought he got called up and was sent back down a day later. I could be wrong though.

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            I guess he’s still on the team according to Scranton web page. I fail again. 2 weeks in a row. I’m slumping horribly.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Don’t be so hard on yourself, buddy. You’re busy trying to bring Melvin to America.

              (hands Andy a tasty Pinstripe Tampa Light Lime™)

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                Thanks for the changeup. Those DFA IPA are hell on the liver, and they make your pee turn flourescent purple.

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  We put extra bitters in them. For punishment.

    • Thomas

      I’d assume Sanit and Segovia get sent down/DL’ed/released, since they both have played poorly, are older, and likely have no future with the Yankees whether in the in the short or long term.

      I’d guess the final starter spot goes to Redding, who likely had that worked into his contract and is probably the best of the three right now and in the future (Moseley’s upside is about Redding).

    • vin

      It would definitely be nice to resolve the Igawa situation. Unfortunately, what little trade value he had seems to have completely disappeared – or maybe it never existed in the first place.

      I’m not really sure why he just doesn’t get released – perhaps Cash thinks he can get something of value for him, because he doesn’t figure to impact the big league team at all.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        It would definitely be nice to resolve the Igawa situation.

        You mean, “take care of him”?


        • vin

          Only The Wolf can resolve this situation.

      • bexarama

        there was some article a few weeks ago that said that if the Yankees traded Igawa, they’d actually have to pay him MORE money. I’ll try to find it…

  • Drew

    This is a random thought, but has anyone noticed the strength of schedule of the Rays (0.477, 29th of 30 teams) vs that of the Yankees 0.509 and Red Sawx 0.529.

    I think that combined with the lack of Yankee home games and we are in for a market correction… assuming some players (Swish, Granderson, Jorge, CHoP, Pettite get/stay healthy)

    P.S. did anyone else notice that last night Tex was called out of 2 “strikes” 3-4 inches inside off the plate

    • vin

      I agree with what you said in the second paragraph – but all 3 paragraphs probably should’ve been in the off topic thread.

    • bexarama

      there’s an OT thread:

      Also, I agree. I don’t see what “market correction” we’re in for because we’ve already got a great record, when the Yankees usually get off to slow starts. We’re doing quite well through the rough part of our schedule, with fewer home games than most other teams, with injuries to some important players. When Grandy comes back and we move on to the easier part of the schedule, with more games at home, we rampage. Not that we haven’t done that already.

      Both Mo and Rauch hit the corners of the strike zone yesterday, but Rauch got calls that Mariano didn’t. These things are
      terribly annoying and shouldn’t happen, but they do. #robotumps

    • pat

      The strength of schedule #’s are a bit skewed because the Sox play us and we’re awesome. They bring down our #’s because they suck.

  • andrew colin

    Robertson should have been sent out. He’s been lousy the whole season. Let his straighten himself out in AAA. Try Nova as another long relief guy or bring out an outfielder with some pop. Bottom of order right now is brutal. Also, Pena can’t hit. Let him play everyday in AAA and let Russo be the backup infielder. At least he has some pop.

  • SullyLV

    I would still rather have Pena as he is a lot better fielder than Russo.Defense is just as important as offense and the Yankees have enough offense even if pena has to play.