Albaladejo set to join Yanks tonight

A-Rod and No. 600
Plotting out Phil Hughes's starts

In a move I’ve been anticipating for a few weeks, Jonathan Albaladejo will join the Yankee bullpen this evening when the team puts Andy Pettitte on the DL. Because the Yanks don’t need Pettitte’s rotation spot until the weekend, they have the luxury of holding an extra bullpen arm for a few days. If Albaladejo can impress in this short stint (or if the Yanks are simply sick of the three-headed Chad Ho Moseley beast), he’ll stick around when Sergio Mitre is activated prior to his Saturday start.

Albaladejo hasn’t had much success in the majors over parts of three seasons, but this year, on the strength of increased velocity and better breaking pitches, he has dominated at the AAA level. On the season, he is 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA in 46.2 innings. He has allowed just 25 hits, two home runs and only 12 walks while striking out 61 or 11.8 per nine innings. He might not be the answer to the Yanks’ bullpen woes, but he could be part of a solution.

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A-Rod and No. 600
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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    FREE YAYO!!!!!!

  • bonestock94

    Hope he gets real chances to stick

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The bad news: The Yankees are giving him #21 to wear.

    j/k

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      The bad good news: The Yankees are giving him #21 to wear.

      Fixed.

      • theyankeewarrior

        TEH YANKEEWARRIOR BEGGZ TWO DIFFER!!!1!!!!111!!1111!1!!!!11!!

    • nsalem

      i sincerely hope you are joking

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He is, but I really, really, really wish he wasn’t joking and it was true.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I wish I wasn’t joking as well.

          • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

            Isn’t Jesus basically going to run with #21?

            • theyankeewarrior

              Jesus wearing #21?

              theyankeewarrior likes

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Probably.

              I don’t want Jesus to be the one to finally liberate it, though. That’s letting the idiots off too easy, because it’s easy to like Jesus.

              No, I want the schmucks who booed LaTroy Hawkins and Morgan Ensberg to be forced to watch a player they probably don’t like rock #21 and begrudgingly warm up to him and realize their booing was dumb.

              /getsoffsoapbox

              • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                I completely agree, but more than anything I just want #21 to be back in circulation so those same idiots shut up one way or another.

              • theyankeewarrior

                I think the boo birds were mostly booing the fact that LeTroy Hawkins basically took the Yankees money and burned it on the mound every time he entered a game until he was cast off into oblivion.

                /bitter’d

                • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                  Nope. At first, it was because he wore #21. They booed him right out of the gate and (I believe) even in spring training. There was also “Paul O’Neill” chants.

                  • theyankeewarrior

                    You’re right. But the idiots may have stopped if he mixed in an out every once in awhile between hits and walks.

                    And they all would have cheered if he ever helped them win a game.

        • theyankeewarrior

          The number should not be retired…. but I wouldn’t mind if they waited as long as possible to put it back into circulation.

          And I would also like a solid youngster to wear it.

          Who am I? Just some 24 yr. old kid who loved Paul O’Neill growing up.

          Maybe save it for Slade circa 2014

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Slade gets #21

            Jesus gets #6

            Gary Sanchez gets #18

            Melvin gets #3

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

              Can we dole out 1, 10, 44 and 49 too? You know, numbers that probably shouldn’t have been retired in the first place.

              • nsalem

                George is only gone for a week and we are already undoing his errors.

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                #1? But it was Billy Martin! The man who was fired 10,000* times.

                *maybe less.

                I agree with #1, #10 and #44, but I think Gator deserves his number retired, just because of the mustache.

                • nsalem

                  me 2

                  • Mister Delaware

                    #49 and #10, keep. #1, either way. #44, why?

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      Because only 5 of his 21 seasons were played here in New York?

                      There’s that.

                    • Mister Delaware

                      I meant it as “why was he retired in the first place”. I must not have worked the descending order well.

                • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                  I think Martin and Rizzuto should at least be recognized as “contributors.” Maybe have them out there Ty Cobb style with no number.

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    I don’t care if you unretire Nos. 1, 10, 44, and 49 or not.

                    But damnit, retire Nos. 11 and 15. Now.

                    Lefty and Ruffing FTMFW.

                    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                      Or Nettles?

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      Sure, but #9 is already up for Maris. Now, if you want to re-retire it for Graig, no complaints.

                    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

                      Yeah, it’s done for #8, I don’t see why not.

                    • Mister Delaware

                      If we’re talking about Nettles, Williams has to be a no-brainer and O’Neill has to be in play.

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      Bernie, yes. But I’m already in favor of retiring him. Paulie… no, not remotely.

                      Career WAR:

                      Graig Nettles: 61.3 (#99), 40.6 as a Yankee
                      Bernie Williams: 47.1 (#191)
                      Paul O’Neill: 35.5 (#342), 24.7 as a Yankee

                      In pinstripes:
                      Bernie >> Graig >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Paulie

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
                    • Mister Delaware

                      A lot of faith being put in retroactively applying defensive metrics to 70s baseball.

                    • Mister Delaware

                      (Obviously this isn’t to say that defense is unimportant or that current metrics are completely invalid, its just tough to rely on a hybrid offense/defense numbers given the issues with the current defensive metrics. For example: Darin Erstad punts in as the 27th most valuable defensive player in major league history. Yikes!)

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      Fine, let’s use offense-only stats:

                      Bernie: 125 OPS+ in 16 years in CF
                      Nettles: 114 OPS+ in 11 years at 3B
                      Paulie: 125 OPS+ in 9 years in RF

                      Ignoring how well or poorly they played their positions, it moves the equation from:

                      Bernie >> Graig >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Paulie

                      to

                      Bernie >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Graig >>>>> Paulie

                    • Mister Delaware

                      Much closer to how I’d see things. Still might quibble with everything after “Bernie” but we’re close enough to put this one to bed.

                    • Mister Delaware

                      (In a message board setting, I’d love to figure out wOBA by position for each year then compare O’Neill and Nettles to their peers, but this setup doesn’t lend itself to sustained discussions. Hence, bed. Not intended to sound like a blow off.)

            • Thomas

              I heard Melvin wants to wear number 8 sideways.

              • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                Melvin is going to wear that symbol that Prince used for a while.

                • Thomas

                  After every strikeout he’ll tell the batters, “Why don’t you purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka?”

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    After each homer, he’ll serve the opposition pancakes.

                • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

                  IETCVM.

              • nsalem

                and he wants to keep it like that forever

            • Dr Van Nostrand

              We’re saving #6 for LeBron in 2016

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Nah.

                I only want to sign men to contracts, not little boys.

            • theyankeewarrior

              Jesus gets #6?

              That’s corporate childishness!

              Why don’t you just airbrush Joe Torre’s name out of Yankee Stadium forever?

              /McCarver’d

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Not enough Stalin/Hitler references. Work on it.

    • Tank Foster

      Does anyone (else) hate the whole idea of retired numbers?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        No, I love it.

        Deliciously ostentatious. Whatever you want to count (titles, HoFers, retired numbers, money, etc.), we’ve got more of it than you do.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    NOW USE HIM! I don’t want to see him twice a week in blow out games…or as a damn long reliever.

    Use him regularly and in big spots to see what he can do.

  • Ross in Jersey

    About time. Here’s hoping he can stink in the pen this time.

    Also I love “Chad Ho Moseley”. Can we officially use that as a term to describe a grossly ineffective reliever?

    • Carlosologist

      Chad Ho Moseley is the new Jose (Old) Albie Ramirez

    • Dan

      Not nearly as good as the former QuanGorMo.

    • Thomas

      I hope you meant to write stick in the pen, not stink in the pen and this is just a typo.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Haha, whoops, that’s one heck of a typo. Yes, I meant STICK!

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

      I, for one, hope he does not stink in the pen.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Nothing is as good as “Ponsnerian” to describe a pitcher/performance.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        You’re welcome.

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          I couldn’t remember if it was you or Jamal, so I didn’t want to falsely attribute it.

  • vin

    Maybe having him start the year somewhere besides the Bronx was the kick in the pants he needed to turn it around.

    /desperately looking for a narrative to explain his resurgence.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Ugh.

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      desperately looking for a narrative to explain his resurgence

      Once upon a time there was a mysterious man, and although his was a name many could not pronounce or spell, his presence was nonetheless foretold from time immemorial. He had spent years in the wilderness, giving up much of his life and his only love, searching for the magic elixir promised in the book of souls that would end centuries of torment and bring peace to all the land. It was upon Scranton mountain that he found the “Wilke’s Berry” he was looking for, hidden deep within the foreboding cave of endless sorrow. His quest completed he ventured forth, hoping that it was not too late to save his home from the monsters of the evil wizard Mediocrity.

      • Thomas

        So you are saying after he got demoted he took roids?

      • vin

        +63

  • GermanYankee

    glad to hear that. I hope they’ll dfa Moseley when they call up Mitre.

  • JohnnyC

    So what exactly is his velocity this season?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Fast.

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

      Reportedly in the low-to-mid 90s range. We’ll see soon. It had to be in the upper 80s/low 90s before.

    • ZZ

      When it leaves his hand or when it reaches the plate?

      • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

        Wait a minute…are you telling me that the ball actually slows down after it leaves his hand?!?!?

        Has somebody alerted the greatest minds of science, or, as I like to call them collectively, “Tim McCarver”?

        • ZZ

          Actually in Albaledejo’s case, the ball speeds up after it leaves his hand.

          That is the key to his success this year.

          For real.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        STOP CONFUSING ME WITH YOUR RUSSIAN MATH AND GERMAN ENGINEERING, YOU COMMUNAZI!!!!!

        Sincerely,
        Tim McCarver

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      It’s point five past lightspeed.

    • Pete

      he has +10 velocity, and +20 health, plus 50 stored up bonus points from the last two levels. He’s pretty much set to go

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

    Alright. Finally get to see the new and improved Albie.

  • theyankeewarrior

    To teh 8eighth8!!!!!1!11!!

  • CS Yankee

    Not sure if this promotion was three games or three weeks later than expected.

    Somewhere Moseley & Gaudin have to know that they might not get the next round of meal money come Friday.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I’m sure they have enough money anyway.

      • Pete

        I knew it was a joke, Meekus, I just didn’t get it right away!

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      I’m worried that it’s Alby who won’t be getting (major league) meal money come Friday. Nothing’s changed since Girardi yammered on about him not being able to go multiple innings.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        That is very strange. Girardi needs everyone in the bullpen to be able to pitch 2 innings…

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          Despite having a high number of innings consumed by the starters.

  • A.D.

    If nothing else Alby deserves the shot.

  • Mister Delaware

    CHoP hasn’t really been that bad over the last month. 10 IP, 12 baserunners total, 1 HR, 8 SO (4.0 SO/BB) …

    • Ross in Jersey

      It’s going to take a lot more than that to convince me that he won’t blow up again if he sees a high leverage situation.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Agreed. Of the Chad Ho Moseley three headed monster of underperforming results, Gaudin and Moseley should be on the chopping block first and Chop should get DFA’d last.

      • CS Yankee

        Agreed…

        CHoP & The Dead Heads

        tedwilliamssonbandname’d

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      You conveniently left out the 6 ER.

      • Mister Delaware

        There’s nothing convenient or inconvenient about it. Some focus on the process, some focus on the results.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Albie in the bullpen, Miranda at DH…. nice to finally see the callups that have seemed obvious for the last couple weeks.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      As long as the appropriate moves get made the rest of the way, it’s not a big deal that it took them too long. I mean they are in first, and while in first, there’s no shame giving a guy too long of a leash, rather than too short.

  • Klemy

    It’s about time this happened. Hopefully he gets a chance to show his stuff during a high leverage situation to see how he comes out of it. I was soured on him last trip up, but I’m really rooting for him this time.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Yay, glad to see him up here. I wasn’t the biggest fan of his previously, but if he really has reinvented himself… hopefully it’s fun to see and he’s a big part of the bullpen.

    Get better soon Andy :(

  • jsbrendog (returns)

    i hope this doesnt end like the ST game i saw him come into at legends field where he gave up something like 6 hits in a row and walked 2 or 3 guys as well

  • http://rayzayasrivera.tumblr.com Ray Fuego (RIP BOB SHEPPARD & GEORGE STEINBRENNER)

    El boricua ha llegado!

  • M-Three

    I am glad that Albaladejo has been called up. It is long over due and he deserves the opportunity because of how great he pitched at Scranton. What I don’t want to see is the Yankees treat him the way they treat Melancon. They better not do any of this crap where Albaladejo just pitches once this week in a blow out and then gets sent down on Saturday to make room for Mitre. If we have spot where we have a 2 or 3 run lead in the 7th and the starter is done then give Albaladejo a shot. He is a much better option than Chan Ho Park.

    That gets me to my next point, on saturday when someone has to go in order to make room for Mitre the right thing to do is to get rid of Chan Ho Park. It is finally time for him to go. he has waste a spot on this roster since he was signed and its time for this crap to go. He is basically getting a free ride on a team that could go back to the World Series and for what reason is Park still here? He has no value because he can’t pitch long relief, he can’t be that jack of trades type reliever and he can’t pitch in close games. The other reason he is the one that needs to go is because we probably need to keep Moseley and Gaudin to pitch long relief. With Mitre in the rotation and Aceves out, two guys are gonna be needed in long relief since we have a lot of the 1-inning type relievers in this pen. Parks time as a Yankee needs to end becuse everytime he pitches he is an embarassment to the franchise.

    • Mister Delaware

      Saving the best for last.