Minor Notes: Sojo, Tyson, Injuries

Yankees finalize 2011 coaching staff
Open Thread: Hello, RJ

Got some minor league news to pass along this afternoon, so let’s round it up bullet point style…

  • The AP reports that Luis Sojo has been named the manager of the two-time defending High-A Florida State League champion Tampa Yankees for the 2011 season. The best bad utility infielder ever managed the club from 2006 through 2009 before leaving the team for an unknown reason last February.
  • Meanwhile, former Tampa Yanks manager Torre Tyson has been re-assigned and is now the organization’s minor league defensive coordinator, whatever that means.
  • Chad Jennings got a bunch of minor league injury updates from VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman. Eduardo Nunez, who fouled a ball off his face a few weeks ago, is a-okay and will be 100% by the time Spring Training begins.
  • David Adams, who rocked the Double-A Eastern League to the tune of a .403 wOBA before suffering an ankle injury in May, is healthy and will be ready to start the season. I suspect he’ll go back to Trenton, he only had 173 plate appearances there before the injury.
  • Jeremy Bleich is unlikely to be ready to start the season on time after having surgery to repair a torn labrum last summer.
  • Caleb Cotham has nearly as many surgeries (two, knee and labrum) as professional appearances (three), but he’s throwing again following the shoulder procedure. His status for the start of the season is unknown right now.
  • Reegie Corona won’t be healthy enough to start the season after breaking his arm in a collision last summer, and he’ll likely to serve as a DH when he eventually does come back. That’s a shame, because he owns a .328 wOBA in his last 2,554 plate appearances. Corona is on the 40-man roster (for whatever reason), so they Yankees could stick him on the 60-day DL to free up a roster spot. He’ll accrue service time while on the DL, which isn’t really the issue, but the team will have to pay him a big league salary compared to his puny minor league compensation.
  • And finally, remember Carmen Angelini? He missed all of last season with hip issues but is healthy and expected to start the 2011 season … somewhere. The kid had a lot to work on before even before the injury (.270 wOBA in 889 pro plate appearances), so he mind wind up back in Extended Spring Training.
Yankees finalize 2011 coaching staff
Open Thread: Hello, RJ
  • Teh Comp Pick

    Very glad to see Sojo back in the org.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Eduardo Nunez, who fouled a ball off his face a few weeks ago, is a-okay and will be 100% by the time Spring Training begins.

    I’m sure you’re relieved, Mike.

    • mbonzo

      You never know, he might have changed-up his feelings, but Mike doesn’t strike me as the kind who putz more credit than deserved on a fielder thats also an uggla hitter. Unlike most wrighters, mike doesn’t act like his sheets don’t snell.

      • BigDavey88

        What you did there. I see it.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

        * golf clap *

  • Gonzo

    Imagine if Angelini comes back with vengence? lol
    Too bad about Cotham. I was excited about the signing, but such is life.

  • Avi

    Labrum to Bleich and Cotham not good. The history of pitchers trying to come back from this procedure isn’t nearly as good as guys trying to come back from TJ surgery.

    • Gonzo

      When/if they come back it’s usually with diminished stuff too.

      • Avi

        Yes. Labrum and rotator cuff tears are the worst injuries a pitcher can incur.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I thought Sojo left originally because he started a baseball academy or was running an academy in Venezuela.

    • camilo

      his own or the yankees’? or his own in the yankees’ complex?

  • The Real JobaWockeeZ

    Yay Caleb.