Open Thread: 3/21 Camp Notes


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The Yankees beat the Rays 5-2 this afternoon. Phil Hughes made one ugly mistake to Matt Joyce (two-run homer to dead center) but otherwise was pretty darn effective. I’ll have more on him tomorrow. Clay Rapada struck out the two lefties he faced (Luke Scott and Carlos Pena), and Cesar Cabral struck out six (!) in two innings. He had a man on third with no outs in his second inning of work but escaped by whiffing the next three hitters. Impressive.

The go-ahead ninth inning rally was fueled by doubles by Cole Garner and the scorching hot Justin Maxwell. Gus Molina chipped in a two-run jack as well. Russell Martin, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez all had one hit each, though Martin’s single was the only non-double. Jorge Vazquez also doubled on a ball that I thought was gone off the bat. It just died in the air. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest from Tampa…

  • Nick Swisher stayed at the complex all day to receive treatment on his two injured groins, but he’s feeling better. They’re going to take it day-by-day and make sure it’s 100% before getting him back on the field. [Bryan Hoch]
  • Derek Jeter (calf) is on target to return to the lineup on Friday. The Yankees had a long road trip today and have an even longer one tomorrow, so he’ll play in the next home game. [Kieran Darcy]
  • David Robertson (foot) is scheduled to throw batting practice again on Friday and could get into a game this weekend. Freddy Garcia will pitch in Saturday’s game, his first time since getting hit by that comebacker in the right hand. [Chad Jennings]

Here’s your open thread for the night. The Rangers, Knicks, and Nets are playing, and MLB Network will be showing a game a little later on. Talk about whatever your heart desires here, have at it.


  1. Slu says:

    No wonder Swisher is a pretty good athlete. He has TWO groins! It is a shame they both got hurt at the same time though. :)

  2. Eirias says:

    Swisher has two groins? I guess all the rumors about him are true.

  3. pistol pete says:

    The Ibanez watch continues with another o for. Todays version was 0 for 3 and now 2 for 35 this spring at 059. What a colossal waste of time. Cashman needs to do his homework before signing dinasaurs that are over the hill.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Cashman, call Pistol Pete. Not only does he know what’s best, but his spelling? Just spot on.

      • pistol pete says:

        Robinson, I didn’t know you were an English grammer major. My point was that Ibanez is a waste of time and money. I said it before they signed him, when they signed him, and I’m saying it now. Here’s hoping the spelling is up to your high standards.

    • MannyGeee says:

      having a harder and harder time thinking he’s gonna stick. However I am believing more and more Damon will still be unemployed come June 1st as well.

      • pistol pete says:

        Manny he’s not going to stick. He’ll be another Randy Winn/Nick Johnson type bust. Philly fans noted obsessivly on their blogs how Ibanez had lost his bat speed and was done. It’s pretty obvious. Cash should cut bait now. If they want to wait for someone later that’s fine the Yanks could DH by committee until someone else becomes available. I’m hoping the Yanks don’t waste the at bats out of pride.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Why should he cut bait now? Seriously, lets assume that the odds of him being totally done are 99% (they aren’t). Its a sunk cost. Why are we cutting him now? What are we really gaining by doing so? If he’s brutally ineffective, he’ll play only when no one needs a half-day off. If he gets hot, he’ll play more. But cutting him now, without any replacement management feels comfortable with waiting in the wings, then why cut him and still owe him the money? W

          • Fin says:

            I’m pretty sure I read that his contract is not fully guaranteed if he gets cut before the season. If that is the case, without some improvement over the next 2 weeks, the Yankees would defiantely have to consider dropping him.

            • Havok9120 says:

              If true, then you’re right. I’d change my stance if that were true and would certainly consider dropping him.

              But I’m 99% certain that this is not the case. He got a fully guaranteed MLB contract. I know Needed Pitching at one point said that if its Prorated we don’t owe him everything or something to that effect (he’s the guy to talk to about that kind of thing; I know my limits), but I’ve heard nothing like that anywhere else. I believe we owe him the 1.1 mil, just as we’d owe anyone on contract that we cut without being able to void the contract.

              I, however, am no rules/contract expert.

          • pistol pete says:

            Justin Maxwell is out of options. He’s been one of the hottest Yankee players this spring. He’s out of options and either makes the team or gets traded. Imagine keeping a fossil like Ibanez and losing a possible real talent like Maxwell. Makes no sense to me. And please don’t tell me that Ibanez hits left handed because he can’t hit leftys or rightys.

            • DM says:

              You can justifiably condemn Ibanez based on his spring but let’s not overrate Justin Maxwell.

              He’s a 28 yr old AAAA player having a nice ST — nothing more. He was a .260 hitter in the minors — and awful in his brief time in the bigs. So, “real talent” is a stretch.

            • Havok9120 says:

              Just so you know, your outright disdain of and harsh language against Ibanez does not contribute to your argument. We get it, you sorta hate him and have no respect for any ability he may or may not have.

              And Justin Maxwell? Justin Maxwell the career .201/.319/.379 MLB hitter? He of the 32% K rate (34% over his last 330 PA)? With a career .188 AVG against righties? I like the guy, and he’s certainly hot, but….No. Just…no. Ibanez has as good a chance at producing at that rate just by the luck of the draw.

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  5. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    gud to hear about Swisher. im sure his wife loosened it up after a steamy showah

  6. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    swishas wife def healed that groin back to health

  7. mustang says:

    Swisher gets hurt during the season they called up Justin Maxwell and Swisher becomes a bench player the rest of the year.


  8. MannyGeee says:

    so any chance Cabral sticks as the 12th bullpen arm? by my count, 3 spots up for grabs, one of which will be the inevitible 2nd LOOGY:


  9. Rainbow connection says:

    “Talk about whatever your heart desires here, have at it.”

    This isn’t true. Why write it?

  10. Peter North says:

    Passan posted an article about Montero, saying now he looks good behind the plate and if he stays that way Seattle will have won the trade for sure. As if Pineda’s development is irrelevant to that. OK.

  11. Bryan V says:

    If a team strives to “win” a trade then they’ll never get what they need out of one.

  12. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    So was Phil’s change up that good today or was it just that nobody knew he had one and therefore were even more “surprised” than they would normally be by a pitch intending to fool the batter.

    • DM says:

      To my eyes? Both. He threw some straight changes — like a BP fastball down the pike that locked some hitters up.

    • j says:

      He was locating it really well and had good armspeed. Movement was pretty good but location andarmspeed was what got the whiffs.

    • Havok9120 says:

      He looked good in general. He was locating very well. A lot of his balls were quite close, at least by the eye test.

      His first pitch CBs were nice to see.

  13. CT Yankee says:

    Hell of a day for football. Goodell throws all volumes of the encyclopedia and Harry Potter books at the Saints, Denver sends Tebow to the Jets. Francesa this afternoon on YES or radio was a must watch/listen.


    • DM says:

      Kay was going off too. You know how Francesa reacts to all things Jet — but it’s a little more sticky to listen to Kay on the Jets station. They tried to get Sanchez on the phone but he was unavailable for comment b/c he was “working out”.

      • DM says:

        And the Saints deserved it, imo.

        • Havok9120 says:

          The kicker for me in terms of them deserving it was that the League even let them off with a warning when they first learned about it. The Saints then proceeded to LIE TO THE MOST POWERFUL COMMISSIONER IN PRO SPORTS….

          People are stupid.

          • DM says:

            Yep — but CT Yankee is right — Tebow plus that made for great radio during the lull before the end of the NCAA tournament and MLB opening day. No shortage of content for radio shows now. Tebow-mania has landed in the Big Apple.

            I didn’t hear it all but I was surprised there wasn’t more discussion of Tebow’s preference. I can’t imagine he wanted to come to NY; he was already yearning for the south when he was still with Denver. The Jets will have quite a locker room.

  14. Brian says:

    How about that woman who is replacing Kim Jones…..

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