Robertson makes second rehab appearance in Triple-A win

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Some notes…

  • Both LHP Manny Banuelos and RHP Jose Campos (elbows) are still in “rest mode.” Campos will begin throwing in a few weeks and Manny later than that. [Josh Norris]
  • VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman confirmed that RHP Rafael DePaula will remain in the Dominican Summer League and not pitch for Short Season Staten Island this summer. I know he has some family stuff going on and all that, but lame. Very lame. [Norris]
  • As expected, OF Tyler Austin will take his hacks in the Low-A South Atlantic League Homerun Derby according to a release. In case you missed it, the Derby will be held on the deck of an aircraft carrier this year.
  • OF Mason Williams was added to the Sally League All-Star Game as an injury replacement, possibly for Austin. He’s the sixth River Dog to be named to the game, which will be played next week.
  • Also, make sure you check this quick post on Jack Cust and Russell Branyan at Baseball Prospectus. It’s free, you don’t need a subscription.

Triple-A Empire State (9-7 win over Louisville)
RF Kevin Russo: 2-5, 3 R, 1 2B — ten game hit streak
2B Corban Joseph & DH Jack Cust: both 1-4, 1 R — CoJo drove in a run and struck out … Cust walked and whiffed
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 SB — 15 hits in his last 45 at-bats (.333)
1B Russell Branyan: 3-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB — 11 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.440) with three doubles, five homers, seven walks, and six strikeouts
3B Brandon Laird: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
C Gus Molina: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Doug Bernier: 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
RHP David Robertson: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine of 14 pitches were strikes (64.3%) … had a little bit more on him earlier
RHP John Maine: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 2/3 GB/FB — 37 of 65 pitches were strikes (56.9%) … signed a minor league deal about three weeks ago
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/6 GB/FB — 23 of 30 pitches were strikes (76.7%) … shifting to the bullpen with Maine now in the rotation
RHP Chase Whitley: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 11 of 14 pitches were strikes
LHP Justin Thomas: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 11 pitches, nine strikes

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Clearwater in ten innings)
LF Ramon Flores & 1B Kyle Roller: both 0-5 — Flores struck out once, Roller twice … Roller also committed a fielding error
DH J.R. Murphy: 2-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — needed a huge game like this
RF Rob Segedin: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB — drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the top of the tenth
C Kyle Higashioka, SS Jose Mojica & 2B Jose Toussen: all 0-4 — Higashioka walked, struck out twice, and allowed two passed balls … Mojica struck out twice … Toussen once
CF Eduardo Sosa: 1-4, 1 K
3B Garrison Lassiter: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
RHP Sean Black: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3/4 GB/FB
LHP Aaron Dott: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1/2 GB/FB – two of those strikeouts came against a rehabbing Chase Utley
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only one strikeout? lame

Double-A Trenton was rained out. They’ll play a pair tomorrow.

Low-A Charleston had their doubleheader rained out yet again. The first game was the completion of Sunday’s suspended game, and that will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow. Tonight’s regularly scheduled game was cancelled and will not be made up.

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  • Kevin G.

    lol John Maine

  • Havok9120

    Holy cow. Lovely weather they’re having in Charleston.

  • forensic

    Ok, seriously, it’s time to build domes for the two A-ball teams. They must’ve had 15 games affected by rain in just the last 2 weeks or so.

  • forensic

    Nice to see they’re trying to transition Robertson to the starting rotation…

    Seriously though, I can’t wait till people say that for real when Joba is rehabbing down there.

  • M-Three

    You don’t have to worry about that because Joba will never pitch as a starter anywhere, ever again. He belongs in the bullpen and that where he will stay. If Joba ever started again it would be a waste of time. He would embarass himself as a starter just like Bard has for the Red Soxs.

    • pat

      So true brah, so true.

    • BigLoving

      You know what everyone gave up on Ian Kennedy in NY and look how that turned out. 9-6 as a 23 year old in the most pressure packed city for athletes out there isn’t too shabby in my book. Joba still has the potential, unfortunately the Yankees don’t have the patience.

      • Brian S.

        Win-Loss record forever.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        Yeah that IPK with his 5-6 record and 4.23 era would really come in handy about now.

    • Rich

      False. Joba has a lot of potential as a starter, if the yankees were smart, they would stretch him out as a starter during his rehab, if it doesn’t work out, throw him back in the pen. Simple.

    • Dave M

      At this point you’re right. It might not be the case if he didn’t hurt his shoulder back in 2008. Who knows?

  • Ppiddy

    Branyan going to be player of the week again?

  • Danny

    Do we know DePaula is staying in the DSL all year or just that he won’t pitch in Staten Island ? Maybe they will promote him straight to Charleston ….

    #optimisticthinking

  • A.D.

    Looks like another lost year of development for DePaula

  • Bavarian Yankee

    Can Branyan opt out of his contract? I mean he can’t be happy playing in AAA, some big league club would sign him for sure.

    • Dave M

      “Can Branyan opt out of his contract? I mean he can’t be happy playing in AAA, some big league club would sign him for sure.”

      Especially while playing on a team with no home.

    • Ted Nelson

      Signing a minor league contract is probably a good indication that he couldn’t get a major league contract. Now that he appears to be healthy demand is probably greater, but he made the decision to sign a minor league deal with the Yankees. That means he knew he might be in the minors for a while.

      Probably has an opt-out, maybe July 1.

      He’s also just come back from an injury. Even if he were slated to be their starting DH, he’d have spent some time in the minors on a rehab assignment. It’s only been about 2, maybe 3 weeks at this point. Probably would have been a week in the minors after that kind of lay-off anyway, so it’s not a huge difference.

  • Robert

    Killer B’s plus were untouchables…….Yanks must now make sure They Fire Conteras before he screws up any more Pitching prospects…. It is an embarrassment that Gardner goes down and we have nothing in AAA or AA to replace him.
    Ibanez,Chavez and Andrew Jones as well as AROD and possibly Jeter are all just 1 game away from a leg or back injury!!!

    • Ted Nelson

      Glad you know about the internal workings of their org!

      Except, you know, they do have guys in AAA. Wise is already up, Dickerson, Mustelier, Laird, Colin Curtis, Branyan and Cust at DH… what exactly do you expect to be stashed in AAA?

      • Robert

        Wise and Dickerson are just career Minor Leaguers.Laird and Curtis had chances and have now regressed.Branyan and Cust would be worse than Ibanez and Jones.
        I saw Mustelier in Trenton early this year, I dont know why they havent called him up yet…
        I would like to see at least 1 or 2 blue chip position players with a Major League career ahead of them not behind him on the Scranton Team.Sadly there are none!!!

  • tom

    Does anybody have a theory why CC gets himself in a jam early in his starts? It’s almost a given; checking most of his outings.

  • Voice of Reason

    What “family stuff” could possibly keep DePaula in the DSL all year? I’ve never heard of such a thing. Something doesn’t seem quite right about that.