Oct
13

Yankees drop Nunez from ALCS roster, add Eppley

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The Yankees have replaced Eduardo Nunez on the ALCS roster with Cody Eppley, the team announced. Jayson Nix was moving fine in the ALDS, so his left hip flexor strain appears to be a non-issue going forward. The Tigers have a very right-handed pitching staff, so the extra righty bat wasn’t imperative. Joba Chamberlain is also on the roster despite the bruise on his right elbow after getting hit with a broken bat.

The addition of Eppley gives the Yankees a dozen pitchers and just a four-man bench, and could be an indication that David Phelps will get the Game Two start tomorrow. It could also mean they’re starting Hiroki Kuroda and CC Sabathia on short rest in Games Two and Three, respectively, and want the extra arm in case they can’t throw as many pitches as usual. Who knows. Right now the only official pitching plan is Andy Pettitte in Game One tonight.

Categories : Asides, Playoffs

58 Comments»

  1. cc says:

    Why wouldn’t Hiroki start game 2?

  2. 28 this year says:

    We would only need about 4 innings from Phelps which is doable. With the off day after, we can use the bullpen completely. Its not perfect by any stretch but with the CC complete game, the arms are fresh. Figure with Lowe, Eppley, Rapada, and Logan, you can matchup your way through 2 to 3 innings hopefully and then you go to Robertson and Soriano. Joba obviously helps out if he’s ok which he probably is cause they kept him on the roster.

  3. 27 rings says:

    Our pitching has been awesome now that they are healthy. No need to handicap them by pitching anyone on three days rest. Plus CC has thrown a lot of pitches lately.

  4. Monterowasnotdinero says:

    Not Eppley for ARod?

    Too bad.

  5. cc says:

    They’re probably going to pitch CC game 3 on 3 days rest though, I assume. Its a wonder this guys arm doesn’t fall off.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Probably not if they P Phelps in game 2.

      Not so long ago every single SP went on 3 days rest. It’s really not that crazy to P on 3 days rest.

  6. Jayfoot says:

    Was thinking that they should start:
    Pettite
    Kuroda
    Sabathia
    Hughes
    Pettite
    Kuroda
    Sabathia

    For game 2 you have Phelps, Lowe and a bunch of arms to finish is Kuroda can only give you 3-5 innings. It also lines him up Pettite, Kuroda and Sabathia for games 5-6 on either regular or extra rest.

    • AC says:

      Kuroda needs the extra day and so does CC. Go with Phelps in game 2 and if it doesn’t go well go to Lowe to eat innings. Kuroda has never pitched this many innings in career do he needs the extra day

    • YankeeJosh says:

      I have no issues with this though I’d probably flip Hughes and Sabathia. Have CC have normal rest for the game 4 start and short rest for a less likely game 7.

      Kuroda is the Yankees second best pitcher and wass their most consistent all year. He needs to be lined up to pitch twice this series and starting him in game 2 does that.

      Start Kuroda, Phelps and Lowe can back him up and the team is in good position.

      • AC says:

        Kuroda is not gonna pitch on short rest. CC goes in 4 on reg rest and back in 7 on short rest is good for us. With phelps starting game 2 it’s also Hughes normal day to throw a bullpen 25-50 pitches. Save the bullets for game 2 then. It’s the right move.

  7. PFOJ says:

    Having to use a fifth starter in the playoffs is ridiculous. Can’t believe this is the schedule the Yankees got as the top seed.

  8. Alvaro Espinosa says:

    Game 1 Petite
    Game 2 Phelps
    Game 3 Kuroda
    Game 4 CC

    There will be no Game 5

  9. Nice Scheister says:

    It’s enough to bottle ones mind. That’s a heck of a lot of pitchers, and a small bench. They should’ve have added Joba to the DL (when he got hurt in the DS) then he’d be out for this series, then picked up Eppley for Jobber then, if Jobber was okay, swapped the two for the WS roster.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      The only reason you take less pitchers in the playoffs is because you only need 4 starters. That is not the case now thanks to this absurd schedule.

      This is simply the same roster as the regular season, when you have a 5 man rotation. They played this roster for 162 games, should be ok for 7 more.

    • Joe R says:

      Joba isnt hurt and Detroit has all RHP. Nunez wont be a defensive replacement. He wasnt needed.

  10. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    Keep Jackson off the bases and pitch carefully to Cabrera and Fielder. The rest of their lineup seems pedestrian.

    I think normal rest for Kuroda and Sabathia is worth giving Phelps a shot in Game 2 since they shouldn’t need CC for a seventh game.

    Phelps on a short leash for a single game is better than a chain reaction of potential short-rest problems.

  11. Hoss says:

    Why not add Garcia, who can give you innings, instead of Eppley? He’s not the second coming of Darren O’Day, in case they were dreaming…

    And why is Gardner on the roster if he cannot hit? Dickerson can run, field and hit, so why not get a complete player in there?

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Garcia is redundant with Lowe. And by game 5-6, Phelps is also available for long stretches. No need for Garcia.

    • VA Yankee says:

      Gardner is on the roster for two simple similar words… Dave Roberts. Kid still can fly and create runs

    • M-Three says:

      Garcia is a scrub who was lucky to remain on the Yankee roster for the entire season. As for Dickerson, can people please stop gushing over this guy? He is just a AAAA type player at best. If he was actually as talented as some of you guys fool yourselves into thinking then he would be spending his entire season in the minors off the 40 man roster. He nothing more than the outfielder version of Cervelli.

    • M-Three says:

      Garcia is a scrub who was lucky to remain on the Yankee roster for the entire season.

      As for Dickerson, can people please stop gushing over this guy? He is just a AAAA type player at best. If he was actually as talented as some of you guys fool yourselves into thinking then he would be spending his entire season in the minors off the 40 man roster. He nothing more than the outfielder version of Cervelli.

    • M-Three says:

      Garcia is a scrub who was lucky to remain on the Yankee roster for the entire season.

      As for Dickerson, can people please stop gushing over this guy? He is just a AAAA type player at best. If he was actually as talented as some of you guys fool yourselves into thinking then he wouldn’t be spending his entire season in the minors off the 40 man roster. He nothing more than the outfielder version of Cervelli.

      • Hoss says:

        Garcia has come through in important starts and pitched effectively from the pen this season. He has experience which can be a big plus in the postseason.

        I’m not gushing about Dickerson. But he can hit, which is something Girardi has admitted he is reluctant to do with Gardner. If you have a short bench, you can ill afford a reserve who is not a complete player.

    • Jose M. Vazquez says:

      Garcia is murdered by Cabrera. I would not like to see him pitch against Detroit ever again.

  12. Bigleagueclu says:

    I dont have any problems with CC throwing game 3, it would be the first time since he joined the Yanks that he would pitch on 3 days rest, unlike when he was on the Brewers. Plus I know that Verlander will be going up against the Yankees for that game so it only makes sense. Im not worried about our pitching since they have been spot on in the ALDS.

    More worried about our lineup but it looks as if they might be starting to get swing the bats finally.

  13. AC says:

    U mean Kuroda and CC in 3 and 4. If you start Phelps in game 2.

  14. Andruw's Smile says:

    If they are going with Andy-Phelps-Kuroda-CC, then why did Hughes make the roster? Wouldn’t he be redundant with Lowe in there as well? I think this points to them using either (or both) Kuroda or CC on short rest here, with maybe Hughes going game 4.

    • 27rings says:

      Because you want Hughes going in game 6 instead of Phelps.

    • Mike HC says:

      Hughes would make the roster whether he starts or not because he would still be one of our top options in the bullpen. But I think it is pretty certain that Hughes will start and Kuroda will not go on short rest. They will also probably try to avoid CC on short rest, which is why it is likely he would go in Game Four and only go on short rest if the series goes all seven.

      I think the rotation ends up being Pettitte, Phelps, Kuroda, CC, Hughes, Pettitte, CC

  15. Robinson Tilapia says:

    NO NUNEZ?!?! WE ARE FUCKED! FUCKED, I SAY!

    Love,
    Eddard

  16. Alex says:

    I think girardi is making a mistake going with phelps instead of Phil Hughes he give yankees better chance to win he earn n he been there before

    • matt says:

      Thing is Hughes would be pitching on 2 days rest if he starts game 2. So the best option would be Phelps or Kuroda. If Yanks win tonight, we will see Phelps on mound for Game 2 so Kuroda n CC get the xtra rest. If we lose, Kuroda on mound for Game 2 n CC on for Game 3.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Seriously? Hughes pitched on Thursday, remember??

  17. Alex e says:

    I think girardi is making a mistake with phelps instead of putting Phil Hughes to pitch Game 2 hughes has a better chance to win he been there before phelp has not

  18. Based God says:

    Eppley?! i pray that Nova is hurt or something because Eppley is good but if someone gets railed early Nova would be great to pick that slack up, even for only long relieving. Here’s to getting Pineda back for next season. How many people forgot about THAT guy?

    • Kevin says:

      Nova has been poor recently. Bullpen has just had a day off. Hopefully Andy gives them a reasonable rest tonight. But Monday is an off day: even if Phelps leaves after 2, Lowe ought to be able to fill in with at least a couple. Then there’s – what? – 6 other relievers to chip in.

    • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero says:

      I never forget.

      Sincerely, Jesus Montero :-(

  19. moonimus says:

    I think leaving Nunez off the roster is a mistake. Dude was a spark for the lineup and I know you have redundancy in Gardner but he doesn’t seem like he added much in the ALDS. I am normally not an intangibles type of fan but in a short series you go with the guys who have been making a difference and I feel that Nunez was doing that for our poor performing lineup.

  20. Brett says:

    No need for Nunez – Arod is the righty bat off the bench, so sad, but true

  21. FreeAgentSignee says:

    They should have added Francisco Cervelli.
    It is great to have three catchers!

  22. John says:

    Can we get Austin Jackson back for. Granderson. What a bad trade!

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