Mar
26

3/26 Camp Notes: Rivera, Teixeira, Granderson

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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Yankees and Astros played to a tie on Tuesday night. CC Sabathia allowed four runs in five innings, his final tune-up start before Opening Day. Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, and Vidal Nuno all following with scoreless innings.

Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner did all the heavy lifting on offense, combining for three singles, a double, a triple, and a walk in eight plate appearances. Hafner was hitting the ball especially hard — Dan Barbarisi says he recently abandoned some changes he was trying to make to his swing — so maybe he’s having a little 2012 Raul Ibanez-esque spring to life at the end of camp. Kevin Youkilis also doubled while Eduardo Nunez stole a base. Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay went a combined 0-for-4 in their Yankees debuts. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest from Tampa…

  • The Yankees had until noon on Tuesday to either release Juan Rivera, add him to the 40-man roster, or pay him $100k and keep him on a minor league contract. They haven’t made any sort of announcement and he worked out with the club before the game, so I’m guessing they paid him the $100k and he remains with the team as a non-40-man guy. Rivera is now competing with Overbay to fill in for Mark Teixeira at first base.
  • X-rays show that Curtis Granderson‘s fractured forearm is healing well, and he is scheduled for another checkup this week. He ran and stretched with the team today but is still a ways off from resuming baseball activities. Granderson will stay behind in Tampa once the season begins. [Meredith Marakovits]
  • Mark Teixeira is scheduled to have his injured right wrist examined on Monday. If everything checks out okay, he’ll shed the brace he’s been wearing and begin strengthening exercises. There’s still a while to go before he returns, however. [Marakovits]
  • Derek Jeter said it is “disappointing” he won’t be ready in time for Opening Day and acknowledged he may have pushed himself too hard during his rehab. Sound familiar? The Cap’n is unsure of his schedule going forward, he’s just receiving treatment right now. [Bryan Hoch, David Lennon & Marakovits]
  • Phil Hughes is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game tomorrow. He is stretching out after missing a few weeks with a bulging disk in his back, but the Yankees are keeping him out of Grapefruit League games so they can back-date his DL stint if he won’t be ready in time for the start of the season. That seems likely. [Chad Jennings]
  • Clay Rapada threw off a flat ground using his regular pitching delivery, which is apparently different than just playing catch. He is working his way back from shoulder bursitis and will start the season on the DL, Brian Cashman already confirmed. [Jennings]
  • Cesar Cabral threw live batting practice today and faced hitters for the first time since fracturing his elbow last spring. He had been on the same rehab schedule as Michael Pineda, who will face hitters in two weeks, but is now ahead because he doesn’t need to get stretched out as a reliever. [Jennings]
  • Dellin Betances hurt his ankle — at first it looked like he was hit by a comebacker, but apparently he just rolled it — in a minor league game this afternoon and limped off the field. No word on the extent of his injury or how much time he’ll miss, but he was on track to start Opening Day for Triple-A Scranton. [Donnie Collins]
  • Apparently Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was at the complex today to give a little pep talk to both the major and minor leaguers. So yeah.

The Yankees will be in Sarasota to play the Orioles tomorrow night. David Phelps gets the start while projected big leaguers Robinson Cano, Jayson Nix, Brennan Boesch, Gardner, and Nunez join him on the trip. That game will be broadcast on MLB Network and MLB.tv (no local blackouts) but not YES.

  • Rhanebaeux Dix

    didn’t Pineda throw a bullpen today? how did that go?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yes but we usually don’t hear anything about the individual bullpens. The only time we hear anything about Pineda is when they increase his workload.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Guys I’m starting to get a feeling about our franchise cornerstones Overbay and Wells.

  • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

    *throws*

    I am ready, beetches.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    dan szymborski’s ZiPS projections has the Yankees down to 83 wins now just 1 game ahead of last place Baltimore.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Is that assuming Hughes, Tex, Granderson, Jeter and ARod are out all season?

      • Barry

        Also assumes Musty won’t be a HOFer. Projection fail.

  • https://twitter.com/czm26 Craig

    In his interview with Francesa today, Hal specifically stated young guys like Betances, Phelps and Nova need to step up.

    Phelps has just under 100 big league innings to his career; Nova led the league in hits last year despite not starting for a full season, and Betances is a “YUGE” reclamation project at this point. From the sound of it, Hal is committed to a $189mm payroll beyond ’14 despite the tax decreasing from 50% to 17.5%. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but when you’ve these contracts as the ball-and-chain around your team’s foot, it’s a little hard to get a jump start running outta the gate. The team will get their eventually, but I’m not too sure when. *Sigh*

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      He said getting under the threshold is going to be the goal every year, but they won’t let it get in the way of fielding a championship caliber team.

      I’m just not sure what Hal’s idea of a championship caliber team is.

    • Eddard

      They will step up if they’re given a chance to. Hal pays lip service to the kids and lowering payroll but then goes out and gives $13 million to Vernon Wells. The problem is if any of the kids struggle out of the gate there will be outcries to trade them away within 20 games. The F.O. and the fans need to commit to building the next dynasty even if it takes a couple years to get there.

      • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixiera – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

        I don’t mean to single you out, but can we have enough of this next dynasty crap already? As a Yankees fan who’s childhood was during the late 90’s run who didn’t appreciate it as much as he should have, it is not likely to happen again in our lifetime. Dynasties do not grow on trees. The Yankees are committed to winning (whether recent moves have shown that is up for debate), to say that need to be committed to building dynasty is sheer lunacy.

  • Joe

    Fanasy Baseball question is mitch moreland starting for the Rangers?

  • Bob Buttons

    In non-depressing Yankees news, Diehl took a pay cut. Geez NFL off-season is slow, and I thought MLB off-season was boring.

  • mt

    I listened to Michael Kay and (most) of Francesa interview with Hal yesterday. I may have missed it but the questions that no one asks him:

    1) fans are upset about $189 million becuase they feel much of roster is already full of declined, almost shot players (Arod) and declining players (Tex) who will not contribute to the level commensurate near their bloated salaries that will count against the $189 million salary cap – to say that a team should be able to win a championship without spending $200 million makes sense in long-term and as a matter of recent history but in short-term (2014-2016) as it applies to this particular Yankee team how can you say “championship caliber” is even attainable when you have these horrible contracts (even CC no longer will outperform his new, extended contract) on the books? How many bloated salaries like that did Giants and Cardinals have when they won the World Series (Barry Zito is the one I can think of)?

    2) (this is probably more a question for Cashman) – I understand that this offseason Yankees tried to approach $189 million next year by reducing some depth and avoiding 2014 commitments but are the commitements that have been made for 2013 all what could be said expensive “has-been” players that you mistakenly think will attract butts in YS3 seats and eyes to Yes – these are not the same as the lower-cost, lightning in a bottle type players that have succeeded that we have gotten recently (Thames, Colon, Garcia, Chavez, Ibanez – I think all of them made relatively very little) – we have committed over $40 million, even though tilted to the less restrictive 2013 luxury tax year, to former All-Star “has-beens” like Youkilis, Hafner, Wells, and Suzuki (Wells and Suzuki are coming off years with OBP less than .300!!) – wouldn’t it have been better to go with a combination of the cheap young AAA folks that are not top 100 prospects but have some skills (Mesa, Mustelliers, etc.,) mid-range players that you might have overpaid a couple of million to come here (Schierholtz, Hairston, Keppinger) and some of the aforementioned “Marcus Thames style bargain basement lightning in a bottle types” (Rivera, Boesch, Francisco, Overbay)and still have a lot of money left over for better palyers down the road when they become avaailable – in other words, is there still a mistaken preoccupation with supposed “star” names”?.

    3. For Hal or Cash: what if better players like Willingham and Kubel become available later in year – will we still be able to spend on them given that we are spending so much on the Youkilises and Wells of the world? –
    Francesa did ask this – sort of – and Hal just said “my door will always be open to Brian”.