3/27 Camp Notes: Jeter, Nova, Cano, Aardsma

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Thoughts on a random Thursday

The Yankees beat up on the Orioles on Wednesday night thanks to two hits apiece from Eduardo Nunez, Lyle Overbay, and Ben Francisco. Brennan Boesch and Francisco hit a set of back-to-back homers while Mason Williams and Melky Mesa chipped in doubles. Thomas Neal singled, walked twice, and stole a base.

David Phelps allowed three runs in 5.1 innings in his final start of the Grapefruit League season, with all three runs coming in the fifth inning. He has a tendency to run into trouble in the fifth, so maybe it’s a third time through the order thing. Branden Pinder (four runs, two outs) was the only real eyesore out of the parade of minor league relievers. Here’s the box score and here’s the rest from Tampa…

  • Derek Jeter won’t resume any kind of activity until Monday at the earliest. They want to make sure he and his bum ankle get enough time to rest and heal before jumping back into things. The April 6th return date sure seems optimistic since they want him to play back-to-back nine-inning games before returning. [Bryan Hoch]
  • Ivan Nova got rocked in his minor league game this afternoon, allowing seven runs in five innings. Afterwards he called his spring “not good,” which is usually what people say when they allow 17 runs in 24.1 innings. [Hoch]
  • Robinson Cano was held out of tonight’s lineup with a stomach bug, but it’s not a big deal and he’ll play tomorrow. Ronnie Mustelier, meanwhile, was scratched from tonight’s lineup after his knee “cracked” during pregame warmups. He’ll be sent for tests tomorrow. [Sweeny Murti, Erik Boland & Andy McCullough]
  • This is weird, but apparently Joe Girardi indicated David Aardsma might not make the team. The 31-year-old missed a few days with a groin problem a few weeks ago but has otherwise pitched well in Grapefruit League action — three runs, one walk, seven strikeouts in seven innings — so I don’t know what that’s about. [Dan Barbarisi & Mark Feinsand]
  • Dellin Betances did some flat-ground work and fielding drills today after leaving yesterday’s minor league start with some kind of ankle injury. He seems to be fine after that little scare and remains on track to start Opening Day for Triple-A Scranton. [Josh Norris]
  • The Yankees have apparently traded minor league infielder Jose Mojica to the Phillies for an unknown return. The 24-year-old hit .226/.265/.305 (61 wRC+) in 379 plate appearances for High-A Tampa last year. Can’t imagine the return was anything special. [Norris]

The Yankees will play their final Grapefruit League game of the year on Thursday when the Pirates come to Tampa for a matinee. Hiroki Kuroda will get that start and the game will not be televised.

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Thoughts on a random Thursday
  • Barry

    Trade for Chase Utley?

    • Barry

      Guess no one wants to irresponsibly rumor monger? :'(

      • Anthony Crispino

        I heard some guy saw on the Twitter….you won’t believe this….apparently Joe Girardi said there might not be an aardvark on the team. Yup, no farm animals. Really cleaning the place up this year. You heard it here first.

        • Barry

          Wait a minute? No lynxes?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Howard would be a better fit.

      • Barry

        Idk, no gritt.. He’s just not gritty enough. I’m guessing if we wanted Roy we could trade Boone straight up for him. There’s also Paps..

  • John C

    Heat streak ends at 27. well done Chicago

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Next stop: Repeat, and we’re not stopping there.

      Very proud of my team. Save some bullets for the playoffs.

      • Pat D

        You can’t say “bullets” in conjunction with the NBA.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I almost didn’t get it, then I remembered. Such a better name than “Wizards.”

          • Barry

            Dude, wizards rock. Team sucks, but wizards are the shit.

      • Barry

        What a frontrunnerzzzzzz..


        • Robinson Tilapia

          Who, me? Nope. Original Heat fan since ’88. I was there for Rory Sparrow, Rony Seikaly, and Pearl Washington. I earned this. :)

          • Barry

            I know buddy, I know. You’ve defended your fidelity to the heat many times. I believe you.

  • Barry

    I’m still kind of bummed over David Adams. Anyone else? Thought he had some potential. Could of at least traded him for someone. To release him and then claim Demel seems silly to me.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Still a chance they can re-sign him. I haven’t given up hope yet.
      That they released him instead of DFA’ing him makes me think they might already have an agreement in place, but that may just be wishful thinking on my part.

      • Barry

        I feel like if there is going to be a re-signing, it’s almost immediate.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I think the release waiver process has to play out first. I’m not sure how long that takes.

          • Barry

            Yeah after reading Buttons post I forgot about waivers.. completely. Still, I think they’ll need replacement hitters before pitchers this year.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              I agree. But they still need more roster spots. Not sure why he was the first cut, but there’s a good chance Adams would have gotten cut regardless.
              I’m thinking Demel and at least one of Eppley/Kelley will get cut. They may need 1-2 more spots after that as well, depending on who makes the opening day roster.

          • forensic

            I believe teams have 3 days to claim a player on waivers, if that’s what you were wondering.

    • Bob Buttons


      Infielder David Adams was the one removed from the 40-man roster to accommodate Wells on Tuesday, and Cashman said that injuries played a big role in the team’s decision to release the 25-year-old – but he also highly praised Adams, leading belief that the Yankees could look to re-sign him once he clears release waivers.

      “He’s been banged up and hurt,” Cashman said. “When he’s healthy, I know he can swing the bat. It’s just if he can stay healthy and on the field and what kind of defense given the injuries he’s had that he can provide. But he’s a gamer. He’s a tough cookie, high makeup guy, and (we) love the bat.”

      • Barry

        Still doesn’t really mean anything, they had a shitty pitcher, and replaced him with a shitty pitcher. Injuries aside, Demel has been awful in AAA and MLB.

        • Bob Buttons

          They have a chance to re-sign him, but there might not be a chance to get these guys, considering how we’re thin in the infield but have crap loads of RP. I’m not saying the move makes a lot of sense but there is a reason, however silly it is.

  • Now Batting

    I know I’m not one to get personalize on the site, but after undergrad, a year of McJobs, grad school, and 9 months of temping/unemployment I accepted an offer and will be moving to NYC! Pumped to be able to go to more games among other things (just in time for austerity heh).

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)


    • Barry

      Tickets might be cheap this year. :D

    • jim p

      Welcome! Hope you have a great time, and see plenty of winning baseball. You might meet people who claim they are Met fans, but they are lying, so don’t let that throw you.

    • LarryM Fl

      Now Batting: I applaud your density and good luck to you. This austerity will not be as bad as the bad old days in the 80’s.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        I think that people misremember/mischaracterize the ’80s because the Yanks won no championships during the decade, but the teams weren’t horrible until 1989.

        1980 – 103 wins, lost ALCS
        1981 – 59 wins*, lost WS
        1982 – 79 wins, 5th place, 16 games back
        1983 – 91 wins, 3rd place, 7 games back
        1984 – 87 wins, 3rd place, 17 games back
        1985 – 97 wins, 2nd place, 2 games back
        1986 – 90 wins, 2nd place, 5.5 games back
        1987 – 89 wins, 4th place, 9 games back
        1988 – 85 wins, 5th place, 3.5 games back
        1989 – 74 wins, 5th place, 14.5 games back

        While certainly not stellar by recent standards, I can think of several fan bases that would be thrilled if their team had that kind of decade.

        * strike shortened season

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

          Fair point but there’s a difference between serviceable (which those 80s teams were) and truly championship caliber, which they were definitely not from ’82 on. I had an absolute blast rooting for Mattingly, Winfield and Henderson but on the whole those teams had no pitching and this no real chance.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            Agreed. Other than the ’85 team, which needed to sweep Toronto on the last weekend to tie for the division, the rest of the teams were, for the most part, competitive, but nothing special.

            I was responding to LarryM’s comment specifically, but also in general to many comments on the board, that the ’80’s sucked.

            Well, in comparison to the last 20 years, that may be true, but from an absolute standpoint, they were, as you said, serviceable.

  • El Johnny D

    I guess I’m lost or missed out, but why was M. Williams with the ML team?

    • Barry

      Showing Wells, Rivera, etc what a young explosive swing looks like.

    • forensic

      Minor league guys constantly go with the team to fill in time for a inning or a few here and there in ST. Even if they’ve been reassigned to minor league camp, or were never really invited to ML ST in the first place, they can still go with the big club for ST games.

      They may have just wanted to see him get a few innings or an AB and/or didn’t want to send anyone else on the road trip.

  • Jamey

    “This is weird, but apparently Joe Girardi indicated David Aardsma might not make the team.”

    Girardi: Hey Aardy, I wanted to congratulate ya. You’ve pitched great & can’t wait to have you in our pen.

    Aardsma: I appreciate it Joe, but don’t call me Aardy please. David is fine.

    Girardi: You get the HELL out of my office!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Well played.

    • James C

      Do I sense an Arrested Development reference?

  • stu

    What happened to the mobile version of the site?

    • forensic

      It sucked so it was given a long overdue painful death?

      Seriously though, some issue came up a bit ago and I believe Mike said they had to kill the mobile version because it was showing up all the time on regular computers, and was annoying as hell and not working anyway.

      That’s also when the issue of having to reenter your handle and email all the time when coming back to the site came up and is still going now, though I guess they’re maybe having people login from now on instead. It was much better when it would just remember it forever though…

      • dalelama

        You are right, having to sign-in with name and website every time blows. Any idea when that gets fixed?

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Anything that discourages you from commenting is fine in my book.

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

          Just register: http://riveraveblues.com/wp-login.php?action=register

          It takes two seconds and will save your info.

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

            Problem is that if you already have a WordPress account tied to an email I don’t think can create a separate handle tied to the same email. And, to my knowledge, no spaces allowed.

  • Guns

    It’s almost like Nova is not a good pitcher.