Rapada shut down for 7-10 days with shoulder bursitis

Mariano Rivera set to announce retirement following 2013 season on Saturday
Open Thread: 3/7 Camp Notes

Following this afternoon’s game, Joe Girardi told reporters Clay Rapada has been shut down for 7-10 days with left shoulder bursitis. With Boone Logan sidelined due to elbow problems, both of the Yankees’ lefty relievers are on the shelf due to injury.

Rapada, 31, pitched to a 2.82 ERA (3.20 FIP) in 38.1 innings spread across 70 appearances last season. He’s a true lefty specialist as you know, holding same-side hitters to a .183/.263/.355 (.238 wOBA) batting line with a 28.7 K% and 44.9% ground ball rate last summer. Righties destroyed him, putting up a .303/.425/.424 (.372 wOBA) line in just 40 plate appearances. There’s no chance the Yankees would open the season without a lefty reliever, so if the Logan and Rapada injuries linger, the door will be open for Juan Cedeno and Francisco Rondon.

Mariano Rivera set to announce retirement following 2013 season on Saturday
Open Thread: 3/7 Camp Notes
  • Who hates bunts more? Axisa or Earl Weaver?

    And in other news it is raining locusts in the Bronx.

  • Adam

    This is a goddamn joke at this point, right?

    • Barry’s Gift Basket

      I actually laughed when i read the tittle.

      • Yankee Fan 1

        So did I

      • MannyGeee

        I laughed when i read “tittle”, if for no other reason because I am an adult 5 year old.

        • vicki


  • Rockdog

    Worst. Spring Training. Ever.

  • Wrecky

    This team would be healthier if it was involved in a plane crash! Unreal…

  • http://Twitter.com/erica_lynnnn Erica


  • Kevin

    Cue some commenters missing the point completely with their “this is what happens when you put together a roster full of old, slow sluggers long after their prime”……..plus a few token “sack Cashman, this is all his fault” posts…..

    • lightSABR

      The “old players” meme is dumb, given how many of the injuries have happened to players still in their prime. And the “sack Cashman” meme is dumb. Obviously the injuries aren’t his fault, and some of them (especially Granderson) weren’t at all predictable.

      But the “Hal sucks” meme isn’t dumb. Injuries aren’t the reason this season’s a train wreck in slow motion–we’ve had injuries before and done fine. The reason this season is already a train wreck is that the 2014 plan left us needing good luck to get to the playoffs this year, making even a little bit of bad luck disastrous.

      And it had to happen for my favorite player’s last year. Yeah, Hal sucks. Hal really sucks.

      • Laz

        Yes!. Steinbrenner would have went out and got us Hamilton this winter. And as we all know his youthfulness and durability is what this team really needs.

        It takes time to get younger. Most free agents are 30+, only way to get younger is farm system. Oh and payroll is still $200M, how much higher should it be?

        • MannyGeee

          I picked up on the sarcaso-meter that you were making a funny here.

        • lightSABR

          I’m not talking about signing Hamilton, or even Swisher (though I still think re-signing Swish would have been smart). There were other valuable players the Yankees passed on because of the 2014 plan.

          As for $200 million, it doesn’t go as far as you think once you’ve subtracted salary that’s sitting on the injured list (A-Rod, plus 4-8 weeks each of Teix and Grandy, plus the month or two that Youk and Hafner are going to spend injured), being paid to other teams (Burnett), or going to players who, although good, are probably being overpaid compared to their current on-field value because of their name and their history with the team (sorry Jeter, Mo).

          But, of course, $200 million for this season isn’t the problem. The problem is that the long-term plan meant that the only multi-year contract the team handed out this offseason was to Ichiro. ICHIRO. In what world does it make sense to let Martin walk and sign Ichiro? In what world does it make sense to sign Ichiro for a two-year deal and not pursue Scott Hairston, Jeff Keppinger, etc. because all of them want multi-year deals? (Answer–in the world where you care about Ichiro’s appeal to a segment of your fan base more than you care about winning games). And, of course, the 2014 plan meant that Cash couldn’t trade prospects who might contribute in the next few years, since he’ll need them to fill holes that he won’t have the money to fill with free agents. So the 2014 plan meant no Michael Morse, no prayer of an Upton, etc.

          Maybe you still think the 2014 plan is a good idea. Fine. I like seeing the Yankees win ball games; apparently you like seeing Hal Steinbrenner buy yachts. To each his own. But don’t pretend it hasn’t hurt the Yankees’ competitiveness this season. There is simply no argument to be made for that position.

      • TomH

        About the “old players” theme/motif/cliche (there are no memes): of course it’s not really the cause of these maddening injuries.

        However, neither is it irrelevant to them, because now the team is more than ever reliant on old-timers, e.g., in key spots of the rotation and BP, as well as at Shortstop.

        With all those oldsters this was always a team that needed depth. Depth–a Yankee specialty going all the way back (at least) to Stengel’s teams–is one of the sacrificial offerings made last winter. There were other offerings as well. None of them affordable by a team as old as the NYY. The irony was that the first to go down–Hughes, Granderson, Teixeira, Rapada, Logan–were either young or youngish. Well, now we’re going to see the color of whatever money the Old Timers may still have in their pockets.

  • Nash

    strength and conditioning coach fired in 5…4…3…2…

  • http://Twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    Don’t you guys understand……WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Negan Loves Lucille


  • vin

    I always get so excited for ST. Then I get so sad when players start dropping like flies (which does happen every year).

  • Anthony

    This is nuts. Football teams probably have less injuries.

  • Bubba

    Where’s “Stairs”?

    • Havok9120

      He’s always watching.


  • Eddard

    It seems like as soon as old Geno retired players started to get hurt a lot more often. People undervalued Geno over the Yankees dynasty run and they’re just now catching on to just how much he meant to this ballclub.

    • Barry’s Gift Basket


    • MannyGeee

      I laughed

    • vicki

      oh YEAH?? geno is the team usa trainer. HE’S THE ONE WHO BROKE MARK TEIXEIRA.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I’m starting to treat my daily visits to this site like my wife watching a horror movie–covering my face and just looking through my fingers as if that will somehow blunt the horror.

  • Yankee Fan 1

    o_O is this real life?

  • gageagainstthemachine

    “Is very bad to steal Jobu’s rum… Is very bad.”

    Someone get Jobu’s f#&*ing rum back…NOW!! No more injuries!

    • MannyGeee

      We shoulda got the live chicken.

  • MannyGeee

    Remember a few years ago, when everybody had pulled obliques, and we were all like “Worst Spring Ever!”?

    Wellp, here we are.

    Don’t get this wrong, I am not all butt-hurt about losing Clay Fucking Rapada. But for real when even the GM is on crutches, you almost HAVE to think the dudes at OTM have hijacked LoHud and we’re all just being punked.

    • Bo Knows

      That was different everyone in the oeague came down with oblique-destruct-itis. This time its only yankee players and furcal of the cardinals that seem to be dropping like flies

  • dkidd

    just shoot all of them!!!

    why not??? why not???

    /chef in apocalypse now’d

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    So yeah everyone is hurt.

  • Dalek Jeter


  • lou in the bronx

    All this injury nonsense.don’t worry yall we’ll be dancing in october.

  • A.D.

    Nothing like getting the injuries out of the way early!

    • Bo Knows

      Its like the chicken pox!

  • LarryM., Fl.

    All A, AA, AAA guys that were cut and sent to the other fields. Have been called back for a second look. But they must cross with a crossing guard to avoid injury from the traffic on Dale Maybury.

  • don bonomi

    Hi Yankee fans:

    I’m beginning to feel that Cashman is being punished for his many human flaws that have surfaced far too often these past few years. Unfortunately, the fans and the team will suffer because Hal refused to spend anymore and pay more on the luxury tax bill and Cashman couldn’t convince him to break the bank once more. Cashman hasn’t been creative enough with his signings. These minor league contracts for over the hill baseball players really doesn’t cut it with the fans. You can’t convince me that a billion dollar franchise can’t spend all the money it needs to to put out a more competitive team regardless of the luxury tax bill. Yankee fans need to unite and make it clear to ownership and the GM that we bring in the revenue that gives them their huge profits. If they can’t please us, we can stop going to Yankee games, spending money on Yankee realia and stop watching their games on the Yes network.

  • Billy

    Where’s Josh Spence? Doesn’t he have MLB experience and in the system?

  • Mickey Scheister


    Enter Rondon.

  • voiceofirrationalrationale

    ……. this is what happens when you put together a roster full of old, slow sluggers …… what’s the rest of that, i mis-remember. Relax guys ……, its an alternate universe…. yup, you guessed it, BIZARRO WORLD !