Adams picks up two hits on eve of promotion

Cabral officially begins minor league rehab assignment
Update: Hafner day-to-day with right shoulder tendinitis

RHP Gabe Encinas’ mystery injury is indeed elbow-related, reports Josh Norris. Could be inflammation, soreness, a torn ligament, who knows. He was placed on the DL yesterday.

Triple-A Scranton (10-2 loss to Toledo)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 0-5, 2 K
  • 3B David Adams: 2-4, 1 K — last day in the minors as he’s expected to be called up tomorrow
  • RF Thomas Neal: 0-4, 3 K
  • DH Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4
  • CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — ten hits in his last 20 at-bats
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB — had been in a 7-for-34 (.206) rut
  • RHP Joba Chamberlain: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GB/FB — nine of 12 pitches were strikes … had a little more on him earlier
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — 38 of 68 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 18 of 32 pitches were strikes (56%) … second relief appearance so far
  • LHP Clay Rapada: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only 15 of 32 pitches were strikes (47%)

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to Altoona)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB,1 SB
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R — 11 hits in his last 35 at-bats (.314) … still waiting on the power to show up though
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • RHP Zach Nuding: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/7 GB/FB — 55 of 92 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — only 13 of 30 pitches were strikes (43%)
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 21 of 32 pitches were strikes (66%) — 11 strikeouts and 13 walks in 20 innings

High-A Tampa (7-2 loss to Jupiter)

  • CF Mason Williams & LF Ben Gamel: both 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Corey Black: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 8/1 GB/FB
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — his 30-day rehab window is officially underway

Low-A Charleston (3-2 win over Savannah, walk-off style)

  • CF Jake Cave & SS Cito Culver: both 1-4 — Culver scored a run and struck out
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • C Peter O’Brien: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB — yeah, he’s hitting, but 31 strikeouts and six walks in 28 games in Low-A for guy who spent four years at a major college program
  • LF Kelvin DeLeon: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — walk-off sac fly
  • LHP Dan Camarena: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6/3 GB/FB — 52 of 80 pitches were strikes (65%) … much better, he needed a good start in the worst way
Cabral officially begins minor league rehab assignment
Update: Hafner day-to-day with right shoulder tendinitis
  • Stone

    Stop hitting and walk. Base walks win games.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Words together but weird sense make.

  • forensic

    yeah, he’s hitting, but 31 walks and six strikeouts in 28 games in Low-A for guy who spent four years at a major college program

    I assume that’s supposed to be 31 strikeouts and 6 walks…

  • Robinson Tilapia


    Going to make for some interesting bullpen decisions soon.

    Here’s a question I’m honestly confused on, though: Does Adams have options?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)


    • Pseudoyanks

      We all have options.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Such is true.

    • Laz

      This will be his 2nd year of using options. So he has one more after this year.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I figured he maintained them with the release, as Boesch retained his. I just didn’t know how long he had until free agency.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          He has no service time yet. He has 6+ years until free agency.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            MiLB FA, I meant.

            I need to go to sleep.

  • Laz

    Seems O’brien is preparing himself for the midseason catcher promotions.

  • forensic

    Thomas Neal doing his best Melky Mesa impression.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Heads: Ben Francisco
    Tails: Chris Nelson

    I’m praying for heads.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I guess Gonzalez could also go instead of Nelson. But I’m with you, I hope Benny F. gets sent on his way.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Gonzalez can play a better SS than anyone healthy. It’s not going to be him, I think.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Unless they decide to start starting him, that seems unnecessary. They’ve lived with Nix for like 2 weeks now.
          Either way, when all is said and done, I’m sure Youk, Nunez and Adams will have replaced Gonzalez, Nelson and Francisco in one way or another.

      • forensic

        People keep reporting that they’d want to keep Gonzalez over Nelson because he can play SS.

        The weird thing, though, is that Nelson almost exclusively played SS in the minors, though I know he hasn’t played much at all in the majors. I don’t see why he couldn’t stand there and fake it for a couple innings in an emergency if needed.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I’d imagine he could fake it, but I don’t think the Yankees would ever start him at SS.
          If they let Gonzalez go, and something happens to Nix, they’d be slightly screwed.
          I think Gonzalez stays until Nunez is back.

  • Caballo Sin Nombre

    Zach nuding was a big campus fad when I was in college.

  • YankeePankee

    What kind of stuff does Cabral have?
    Would he be better than Rapada as the second lefty?

    • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

      *looks down pants*

      I got stuff, cabron.

      • vicki


    • JonS

      He could potentially be THE lefty.

  • FLYER7

    Gonzales stays because if team goes with 4 OFs and 6 IFs and DH once Adams is up, Nix becomes the emergency OFer and backup at 1B esp with Boesch sent down. He played alot of oufield last season.

    • Greg Corcoran

      The Yanks don’t have much use for Chris Nelson once Adams comes up. Nix can back up both SS and 3B on a regular basis. I think what this comes down to is who’s bat do the Yankees like better, Chris Nelson or Ben Francisco. I agree with flipping a coin.

  • Tj McIntyre

    O’brien wasn’t at a major college program for 4 years…he transferred from MEAC school after 3 yrs! Kid worked his butt off to get to where he is and if he didn’t have to hit behind DBJ who has done nothing for 2 yrs now, Obrien would be leading the SAL in RBIs. People need to see the direction his his numbers are going and realize they are going improving where he is cutting down on K’s as season goes on. Isn’t that the idea to get better as the season goes on?! The past balls are an issue but with the work ethic he’s shown I’m not concerned. He’s in the top 15 in almost every major offensive category in the league yet you are picking that his k’s are a lil high. If your gonna criticize at least come with facts!!