Wang pitches into the eighth in latest AAA start

Curtis Granderson singles twice in latest rehab game
Yankees hang on for 3-2 win over Royals

The Yankees released IF Gil Velazquez, RHP Ryan Pope, and LF/DH Cody Johnson from their Triple-A squad today. OF Thomas Neal was activated off the DL while IF Alberto Gonzalez was officially added to the roster after being acquired in a trade last week.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Gwinnett)

  • 2B Corban Joseph: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP — nine hits in 34 at-bats (.265) since being sent down
  • DH Curtis Granderson: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K — had a little more on him earlier
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-4
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4
  • CF Melky Mesa: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — five hits in his last eight at-bats
  • RHP Chien-Ming Wang: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 18/2 GB/FB — he’s got three more starts left before his next opt-out date
  • RHP Cody Eppley: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only six of 13 pitches were strikes (46%)
  • LHP Clay Rapada: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — seven of ten pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (6-2 win over New Hampshire)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI — five hits in his last 12 at-bats (.417)
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-5, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B — nine hits in his last 28 at-bats (.321)
  • LHP Jeremy Bleich: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 6/1 GB/FB — 24 of 39 pitches were strikes (62%) … he started because the weather was a mess and there a chance the game would be delayed
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 9/3 GB/FB — 61 of 110 pitches were strikes (61%) … wound up coming out of the bullpen when the rain never came
  • RHP Matt Daley: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — ten pitches, six strikes … first time he’s entered a game in the middle of an inning, so he’s coming along well and should be back in Triple-A soon

High-A Tampa was rained out. I don’t know when of if they’re going to make this game up, but it will not be tomorrow.

Low-A Charleston (8-0 win over Hickory) they faced LHP Sam Stafford, who the Yankees drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft but did not sign after a shoulder problem popped up during his pre-signing physical

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — eight hits in his last 22 at-bats (.364)
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • DH Greg Bird: 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 29 walks in 32 games
  • 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 0-4, 2 K
  • C Peter O’Brien: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Rey Nunez: 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI — eight hits in his last 15 at-bats (.533)
  • RHP Gabe Encinas: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 4/0 GB/FB — 35 of 51 pitches were strikes (69%) … he left the game with some kind of injury, no idea what or how severe … either way, not good, he’s have a strong breakout season
Curtis Granderson singles twice in latest rehab game
Yankees hang on for 3-2 win over Royals
  • ColoYank

    Ohh, the Ryan Pope Era has come to an end.

    • trr

      as has the Gil Valezquez era

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    So are they keeping Adams off the field and wrapped in bubble wrap until May 15?

    • Bob Buttons

      Supposedly they are split on this. Some of the FO are against scrapping Operation 189 and they are looking into the effect of the cost of the bubble wrap on the 2014 payroll.

    • vicki

      tell david adams to stay off roller coasters for a while.

      (that reference is for havok et al.)

  • NeilT

    Hey, there was another injured outfielder making a rehab start in the SWB game. Didn’t have quite as nice a night as Grandy.

  • Kosmo

    Wang´s role with NY could hinge on how well Phelps pitches in his next 3 starts.

  • CONservative governMENt

    Yankees were high on Rey Nunez, he’s not just a random name. Supposed to have massive power.

  • Ron

    Another promising pitcher injured. James Andrews must see $$$$$ when the Yankees show up on Caller ID.

  • JonS

    Now Gabe Encinas is hurt? What the fuck is wrong with the Yankees minor league system? All the money in the world and you can’t buy better trainers, strength coaches and position developmental coaches?

  • Pseudoyanks

    18/2. Shiiiiiiiiiiiiit!

    • vicki

      just wang doing wang.

      • Pseudoyanks

        Wang Dang Doodle.

  • Laz

    vintage wang.

  • Alkaline

    Got to see Wang tonight. He looked strong overall. One inning where he gave up two runs he started leaving his pitches up a bit it seemed. The radar gun sat 86-90 but it’s not to be trusted. One guy also hit him hard a couple times; whoever had the HR for the Braves (I forget the name). Grandy looked good hitting, albeit he was vintage Grandy swinging through some offspeed stuff. Heyward got plunked by Wang.

    The Braves left side D looked strong. Cojo had some nice plays, although his positioning on some ground balls weren’t the best. Musty played a passable 3rd base. Thomas Neal has a weak arm. That pretty much sums it up for me.

  • forensic

    Eppley and Rapada having a flashback to last season, less than a full inning each, back to back.

  • nycsportzfan

    Any chance Cave gets called up at some point to High A ball?

    • Samuel

      Probably not. Cave was supposed to begin this year in Staten Island, but his injury healed well enough to begin games early so they bumped him to start in Charleston.

      It’s unlikely then jump a kid up another level in his first month of pro baseball.

      Good swing, power and 100% energy on all plays.