Aug
05

Roster Moves: Jeter, A-Rod, Lillibridge, Adams

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The Yankees made a series of roster moves this afternoon, so let’s recap:

  • Derek Jeter has been placed on the 15-day DL with his Grade I calf strain. That makes three DL stints this year, or two fewer than the number of games he’s played. The Cap’n correctly said “whole season has been a nightmare” yesterday.
  • Alex Rodriguez has been activated off the 60-day DL. Pretty amazing that he received the longest non-lifetime ban in MLB history this afternoon yet will make his season debut tonight. But I was told he would never play again.
  • Brent Lillibridge has been designated for assignment to clear both a 25-man and 40-man roster spot for A-Rod. He somehow played eleven games and got 37 plate appearances (1 wRC+) in pinstripes. And yes, that’s a 1 wRC+.
  • David Adams has been called up from Triple-A Scranton to help out the bench. He essentially replaces Jeter on the roster. Adams has yet to arrive and meet the team in Chicago, but I’m sure that will happen soon enough.
Categories : Injuries, Transactions

74 Comments»

  1. BigBlueAL says:

    I seriously hope Adams isnt in Chicago yet and thats the reason for Wells starting at 1B vs a LHP. Because if Adams is there and available and Wells is starting ahead of him at 1B thats beyond ridiculous.

    • SDB says:

      if Vern can’t handle 1B, today’s the day to try him there… it’s not like most people will notice!

      • BigBlueAL says:

        LOL good point. Girardi did just say Adams is being called up to play some 3B/1B so I assume moving forward you will see him play 1B vs LHP for the most part.

        • SDB says:

          Given A-Rod’s fragility and the fact that he’ll likely DH a lot, my guess is that Adams will also cover for him – so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Adams at 3B, Nunez, Cano and Wells at 1st as our infield a few times when Alex is DH.

    • stuart a says:

      absolutely for ever spoiled yankee fans less then 30 years old.

      if you are 20 years old you have been a live for 2 non playoff seasons or so.

      i lived thru fritz petersen and mike kekich and wife swapping so this is just a mega narcissist..

      i love arod’s comments I am fighting for my life.. WHat friggin planet does this dope live on???

  2. Bob Savino says:

    I don’t care what their final record is. This will go down, everything considered, as the worst Yankees season ever.

  3. fabricio says:

    jeez Jeter just wait until next season to play

  4. Bartolo's Colon says:

    Given that a-rod is 38 and hasn’t played in an actual game in 10-11 months, I don’t expect him to be extremely productive. With that being siad, I hope he has some monstrous games for as long as he is out on the field

    • Wolfgang's Fault says:

      He shouldn’t be permitted to play until the arbitrator rules A-Roid is A-Roidless & innocent. His salary during the appeal process should be placed in escrow & given to him if he wins and not given to him if he loses.

      Regardless, Selig must step down as commissioner, the entire executive arrangement of the game should be tossed, and a new three-headed executive committee representing the owners, players, & fans respectively should replace it with no decision being implemented unless & until two of the three agree on the decision made, & any suspensions related to steroid, HGH, or gambling use by a player results in that player being unable to play until his appeal has been heard in an independent arbitration process.

      Permitting A-Roid to play during the time that the arbitrator determines whether his suspension is justified is flat out in the worst interests of the game because these charges and this decision didn’t fall out of the sky & coincidentally land on him. He had plenty to do with this, & until he can prove the charges and evidence against him is false &/or manufactured, he has to sit it out.

  5. Mickey Scheister says:

    So A-Rod replaces Jeter on the roster? Thanks baseball gods for adding some levity to the situation.

  6. forensic says:

    Finally, good moves all around that I can agree with.

  7. Nathan says:

    Wait, so A-Rod is going to play a few games and is starting his suspension on Thursday?*

    *Thursday is being shown on ESPN SportsCenter

    • BigBlueAL says:

      No, he is going to appeal. By all reports looks like he will play rest of the season since the appeal might not be heard until Oct/Nov.

      • Nathan says:

        Ah, I see.

      • Regardless, Selig must step down as commissioner, the entire executive arrangement of the game should be tossed, and a new three-headed executive committee representing the owners, players, & fans respectively should replace it with no decision being implemented unless & until two of the three agree on the decision made, & any suspensions related to steroid, HGH, or gambling use by a player results in that player being unable to play until his appeal has been heard in an independent arbitration process.

        Permitting A-Roid to play during the time that the arbitrator determines whether his suspension is justified is flat out in the worst interests of the game because these charges and this decision didn’t fall out of the sky & coincidentally land on him. He had plenty to do with this, & until he can prove the charges and evidence against him is false &/or manufactured, he has to sit it out.

    • forensic says:

      The Thursday thing is only mentioned for A-Rod because he has three days to file his appeal. Everyone else gave up that right so they start right away.

  8. BigBlueAL says:

    Gotta say, Girardi is handling this press conference great. Has really improved in his dealing with the media over the years.

  9. RetroRob says:

    So Jeter is DL’d and Lillibridge is DFA’d.

    Ummm, who is the back-up SS?

  10. BigBlueAL says:

    Its freaking raining in Chicago now. Hope this game isnt rained out, what a letdown that would be.

  11. RetroRob says:

    Alex looks a bit nervous.

    Judging by his first few answers to the questions, he is probably going to challenge the length of the suspension, not that he took PEDs, but won’t say that until he has the hearing, which would be the correct way to handle.

    • forensic says:

      I don’t blame him. Everyone else getting 50, Braun getting 60-something, yet he gets 200+? I don’t want to get into this argument again, but there is definitely something wrong there, especially since he’s never failed a test, unlike Braun.

      • RetroRob says:

        Right. I think if they offered him 50 games up front, or the same 65 games as Braun, he would have accepted it.

      • Dave M says:

        I don’t have a problem with a suspension if guilty. I do have a problem with the, giving a suspension that doesn’t fit the first offense 50 games. He’ll it’s more than double the 2nd offense.

      • stuart a says:

        technically Braun has never failed a test either…

        • forensic says:

          That’s not true. He still failed the test, but got off because he and his lawyer badmouthed the transporter who followed company protocols while transporting his sample.

      • BeanTooth says:

        I wonder if technically, Braun has never failed a test.

      • fat jeter says:

        alex tested positive in 2003. while that technically “didn’t count”, it is incorrect to say he never failed a test. add to that, reports (and take it all with a grain of salt until there is an official statement or release of documents) state that he has been taking PEDs since at least 2010, sent other players to Biogenesis, attempted to obtain documents in an effort to obstruct the MLB investigation, and lied through his teeth all the while. also, back in 2009, the selina roberts book painted him as someone who’s taken some form of PEDs or another since high school. yes, the punishment is a little over the top, but if any of this is true, i personally have very little issue with what MLB is trying to do to him regardless of the CBA or joint drug agreement or whatever. in fact, i feel he got off pretty light. i don’t really ever want to see the guy on the field again. not trying argue or start anything, just trying to provide some information on why this is less of an attack on alex and more of a way to protect the league and whatever integrity is left in the game.

      • Wolfgang's Fault says:

        A-Roid tested positive for Anabolic steroids back in 2003. That should apply to his first 50 game suspension that he never was given.

  12. Nathan says:

    Alex didn’t do too bad in that interview.

    • stuart a says:

      for a guy who will not answer the fundamental question which is did you take PED’s? besides that he did fine. ALmost acted like a human. the hyperbole about fighting for his life is beyond psychotic but yea for a clueless, narcissist, with a possee who says yes to him all the time he sounded like a nice louse.

      • vicki says:

        you almost sound like a nice louse here yourself, stu.

        yes, he’s being a little dramatic with the language, but it’s pretty well-documented how much of his life is baseball. you know what he means.

        • stuart a says:

          he should have thought about what he was doing before he did it. the guy is in his 30″s not a 18 year old fool. but for guys like arod who never have paid for any of there actions because of there incredible athletic ability they do not have to follow the rules that others do.

          i am not a fan of MLB, they knew this stuff has been gone on for 25 + years; brady anderson, palmeiro, buthc hobson, the list goes on of guys who got away with it, but the jig is over…

          arod is so narcissistic who relates his suspension with someone fighting death. this is a guy who may have $200 mill in the bank who has a genuine moment of feelings once a millenium or so. why do people who he laughs at in private have any sympathy for him?

    • Skip says:

      9 years ago, ARod would have said something that would require him to open his mouth and stick a Sasquatch-sized foot in it. Now, he’s done a pretty good job of handling these interviews and press conferences…provided you exclude the entire circumstances surrounding the press conference in the first place.

    • fat jeter says:

      i’m sure he’s been preparing it for a while with a gaggle of lawyers and PR people coaching him all the while. the sincerity factor was pretty low, but the guy just isn’t sincere. shocker: he’s making it about him as much as possible in an attempt to steer public opinion toward poor little alex. i’m not buying it. fool me once shame on me, fool me twice, shame on you — fool me as many times as this guy has tried and, well, just go fuck yourself, alex.

  13. Al says:

    Why can’t a A-rod or Jeter play first base when he comes off the DL

  14. Shittyshittybangbang says:

    How do repeat offenders get off with 50 games ?! I mean Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon must’ve been doing back-flips ( well, maybe not back-flips for Colon-he’d probably wind-up falling into a dinner party). And then Arod gets book thrown at him. They must have some juicy ass shit on him.

    • vicki says:

      i think concerning bart and melky it’s a double jeopardy thing. it’s assumed their failed tests were the substances they got from south florida, no?

    • Memes and Themes says:

      I heard that Melky and Colon’s original 50 game suspensions were for the drugs they got from Biogenesis. Not fair to suspend them for the drugs you already suspended them for.

  15. Memes and Themes says:

    It’s raining in Chicago.

    Wouldn’t it be crazy if it rained for 25 days atraight, wherever the Yankees went. Then A-rod’s appeal is heard, the suspension upheld, he can’t play, and THEN it stops raining. So he still never gets a chance to play.

  16. Wheels says:

    A-Rod is an odd fellow.

  17. stuart a says:

    imagine this insane idea. arod realizes he is not what he was and cannot get there without cheating so he comes to the Yankee management say 4 years ago and says”I do not feel comfortable making $25 mill a year and playing like a $12 mill player let’s work out a buyout. I will retire and you will save some money…

    But nope he could never do something like that.. Imagine how fans would have thought of him? wow a decent guy, stand up, etc. Saved his reputation, still would have a ton of money, all is good but NOPE. what I jsut imagined is absolutely a fantasy with a guy like arod that would never ever cross his mond….

  18. stuart a says:

    arod will leave the game with only his possee on his side and they are only on his side because he pays them. so rich but so poor. jeter is not an angel but look at the 2 guys, it is laughable how jeter has handled things so well and arod not so much..

  19. A-Rod's Fancy Pants Sham says:

    ” . . . hobbled, diminished, and shamed . . . .”

    Who cares? Welcome back. Alex!

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