Aug
04

Yankees place David Phelps on 15-day DL, recall Matt Daley

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As expected, the Yankees have placed David Phelps on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis, Joe Girardi told reporters. He had another MRI on Monday that confirmed the original diagnosis — tendinitis only, no ligament or other structural damage. Phelps won’t pick up a baseball for at least two weeks, so he’ll be out longer than the minimum 15 days.

Right-hander Matt Daley has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton to replace Phelps on the roster on the interim. Girardi did not announce who will replace Phelps in the rotation, though he did say Michael Pineda was not stretched out enough to be a serious candidate. He didn’t rule him out completely, but it seems unlikely. Esmil Rogers, who was working as a starter in Triple-A before the Yankees claimed him off waivers last week, seems like the favorite to move into the rotation at the moment.

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  • Eseddardmil Rogers

    Oh my god this is devastating. I’ve never seen a young starter this preternaturally gifted since Andy. Esmil did fine last night so I would pick him to go in 5 days. We only have about 40 pitchers down in that pen and Girardi only uses 3 of them.

    • John

      I think Esmil Rogeddards sounds cooler.

      • I’m One

        I agree.

    • TheRealGreg

      SO Whitley, Rogers, Thornton, Kelley and others aren’t used?

      • Eseddardmil Rogers

        Thorton is rarely used, probably because he’s terrible. He won’t use Kelley back to back belly to belly, Whitley and Rogers pitched yesterday only because Phelps went 2 innings. Girardi runs Warren into the ground. I just hope Warren and Delin hold up. I would hope Delin and Drob are unavailable tonight.

        • TheRealGreg

          That makes sense because Whitley and Rogers and Huff are long relievers, only used in blowouts and short starts.

          Thornton’s a lefty reliever so that’s why he isn’t used much.

          Kelley pitched in 2 of the 3 games in this series.

  • John_B

    Brian Mitchell? I’d love to see what he’s got at the MLB level. Sure he has only been in AAA for a short period, but honestly I’d rather see what the kid has got than start Esmil Rogers. His performance last night in my eyes was more a product of bad hitting than good pitching.

    Regardless of what people think of Esmil Rogers last night, somebody at the MLB level has to like Mitchell enough to have him called up from AA earlier in the season (despite not pitching).

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Oh, I’d start Mitchell a thousand times over Rogers.

      • HansDavenport

        1,000 times? That’s a heavy workload. Just left a thread about a guy avoiding TJ surgery.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

          +1

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          That’s just how I’d rather have him.

          Rogers looked good last night, and the Yankees grabbed him based on feeling that he’d worked something out that he didn’t have in Toronto, but let’s not start blowing each other yet.

      • John_B

        As would I. I’m not going to use the “how much worse could he be than -insert scrub currently in rotation name-” but I do think that they like him enough to possibly give him a shot. I could be wrong but I think Phelps’ next start was lined up for Cleveland, nice team to debut against in my opinion.

      • nycsportzfan

        I’d personally start Whitley. Hes better as a starter then a reliever for whatever reason.

    • mitch

      They have 5 days before they need to replace Phelps in the rotation. I think it’s still possible they bring up Mitchell when that time comes

  • ChipS56

    I feel like Girardi would carry 15 pitchers if he could.

    • TheRealGreg

      What is the problem with this?

      Robertson
      Betances
      Warren
      Kelley
      Rogers
      Whitley
      Thornton
      Huff

      That is the bullpen. Each of these pitchers have been used

      • mitch

        he’s just keeping his “bullpen is too big” comment streak alive

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      How many teams are carrying this many pitchers right now, and how many have during the season?

      This demands a study!

  • El Maestro

    Why not let Big Mike stretch at MLB level? Good for 80 pitches, then Esmil or somebody else.

  • ChipS56

    Bryan Mitchell would be an interesting choice. My guess though is that it will be Whitley or Rogers.

  • ChipS56

    Mitchell started on Friday for Scranton so, in theory, they could call him up to start on Wednesday and then push Capuano and Greene back a day.

  • novymir

    Mitchell is on the 40 man roster. Brass probably doesn’t want to start him in the middle of the race.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      They’ve started Chris Capuano, Chase Whitley, and Shane Greene in the past month. They haven’t exactly set the bar high.

    • Fernando

      The race to see how soon they’ll be golfing? Season is over. Too many injured arms to make a deep run. Let’s see what Mitchell can do.

  • Darren

    Isn’t there a Mexican league cast-off that we can pick up instead of Matt Daley? When it comes to the final bullpen spot, I’m getting sick of these boring ass generic dudes. Can’t we at least get someone interesting? There’s not Jim Morris moping around someone for us to grab?

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Esmil Rogers: home-stretch hero.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Oh yeah. Got Aaron Small written all over him.

  • TheRealGreg

    I don’t know why people want to see Bryan Mitchell. Overall unimpressive numbers overall in the minors.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I wouldn’t be asking for him under ordinary circumstances, trust me.

    • Dick M

      Looks like things are starting to click for him. He always had the stuff.

  • Bigdan

    If he’s not picking a ball for at least two weeks, then Phelps is out at least a month. This might only be tendinitis but it must be fairly serious if he’s being shutdown this long. I suppose if Tanaka progresses he may come back before Phelps.

    This almost guarantees continuing to send a pitcher like Capuano out there every five days until September. I honestly don’t think the Yanks can really compete this way. Their odds were long to begin with. Just too many injuries.

    • ChipS56

      Let’s see what happens during the waiver trade period before throwing in the towel.

      • TheRealGreg

        Primarily because the other teams refuse to leave us in the dust

        • ChipS56

          That’s absolutely part of it.

        • Bigdan

          That’s true with the division, but I think when you add a second WC team, it pretty much assures that mediocre .500 teams will stay relevant through August. Maybe longer. Look at the NFL. Those 7-9 teams stay in the playoff hunt right to the last week.

          The Yanks relevance this season is really Bud’s doing.

      • vicki

        it looks like most viables are in the NL. kc can’t waive shields because they’re still in the conversation. i don’t even know what to hope for at this point.

    • mitch

      i don’t think replacing Phelps with whoever will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. He’s not that great either. If they somehow sneak into that last WC, it will be because the offense carries them

      • Bigdan

        The offense will carrying them? Really? Despite last night, that’s something I’d really like to see?

        • mitch

          you need to work on you reading comprehension.

          • Bigdan

            Please stay on topic.

    • Darren

      So Phelps is the straw that broke the camel’s back for you? ok then.

      • Bigdan

        Tanaka was probably the straw. This is the lead pipe.

        The key for Tanaka and the Yanks is not this year. It’s next.

        • Bigdan

          To be specific, I think the Yanks lost the division when they lost Tanaka. Because of Bud and the second WC, it’s pretty hard to drop out of the postseason race totally. But because you are competing against 3-4 other teams, the odds are slim even if you play fairly well.

          The loss of Phelps just drives the odds lower still. The rotation now isn’t far from free fall.

  • Farewell Mo

    Jeez, it seems like it was yesterday when the rotation went about 7 deep.

    Never in my wildest dreams did I think Greene, Whitley, Capuano, Esmil Rogers would be starting crucial series in August.

    • Dick M

      We went over 100 games with Roberts, Johnson and Ichiro. Anything’s possible.

  • craig

    5 of the top 6 starters all on the DL. This team has really done a great job hanging in there despite all of the injuries. Girardi and cash deserve a lot of credit for how well they’ve done.

    They easily could have imploded a couple of months ago.

  • ChipS56

    I’m not sure if it was mentioned over the weekend or not – but Greg Bird gets the promotion to Trenton to replace Pete O’Brien on the roster there. Good for him. I was thinking it might be the Judge but the OF is already too crowded for Tony Franklin to be able to juggle another one.

    • craig

      Stay on topic please…

    • The Ghost of Eric Duncan

      It was mentioned in the DOTF thread the day it happened.

  • Madrugador

    Not sure why Rogers would get the nod over Mitchell. I don’t see Rogers as a long term player on this team whereas Mitchell might be if he can deliver.
    Having said that, Girardi will go with the veteran Rogers. Bank on it.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      “I don’t see Rogers as a long term player on this team”

      I don’t think they’re looking for one. More like one start until Pineda is ready.

    • ChipS56

      because Rogers is a veteran. Though we did see the reports about the Yankees viewing Mitchell as a rotation candidate for this season (the reason they didn’t trade him for Ackley) so who knows.

  • UWS NYY

    Worth noting that Rogers’s velocity dropped after each inning – in his first inning of work he was living around 95, and his velocity dropped in each subsequent inning. He’s probably better suited to shorter outings. Mitchell might be a better option simply for the fact that he’s stretched out, and nobody else is.

  • ChipS56

    People who know me from the Lohud blog know that one of my biggest complaints about the Yankees from the developmental side is how slow they are to move their prospects up through the ranks.

    I have to give them credit – this year they’ve been a bit more aggressive there. Refsnyder, Dugas and Roller up to AAA. Bird, Cave, O’Brien (pre-trade) up to AA and of course Clarkin, Lindgren, Judge, Severino and now Payton up to Tampa…it seems like they’re trying to move guys up through the system. Of course there’s still the stall when they get to AAA where Girardi seems to want nothing to do with having these guys on the major league roster and when he is forced to have a kid up – he doesn’t play.

    • Bigdan

      That’s got to end next year with Refsynder. It’s possible the way the roster is set up for Girardi to bury him but I have to believe Prado will be needed somewhere other than 2b at least some of time next season. And their should be a spot in the OF too. Unless they re-sign Ichiro (I can’t believe I said that).

    • TheRealGreg

      But Girardi is not the main voice in that room. Cashman is also involved.

      • Bigdan

        That’s totally true. It’s probably a combination. Hard for us to really know. But everything Girardi does and says seems to show a huge bias towards old vets and against young players when it comes to position players.

    • Farewell Mo

      As Craig mentioned about, please stay on topic.

      • ChipS56

        This is sort of on topic – it’s the choice between using the young/unproven (Mitchell) vs. the veteran (Rogers)

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I had no clue, until this moment, that Esmil Rogers had 175 MLB appearances to his credit. I thought he was a second or third year guy.

          • vicki

            he’s an old teammate (sometimes penmate) of matt daley’s.

        • Farewell Mo

          Pretty big stretch considering you didn’t mention Mitchell or Rogers by name in the comment.

    • vicki

      what pitching prospects have they been slow to promote?

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        There must be a guy in the DSL somewhere who should be in Scranton by now.

        • vicki

          people do cling to their myths.

    • Dick M

      We had a lot of guys “master” their level this year, which hasn’t happened in numbers before. That could be part of it.

  • Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

    Does Rogers throw a changeup? Seemed like all fbs and curves.

  • trr

    Call him Esmil.

    Jesus H. Christ…how did Hiro avoid the injury bug?

    • Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

      Ishful thinking.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      “how did Hiro avoid the injury bug?”

      Thanks for jinxing everything!!

      • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

        *lurks*

        Hola, LoHudders.

        • vicki

          hee.

  • MG

    Too bad for Phelps, he’s done a good job overall this year in rotation.

    As for his replacement, I’m guessing the Yankees will make the best decision for the start on Friday. They have done a good job of juggling starter throughout the season so far with people off the radar(first Whitley, then Greene, then Capuano) and each of them has been better than anticipated, at least for the first few starts, and that is all they really need with Pineda seemingly on the way back.

    • Madrugador

      If it is only a few starts give Mitchell a shot. At the very least it gives him the experience so when he gets sent back to Scranton, he knows what he needs to work on.
      We already know Rogers wasn’t wanted by Toronto and they are in the hunt for the wild card too. I am sure they would not have let him go that easily if he was any good.

      • Farewell Mo

        Yeah, give me the guy who might have a future over the retread who’s been stinking it up for 4-5 years already.

        • HansDavenport

          I generally feel that way.

  • HansDavenport

    If I were to post tonight’s lineup would it be considered off topic?

    . Brett Gardner (L) LF

    2. Derek Jeter (R) SS

    3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF

    4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B

    5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH

    6. Brian McCann (L) C

    7. Chase Headley (S) 3B

    8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B

    9. Martin Prado (R) RF

    On no. Too late now.

  • C.R.9.

    Why was I banned with C R 9 so that I had to put periods between the characters?

    • vicki

      how about emailing the blog owner instead of mewling about it publicly? seriously, could you all stop treating the comments sections like a chat room for teenaged girls? just go start your own reddit.

      • C.R.9.

        Would you inform me of the email address of Axisa rather than getting on your high horse?

        • vicki

          try looking under the Contact Us bar, clever one.

          • C.R.9.

            Already used the contact bar and never got a response. Try again, douchetowelette.

            • vicki

              how lonely do you have to be to persist in a society that doesn’t want you?

              • SweetSpot

                Vicki I hope you understand that you’re having a dialogue with someone who on other blogs has published personal information on posters as well as their family including children and relatives. Home addresses phone numbers and even contacted their places of employment. I hope the powers that be here take this seriously and do whatever they need to do to get rid of this person.

                • C.R.9.

                  I’v never broken the rules here. Axisa has no basis to ban me.

                  • vicki

                    this is not a democracy.

                    • Farewell Mo

                      Something tells me that this guy and his allegedly female cohort are not gonna go quietly.

                    • C.R.9.

                      Nobody said it was, schmo. To clarify for you, I haven’t given Axisa a reason to ban me.

                • HansDavenport

                  vicki is very savvy and it is all to obvious to all of us that this is more poison from lohud.

              • HansDavenport

                They’re not lonely, they are very sick. The whole bunch.

                • C.R.9.

                  I’m definitely very sick (mentally), but I don’t think that’s the reason I am on here. I believe it’s because I enjoy discussing Yankees baseball.

              • C.R.9.

                “could you all stop treating the comments sections like a chat room for teenaged girls?”

                You should take your own advice.

                :)

      • HansDavenport

        Exactly.

  • Joe C

    All things considered, it could have been worse much worse. But Phelps isn’t going to have to have Tommy John Surgery. When I fist heard that he had stiffness in his elbow last night I feared that he could be headed for Tommy John Surgery because I have come to associate the words stiffness with a torn UCL. But that is not going to be the case, which is very good news and hopefully Phelps should be back to help down the stretch, as a member of the bullpen. Knock on wood.

    • HansDavenport

      I’m glad he’s not a candidate for TJS either.

  • C.R.9.

    TEST1

  • TC

    I know the guy has just started his pro career, but why not stop beating around the bush and call up Lindgren instead of Daley? He’s obviously on he super fast track anyway. I mean, what kind of development are you even looking for when you promote him after a just a few innings anyway?

    • wanzies222

      One step at a time…

      @JLindgren19 was called up to AA Trenton today.

      Two weeks in AA, if all goes well, two weeks in AAA, then on to YS for a September 2 date with the Red Sox.

      Hope he continues to progress.

  • RayVT

    With all the folks hitting Waivers do you think any of them could fill a role (SP or Hitter) for the Yanks?

    •Hitting the wire today from the Phillies were Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and Carlos Ruiz, Rosenthal tweets. They will be on waivers until Wednesday.
    •The Phillies placed Antonio Bastardo, A.J. Burnett, Roberto Hernandez, Ryan Howard and Kyle Kendrick on revocable waivers.

    I’d like to see the Yanks claim Byrd, Utley, Hamels & Bastardo.

    • vicki

      wouldn’t the dodgers, if noone else, claim hamels?

      • Farewell Mo

        Wouldn’t the Yankees get to claim him first since they have a worse record?

        • vicki

          i believe he’d have to go through the NL first.

          • Farewell Mo

            Never knew that.

            I guess you learn something new everyday.

          • HansDavenport

            I believe that would be the case.

            • wanzies222

              Actually, not the case.

              See this….

              http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....des-2.html

              • Old Man Time

                Actually what Vicki said is true. The Dodgers would have waiver priority over the Yankees in re to Hamels

              • HansDavenport

                1) from worst record to best record among teams in the same league as the club seeking waivers; and then 2) from worst to best among teams in the other league. (In other words, if a player is put on waivers by an AL team, first priority goes to the AL club with the worst record, with the NL club with the worst record in line behind the best AL team.)

                Seems like the NL has 1st claim on their players which is what Vicky said, unless I am misunderstanding this.

      • RayVT

        Yes they would have to go through the NL 1st since the Phils are an NL team, but if any of them made it to the AL the Yanks should be one of the 1st to be able to claim them.

  • Mick

    :)

  • Hankflorida

    I think that the Yankee need as many pitchers in the pen at this point and do not have to gamble with a starter as soon as he starts to show some weakness. The days are dwindling down to a precious few and there is the second Wildcard as a last resort. To quote Kipling, “The one eyed man is king in the valley of the blind,” and that valley is the 2nd Wildcard.

    • RayVT

      LOL! That is so true! It is all about getting better than the position one is in.

  • Mick

    Hank we are the no longer the Bx Banjos!

  • Mick

    Yanks are ready to roll with their new circular lineup.

    • Tar

      Stay on topic please

      • Mick

        Having trouble replying Tar.

      • C.R.9.

        Stop bullying, Tar.

  • Mick

    Ismail earned a start.
    Why not?

  • RhapsodyInBlue

    I like Rodgers working out of the pen like he did last night, bring up Mitchell.

  • RhapsodyInBlue

    Oh it’s Rogers.

  • Mick

    Hey Mr Hooley, lohud is hopping!

    • RhapsodyInBlue

      Lol, I’ve been exposed. Not much to see.

    • C.R.9.

      mickster!! We did it!

  • RhapsodyInBlue

    Don’t you think Rogers could provide some relief for the pen?

    And if they get a start or two out of Mitchell until hopefully the calvary arrives it would be great.

  • thurman munster

    Pete22, you were so right with “Phelpsy.”
    The Yanks Obamacare HMO medical staff blew it again.
    Now he’s out for at least a month.
    Have to be more cautious with our arms.
    My cousin, the doctor, was right too.
    He’s sending his resume to Cashman (if he’s still working as the Yank GM as I post this..)