Great story on Joba in the Daily News today; it comes highly recommended.
The minor league regular season ends in a little less than 3 weeks, so let’s get you updated on the standings…
Triple-A Scranton (5-3 win over Rochester, walk-off style) 73-54, leads division by 4.0 games
Brett Gardner: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 2 SB
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 8 for his last 20 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer & 6 RBIs…sorry Eric, won’t fool me this time
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – walk was intentional
Jose Cruz Jr.: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K – this is pathetic, the Yanks signed Cruz to take playing time away from…Erubiel Durazo! how messed up is that? (walk was intentional)
Angel Chavez: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – walk-off single (walk was intentional)
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Steven White: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 10-7 GB/FB – another solid Steven White start
Brian Bruney: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – only 19 of 34 pitches were strikes…and he gave up a jack
Joba pumping 99 for an inning followed by Edwar’s filthy change? Yeah, good luck with that.
Update Part II: Edwar came back out for the 9th after the Yanks piled it on in the top of the frame. 3 IP, no baserunners, 5 K combined.
FYI – Johan Santana’s kinda good.
Forgot to mention this last night, but Chris Basak was claimed off waivers by the Twins. Basak, as you may remember, was DFA’ed to make room on the 40-man roster for 1st rounder Andrew Brackman. So long Chris, thanks for that lone big league AB where you stood on second thinking you hit a double, but in reality you were out.
Triple-A Scranton (2-1 loss to Rochester in 10)
Brett Gardner: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 CS – gunned Lew Ford down at the plate
Eric Duncan: 0 for 5, 1 BB, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 1 2B – 5 doubles, 1 triple & 1 homer in last 8 games
Jose Cruz Jr.: 0 for 5 – yes, it’s that Jose Cruz Jr….when did they pick him up, who knows
Bronson Sardinha & Andy Cannizaro: both 1 for 3
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 1, 3 BB
Ian Patrick Kennedy: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 1-11 GB/FB – another dominant outing, but that GB/FB ratio is kinda ugly
Ross Ohlendorf: 2 IP, bunch of zeroes, 1 K – nails
Jim Brower: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Did Eric Gagne really blow another save tonight? Sheesh…
Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Syracuse)
Brett Gardner, Andy Cannizaro, Angel Chavez & Eric Duncan: all 2 for 4, 1 R – Gardner stole a base & K’ed twice…Cannizaro & Chavez drove a run in…Duncan tripled, drove in 2 & walked
Alberto Gonzalez & Bronson Sardinha: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
Wil Nieves: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB – yes ladies & gentlemen, Wil Nieves stole a base
Ben Kozlowski: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K – 51 of 78 pitches were strikes
Jeff Karstens: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – guess the move to the ‘pen was permanent
TJ Beam: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 17 of 21 pitches were strikes…this is the TJ Beam that was so dominant in the minors last year
Welcome to the bigs, kid.
Yankees outfielder Jose Tabata will miss the remainder of the season after surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right wrist.
The injury has bothered the 19-year-old outfielder since playing in the Venezuelan Winter League, and he’s seen five different hand specialists over the past year to get a proper diagnosis.
“It’s a six-week rehab and he’s going to be fine,” Yankees senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said. “He tried to play through it and he shouldn’t. He’s had problems with it on an off for a while and it really bothered him on a swing. We got him in for an MRI that revealed the damage.”
Well at least he’s getting this fixed once for all. If the kid could hit .307-.371-.392 in the FSL as an 18-yr old with a bum hand, I can’t wait to see what he does fully healthy.
The same article has this on forgotten man Christian Garcia:
The Yankees got hit with more bad news recently when righthander Chris Garcia sustained a knee injury and needed surgery.
Garcia, a third-round pick out of a Miami high school in 2004, was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery at the time of the injury and isn’t expected to begin rehabbing again until November.
“He was doing some running as part of his rehab from (Tommy John),” Newman said. “As fate would have it, this happened. It’s like serving a concurrent sentence for a criminal. We expect him to be ready to go in the spring.”
The Garcia injury is no biggie, it won’t delay his return at all. That’s the good thing about TJ, if you hurt anything else while you’re rehabbing, you have plenty of time to let that heal as well.