Yankees place Mitchell on 7-day concussion DL, send down Cotham, add Capuano and Rumbelow

(NY Daily News)
(NY Daily News)

As expected, the Yankees made some moves this afternoon to bolster their bullpen following last night’s marathon. Bryan Mitchell was placed on the 7-day concussion DL and Caleb Cotham was sent down, the Yankees announced. Chris Capuano and Nick Rumbelow are up from Triple-A Scranton to replace them on the roster.

Mitchell, 24, was hit in the face by a line drive last night and suffered a small nasal fracture, which is probably good news. It could have been a lot worse. Mitchell will be monitored for concussion symptoms in the coming days. The 7-day concussion DL comes with all sorts of protocol — he has to pass a bunch of tests and be cleared by MLB’s doctors before he can return to action.

Cotham threw two innings and 44 pitches in relief of Mitchell last night and was an obvious choice to go down today. Capuano was designated for assignment Saturday, cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment yesterday, and is back with the Yankees today. It’s his third stint with the team this year. Rumbelow is fresh — he threw 18 pitches Sunday and had three days off before that.

As our Bullpen Workload page shows, Joe Girardi‘s relief crew is going to be really shorthanded tonight. I have to think Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, and Chasen Shreve are all out of commission due to their recent workloads, leaving Capuano, Rumbelow, Andrew Miller, and maybe Justin Wilson behind CC Sabathia this evening.

A-Rod’s Slump: Second half fade or a blip on the radar?

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Over the last 12 games, the Yankees are averaging just 2.83 runs scored — that includes last night’s eight-run outburst — which is down considerably from the pace they maintained in the first half of the season. The pitching staff has been great of late, they’re allowing just 3.33 runs per game during that 12-game stretch, but the lack of offense has led to a 5-7 record. A big part of the offensive problems is Alex Rodriguez‘s worst slump of the season.

“I felt like (expletive) today. I felt terrible,” said A-Rod to Brendan Kuty after going 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts Sunday. “You know, you grind through it. Everyone is going to go through times like this. So it’s going to be good to have a change of scenery and get back home.”

A-Rod’s slump conveniently started right at the beginning of the month: he’s 7-for-53 (.132) with three doubles in August after ending July with a seven-game hitting streak, during which he went 11-for-27 (.407) with two doubles and four homers. This is also not the first time Alex has slumped his year — he went 5-for-37 (.135) during a ten-game span in April — but this slump is worth examining for more than a few reasons.

For starters, the Yankees have fallen in the standings the last two weeks or so primarily because of their offense. A-Rod, the No. 3 hitter, is a big reason why, and if he doesn’t start hitting soon, chances are the Yankees will continue to slide in the standings. Secondly, we’re deep into the season, and Alex is a 40-year-old with two surgically repaired hips who did not play last year. It’s not unreasonable to suggest he may be wearing down, though he did tell Kuty “I actually feel fine” when asked about fatigue the other day.

When Rodriguez first returned in Spring Training, what stood out most to me was his plate discipline and still excellent knowledge of the strike zone. There was no rust there. A-Rod swung at strikes and spit on pitches out of the zone. Over the weekend in Toronto and last night against the Twins, he did not do that. He swung at some bad pitches out of the zone and looked lost. Here are Alex’s swing tendencies this year:

O-Swing% Z-Swing% O-Contact% Z-Contact%
April thru July 25.2% 65.9% 53.8% 77.8%
August 22.7% 64.2% 56.7% 81.8%
AL Average 30.4% 63.9% 64.0% 87.3%

Okay, so that was a bit unexpected. I figured A-Rod’s swing rate on pitches out of the zone (O-Swing%) would be sky high during his August slump, but that’s not the case. He’s swung at fewer pitches out of the zone. We are talking about a small sample, however, so it’s entirely possible Alex was ultra-disciplined earlier in the month and has taken to hacking at everything the last few days, skewing the numbers.

A-Rod’s contact rates on pitches both in (Z-Contact%) and out (O-Contact%) of the strike zone have increased this month, so isn’t swinging and missing more often either. Rodriguez has always been a guy who’s swung and missed a bunch (he is fifth all-time in strikeouts, you know), so it wouldn’t have been a surprise if his slump featured more empty swings. That’s not the case, however.

More interesting is what’s happened when A-Rod has made contact during his slump. He’s struck out 15 times in 63 plate appearances this month, a 23.8% rate that is in line with his pre-August rate (21.1%). Alex has put 38 balls in play this month with only seven hits to show for it (.184 BABIP). I absolutely remember a few line drives finding gloves during the series in Cleveland and Toronto, but they were the exception, not the norm during this sump. The line drive outs stood out because they were so infrequent.

A low BABIP is not always bad luck. Rodriguez’s quality of contact has gone down during the slump. He simply hasn’t hit the ball as hard as he had the first four months of the season. Here are the numbers:

GB% FB% IFFB% Soft% Hard% Pull% Oppo%
April thru July 43.1% 36.9% 3.1% 10.4% 38.5% 46.2% 16.9%
August 47.4% 36.8% 28.6% 21.1% 23.7% 52.6% 10.5%
AL Average 44.5% 34.9% 10.0% 18.5% 28.2% 40.5% 24.7%

The infield pop-up rate jumps out at you. A-Rod rarely popped out earlier this season (league average is 11.1 IFFB%) but now nearly three out of every ten fly balls is going straight up in the air. (IFFB% is pop-ups per fly ball, not pop-ups per ball in play.) Pop-ups are BABIP killers. They’re as close to a sure out as you can get on a ball in play.

Rodriguez’s isn’t necessarily hitting more grounders or fly balls — a four percentage point increase in ground ball rate isn’t alarming, that’s the normal ebb and flow of baseball more than anything — but his hard and soft contact rates have gone in the wrong direction this month, further explaining the low BABIP. The harder you hit the ball, the more likely it is to fall in for a hit. The numbers haven shown that.

The decline in hard contact is just a symptom of the problem, however. There is something causing the lack in hard contact and figuring out what it is will take a miracle. Bad mechanics? Fatigue? Guessing wrong? We could come up with a million reasons. I’m no swing expert, so I couldn’t tell you is Rodriguez’s swing is out of whack. I can tell you opponents haven’t been pitching him any differently …

FB% SL% CB% CH%
April thru July 61.8% 18.4% 6.5% 9.6%
August 61.0% 12.1% 6.6% 9.8%
AL Average 63.6% 14.6% 7.5% 10.7%

… so it’s not like opponents have suddenly started burying him with breaking balls or throwing fastballs by him. (The lower slider rate coincides with an increase in knuckleball rate. A-Rod has seen 7.8% knuckleballs this month thanks to R.A. Dickey and Steven Wright. Good reminder we’re talking about a small sample here.) Alex has seen the same basic pitch mix during the slump as he did when he was raking earlier this year.

From the looks of things, it appears A-Rod’s slump may be a timing issue. He is not swinging at more pitches, but he is making more contact, and the contact he has made hasn’t been as hard as before. The huge spike in pop-up rate is a classic indicator that timing is an issue — those pop-ups are just a millisecond from being a fly ball or line drive. Rodriguez has always had a low pop-up rate. That it suddenly spiked like this suggests he’s juuust missing. The timing isn’t right.

That could be good news is bad news. Is A-Rod’s timing off simply because hitters tend to lose their timing at various points through a 162-game season? Or is he starting to get worn down and his bat is slowing as a result? I don’t know. Alex might not even know. That’s not a satisfying answer but it’s better than pretending I do know the answer when I really don’t. His approach has been fine, he’s not chasing stuff off the plate, so that’s encouraging. It would be much more worrisome if Rodriguez had started hacking at everything.

We’re in uncharted territory with A-Rod because of his age, his hips, his suspension … everything, really. We came into the season not knowing what to expect, he exceeded even the most optimistic of projections for the first four months of the year, and is now in his worst slump of the season. Regardless of whether this is a late season fade due to fatigue and age, or simply a normal slump, the offense has taken a big hit with Alex’s lack of production.

Digging into Andrew Miller’s post-DL issues

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(Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Andrew Miller tossed a clean, 1-2-3 inning and got the win in Monday night’s walk-off victory over the Twins — probably his best effort since coming off the disabled list — yet his performance over the past month has been anything but perfect. Sure, one solid outing is encouraging, but looking at the whole body of his post-DL work reveals a few troublesome trends for the lefty.

When Miller went on the disabled list June 11 with a forearm injury, he was in the midst of an incredible season as the Yankees’ closer, invoking comparisons to Mariano Rivera at his peak. Unhittable, dominant, video game-like … All those words described Miller, and they weren’t used as hyperboles.

He was 17-for-17 in save chances and had allowed just three runs and eight hits in 26 1/3 innings. Miller didn’t give up his first run until the 40th game of the season on May 19 and it was another two weeks before he gave up multiple hits in an outing. He struck out more than 40 percent of the batters he faced in those first two months, and made countless hitters look silly chasing a nasty slider in the dirt or swinging through a 96-mph fastball up in the zone.

After a month on the shelf, Miller returned to action July 8 against the A’s but hardly looked like the nearly untouchable reliever we saw before the injury. He gave up a single and a home run to the second and third batters he faced in the ninth inning, before finally getting Ben Zobrist to ground out with the tying run on second base to seal the 5-4 win.

It soon became clear that first shaky outing was not just a result of him being rusty after an extended stint on the DL as his struggles continued the rest of the month and into August. In 16 games since coming back, he’s allowed eight runs and 14 hits in 15 2/3 innings.

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When asked about his recent struggles, Miller acknowledged he was scuffling but offered little explanation for the dip in his performance.

“I am certainly having some tough innings lately,” Miller told the New York Post. “All of it is not explainable … It’s going to happen. If you expect otherwise you are naïve.”

Miller is correct, it’s nearly impossible for any player not to experience a few bumps in the road over the course of a 162-game season. But the stark contrast in his performance before and after going on the disabled list is hard to ignore, regardless of the small sample size. Let’s take a deeper dive into the numbers to see if we can figure out what might be the cause of Miller’s sharp decline.

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The good news is that his pitches look pretty similar since coming off the DL compared to his first two months. His fastball is rising a tiny bit less now but the velocity is virtually unchanged, he’s still getting good depth with his slider, and his release points on both pitches are nearly the same as before the injury.

Another positive sign is that despite giving up more runs and hits since coming off the DL, batters aren’t crushing his pitches and he’s actually doing a better job of inducing weak contact recently. His hard-hit rate has decreased (from 33 percent to 27 percent) and his soft-hit rate has increased (from 17 percent to 30 percent) in the past month, while the exit velocity on those batted balls has also fallen slightly (from 86 mph to 84 mph).

Although the lower hard-contact rate is promising, it hides a more troubling trend of Miller allowing a lot more contact overall since his injury. Batters have been much more aggressive in swinging at pitches both inside and outside the strike zone, and at the same time, have also been more successful in putting those pitches into play.

Miller contact2

He’s still getting good results with his slider — .158 batting average allowed and 48.5 percent whiff rate — but his four-seam fastball has been much less effective and pretty awful by his standards.

Miller fastball2

What used to be a really uncomfortable at-bat for most hitters — trying to get wood on Miller’s unhittable fastball-slider combo — has become a much easier matchup now. He’s been able to consistently bury his slider below the knees, but he’s leaving more fastballs in the heart of the zone during the past month (see the big red blob in the middle, that’s not good).

Miller pre

Perhaps lacking confidence in the pitch, he’s relying on the heater less and less in recent outings, and that trend was never more evident than against the Blue Jays last weekend.

He threw just eight fastballs — two for strikes — and the one hit he allowed came off a four-seamer located dead-center in the middle of the plate. Of the 20 sliders he threw, he got five whiffs and both his strikeouts, without yielding a single ball in play off the pitch.

(MLB.com)
(MLB.com)

That epic 12-pitch strikeout of Troy Tulowitzki to end the game last Friday night showed that Miller still possesses one of the nastiest sliders in the game, and hasn’t lost any of his competitiveness on the mound or his ability to execute in clutch situations.

One month of appearances — fewer than 16 innings pitched — is admittedly a small sample size to make any definitive judgments on his future performance, and there is every reason to believe that Miller can turn it around and pitch better down the stretch (see Monday’s solid outing). But if he can’t locate his fastball and is unable to lower his bloated contact rate, he’s going to find himself in trouble more often than not. And we’re probably going to see more white-knuckle saves (along with some meltdowns) and fewer of those dominant pre-injury outings over the final two months of the season.

Rotation depth stretched pretty thin following Mitchell’s injury

(Presswire)
Man down. (Presswire)

Early in last night’s win, the Yankees lost right-hander Bryan Mitchell to a small nasal fracture after he was hit in the face by a line drive in the second inning. It was a really scary moment and all things considered, Mitchell escaped with minor damage. He’ll be monitored for concussion symptoms the next few days but otherwise there is no significant facial fracture or eye damage. It could have been really, really bad.

“You’re sick. Sick to your stomach, praying for the best,” said Brian McCann to reporters after the game. “You’re just hoping for the best outcome. When I went out there, I was like ‘Are you alright?’ and he said ‘I’m alright, I just need to get off the field.’ So it was good that he was responsive.”

The injury was a total fluke. Mitchell had a split second to react and there was nothing anyone could have done about it. That’s one of the more brutal aspects of baseball. Mitchell started the game because the Yankees wanted to give their other starters extra rest. He’d been sitting in the bullpen has the long reliever for a few weeks now. Mitchell figured to be first in line whenever the team wanted to use a spot starter again going forward as well.

In the short-term, the Yankees will need to replace Mitchell as the long man. Chad Jennings reported last night that Chris Capuano has cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A, though I bet he doesn’t make it to Scranton. I expect to see Capuano in the bullpen tonight. No, Capuano is not very good, but he can throw multiple innings and is by far the best candidate for the long man job right now. It makes sense to bring him back.

More importantly, the Yankees are now down their sixth starter, and, at this very moment, they only have five healthy Major League caliber starters. They have some warm bodies in Triple-A who could soak up innings if need be (Kyle Davies, for example), but as far as actual big league caliber players, there are only five such healthy starters in the organization right now. Mitchell’s hurt and so is Michael Pineda.

Being down to five starters is sorta scary, but the good news is the Yankees won’t have to ride this out too much longer. Big Mike is on a minor league rehab assignment and it seems likely he will make at least one more rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Pineda himself said he feels he needs another start just to build his pitch count a bit more — he threw 42 pitches in his first rehab start Sunday — and get a better feel for his changeup and slider.

In addition to Pineda’s return, rosters expand two weeks from today, so the Yankees will be able to call up plenty of extra pitchers to give Joe Girardi as many options as possible. They’ve been cycling through relievers all season and I’m guessing they’ll call all of those guys up on September 1st. Not after the Triple-A postseason or anything like that, the first day they’re eligible. The big league team is the priority.

So with Pineda returning and rosters set to expand, the Yankees only need their current rotation to hold down the fort for another two weeks. (I fully expect them to use a six-man rotation in September with Pineda joining the current starting five.) No, adding a bunch of relievers on September 1st doesn’t replace a lost starter like Mitchell, but innings are innings, and they’ll have plenty of bodies available.

The Yankees opted to stick with their internal rotation options rather than make a trade at the deadline, and hey, Luis Severino has made them look pretty smart so far. Mitchell’s injury was a total fluke, though it really stretches the club’s rotation depth nonethless. They need Pineda back soon and need to get by these next two weeks until rosters expand. Another rotation loss would be very tough to overcome at this point.

Yanks lose Mitchell but beat Twins 8-7 on Nunez’s walk-off blunder

I don’t even know what to say. That was one of the oddest, most nonsensical games I’ve ever seen. It was bad, weird, and great all at the same time. The Yankees walked off with an 8-7 win in ten innings over the Twins on Monday night, though it did come with a price. They lost two players to injury, one of which is serious.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Best of a Bad Injury
The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning (more on that in a bit) but the game very quickly turned sour in the second. Bryan Mitchell was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of former Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez, and although he walked off the field under his own power, Mitchell was bleeding heavily and holding a towel to his face. He’s been diagnosed with a nasal fracture and will be monitored for a concussion the next few days. All things considered, that’s not too bad.

First and foremost, oh man that’s really scary. Line drives to the face are no joke. We’re talking possible concussion, broken bones, eye damage … really scary life-altering stuff. Thankfully Mitchell avoided all of that. All that blood was pretty terrifying. Secondly, the baseball aspect of the injury sucked because the Yankees opted to use their long reliever as a spot starter, so they came into the game with a six-man bullpen. The bullpen got a workout.

Caleb Cotham came in to replace Mitchell and was … not good. Not at all. He did strike out Aaron Hicks with two on and two outs to escape the second, but he served up a game-tying two-run home run to Miguel Sano in the third. Middle-middle fastballs to Sano don’t come back. A single, an error by Didi Gregorius, and another single gave the Twins a 4-3 lead later in that third inning. Four of the first seven batters reached base against Cotham.

Cotham started the fourth inning and gave up another game-tying home run — Hicks hit a leadoff shot to right — before getting two quick outs. Well, he got one out. Brian McCann threw out a runner trying to steal for the other out. Cotham was the long man by default with Mitchell starting, but he was not fooling anyone. The Yankees got eleven outs total from their long man and backup long man. Woof. That poor bullpen.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

McCann Can
Two outs, two strikes, two times. The Yankees scored their first five runs because McCann came through with a pair of big two out hits in two-strike counts. Jacoby Ellsbury singled and Alex Rodriguez walked in the first, then McCann hit a much appreciated three-run home run over the short porch and into the people. The Yankees are now up to 99 first inning runs on the season. The Royals are a distant second with 86.

After the Twins took a 4-3 lead in the third, the Yankees rallied to take a 5-4 lead in one of the weirdest innings ever. Ellsbury hit a leadoff single. Great! Brett Gardner followed with a walk. Even better! Then A-Rod pulled a ground ball through third baseman Trevor Plouffe — it was scored an error — to load the bases with no outs. Except that last part didn’t happen. Third base coach Joe Espada waved Ellsbury home and the cannon-armed Eddie Rosario threw him out at the plate. Ellsbury actually avoided the tag but overran the base, and was tagged when he went back to touch home.

I’m a bit of a baseball nerd so I know Rosario has a very good arm, and watching live it sure seemed like the send was questionable, especially with no outs. No outs with the 4-5-6 hitters coming up! That was an awful send. Gross. Mark Teixeira, the next batter, popped up into shallow left and Rosario made the sliding catch, though the umpires originally ruled it a trap, and A-Rod was forced out at second. Twins manager Paul Molitor challenged for some reason — I guess he wanted to keep the slower runner at first, A-Rod instead of Teixeira? — and the call was overturned. Either way, there now two outs and runners on the corners.

Rodriguez managed to steal second base without a throw — don’t ask me, it looked like the Twins were caught completely off guard — and the steal mattered because of McCann’s two-out, two-strike, two-run single to right. Gardner and A-Rod both scored and boom, the Yankees were up 5-4, at least until Hicks took Cotham deep. McCann drove in five runs in the first three innings.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Comeback
The Twins built a mini-picket fence in the middle innings, scoring one run each in the fourth (Hicks homer), fifth (Plouffe homer off Chasen Shreve), and sixth (Plouffe run-scoring single off Justin Wilson). That gave Minnesota a 7-5 lead. Meanwhile, Kyle Gibson retired seven straight following McCann’s two-run single in the third. He didn’t allow another base-runner until he walked a hobbled Teixeira leading off the sixth.

McCann followed the leadoff walk with a strikeout, then Carlos Beltran made up for it with a game-tying two-run home run off Brian Duensing. It was 2-1 fastball right into his bat path. Perfect pitch for Beltran to crush and crush he did. That tied the game 7-7 in the sixth even though it felt like the eighth. This game dragged big time thanks to all the pitching changes and stuff.

The Yankees blew a golden scoring opportunity in the seventh, when they put the first two runners on base and had the bases loaded with one out. Ellsbury and Gardner started the inning with singles, A-Rod popped out into foul territory, then Greg Bird drew a four-pitch walk in his Yankee Stadium debut. He pinch-ran for Teixeira in the previous inning. Teixeira is day-to-day with a bruised leg, by the way. X-rays came back negative.

Anyway, bases loaded with McCann due up? He had a whale of a game. Exactly who the Yankees wanted up. Then he popped up on the infield on the first pitch of his at-bat. Womp womp. That’s okay, Beltran was next up and he has been ultra-clutch of late. Then he struck out on four pitches to end the inning. Okay, that didn’t go so well. The Yankees had two men on base with no outs and the 3-4-5-6 hitters due up, and they didn’t score. That felt like their last best chance.

Love this team. (Presswire)
Love this team. (Presswire)

The Return of Eduardo Scissorhands
Gosh, what an ending. The game went to extra innings, because of course, and Andrew Miller had his best inning in a while in the top of the tenth. He got a routine fly out to right and two strikeouts. It was pre-injury Miller. Good to see. The Twins turned to their closer Glen Perkins, which made a ton of sense because he’s a lefty and the Yankees were due to send Bird, McCann, and Beltran to the plate. Two lefties and a switch-hitter who is weaker from the right side.

Naturally, the lefties crushed Perkins. Bird led the inning off with a first pitch booming double into the right-center field gap that I thought had a chance to get out when it left the bat. Bird had to settle for hitting the ball to the wall. McCann followed that with a double to center. Another one I thought had a chance to get out. Bird had to hold up at third because Rosario came really closing to catching it — it actually hit off his glove — and couldn’t score on the play. But still, the Yankees had men at second and third with no outs and were in business.

The Twins intentionally walked Beltran to create the force at any base with no outs, and they doubled down by using a five-man infield. Chase Headley, another switch-hitter who is weaker from the right side, came to the plate and quickly fell behind in the count 0-2. That was ominous. He took a pitch for a ball, fouled off another pitch, then hit a weak tapper to Nunez, the middle of the five infielders. Then Nunez Nunezed it.

The grounder went right to Nunez — Headley couldn’t have rolled it any better — but he muffed it, the ball bounced a few feet away, and that was enough to win the game. I hate to pick on the kid, but man, we saw Nunez make way too many defensive blunders in pinstripes over the years to not feel a little satisfaction when the Yankees finally benefited from one of them. Why did Nunez throw to first? Who knows. It made no sense. The run scores anyway. Oh Nunie. Nunie Nunie Nunie.

Leftovers
Seems like the Twins had something in their scouting report telling them to run on McCann, because they attempted five steals in the game. McCann made a wild throw — a “it looked like it slipped out of hand” throw, that bad — on the first runner but did throw out three of the next four. Maybe that poor first throw encouraged the Twins to keep running. McCann has now thrown out 19 of 52 attempts base-stealers this year (37%). The league average is 31%.

Ellsbury led off five (!) different innings and reached base three times, which is pretty awesome. (Of course, it also means Stephen Drew made the final out a bunch of times, but why focus on the negative?) Ellsbury and Gardner reached base five times combined. That’s good. I enjoy that. Been waiting a few weeks to see them both hot atop the lineup again.

The Yankees had ten hits total: Ellsbury and McCann had three each while Gardner, Bird, Beltran, and McCann had one each. Gardner, A-Rod, Teixeira, Bird, and Beltran drew the five walks. Beltran’s was intentional. They went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position with is both good (.300!) and bad (seven outs, yuck). Yankees’ hitters had six strikeouts and five walks. Their pitchers had 14 strikeouts and two walks.

Next up out of the bullpen? It was going to be CC Sabathia, according to Joe Girardi. Sabathia was actually down in the bullpen but had not yet warmed up or even started throwing. It’ll have no impact on his scheduled start Tuesday. Miller threw only eight pitches in his inning and was going back out for the 11th if went that far. Thankfully it did not. Dellin Betances got seven outs on 26 pitches, by the way.

And finally, gotta figure the Yankees will have at least two new relievers tomorrow, right? Mitchell is going to the DL and Cotham can go down. Nick Rumbelow is fresh and they can use Mitchell’s injury to recall either Nick Goody or Branden Pinder even though they haven’t been down ten days. Would they send down Bird and call up three fresh arms? Maybe not with Teixeira banged up.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
Here are the box score, video highlights, updated standings, and postseason odds. We also have Announcer Standings and Bullpen Workload pages you should check out. Here’s the win probability graph:


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
Same two teams Tuesday night, when Sabathia and Mike Pelfrey will be on the mound. That’s 13 feet and two inches worth of starting pitchers right there. (They’re both listed at 6-foot-7.)

Update: Teixeira leaves game with bruised leg, x-rays negative

10:03pm ET: Mark Teixeira left tonight’s game after fouling a pitch off his right leg, right below the knee. He limped around for a bit, walked it off, stayed in to finish the at-bat, then was removed for a pinch-runner after drawing a walk. Teixeira limped down to first base and was pretty clearly in discomfort.

Hopefully Teixeira walks away with nothing more than a welt, because the Yankees can’t really afford to lost their starting first baseman and cleanup hitter. I love Greg Bird as much as the next guy, but this is not the way I want to see him get at-bats. The Yankees haven’t made any sort of update on Teixeira, so stay tuned.

Update 10:44pm ET: Teixeira is day-to-day with a bruised right leg, the Yankees announced. X-rays came back negative. He was removed for precautionary reasons. Exhale.

DotF: Tampa sweeps doubleheader behind Mateo, Avelino, Fowler, and Andujar

SS Jorge Mateo, IF Vince Conde, and SS Hyo-Jun Park were named the Offensive Players of the Week in the High-A Florida State League, the Low-A South Atlantic League, and Rookie Appalachian League, respectively, so congrats to them.

Also, RHP Alex Robinett has been placed on the Military List, the River Dogs announced. Robinett, this year’s 32nd rounder, is a West Point cadet who has to fulfill his military obligation. His 6.17 ERA in 23.1 pro innings is skewed by one disaster no-out, seven-run outing. Robinett pitched quite well the last few weeks.

Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Trenton and Short Season Staten Island all had scheduled off-days.

High-A Tampa Game One (6-2 win over Lakeland) makeup of the June 25th rainout

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
  • 2B Abi Avelino: 1-3, 1 R — two-hit game streak ends at six
  • CF Dustin Fowler: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — five homers in 112 games this year after hitting ten in 127 games last year
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
  • RHP Vicente Campos: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2/6 GB/FB — 43/8 K/BB in 48 innings as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery

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