In case you missed it earlier, RHP Jose Campos underwent Tommy John surgery and LHP Nik Turley was released. Turley could be re-signed to a minor league contract a la David Adams last year. Also, OF Aaron Judge was included in the “In The Team Photo” section of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet and Matt Eddy reports OF Brandon Thomas is on the DL. Not sure what’s wrong with him.
Triple-A Scranton (5-0 loss to Durham) they were no-hit by LHP Mike Montgomery (former top prospect who’s fallen off a bit) and RHP Brad Boxberger (pitched against the Yankees in Tampa last weekend) … I believe this is the first time one of the affiliates has been no-hit in a nine-inning game since Double-A Trenton got perfect gamed by RHP Jeanmar Gomez back in 2009
- RF Ramon Flores: 0-3
- 2B Scott Sizemore: 0-3, 2 K — 21 strikeouts in 52 plate appearances at this level (40.4%)
- LF Zoilo Almonte: 0-3, 1 K
- C Austin Romine: 0-3
- RHP Caleb Cotham: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 52 of 85 pitches were strikes (61%)
- RHP Diego Moreno: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 20 of 28 pitches were strikes (71%)
6:22pm: I was wrong about Billings, he is still with the team. The Yankees announced that Leroux was called up, Shane Greene was sent down, and Nik Turley was given his unconditional release. Turley hasn’t pitched at all this year due to an arm problem. I’m guessing his release is like David Adams’ — released then he’ll re-sign on a minor league contract (after everyone freaks out).
10:50am: The Yankees will call up right-hander Chris Leroux prior to today’s game, according to Erik Boland. I can’t think of another reason why he would be in the clubhouse. Bruce Billings will likely be designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot following last night’s 76-pitch mop-up outing. Tough gig. Leroux was not fully stretched out with Triple-A Scranton, but he was scheduled to start today and should be good for 75 pitches or so if need be. · (11) ·
That was a fun game, wasn’t it? The homegrown players did most of the heavy lifting too. John Ryan Murphy smashed his first career homer and drove in three runs, Dellin Betances got some big outs in the middle innings, and David Robertson closed it out in the ninth inning. Brett Gardner reached base three times as well. It’s always fun when the born and raised Yankees contribute to a win.
Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Mets are playing plus MLB Network will air a game a little later on. Who you see depends on where you live. There’s also NHL and NBA playoff action on somewhere. Talk about those games or anything else right here.
MLB will consider making changes to the foreign substance rules after the season, according to the Associated Press. “We will — like we do every offseason — look at this issue, but remember, pine tar is one of a number of foreign substances, and you have to have a rule that fits for all of them,” said MLB COO Rob Manfred while commissioner Bud Selig added “when the year is over, we ought to look at all this.”
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Michael Pineda pine tar fiasco, it’s that players and coaches don’t mind if pitchers use a foreign substance as long as they aren’t too obvious about it. Even hitters have said so. These substances generally do not give the pitcher an unfair advantage — the pine tar creates a better grip but doesn’t make the ball move unnaturally — and there is a safety element involved. I say legalize substances and let the whole process be transparent. The pitcher has to declare to the umpire what he’s using before entering the game and anything beyond that is illegal. · (18) ·
The Yankees have been playing nothing but blowouts for about a week now. Six of their last eight games have been decided by at least six runs, including the last two. The Bombers were on the wrong end of the lopsided score last night. I guess they’re trying to avoid the regression of last year’s MLB-best one-run game record (30-16) by simply not playing any one-run games. Bold. I like it.
This afternoon’s pitching matchup (Vidal Nuno vs. Hector Santiago) suggests another big day for the offenses, but, knowing how these things usually go, it’ll probably be a pitcher’s duel. Baseball is weird. Either way, I would greatly appreciate a win in my first trip to Yankee Stadium this season. Here is the Angels lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- SS Derek Jeter
- DH Carlos Beltran
- RF Alfonso Soriano
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- LF Brett Gardner
- 2B Brian Roberts
- 3B Kelly Johnson
- C John Ryan Murphy
LHP Vidal Nuno
It rained overnight in New York but it has cleared up now. It’s cloudy and cool now and more rain is expected this evening, but nothing that should impact the game unless they go to extra innings. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to begin at 1:05pm ET and you can only watch on FOX Sports 1. Click here to figure which channel that is in your area. Enjoy the game.
Right-hander Jose Campos underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday, the Yankees announced. He was said to be out with elbow inflammation, but obviously it was more serious than that. Campos is on the 40-man roster, so his spot will essentially be unusable like Manny Banuelos’ last year.
Campos, 21, had a 3.41 ERA (3.11 FIP) in 87 closely-monitored innings for Low-A Charleston last season. He missed most of 2012 with a fracture in his elbow. Campos barely pitched in Spring Training and the Yankees were said to be taking it slow with him early this year, but I have to think the elbow’s been an issue for a few weeks now. You don’t just wake up one day and have Tommy John surgery. Oh well, see you next year, Jose. · (39) ·
Can’t say that was a fun way to start the homestand. The Angels demolished the Yankees 13-1 on Friday night in a classic let down game following that wild series up in Boston. This was not one for the highlight reel. Let’s recap the blowout loss:
- Hi-Rocked: Hiroki Kuroda couldn’t get his offspeed pitches to behave for the second straight start, but unlike last time out, he was unable to limit the damage. The Halos tattooed Kuroda for eight runs (six earned) — the most he’s ever allowed in MLB — on ten hits in only 4.2 innings. Six of the ten hits came in two-strike counts because he didn’t have a finish pitch. It’s the first time Kuroda failed to complete five innings in a start since last May. Yuck. Shake it off, do better next time.
- NOffense: I thought C.J. Wilson was really, really sharp in this game. He was throwing four pitches for strikes and he had the Yankees off balance all night. They didn’t score their only run until his pitch count was over the century mark and he started to run out of gas in the sixth. Brett Gardner had two hits, Derek Jeter walked and singled, Carlos Beltran doubled, Yangervis Solarte walked twice, John Ryan Murphy and Brian Roberts both singled in garbage time, and that was it. Wilson shut the Yankees right down.
- Leftovers: Shout out to Bruce Billings for sparing the bullpen. He allowed four runs and threw 76 pitches across four innings, so chances are he will be sent to Triple-A or designated for assignment in favor of a fresh arm tomorrow. The World Series ring will be in the mail … Shawn Kelley got the final out of the ninth because he hadn’t worked in a week … six of the Bombers’ last eight games have been decided by six or more runs, which is nuts. The Yankees have now allowed double-digit runs an MLB-high four times this season.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees will try to rebound behind Vidal Nuno on Saturday afternoon. The Angels will send Newark-raised left-hander Hector Santiago to the mound. If you watch to catch the game, check out RAB Tickets.
- RHP Jose Campos is currently sidelined with elbow inflammation. He started the year on the DL supposedly because the Yankees were taking it easy on him, so either that was a lie or he got hurt recently. He had a fractured elbow in 2012.
- RHP Bryan Mitchell was placed on the 7-day DL, also with elbow inflammation. An MRI came back clean. RHP David Herndon and LHP Fred Lewis were also placed on the DL. No word on their injuries, body parts or otherwise.
- LHP Cesar Cabral has accepted his outright assignment and joined Triple-A Scranton, so he remains in the organization. He could have elected free agency.
- RHP Diego Moreno was bumped up to Triple-A Scranton and SS Carmen Angelini was sent down to Double-A Trenton. SS Dean Anna will take over as the everyday shortstop for the RailRiders.
Triple-A Scranton was rained out. No makeup date has been announced. They don’t play Buffalo again until early-July.
Double-A Trenton (14-10 win over Portland)
- CF Mason Williams: 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
- LF Ben Gamel: 0-6, 1 K — couldn’t join the party
- 3B Rob Segedin: 2-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB — he has four extra-base hits this year: one double and three homers
- 1B Kyle Roller: 2-2, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 HBP — 12-for-24 with three doubles and five homers in his last seven games
- DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 R
- SS Ali Castillo: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI — blew the game open with a bases-clearing double in the ninth
- LHP Matt Tracy: 4.1 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 9/2 GB/FB — 54 of 94 pitches were strikes (57%) … allowed five runs total in his first three starts
That was one eventful road trip. During the seven games through Tampa and Boston, the Yankees managed to turn a triple play, lose Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery, win three blowouts, lose two blowouts, lose Michael Pineda to a ten-game suspension, and make 18 roster moves. Yes, 18.
Thankfully, that is over with the Yankees are back in the Bronx for a nine-game homestand. They’re stuck playing with a 24-man roster for another nine games because of Pineda, but whatever. At least they get to sleep in their own beds. Mike Trout and the Angels are in town for three games this weekend, so we’re going to hear a lot about how they are always tough on the Yankees even though that hasn’t been true for about five years now. Anyway, here is the Angels lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- SS Derek Jeter
- RF Carlos Beltran
- DH Alfonso Soriano
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- C Brian McCann
- LF Brett Gardner
- 2B Brian Roberts
- 3B Yangervis Solarte
RHP Hiroki Kuroda
It is cloudy and chilly in New York this evening, and there is some rain the forecast later tonight. Doesn’t look like it will be a factor unless the game goes to extra innings. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you can watch the game on YES. Enjoy.
Rotation Update: As expected, Joe Girardi confirmed David Phelps will start against the Mariners on Wednesday in place of Pineda. The timing of that a) lines Pineda up to start the day his suspension expires, and b) gives Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka, and Vidal Nuno an extra day of rest next week.
Forgotten infielder Brendan Ryan will begin an official minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Sunday, according to Dan Barbarisi. Joe Girardi said they want him to get about 50 at-bats after missing almost all of Spring Training, so he’ll be on the rehab assignment for more than just a few days.
Ryan, 32, had a lower back problem and later an upper back problem in camp, forcing him to start the season on the DL. Given the timing of everything, it seems like he could be activated right when Michael Pineda’s ten-game suspension ends the Monday after next and they go back to a 25-man roster. Pineda returns to the active roster, the extra reliever goes down, and Ryan essentially replaces Dean Anna as the backup middle infielder. Activating him earlier would require some more roster moves. · (23) ·