Montero returns in SWB win

Good news: Slade Heathcott does not need another shoulder surgery, though I suspect he’ll still miss the rest of the season. Either way, not being cut open is always a good thing. Meanwhile, a high-ranking Royals official was in Trenton tonight, and he’s headed up to Scranton next. Something is afoot … or it could be routine coverage.

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 win over Toledo)
Kevin Russo, 3B: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB – 12 for his last 29 (.414)
Chris Dickerson, CF: 1 for 4, 2 R, 3 K, 1 SB, 1 HBP
Jesus Montero, C: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 3 K – first game back from that stiff back
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Terry Tiffee, DH: 0 for 5, 2 K
Brandon Laird, LF: 0 for 2, 1 K – ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 BB – got picked off first
Jordan Parraz, RF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP – threw a runner out at the plate
Luis Nunez, 2B: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
D.J. Mitchell, RHP: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3-4 GB/FB – just 42 of 86 pitches were strikes (48.8%) … ugly
Buddy Carlyle, RHP: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 0-1 GB/FB – four pitches, just one strike
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 15 of 24 pitches were strikes (62.5%)
Randy Flores, LHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – a dozen of his 16 pitches were strikes (75%)
Eric Wordekemper, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 18 pitches were strikes (61.1%)
Logan Kensing, RHP: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – six of 11 pitches were strikes (54.5%)

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Game 90: Gotta get down with Freddy

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

I hate myself for that title. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B

Freddy Garcia, SP

The game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Joey Bats Update: Blue Jays manager John Farrell told reporters before today’s game that Jose Bautista is likely to miss the rest of the series after twisting his ankle last night. “Optimistically Sunday, realistically Tuesday,” he said. That’s unfortunate, you know. It really is. Such a shame. Like is so unfair.

Rothschild: Colon not hurt, just apprehensive

Via Andrew Marchand, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Bartolo Colon‘s hamstring is healthy, but the right-hander is still apprehensive about re-aggravating the injury. It was pretty obvious that Colon wasn’t 100% last night, he wasn’t moving well and it didn’t look like he was pushing off with his usual effort. This is something that he really should have gotten over with a rehab start, and unfortunately bringing players back from injury too soon has become something of a pattern for the Yankees. Remember Chien-Ming Wang in 2009 (hurried back after Joba Chamberlain took a line drive off his leg), Colon, possibly Phil Hughes

Rockies have been scouting Yankees’ farm system

Via George King, the Rockies have been scouting the Yankees Triple-A and Double-A affiliates recently, and are said to be high on (who else?) Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, and Manny Banuelos. Colorado has interest in Montero as a first baseman, not a catcher. The Yankees, meanwhile, are telling teams those three are untouchable, but that’s not surprising. New York was one of 17 teams on hand to scout Ubaldo Jimenez last night, when he held the Brewers to two runs in six innings. And so it begins…

Carroll: Oppenheimer a top GM prospect

Yankees’ scouting director Damon Oppenheimer has been mentioned as a GM candidate for the last few years now, and even moreso these days as we approach the end of Brian Cashman‘s latest contract. Will Carroll recently put together a list of the ten best GM prospects in the game, and Oppenheimer made the cut. Allow me to excerpt…

… several think pushing 50 might work against Oppenheimer. He’s hardly “too old,” but Oppenheimer will have it work against him in what is quickly becoming a young man’s job. The hours required, the time away from home and family, and the pay all conspire against the more established people.

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Oppenheimer, like [White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn], is often thought to be “in waiting” — not pushing Brian Cashman out the door, but in position to have the biggest chair in all of baseball …  “The thing you wonder,” said one AL exec, “is whether he really wants the job or is willing to keep doing the job he’s doing forever. He’s great and he’d be a great GM, but someone’s going to have to want him specifically.”

The Diamondbacks wanted to speak to Oppenheimer about their GM opening during the winter, but the Yankees denied them permission to do so. That’s a pretty good indication that, at the very least, they’re pleased with his work as scouting director and don’t want to lose him to another club. There’s also a pretty good chance that it means they have some kind of long-term plan for him. Speculate at your own risk.

I’ve already written about the front office and how I hope there is some kind of change this offseason, but it’s not like I want Cashman to go or anything like that. Quite the opposite, actually. I think promoting Oppenheimer to assistant GM would be a fine first step towards restructuring the front office somewhat, hopefully creating some kind of continuity between executives. Think Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti with the Indians. When the former was promoted to team president, the latter stepped right in with no growing pains. It was basically a lateral move and a change of job title, that’s it. Anyway, I could ramble about this stuff for hours, but it’s good to see that Oppenheimer is respected around the league and considered one of best future GM candidates.

The RAB Radio Show: July 15, 2011

As we near the deadline the conversation is going to lean largely towards the improvements the Yankees can make. Today on the show, Mike and I discuss:

  • Ubaldo Jimenez, ideal candidate.

  • Ryan Dempster, underrated for various reasons, overrated for others.
  • Chicago’s slew of starters, stubbornly stuck on the South Side.
  • Eduardo Nunez, perhaps not the best month-long A-Rod replacement.
  • Your mailbag questions, answered.

Podcast run time 52:23

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