Noesi makes Triple-A debut in win

Adam Warren was In The Team Photo of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Also make sure you check out Rebecca’s photos from last night’s SI game.

Triple-A Scranton (10-7 win over Lehigh Valley)
Kevin Russo, 2B & Greg Golson, CF: both 1 for 5 – Russo drove in a pair of runs & stole a base … Golson doubled & K’ed twice
Jesus Montero, C: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – nine for his last 26 (.346) with a double and two homers
Juan Miranda, 1B: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Jorge Vazquez, 3B: 1 for 2, 3 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding) – very nice night, save the error
Colin Curtis, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 13 for his last 35 (.371) with seven freaking doubles
Chad Huffman, DH: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Eric Bruntlett, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Reid Gorecki, LF: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI – first game since August 13th … wow
Hector Noesi: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 8-3 GB/FB – 54 of his 80 pitches were strikes (67.5%) … not a terrible AAA debut
Al Aceves: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HB, 0-3 GB/FB – just 22 of 42 pitches were strikes (52.4%) … second rehab beatdown in a row
Eric Wordekemper: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K2-1 GB/FB – a dozen of his 16 pitches were strikes

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Game 128: The rest of the season starts now

Shut up Ozzie. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)

With the Yankees and Rays tied atop the AL East, the two clubs are essentially looking at a 35 game season right now. Whichever club plays better during that time will win the division, the other will be damned to the depths of the Wild Card.

The Yanks start the rest of their season tonight in Chicago, against the same White Sox team that claimed Manny Ramirez off waivers earlier today. Don’t worry, he’s not in the lineup tonight, and in fact, he’s still on the Dodgers. The two sides have until Tuesday to work out a deal, and hopefully they’ll need all that time so the Yanks won’t have face Manny this weekend.

In addition to not having Manny, the ChiSox are also without Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz, their top two setup guys. Both are on the disabled list for whatever reason. Hopefully the Yanks pound the junkballer former known as Freddy Garcia and then go to work on Ozzie Guillen’s depleted bullpen.

Fun Fact: Mark Kotsay is hitting .000/.080/.000 vs. LHP this season. And I thought Curtis Granderson was helpless against southpaws. Here’s the lineup…

Gardner, LF
Jeter, SS
Teixeira, 1B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Posada, DH
Granderson, CF
Cervelli, C
Pena, 3B

And on the bump, it’s A.J. Burnett.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET (stupid Midwestern states) and can be seen on YES locally or the MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Pettitte feels fine after bullpen session

Via Marc Carig, Andy Pettitte felt fine during his 25-pitch bullpen session today, though he did not throw with maximum effort. His next throwing session will come either Sunday or Monday.

With any luck, Andy will be able to throw with full effort next time around, which should put him in a position to throw a simulated game and then a rehab start a two. The minor league season ends in less than two weeks, so chances are he’ll have to make any rehab starts during the playoffs. That would be a pretty nice boost for the minor leaguers, no?

MLB investigating Nova, DeLaRosa

Via Baseball America, Major League Baseball is investigating both Ivan Nova and Wilkin DeLaRosa for allegedly injecting each other with B-12 shots while the two were teammates last season with Double-A Trenton. B-12 is not on MLB’s list of banned substances, but only licensed physicians are allowed to inject the medication without a subscription. And, of course, they want to make sure neither player injected themselves with something other than B-12.

I honestly don’t know what happens from here, if there’s a penalty or something since it’s not a banned substance. Hopefully nothing comes of this.

Sanchez dealing with some kind of arm injury

Via Donnie Collins, Romulo Sanchez is on the disabled list with some kind of arm injury. We first heard of his move to the DL last night, but no details were provided. Romulo was seen with a wrap around his right elbow in the clubhouse yesterday, but Collins’ says it could still be another part of the arm that’s bothering him.

Sanchez was reportedly going to be one of three players – along with Jon Albaladejo and Juan Miranda – the Yanks were set to call up on Sept. 1st, but obviously that’s not going to happen now. The only other pitcher in Triple-A on the 40-man roster is Hector Noesi, but I can’t imagine the Yanks will call him up so soon after promoting him from Double-A.  Heck, he hasn’t even pitched for Scranton yet. Al Aceves should be ready to return soon, so chances are he and Albaladejo will be the only help the Yanks’ bullpen help gets in the first wave of call-ups.

RAB Live Chat

Mailbag: Killer B’s, Garcia, Wood, Bad Contracts

Time for another edition of the RAB mailbag, which I hope will one day be as awesome as KSK’s Sex/Fantasy Football Mailbag. Yes, I like to dream big. These week will discuss the futures of two prominent pitching prospects and one former prominent pitching prospect, whether or not Kerry Wood will be with the Yankees beyond this season, and my personal favorite, ugly contracts.

If you ever have a question you want answered, send it in to us via the Submit A Tip box in the sidebar under The Montero Watch.

Anonymous asks: Who do you like more, Betances or Banuelos on reaching their ceilings?

I like Manny Banuelos‘ chances of reaching his ceiling because he’s got a much better track record when it comes to the health of his arm. Yeah, he missed a big chunk of this season with an appendectomy, but that kinda stuff happens. Other than that, he’s had no arm problems during his time with the Yankees.

Betances, meanwhile, dealt with some nagging elbow issues before finally having reconstructive elbow surgery last year, and he also missed over a month with a sore shoulder back in 2008. He has yet to have a full, healthy season starting in April and finishing in September in his three-plus year career while Banuelos did it just last year. If you can’t stay healthy, you can’t stay on the field and develop into the best player you can be, so that’s why my pick is on ManBan.

Mike asks: Whats the latest on Christian Garcia? Is he back from injury and are the Yankees looking to re-signing him to a minor league deal?

In his interview with NoMaas this week, Mark Newman said they “haven’t had a discussion with (Garcia) or his agents about (rejoining the organization on a minor league deal). He’s got a ton of rehabbing to do.” It doesn’t get more reliable or up-to-date than that.

Anonymous asks: We all know about how poorly (predictably) Cashman’s moves have gone this year, and you’ve already talked about Kearns, but what are the chances of Kerry Wood staying with us? He seems completely revitalized by a playoff hunt and is throwing well. Will his closing experience put him out of our price range? Will we go cheap in the pen to sign Lee/Crawford/Werth etc?

Why is it predictable that his moves failed? So typical.

Anyway, the Yankees have gone cheap on the bullpen for three years now, and I really don’t expect that to change. Taking a one year, $1.2M flier on Chan Ho Park is a lot different than committing multiple years and big bucks to someone like Wood. Cashman has built the bullpen around cheap strikeout pitchers with enough depth that anyone who’s ineffective can be replaced with someone from Triple-A. It really is the best way to build a relief corps, having plenty of cheap and interchangeable options rather than putting all your eggs in one basket.

However, when I first read this question, something popped into my mind. Given his injury history and the current market, there’s zero chance Wood will get another multi-year deal worth $10M+ annually this winter. What if the Yanks could woo him with say, a one year deal worth $3M and incentives that could put another $5M or so in his pocket with the promise that if Mariano Rivera decides to call it a career after 2011, Wood gets the closer’s job as long as he’s healthy?

Obviously that’s a bit of a reach, because a guy with Wood’s pedigree should be able to find a closer’s job on the open market, and saves equals money the next time his contract is up. Maybe the lure of being Mo’s heir apparent is enough to keep him in pinstripes, but I’m sure his number one goal is to secure as much money in his next deal as possible to make sure he, his kids, and his kid’s kids never have to worry about a thing financially.

Kevin asks: If it was decided that every team could clear one contract from their payroll with no penalty, who do you think the Yankees would choose? A-Rod is such a vital part of the team, but they couldn’t blink on getting rid of those last seven years could they?

It has to be Alex Rodriguez. I love the guy, he’s a great player, the best I’ve seen in a Yankee uniform, but that contract is just awful. There’s still $174M and seven years left on that sucker after this season, and that doesn’t include the extra $30M he could earn thanks to the historic homerun milestones. There’s basically no chance of A-Rod retiring before the contract is up and forfeiting whatever is left on it because we’re talking generational wealth here. And you know what? If I was in the same boat as him, I’d do the same thing.

I love the guy, but I’m sorry, I’d shed him and his contract in a cocaine heartbeat if given the opportunity. I think A.J. Burnett‘s would be a close second, or maybe I could preemptively say whatever Derek Jeter gets after the season, which is almost assured of being too much for too long.