Phelps rocked in return to SWB

Dellin Betances was In The Team Photo of this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. In other news, P.J. Pilittere was activated from the phantom DL to take the DFA’ed Gus Molina’s spot on the Triple-A Scranton roster. Wilkins Arias was sent back to Double-A Trenton and Brad Halsey was put on the DL. Sixth rounder Jake Cave faced his first live pitching since turning pro earlier this week, and it was against Pedro Feliciano.

Triple-A Scranton (7-4 loss to Durham)
Chris Dickerson, LF & Doug Bernier, SS: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Dickerson got hit by a pitch, stole a base and struck out … Bernier doubled, walked, and score a run
Mike Lamb, DH: 2 or 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K
Brandon Laird, 3B & Luis Nunez, 2B: both 1 for 4 – Laird struck out twice … Nunez hit a solo jack
Terry Tiffee, 1B & Jordan Parraz, RF: both 0 for 4 – Parraz struck out
P.J. Pilittere, C & Greg Golson, CF: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Pilittere allowed a passed ball
David Phelps, RHP: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 39 of 70 pitches were strikes (55.7%) … first start at this level since June 21st because of the shoulder issue
George Kontos, RHP: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 6-2 GB/FB – 41 of 53 pitches were strikes (77.4%) … dreams of a high-leverage, multi-inning reliever are dancing through my head
Scott Proctor, RHP: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 16 of 23 pitches were strikes (69.6%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – just eight of his 18 pitches were strikes (44.4%)

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Game 123: Hughes on the hill

(AP Photo/ Bill Kostroun)

Phil Hughes and the Yanks look to continue their recent success against the Twins tonight as the righthander takes the mound for his 10th start of the season. Hughes, 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA, is looking to build on some strong outings. Over his last three starts, the 25-year-old has allowed 16 hits and just four earned runs in 18 innings while striking out 13 and walking three. This is Hughes’ second career regular season start against the Twinkies.

Minnesota will counter with Kevin Slowey. The 27-year-old is making his first start since September 27 and only his seventh appearance of the season. He missed some time earlier this year with abdominal strain and landed in AAA after coming off of the DL. He is 0-0 this year with a 4.91 ERA in 14.2 innings. He has allowed 19 hits but just one walk to go with seven punch outs. He is 1-1 with a 4.56 ERA in 23.2 innings spanning five games against the Yankees. He recently held the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees to one unearned run over 8 innings during a AAA outing.

Here’s your Yanks’ starting nine:

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Chavez 3B
Posada DH
Martin C

Alex Rodriguez Update: A-Rod went through some more hitting and baserunning drills today, and he will do so again tomorrow. Joe Girardi indicated that they are leaning against activating him in time for tomorrow’s game but could add him to the roster for Sunday or Tuesday after Monday’s off day.

Other News: Freddy Garcia has been placed on the disabled list because of the cut on his finger, and he’ll make a “rehab” start with Triple-A Scranton next week and be activated in time to start one of the game’s in the doubleheader against the Orioles next Saturday … The Yankees have claimed left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey off waivers from the Mariners and designated Gus Molina for assignment. Laffey will join the team tomorrow, taking Garcia’s roster spot.

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Garcia DL’d to make room for Laffey

Freddy Garcia, a quiet hero of the Yanks’ season, has been placed on the disabled list with a cut on his right index finger, the Yankees announced today. By and large, the move is a technicality which allows the Yanks to add Aaron Laffey to the 25-man roster without losing another player. Garcia last pitched on August 7 and can be activated as early as Tuesday. The Yankees however will have him start on Monday for Scranton before activating him for next weekend’s double header (Carig). Garcia has thrown all of his pitches in the pen this week in Minneapolis, but the Yanks can buy some time with this move. They can add a lefty without losing another reliever for now.

Andruw Jones’ secret hitting coach

Even before last night’s third deck shot, Andruw Jones had gone from dud to legitimate force for the Yankees in the second half. I wrote about his improvement earlier this week, and as it turns out, the outfielder had some help with the turn around. “My mom called me and told me look at your old tape,” said Jones to Jack Curry. So he watched some old tape of him from last year (.364 wOBA overall, .402 vs. LHP) and widened his stance, which helped him feel more comfortable at the dish. Andruw’s mom is cool with me.

Yankees claim Aaron Laffey, DFA Gus Molina

Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have claimed lefty Aaron Laffey off waivers from the Mariners. Gustavo Molina has been designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Laffey will join the team in Minnesota tomorrow, which is kinda interesting.

I wrote about Laffey yesterday, suggesting the Yankees should claim him off waivers so he can be the second lefty out of the pen. He won’t be a shutdown southpaw, but he’s a better backup option than Raul Valdes or Steve Garrison. As an added bonus, Laffey is under team control through 2014 and has a minor league option remaining for next year. Solid move, improving on the margins.

The RAB Radio Show: August 19, 2011

The Yanks are rolling along pretty well right now. Mike and I find the few interesting nuggets from the past week.

  • The only downer, really, was the botched home run call on Wednesday.
  • Well, that and the starters not being that great the last turn or two through the rotation. That seems like a short-term issue, though.
  • But on the bright side, the bullpen has been stupendous.
  • We also turn the conversation to the playoff races, which, given how things have broken down this year, we can do in mid-August.
  • Does Jim Hendry’s firing have anything to do with the Yanks?

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