Yankees RISPFAIL their way to crappy loss

Geno was probably ready to retire mid-game tonight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

I don’t want to recap this game any more than you want to read a recap of it. In hindsight, it was probably a bad idea to strand a zillion baserunners. Who knew? Seriously though, they went 2-for-16 (!!!) with runners in scoring position, leaving 15 men on base in 11 innings. The Yankees left two men on base in the third, sixth, seventh, and ninth innings, which is unfathomably bad. Too make matters worse, their pitchers walked (get this) eleven runners. The Yankees beat themselves, there’s really no other way to put it. They squandered so many chances and made so many dumb mistakes (bunting when Joakim Soria had thrown one strike out of eight pitches? where’s the common sense?) that they deserved to lose. Period, end of story.

So blame whoever you want, blame David Robertson, blame Joe Girardi, blame Buddy Carlyle. I blame the offense, but that’s just me. Doesn’t really matter though, just move on and forget about this mess. These two teams will play the rubber game tomorrow night, when Ivan Nova takes on Sean O’Sullivan. Here’s the box score and WPA Graph if you’re so inclined.

Cano’s CT scan comes back negative

Update (12:13 a.m.): After getting in the head with a Nathan Adcock pitch with two outs in the fifth, Robinson Cano left tonight’s game, and the Yanks sent him for a CT scan. The results came back negative, and the Yanks’ second baseman is listed as day-to-day right now. MLB has implemented a mandatory seven-day disabled list for any player who suffers a concussion, but Cano will avoid that week-long stint. With the Red Sox on deck, that’s good news for the offensively-challenged Bombers.

After getting hit, Cano was on the ground for a few minutes but walked off the field on his own power as Eduardo Nuñez replaced him as the runner at first. While Cano was seen smiling in the dugout afterwards, I wouldn’t be surprised if he got the day off tomorrow just to be safe. Concussion or not, head injuries are nothing to mess around with.

MLB to investigate Colon procedure

Earlier tonight, Mike reported on the stem cell procedure Bartolo Colon underwent to restore his throwing arm. Now it seems that MLB is questioning the surgery and the doctor who conducted it. Joseph R. Purita, Colon’s surgeon, has used HGH in the past, and MLB wants to make sure he didn’t employ the banned substance in Colon’s surgery.

Serge Kovaleski of The Times reported:

Purita said he flew to the Dominican Republic and performed the procedures for free, doing it at the behest of a medical technology company based in Massachusetts that he has done business with for several years. Purita, who has used human growth hormone in such treatments, said in an interview that that he had not done so in Colon’s case. The use of human growth hormone is banned by baseball. “This is not hocus-pocus,” Purita said in an interview here. “This is the future of sports medicine, in particular. Here it is that I got a guy back playing baseball and throwing pitches at 95 miles an hour.”

Purita said that he has treated at least two dozen professional athletes over the years, mostly baseball and football players, and that he has never given any of them H.G.H. “I just won’t give it to these guys,” Purita said. “I don’t need the stigma and that kind of reputation.”

For the last few years, baseball and other sports, while fighting to limit the use of performance-enhancing drugs, have been faced with a new and murky challenge: players getting sophisticated blood treatments, often from doctors whose practices involve the regular use of H.G.H.

Brian Cashman, the Yankees’ general manager, said Wednesday that he had not known of Colon’s medical treatment when the club signed him. Cashman said Colon’s agent, aware that The New York Times was working on an article about the procedure and Purita’s role, had notified him recently of the procedure. Cashman said he had, in response, informed Major League Baseball. “The Yankees did notify us and we are looking into it,” said Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball.

Major League Baseball has said it has no reason to suspect Colon or his surgeon of any wrong-doing, but they are investigating as a matter of due diligence. I would expect nothing to come of this, and I’m not sure they can do much anyway. Colon was out of organized baseball when he underwent the procedure last year. As long as he complies with the MLB drug policy now, there is no foul here.

Phelps whiffs nine in SWB loss

Kevin Russo cleared waivers and has been sent to Triple-A Scranton, so the Yankees didn’t lose any infield depth by claiming Jess Todd. Both Steve Garrison and Graham Stoneburner are still rehabbing from groin and neck strains, respectively, in Tampa. Just in case you were wondering what those two were up too.

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 loss to Buffalo)
Chris Dickerson, CF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – six for his last 20 (.300) with three doubles and a homer
Luis Nunez, SS, Jesus Montero, DH, Justin Maxwell, LF & Brandon Laird, 3B: all 1 for 4 – Nunez scored a run and stole a base … Montero and Maxwell each drove one in and whiffed …  Laird struck out twice
Jorge Vazquez, 1B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Jordan Parraz, RF: 0 for 4, 1 K
Gus Molina, C: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Doug Bernier, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
David Phelps, RHP: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 2-3 GB/FB – 69 of 108 pitches were strikes (63.9%) … 39-11 K/BB in 42.1 IP
Jess Todd, RHP: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB – seven of 11 pitches were strikes (63.6%) … he was having a brutal year with the Indian’s Triple-A squad, guess it carried over
Andy Sisco, LHP: 0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K – just four of his 14 pitches were strikes (28.6%)
George Kontos, RHP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – 14 of 17 pitches were strikes (82.4%)

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Game 34: Vinny from Jersey

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Yankees have seen quite a bit of Vin Mazzaro in his brief big league career. He’s made three career starts against them (with the A’s, of course), only once completing five innings while pitching to a 9.69 ERA with nearly as many walks (ten) as strikeouts (12) in 13 innings. Yankee batters have tagged him for a .379/.486/.690 batting line in 70 plate appearances. I’m sure he’ll have some family in attendance for tonight, but I hope they go home disappointed for the Yankees’ sake. Here’s the lineup, same as yesterday’s…

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

A.J. Burnett, SP

YES will have the game when it begins a little after 7pm ET. Enjoy.

Notes: Busy afternoon today, with news about Gene Monahan, Rafael Soriano, Luis Ayala, and Lance Pendleton.

The secret behind Bartolo Colon’s success: stem cells.

Bartolo Colon‘s resurgence has been the comeback story of the year so far, by a considerable margin too, and this article in De Diario Libre explains the medical procedure that made it possible. Dominican doctors Sergio Guzman, Leonel Liriano, and Hector Rosario approached the right-hander in 2009 about the stem cell treatment for his ailing shoulder, which included damage to the rotator cuff, ligaments, and tendons. It was performed in addition to the more well-known platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP), and neither procedure took more than 40 minutes or required any kind of surgery (and subsequent recovery time). And here he is, throwing mid-90’s gas.

“We have not invented anything, nor have we done anything new,” said Guzman. “This is being done the world over. We received some training overseas to handle this type of things. Harvard University donated the centrifuges. This is no invention. What we do is take a little bit of bone marrow and we put it into an affected area”. I recommend reading the whole article, very interesting stuff.