Down on the Farm

I sure hope you don’t have plans on Sunday, because it’s goin’ down. National TV mofo!

Triple-A Scranton (7-5 win over Toledo)
Kevin Thompson: 0 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Andy Phillips: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – .318-.394-.568-.962 this year, just imagine if he had some protection in the lineup
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 3 RBI – only 28 total bases this year, about 60 fewer than A-Rod
Andrew Beattie: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Steven Jackson: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K – first time he’s gone more than 3.2 IP since April 16th…
Ron Villone: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 5-1 GB/FB – ya know, he could have opted out of his contract if he wasn’t on the 25-man big league roster by May 1st…
TJ Beam: .1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – I guess Chris Britton’s shoes are too big to fill…

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Keith Law chat on ESPN

Lots of Yankee stuff today, including two questions (draft related) from our own Mike A.

Jesse G. (Bourne, MA): How much of the Yankees injuries so far can be attributed to their now fired coach for “performance enhancement?” How important are the stretching routines that players use from team to team?

SportsNation Keith Law: I do believe that most hamstring/groin injuries are preventable with proper conditioning and stretching. Whether the Yankees had that or not, I couldn’t say, but I do believe that there is some responsibility on the coach when there’s a run of similar injuries like this.

brendan, providence: after the first month who do you think is the best team in baseball? i gotta say the red sox. and with the yankees finally having some bad injury luck is this the year their playoff run ends?

SportsNation Keith Law: Yes, I’d say the Sox are the best team in baseball right now. I wouldn’t count the Yankees out this early. Too much season left to be played, and their offense is still outstanding.

Brian Cashman: Hi Keith. Who should I dip into in my farm system in the short run for Hughes’s spot? Clippard? Please tell me the best available pitcher for a month or so and why. Thanks.

SportsNation Keith Law: If you’re staying internal, Clippard isn’t just the best option, he might be the only one. And I’m not very confident in him either – fringy stuff guy who survives on command, the type of pitcher that doesn’t usually succeed right away in the majors.

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367 at bats

That, according to Kenny Singleton, is how long Jerry Hairston, Jr., went between home runs. Can someone tell me why Luis Vizcaino is pitching in a one-run game with four better righty arms in the bullpen? This is why Joe Torre should not be managing the Yankees.

Miller’s exercise program coming under scrutiny

File this one in the too-little, too-late department, but dismissed coach Marty Miller’s running program is coming under fire today.

Over at the excellent Baseball Musings, David Pinto asked Bob Sikes, former assistant trainer to the Mets and Getting Paid To Watch blogger, his take on the Miller controversy. Sikes had some interesting points to make:

The hamstring has its own unique role in biomechanics. Running involves the hamstring to fire both types of contractions-concentric and eccentric. Or in laymen terms, shortening the muscle and then lengthening it under stress. Weight room activities are designed to supplement and athletes ability to run. If Miller desired to decrease the amount of running in favor of something else, he made a decision that’s ended up burning many professionals.

Yanks’ GM Brian Cashman has taken some heat for hiring Miller from a health club to join a professional baseball team, and Miller was fired when the players practically revolted and refused to partake in his program. There’s more than meets the eye to this situation.

I have to wonder just what was going through Cashman’s mind when he brought Miller on. He messed with players’ work-out programs right at the start of Spring Training, and now the Yanks are paying the price. They’ve seen four hamstring injuries since the middle of March.

It’s too late now, and Miller is gone. But Brian Cashman should be questions about this guy. What made the Yanks turn to Miller in the first place anyway?

Pavano and Tommy John may soon have something in common

Well, folks, the Carl Pavano Experience may finally be coming to an end. Loyal reader Jason B. sent us this tip from Don Amore’s blog. Carl Pavano is heading to see Dr. James Andrews and could be out for quite a while.

The Pavano news is bad. He had been throwing on the side, and got up on the mound on Sunday, but though the team kept saying he was getting better, he didn’t seem so optimistic. He is going to see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama and may, in fact, need Tommy John surgery, which would finish him for this season and probably next season,too, possibly ending is career.

“It’s getting ridiculous, the team needs me,” Pavano said. “It’s frustrating for all of us.”

There just ain’t much left to say about the man some Yankee writers have dubbed the Rajah of Rehab. Carl Pavano will pocket $39.95 million for what looks like 19 starts over four years. This will go down as one of the worst signings in Yankee history, but now, we can stick a fork in Pavano because he’s done.