DotF: Judge promoted, Severino dominates, Mateo steals 50th base on Sunday

Somewhat breaking news: OF Aaron Judge is being promoted to Triple-A Scranton, according to Jack Curry. You know this is breaking because Judge played for Double-A Trenton this afternoon. I’m guessing he’ll be with the RailRiders either tomorrow or the next day.

Also, SS Kyle Holder is day-to-day with a minor hamstring injury, according to Robert Pimpsner. Nothing serious, this year’s supplemental first rounder will be back in a few days.

Triple-A Scranton (8-2 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — with OF Mason Williams and OF Tyler Austin both on the DL, I wonder if Gamel is the next outfielder in line to be called up
  • LF Jose Pirela: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HB — 7/9 GB/FB — 75 of 97 pitches were strikes (77%) … 3.67 K/BB this year after 4.70 K/BB last year
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/2 GB/FB — eleven of 16 pitches were strikes (69%)

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Father’s Day Open Thread

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads today. A lot of us can’t tell our dads we love them today, so if you have a chance to do it, make sure you do.

Here’s the open thread for the night. The Dodgers and Giants are the ESPN Sunday Night Game (Lincecum vs. Anderson), so talk about that game, this afternoon’s beatdown, or anything else right here.

Yankees option Burawa and DePaula, planning to call up Moreno and Rumbelow

Rumblin' Rumbelow. (Presswire)
Rumblin’ Rumbelow. (Presswire)

Following this afternoon’s game, the Yankees announced they have optioned righty Danny Burawa and lefty Jose DePaula to Triple-A Scranton. Both made their MLB debuts this afternoon and, uh, they did not go well. The team says they anticipate calling up righties Diego Moreno and Nick Rumbelow on Monday.

Moreno, 28, was originally acquired in the A.J. Burnett trade with the Pirates a few years ago. He has a 2.27 ERA (2.61 FIP) with decent strikeout (21.2%) and walk (5.8%) rates in 35.2 innings with the RailRiders this season. Moreno is a classic fastball/slider reliever and the Yankees seem to like him. Brian Cashman has mentioned him as a call-up candidate a few times the last two years.

The 23-year-old Rumbelow was New York’s seventh round pick in 2013 — he’ll be the first player from their 2013 draft class to reach MLB — and he has a 3.31 ERA (2.58 FIP) in 35.1 Triple-A innings this year. His strikeout (28.7%) and walk (4.9%) rates are good, though he fanned more batters (34.1%) while climbing from Low-A to Triple-A last year. Rumbelow is a fastball/curveball guy.

Neither Moreno nor Rumbelow is on the 40-man roster but that’s not much of a problem. The Yankees currently have one open 40-man spot and they say they’ll transfer Sergio Santos (elbow) to the 60-day DL to clear the other spot. They can can slide Jacob Lindgren (elbow) to the 60-day DL when Ivan Nova is ready to return, whenever that is. Probably sometime within the next few days.

Tigers’ offense explodes on Tanaka and bullpen as Yanks fall 12-4 on Father’s Day

After taking two very satisfactory games from Detroit this weekend, the Yankees lost today’s game because, well, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Burawa and Jose DePaula gave up twelve runs and the offense didn’t score as many. Tanaka gave up three homers and seven runs in five innings and when you have your ace go down like that, it becomes mighty tough to win. The Yankees’ offense did hit three homers but they were far from enough. But hey, New York still got the series win!

Same (Source: Getty)

The early case of multiple dingers

Coming into the game, Tanaka had only allowed four homers this season. The Detroit Tigers, on the paper, are a very powerful team. Sure, they have not performed as expected this season but the talent is there, and boy, they showed it today.

After getting the two first hitters out – Rajai Davis and Ian Kinsler – pretty quickly, Tanaka gave up an opposite field single to Miguel Cabrera. Okay, far from the worst case scenario with one of the best hitters today. Next up was Victor Martinez, who is just not having a great year. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Tanaka threw a splitter that just hung in the strike zone that Martinez hit out for a 2-0 Tigers lead.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a hard grounder to Didi Gregorius and Gregorius couldn’t handle it. J.D. Martinez, who’s become one of the best hitters of AL, got a 90 mph fastball right down the middle and missed none of it. 4-0 Tigers lead. Not nice.

Rest of the start

Tanaka also was shaky in the second inning – he allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs. Victor Martinez, who previously got to Tanaka in first with a homer, hit a 0-2 splitter for a grounder that snuck through the middle for a 6-0 Tigers lead.

Flash forward to the top fifth, J.D. Martinez hit a slider down the middle and … just absolutely tattooed it. The ball reached to the Monument Park over the center field fence. 7-2 Tigers. It was on the first pitch of the inning so the damage was limited to a run but, still, not one of Tanaka’s finest days. 

Some amount of runs

In the second inning, with one out, Brian McCann took a 85 mph change from Anibal Sanchez into the right field seats for a solo homer. Sanchez, up to that point, hadn’t been making as mistakes as Tanaka but boy, that looked like a meatball in the zone. 6-1 Tigers.

With two outs, Chris Young lined a single to left. Stephen Drew followed it up with a four-pitch walk. Runners on first and second, Brendan Ryan came up to bat and hit a 0-2 pitch through the middle for an RBI single. 6-2.

Stephen Drew went deep again so we can make more Robinson Cano jokes. In the bottom seventh, Drew turned on a fastball inside and put the ball up in the second deck for his tenth of the year.

… You thought he was going to stop, were you? Well, in the bottom of the ninth, against Joakim Soria, Drew drove a fastball just over the right field fence for his third two-homer game of the year. Eleven home runs this season for Stephen, which is more than Buster Posey, Carlos Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes and Andrew McCutchen have hit this year. Drew’s second homer made it 12-4 and it would stay that will till the end of the game.

Debut no. 1: The Local Kid 

Danny Burawa, only two months younger than Tanaka, was called up to the majors today. Back in 2010, the righty was a 12th rounder from St. John’s University in Queens. Prior to the call-up, Burawa was in Triple-A and has had a pretty nice season: 1.75 ERA in 36.0 IP with 30 strikeouts and 17 walks. He was known for his strong arm.

On the first pitch to Kinsler, the righty threw a 97 mph strike — there’s that big arm that had been advertised for few years. Kinsler hit a grounder to short and Didi’s offline throw was caught by Mark Teixeira and the Yankee first baseman managed to tag out the runner.

Against the next two hitters, Burawa wasn’t as lucky (or effective). Miguel Cabrera walked and Victor Martinez followed it up with a single to right. Cespedes hit an elevated fastball up to the middle for an RBI single, making it an 8-2 game for Detroit. It was pretty evident that Burawa had roughly a million butterflies. It didn’t help much that he was facing the explosive Tigers middle of the order.

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Did I say Tigers middle of the order? Well, J.D. Martinez struck again. Burawa threw a 93 mph fastball – it wasn’t a horrible pitch; definitely on the lower part of strike zone but tailed into the center. Martinez made a very solid contact and the ball sailed over the right field fence for a 3-RBI home run, 11-2 Detroit. A three-homer game for J.D.!

Debut no. 2: a first-year Yankee from Villa Mella

After Burawa allowed four earned runs and got only two outs, Joe Girardi subbed in another pitcher making his ML debut: Jose DePaula. Yankees had signed DePaula to a Major League deal in last November. The lefty had pitched with the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants systems earlier in his career and after signing with New York, DePaula’s had a 1.53 ERA in 3 starts in Triple-A.

And, on his very first pitch, DePaula allowed a homer to Andrew Romine for his third career homer and first of the season. Ooof. Welcome to Major Leagues, Jose.

That home run would be the only run that DePaula allowed this afternoon. He went 3.1 IP, allowed two hits, struck out two and walked four. He didn’t get things too out of hand and managed to get enough outs to finish through the ninth inning, which, I guess, was all Girardi could have asked from De Paula.

Box Score, standings, video highlights, WPA

Here’s the box score, updated standings, video highlights and WPA.

Source: FanGraphs

The Yankees have Phillies visiting Yankee Stadium for a three-game series. I’m not saying the Phillies are a bad team but … well, actually, they are pretty terrible this year. Feel free to look forward to the next series in order to forget today’s game and Happy Father’s Day!

Jacob Lindgren to have surgery to remove bone spur from elbow


Rookie left-hander Jacob Lindgren will have surgery on Monday to remove a bone spur from his elbow, the Yankees announced. Team doctor Dr. Ahmad will perform the procedure and the Yankees say the rehab timetable is “expected to be no more than 12 weeks.”

Lindgren, 22, allowed four runs in seven innings with the Yankees after pitching to a 1.23 ERA (1.93 FIP) in 22 innings with Triple-A Scranton. He allowed three homers in his seven innings with New York and left a lot of pitches up, which could have had something to do with the elbow problem. Maybe, maybe not. Who knows.

I’m not sure how the timing of all this works. I was under the impression the Yankees would have had to call Lindgren back up and place him on the big league DL if he suffered the injury in MLB, allowing him to accrue service time and get big league salary. He was optioned down a few days ago and placed on the Triple-A DL though, and it sounds like that’s where he’s staying. Like I said, I’m not sure how this works.

The 12-week timetable comes close to ending Lindgren’s season — it puts him on target to return in the middle of September. I think the injury makes Lindgren a prime candidate for the Arizona Fall League, which would allow him to make up for some lost innings.

Game 69: Tanaka for the Sweep

No bat today, Masahiro. (Rob Foldy/Getty)
No bat today, Masahiro. (Rob Foldy/Getty)

This homestand is going really well so far. The Yankees have own all four games by the combined scored of 32-10. They’ve allowed three runs or fewer in five of their last seven games, which is sorta flying under the radar. In one of the other games they allowed just four runs. They’re pitching well and hitting well right. Times are good.

Masahiro Tanaka is on the mound with an extra day of rest this afternoon and he has been simply outstanding of late. Four runs in 21 innings since coming off the DL and five runs in his last 34.1 innings overall. Thirty-five strikeouts and two walks too. No better guy to have on the mound when you’re looking for a sweep. Here is the Tigers’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Didi Gregorius
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. RF Garrett Jones
  7. LF Chris Young
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. 3B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It’s a lovely afternoon in New York. Great day for baseball. Today’s game will begin a little after 1pm ET and will air on YES locally and MLB Network regionally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Mason Williams (shoulder) has been placed on the 15-day DL. An MRI showed no structural damage, just inflammation. Joe Girardi said they don’t want to rush him … Sergio Santos (elbow) needs Tommy John surgery. Womp womp. Thanks for getting out of that bases loaded jam the other day, Serg.

Roster Moves: Bryan Mitchell was send down to Triple-A Scranton and both Danny Burawa and Ramon Flores were called up, the Yankees announced. Whenever he gets into a game, Burawa will be the seventh Yankee to make his MLB debut. It’s not even July yet!

Brett the Maintainer

Excuse me for starting out on a philosophical note, but one slightly ironic certainty in life is that we have no idea why some things happen. That’s even truer in baseball, and a clear example of that is Brett Gardner. His success as an outfielder for the Yankees is one of the more pleasant surprises I’ve experienced in the last decade or so as fan. When he first came up, I liked his batting eye and I liked his defense, as did everyone else. However, I thought that his lack of power at the beginning would come back to bite him eventually; pitchers would challenge him in the zone, thus negating his good eye and patience, exploiting his lack of power. I’m glad I was wrong.

Taking the more micro view of things, I thought there would be a difference in performance from Gardner after Jacoby Ellsbury went down with an injury, but there really hasn’t been. Ellsbury last appeared in a game for the Yankees on May 19; at that time, Gardner was hitting .291/.366/.433, mostly out of the second spot of the lineup. Since then, through Friday’s game against the Tigers, Gardner has hit .259/.331/.454. There’s been a drop off in average and OBP, but nothing too significant, and that drop is balanced out by a boost in power.

Again borrowing from cliche philosophy, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Gardner moved up a spot in the order to the leadoff spot, a role he’s more than suited for; after all, he and Taco Bellsbury are fairly similar hitters. Going into writing this piece, I was expecting to find some differences in the way pitchers approached Gardner thanks to the new lineup spot, specifically the fact that there’d be no one on in front of him for his first time up which would be a change from the Ellsbury/Gardner configuration. During the opening stretch of the season before Gardner got hurt, Ellsbury was on base quite a bit–his OBP before going down was .412. In turn, Gardner came up to the plate with men on base in 55 of 127 at bats, 43%. Moving to the leadoff position lowered that to 33.33%, which is expected; you’ll always be starting with no men on in your first trip to the plate. Given that difference, though, and the move to the higher lineup spot, pitchers haven’t treated Gardner much differently than they did when he was a two hitter.

He has seen more ‘hard’ stuff since moving up in the order than he did to start the year, but the differences in results aren’t all that drastic, except for the increase in power on breaking pitches, moving from an ISO of .057 to an ISO of .333. His increased power against both hard and offspeed stuff as well just mirrors the overall increase in power noted earlier.

While the Yankees have struggled  in Ellsbury’s absence, Gardner’s been a more consistent presence than realized. The team’s been up and down all year, but he’s been steady, which is exactly what a team needs at the top of the lineup.