• Yankees send Bryan Mitchell back to Double-A

    As expected, the Yankees have sent right-hander Bryan Mitchell back to Double-A Trenton, the team announced. The move clears a roster spot for David Robertson, who will be activated off the 15-day DL prior to tomorrow night’s series opener against the Red Sox. Mitchell did not pitch during his one day in the show and was only up as an emergency long man. · (13) ·

Record Last Week: 4-2 (26 RS, 30 RA)
Season Record: 11-8 (75 RS, 84 RA, 8-11 pythag. record)
Opponents This Week: Mon. OFF, @ Red Sox (three games, Tues. to Thurs.), vs. Angels (three games, Fri. to Sun.)

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After the way things went down on Friday and Saturday, it feels like a minor miracle that the Yankees escaped this four-game series with a split. They needed 12 innings and five (really six counting Vidal Nuno) relievers to beat the Rays 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. The good news is that the Yankees do not return to Tropicana Field until the middle of August, so we don’t have to see this house of horrors for another few months.

I didn’t see any of the game because I was out visiting family for Easter, but I did watch the highlights and flip through the play-by-play. That Dean Anna walk in the 12th inning looked like one hell of an at-bat, so I pulled it up on MLB.tv and sure enough, it was one hell of an at-bat. Nine total pitches, including three foul balls after being down 1-2 in the count. Great job by Anna. I’m so happy intentionally walking the bases loaded blew up in Joe Maddon’s face. By WPA (+.325), the walk was the Yankees’ biggest offensive play of the season by frickin’ far.

Nuno gave the Yankees exactly what they needed in his spot start, twirling five shutout innings and holding Tampa to three hits and two walks. He struck out six. A parade of relievers blew the one-run lead but otherwise held the Rays to three hits and three walks in seven innings. Big ups to Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, and Preston Claiborne for holding down the fort with multiple innings of work. After the last few days, this collective bullpen performance was very welcome.

From what I understand, there was some controversy on a would-be Brett Gardner triple that was ruled a ground-rule double. I guess Wil Myers trapped the ball against the wall, or something like that. I also understand the infield defense was a mess, and the three errors back that up. The Yankees fell victim to the new (and stupid) transfer rule for the first time in the seventh, when Brian Roberts bobbled the potential double play ball. The new rule says the fielder needs to catch the ball and make a clean transfer for an out. Supposedly that will soon change and go back to the way it was, as it should.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Apologies for the lack of an in-depth recap, but family and the holiday. You know how it is. The Yankees are off on Monday — Ivan Nova‘s partially torn UCL will be re-evaluated — and will then head to Boston for a three-game series against the Red Sox. Masahiro Tanaka and Jon Lester will start that series on Tuesday night. Fun!

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  • Sunday Night Open Thread

    Here is your open thread for this lovely Sunday evening. The Orioles and Red Sox are the ESPN Sunday Night Game (Ubaldo vs. Peavy), plus there’s playoff basketball and hockey on all night. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s game, Ivan Nova’s bum elbow, or anything else right here. · (119) ·

Triple-A Scranton (9-4 loss to Lehigh Valley)

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – seven hits in his last 18 at-bats (.389)
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K — 13 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.394)
  • RF Adonis Garcia: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • DH Ronnie Mustelier: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 53 of 76 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • RHP Shane Greene: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 32 pitches were strikes (75%) … only his second appearance of the year after going up and down for the first few weeks

Double-A Trenton, High-A Tampa, and Low-A Charleston all had a scheduled off-day. Weird for a Sunday, even with the holiday.

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These last two days have been really rough on the Yankees. The Rays blew them out twice and decimated their bullpen in the process, all leading up to today’s spot start by Vidal Nuno. He hasn’t pitched in 12 days. Joe Girardi said he will be happy if they get 75 pitches out of him this afternoon, so the bullpen will be pressed into duty again.

Thankfully, the Yankees are off tomorrow and they will have a chance to catch their breath. These last two days have been pretty rough. Grabbing a win to earn a series split and halt the little losing streak before the off-day would make for a pretty good Sunday afternoon. Things are pretty hectic right now but they aren’t as bad as it seems. Here is the Rays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  7. LF Brett Gardner
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. C John Ryan Murphy
    LHP Vidal Nuno

It’s hot and humid in the Tampa area, but there’s no rain. Doesn’t really matter though. Tropicana Field has a dome. First pitch is scheduled for 1:40pm ET and you can watch live on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Moves: As expected, Mark Teixeira (hamstring) was activated off the 15-day DL while both Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell were called up. To make room on the roster, Ivan Nova (elbow) was placed on the 15-day DL, Scott Sizemore was optioned to Triple-A, and Matt Daley was designated for assignment.

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It appears the Yankees have lost one of their starters for an extended period of time. Ivan Nova has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the Yankees announced. Yes, that is the Tommy John surgery ligament. He will be re-evaluated in New York tomorrow, during the team’s off-day.

Nova, 27, left yesterday’s start with a sore elbow and was sent for tests. He reportedly did not complain of any pain, and it wasn’t until he shook him arm following a pitch that Joe Girardi and the rest of the staff took notice. Nova tried to talk his way into remaining in the game but that wasn’t going to happen. “It’s hard. I don’t even know what to tell you guys. I’m so sad right now that I’m not going to be pitching,” he said to Erik Boland.

This is Nova’s fourth arm injury in the last four years. He suffered a forearm strain during the 2011 postseason, shoulder inflammation in August 2012, and triceps inflammation last April. Nova is a breaking ball heavy pitcher, throwing his curveball and/or slider at least 31% of the time the last three years. That’s usually bad news for the elbow.

Nova may try to rehab the injury but that rarely seems to work. Chad Billingsley and Matt Harvey both tried to rehab partially torn UCLs only to wind up having Tommy John surgery, for example. There has been a lot of talk recently — from people like Dr. James Andrews, not schmucks like me — about the elbow reconstruction rehab process being too aggressive these days. The prescribed rehab time is 12-18 months, so if the Nova does need surgery, we might not see him again until the 2015 All-Star break.

It’s unclear who will replace Nova in the rotation right now. Vidal Nuno is making a spot start today and thanks to tomorrow’s off-day, he’d line up perfectly to replace Nova. David Phelps is another option, but he isn’t stretched out. Adam Warren has settled into a one-inning setup role and it’s tough to see him moving into the rotation. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen though. Triple-A starters include veterans Bruce Billings, Al Aceves, and Chris Leroux. We’ll see. Either way, Nova probably isn’t returning anytime soon.

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Does this game really need a recap? I’m not quite sure what there is to say after a beatdown like that. The Yankees got buried by the Rays on Saturday night, allowing 16 runs on 16 hits and five walks. Five of those hits were homers, including two by Wil Myers and two by Ryan Hanigan. Yes, the same Ryan Hanigan who hit four homers with a .063 ISO from 2012-13. It was that kind of night.

This game had it all. There was the ol’ intentionally walk one hitter (James Loney) and give up a homer to the next (Myers) move, which has always been a personal fave. A throwing error on the would-be third out — a throw that probably would have been scooped by an experienced first baseman — extended an inning by a whopping 22 pitches, which was fun. A position player (Dean Anna) pitched. Oh, and the Yankees were shut down by Chris Archer again. They only had three base-runners (all hits) and the final 13 men they sent to the plate made outs.

Then there’s Ivan Nova, who pitched horribly for four innings (eight runs on eight hits and a walk, including four homers) before leaving the game with a sore elbow. He went for an MRI tonight but the results are not expected to be available until tomorrow. Nova has been pretty terrible so far this year and it all seems to be control-related, and poor control is a common symptom of elbow problems. This is a hope for the best, prepare for the worst situation. Whoever replaces Nova in the rotation — I can’t remember the last time a pitcher had a sore elbow and didn’t miss at least one start — is far from a lock to perform better.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Rays have outscored the Yankees 27-2 in the last 13 innings of this series. Geez. Spot starter Vidal Nuno will look to stop the bleeding Sunday afternoon against fellow soft-tosser Cesar Ramos. Nuno vs. Ramos. AL East baseball. Get excited.

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  • Update: Yankees will call up Bryan Mitchell, Preston Claiborne

    11:12pm: Preston Claiborne will also be called up according to Dan Barbarisi. So someone is going down no matter what, even if Nova is placed on the DL.

    10:59pm: The Yankees are calling up right-hander Bryan Mitchell, according to Josh Norris. The move is being made to help bolster a bullpen that has been run into the ground the last two days, obviously. The only question is whether Matt Daley or Dellin Betances will be sent down as the corresponding move. I guess Ivan Nova (elbow) could go on the DL as well.

    Mitchell, 23, was scratched from his scheduled start with Double-A Trenton on Saturday, so he’ll be good for 80+ pitches tomorrow, if not more. He has a 5.14 ERA (2.06 FIP) in three starts and 14 innings for the Thunder this season, and he struck out 12 in six innings last time out. Mitchell has never pitched in Triple-A and has only made four starts above Single-A, so I assume this is just a temporary measure. He will likely go back to the minors in the coming days.
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Update: The second game of Low-A Charleston’s doubleheader is over and has been added to the recap.

RHP Danny Burawa has been placed on the DL for an unknown reason, according to Donnie Collins. He had a wild (four walks in 1.2 innings) and extended (51 pitches) outing on Thursday. Burawa missed the entire 2012 season with a torn oblique.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Lehigh Valley)

  • CF-RF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Jose Pirela & 1B Russ Canzler: both 2-4, 1 R — Canzler doubled and struck out
  • LF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 R
  • 3B Adonis Garcia: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 PB
  • RHP Bruce Billings: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 7/6 GB/FB — 67 of 104 pitches were strikes (64%) … picked a runner off second
  • RHP Jim Miller: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 20 of 22 pitches were strikes (91%) … guess he’s the new closer with RHP Matt Daley in the big leagues

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