Gumbs walks off with a win for Tampa

Got a whole bunch of notes…

  • RHP Rafael DePaula, RHP Gabe Encinas, LHP Dietrich Enns, and C Peter O’Brien have all been named to the Low-A South Atlantic League Southern Division All-Star Team. DePaula will start the game and Encinas will not pitch because he’s done for the year with an elbow injury.
  • Triple-A Scranton Roster Moves (Donnie Collins & Mark Feinsand): LHP Clay Rapada has been released while 2B Corban Joseph and RHP Kelvin Perez were placed on the DL. OF Brennan Boesch and LHP David Huff were added to the roster.
  • Double-A Trenton Roster Moves (Josh Norris): RHP Danny Burawa and C Tyson Blaser were activated off the DL. C Nick McCoy was placed on the DL, and RHP Branden Pinder was demoted to High-A Tampa. He’s been pretty awful this year.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Syracuse)

  • LF Thomas Neal: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K
  • CF Zoilo Almonte: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • 3B Ronnie Mustelier: 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K — eight hits in his last 17 at-bats (.471)
  • RF Melky Mesa: 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB — ten hits in his last 30 at-bats
  • RHP Caleb Cotham: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 67 of 98 pitches were strikes (68%)
  • RHP Dellin Betances: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 27 of 43 pitches were strikes (63%) … 13/4 K/BB in 12 innings since moving to the bullpen

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Yankees place Joba Chamberlain on DL with oblique strain

3:38pm: Brian Cashman confirmed Joba suffered the injury warming up on Tuesday. He called it a “mild” strain, for what it’s worth. A decision has not been made about who will be called up, but it definitely will not be Clay Rapada or Chien-Ming Wang according to the GM. Rapada can be called back up to the big leagues starting tomorrow.

2:44pm: The Yankees have placed right-hander Joba Chamberlain on the 15-day DL with a right oblique strain, the team announced. The DL stint is retroactive to April 28th, so he is eligible to return in a week and four days. Obliques are tricky though, he could easily be out longer. David Robertson missed a month with an oblique issue last year, for example.

Joba, 27, warmed up on Tuesday but did not appear in the game, as our Bullpen Workload page shows. I guess that’s when it happened. He pitched in three straight games last weekend and there was no indication he was hurt. No word on who will take his place on the roster just yet, but Cody Eppley seems like a safe bet. Joba has pitched pretty well this year (3.86 ERA and 3.45 FIP), especially of late. Shawn Kelley seems likely to assume seventh inning duties along with Boone Logan.

Pineda, Cabral, and Rapada continue rehabbing in Tampa

Via Dan Martin, George King & Bryan Hoch: Injured hurlers Michael Pineda, Cesar Cabral, and Clay Rapada all continued their rehab work in Tampa yesterday. Pineda (shoulder) threw 35 pitches (broken down into two “innings”) in his third live batting practice session, which “looked batter than the first two.” Cabral (elbow) threw a scoreless inning in an Extended Spring Training game, and Rapada (shoulder) threw 25 pitches in a simulated game.

The 24-year-old Pineda faced hitters for the first time since surgery last week and still has a ways to go before starting an official minor league rehab assignment. Cabral, 24, is much closer to a return than Pineda and could go out on an rehab assignment relatively soon. He needs to spend at least 90 days on the active 25-man roster this year to satisfy the Rule 5 Draft rules. Rapada, 32, is expected to join Triple-A Scranton soon. He can’t rejoin the big league team until May 3rd at the earliest because of some weird rule.

Yankees re-sign Clay Rapada to minor league deal

The Yankees have re-signed lefty Clay Rapada to a minor league contact, the team announced. “I never wanted to leave (and I’m) pleased it all worked out to return,” said the southpaw to Dan Barbarisi.

Rapada, 32, was released before Opening Day to clear room on the 40-man roster for Lyle Overbay. Because he re-signed with the same team, he can’t return to the big leagues until May 3rd (30 days from the date of his release). Rapada missed the last few weeks of Spring Training because of shoulder bursitis, and I have no idea how his rehab from that is going. He will head to Tampa for now and join Triple-A Scranton at some point.

Yankees release Clay Rapada

The Yankees have given Clay Rapada his unconditional release, the team announced. He was designated for assignment on Sunday to clear room on the 40-man roster for Lyle Overbay. The release tells us he cleared waivers.

Rapada, 32, is currently sidelined with shoulder bursitis and as far as I know there is no timetable for his return. The funky southpaw is a true lefty specialist — career .231 wOBA against lefties but .453 against righties — which is an area the Yankees have some depth. I’m guessing the team will at least try to re-sign him to a minor league contract, but who knows how that will go.