OF Brett Gardner saw Dr. Timothy Kremchek today, who agreed with the Yankees’ diagnosis of an elbow muscle strain, bone bruise and joint inflammation, which have not fully healed.
Dr. Kremcheck administered a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and cortisone shot today, and agreed with Dr. Andrews’ recommendation from Monday of giving the elbow 3-4 weeks of rest with an elbow brace to ensure compliance with the rest.
In addition, the Yankees today reinstated RHP David Robertson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned RHP David Phelps to Single-A Tampa. Once his arm strength builds towards the 5.0-inning mark, Phelps is scheduled to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"Without the Lord, I cannot do it." Mariano Rivera - 9/22/13
Swisher becomes a free agent at the end of this season, and the deals for Jones and Ethier are already helping to establish his open-market value. Jones got six years, $85.5 million from Baltimore, but he’s a 26-year-old center fielder. Not a perfect comparison for Swisher. Really, it’s the Ethier deal that gives a glimpse into Swisher’s perceived worth.
Ethier and Swisher have had pretty similar numbers the past three seasons, but Ethier is a year younger, he’s having a better season, he’s played his entire big league career in L.A. and he’s the second-best hitter in that Dodgers lineup. He’s probably worth more than Swisher — especially to the Dodgers — but the feeling in Los Angeles seems to be that Ethier could have gotten more than his five years, $85 million had he really pushed negotiations and tried to get as much as possible.
Bottom line: Even if Swisher can’t get quite what Ethier got, he probably won’t be far behind. He’s certainly not going to sign for something like three years, $30 million, no matter how much he loves New York. If the Yankees want to bring him back, it’s going to cost them.
Michael Bourn, Melky Cabrera, Josh Hamilton, B.J. Upton, Shane Victorino and Carlos Quentin are also on track to become free agents this winter, so the market provides some outfield alternatives, but the Yankees would rather cut payroll than add another big-money, multi-year contract. They’re already going to have to pick up expensive options on Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano next season. The most viable and immediate organizational options might be Eduardo Nunez (if the Yankees wanted to move him to the outfield) or Ronnier Mustelier (if the Yankees believe his minor league success can carry over).
I said this winter that I expect Swisher to move on — and I still think that’ll happen — but it’s hard to say how the Yankees will fill that void in right field. Do they sign another high-cost free agent? Do they role the dice with a younger player? Do they employ a cheap Ibanez/Jones-type platoon? Or do they stick with the guy they know and pay market price?
After Ethier’s deal, is more or less likely that Swisher spends another season in pinstripes?
"Without the Lord, I cannot do it." Mariano Rivera - 9/22/13
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre is going to manage Team USA at next year’s World Baseball Classic. From a USA Baseball press release:
Currently Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, Torre will be making his debut in red, white and blue next March for the third installment of the WBC. Dates and locations are to be announced, but first-ever qualifiers are set to be held in September and November of 2012 across four international venues.
“I am honored to be selected to lead Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic,” Torre said. “I have been fortunate to have many different experiences throughout my career, but being a part of Team USA will be a first, and I am very excited about it. I look forward to the challenge of representing the United States when this tournament celebrates the global growth of our national pastime next year.”
A few other notes and links on this off day…
• Jon Heyman talked to castaway catcher Francisco Cervelli about his unusual and unexpected demotion to Triple-A. Not surprisingly, Cervelli is still struggling to come to grips with the decision. “(The Yankees) always know what they are doing,” Cervelli said. “Sometimes we don’t understand. I am going to make them understand I can play in the big leagues.”
• Remember when the Yankees lost Triple-A first baseman Steve Pearce to an opt-out clause? Well the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup hasn’t missed him because Russell Branyan has been even better, hitting .361/.511/.889 through 11 games. He’s been with the team for roughly two weeks, and has already won an International League Player of the Week award. Branyan and Jack Cust have been three-true-outcome superstars for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
• Ever wondered what Robinson Cano would look like standing next to Iron Man? Turns out, Cano actually visited Marvel Comics during the Yankees west coast trip last month. Some of the pictures are pretty funny.
• For those of you who love prospects, check out this interview with Mason Williams. ” I have my same stance, same swing from when I got drafted,” Williams said. “But when I got drafted, I was a little bit of a slap hitter. Now I’m learning to use my legs more during my swing and not slapping as much. I’ve been able to drive balls a little more.”
The Yankees won’t see Stephen Strasburg this weekend, but really, Strasburg is old news here in Washington. This is Bryce Harper’s town now.
“I love big talent,” Alex Rodriguez said. “I love unique talent. I’m just a baseball fan like you guys are. To see a 19-year-old do some of the things that he’s doing, it’s pretty darn special. I’m excited to see him.”
There aren’t many baseball players who can relate to what Harper’s experiencing — playing at this level, at that age, with that much hype and expectation — but Rodriguez is one of them. Harper’s considered a one-of-a-kind talent. Two decades ago, Rodriguez was considered the same.
“I love everything (about Harper),” Rodriguez said. “The power, he’s electric, very good baserunner. He reminds me a little bit of Larry Walker as a very good baserunner — fearless. That type of talent, I’m a huge baseball fan above all, even above being a baseball player. He’s the kind of guy I would pay my money to watch play. I’m sure well after I’m done, I’ll be paying my money to watch him play and break all the records.”
The Nationals are getting a lot of attention this season, and it’s deserved. The organization has been stockpiling young talent for a while now, and that young talent is starting to translate into big league wins. This isn’t a series of the big, bad Yankees against the lowly Nats. These are two first-place teams.
“They’re playing great right now,” Joe Girardi said. “And it’s a lot of young kids that seem to be aggressive. They’ve pitched extremely well. I think they’re No. 1 in pitching, No. 1 in defense. They’re just playing good baseball, so yeah, I am excited.”
The Nationals are playing extremely well, but so are the Yankees. It’s a good matchup, an interesting series, and an up-close look at arguably the best young player in the game.
“A lot of the young players come for a lot of advice,” Rodriguez said. “They call, text or email. I’m always available for them, whether you’re on my team or another team. I’m available if he wants to talk, but I’ll definitely say hello.”
"Without the Lord, I cannot do it." Mariano Rivera - 9/22/13
On June 15, 1775 George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress.
On June 15, 1849 the eleventh president of the United States, James Knox Polk, died.
On June 15, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
Born this Date 1330 - Edward, the black prince, Prince of Wales (1343-1376) is this the Purple Rain guy?1734 - Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer1763 - Franz Danzi, composer ancestor to the Taxi actor and Joe Girardi lookalike Tony?1767 - Rachel Donelson Jackson, wife of Pres Andrew Jackson1801 - Benjamin Raymond, Mayor of Chicago last non-corrupt 1833 - Edward Moody McCook, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers) ironically he was consistently pleasant1888 - Ramon Lopez Velarde, Mexican poet (La Sangre Devota) Randy’s Great-Grandfather?1894 - Robert Russell Bennett, Kansas City, composer/arranger (Oklahoma!)1908 - Sam Giancana, American mafioso Sam “the Cigar”1910 - David Rose, London England, orchestra leader (Red Skelton Show)1914 - Saul Steinberg, Romania, cartoonist/illustrator (New Yorker) according to J Peterman, he may have purloined a “Ziggy”1916 - Marshall Field IV, publisher/editor (Chic Daily News, Sunday Times) I always thought this was a department store.1917 - Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Black Lash, Lash of the West)1921 - Erroll Garner, US, jazz pianist (Misty)1925 - Gene Baker, baseball player1929 - Nigel Pickering, guitarist (Spanky & Our Gang) OHHHH Miss Crabtree1932 - Mario M Cuomo, NYC, (Governor of NY, 1982-94)1934 - Ruby Nash Cutis, Akron Oh, rocker (Ruby & the Romantics) “Hey There Lonely Boy”1937 - Waylon Jennings, country singer/guitarist (Ramblin' Man, Dukes of Hazzard theme)Buddy Holly hired him to play bass and Jennings gave up his seat on a plane to J. P. “the Big Bopper” Richardson, who was suffering from a cold. That flight carrying Holly, Richardson and Ritchie Valens crashed, on the day later known as The Day the Music Died.1938 - Billy Williams, baseball player (Cubs)1941 - Harry Nilsson, Bkln NY, singer/guitarist (Midnight Cowboy)1946 - Janet Lennon, vocalist (Lennon Sisters) dank you dank you, duh lubbly Lennon Sister1947 - Lee Purcell, Cherry Point NC, actor (Big Wednesday, Mr Majestyk)1949 - Jim Varney, Lexington Kentucky, American actor (Ernest Goes to Jail) know what I mean Vern1949 - Dusty Baker, baseball player (LA Dodgers)1949 - Michael Lutz, bassist (Brownsville Station)1950 - Mark Arnott, Chicago IL, actor (Return of the Secaucus 7)1950 - Noddy Holder, rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade – &ldquo**** On Feel the Noize”)1951 - Steve Walsh, American singer (Kansas) all we are is dust in the wind1954 - James Belushi, Chicago Ill, comedian (According to Jim, Trading Places)1954 - Terri Gibbs, Augusta Ga, blind singer (Somebody's Knockin')1955 - Julie Hagerty, Cincinnati OH, actress (Airplane, Princesses) ZZZZ”the cockpit, what is it?” ”it’s a small room at the front of the plane, but that’s not important right now”1955 - Tree Rollins, Winter Haven Fla, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)1956 - Lance Parrish, baseball player1956 - Polly Draper, Palo Alto California, actress (Ellyn-30 Something)1957 - Brad Gillis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Night Ranger) “Sister Christian”1957 - Brett Butler, comedian (Grace Under Fire) ZZZZ great bunter1958 - Wade Boggs, Nebraska, Yankees/and some other teams1963 - Helen Hunt, LA California, actress (Mad About You, Twister) twin of what’s her name1964 - Courteney Cox, Birmingham, Alabama, actress (Friends)1968 - Tim Lester, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)1969 - Ice Cube, rap singer/actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda) if I ever become a rapper, I’m gonna be ‘Italian Ice’1969 - Jesse Belanger, St-georges De Beau, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks)1970 - Leah Remini, American actress (King of Queens)1971 - Jake Busey, American actor Gary’s son1972 - Andy Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees) our Andy1972 - Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees) our Ramiro1972 - Tony Clark, Newton KS, baseball player (Tigers/Yankees) wow 3 one time Yankees all born on the same day1973 - Neil Patrick Harris, Albuquerque NM, actor (Doogie Howser MD)1973 - Greg Vaughan, American actor1975 - Elizabeth Reaser, American actress1975 - Rachel Wacholder, American beach volleyballer it’s about time we mentioned a beach volleyballer1981 - William Dean Martin, American musician (Good Charlotte)1982 - Haley Scarnato, American singer1984 - Tim Lincecum, American baseball player
John 3:16 * Ephesians 2:8-9 * Romans 10:9-10 * John 14:3-6 * Romans 5:8
June 15, 1972- Current Yankees All Star starter Andy Pettitte was born. In 1990, Andy Pettitte was drafted by the Yankees in the 22nd round, but waited instead until 1991 to sign with the Yankees as a draft-and-follow. From 1991 to early 1995 he played in the Yankees minor league organization. He never had a losing season. In the rookie league, he had a 0.98 ERA. At Oneonta and Greensboro, he had ERA’s around 2.20. In 1993, in Single A and Double A, he had a record of 12-9. In 1994, Andy split time between Double A and Triple A. Andy went 14-4. In 1995, after 11 2/3 innings in Triple A without giving up a run, the Yankees brought him up. As a rookie that season, he went 12-9; he was 3rd in the voting for the 1995 AL Rookie of the Year Award. In 1996, his 2nd season in the majors, he was 2nd in the Cy Young Award voting with a record of 21-8. In 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2005, he was in the top 6 in the Cy Young voting. He went 19-9 in 2000 and 21-8 in 2003. He was on the AL All-Star team in 1996 and 2001.
In his entire 16-year MLB career in the majors from 1995-2010, he never had a losing season, coming closest in 2008, when he was 14-14 for the Yankees. He pitched in the postseason in 13 of his 16 MLB seasons. His last MLB career appearance was a losing start against the Texas Rangers in the 2010 ALCS. Overall, he was 19-10 in the postseason for a .655 winning percentage, even better than his excellent career .635 winning percentage in the regular season.
In his return to the New York Yankees in 2007, he became the team's elder anchor on the mound, continually giving the team solid performances as teammates such as Mike Mussina, Chien-Ming Wang, Carl Pavano and Philip Hughes battled inconsistency and injuries. He passed the 200-inning mark in both 2007 and 2008. That season, he was given the honor of starting the last game ever played in Yankee Stadium on September 21st - a fitting tribute for one of the winningest pitchers in the history of the famed ballpark. He pitched 5 + innings against the Baltimore Orioles to earn credit for his team's 7-3 win.
In 2009, he was a key figure in his team's conquest of another World Series title, going 14-8 during the season, getting the series-clinching win in all 3 rounds of the 2009 postseason, including Game 6 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. His 2010 AL season was cut short by injury, as he went 11-3 in 21 starts, with a 3.28 ERA, his best since 2005. He came back in time for the postseason, but after the season said he was thinking about retirement. He hesitated for months before making his decision to retire known at a press conference on February 4, 2011. That lasted only a year, as he announced a comeback before the start of the 2012 season. Andy seemed not to have missed a step, as it barely took a month of extended spring training and a few minor league assignments to get him ready to pitch in pinstripes again. He was called up to New York on May 8th, he was handed the assignment as the team's starter for May 13th, against the Seattle Mariners. His return came at an opportune time, shortly after the Yankees had learned that prize off-season acquisition Michael Pineda would be lost for the season; with Yankee starters struggling to a 5.54 ERA in the season's early going. He was a loser in his 1st start on May 13th, giving up 4 runs in 6 1/3 innings to the Seattle Mariners, including long balls to Justin Smoak and Casper Wells. He was then outstanding in his 2nd start, pitching 4-hit ball over 8 innings for a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on May 18th. Having passed the 200-win MLB mark in his mid-30's, Andy Pettitte still had a chance to reach 300 victories if he had continued pitching a few more seasons when he first decided to hang up his cleats in 2010. Even the 240 victories he had before his comeback, with his high winning percentage and experience with 7 World Series teams, could have made election to the Hall of Fame a possibility. However, his comeback, if successful, may well help him accumulate the sort of career statistics that make election to Cooperstown, a foregone conclusion.
Robinson Cano is just fine, just getting a day off. Even with an off day yesterday, Joe Girardi said he felt like this was a good time to give Cano a precautionary day off against a left-hander who’s had some success against him. Cano is 0-for-9 with four strikeouts in his career against Gio Gonzalez. Jayson Nix is 3-for-7 with a home run.
“It’s preemptive,” Girardi said. “He got spiked the other night on his leg. We’re going to have this stretch of games, then we’ve got 13 in a row. I felt, if there’s a time to do it, now is the time. Nixy has seen Gio, had some success off him, so I figured it works out OK.”
Cano said he tried to change Girardi’s mind — he had the day off yesterday and didn’t need one today — but Girardi’s generally been proactive about keeping his players healthy. If Cano’s going to get a day off, it might as well be against a National League team with a starting pitcher who’s given Cano some trouble.
Although he was spiked earlier this week in Atlanta, Cano said that’s a non-issue.
Turns out, Cano actually has a bit of a friendship with Bryce Harper, who asked to meet Cano during the spring of 2010. The two exchanged numbers, and Cano said he texted Harper just a few days ago to congratulate him on his hot start in the big leagues.
“He can throw, run, hit,” Cano said. “The thing is, he’s only 19. I know he’s going to criticized and things, but I hope people understand he’s only 19, and it’s hard to come up to this level with this opportunity to learn and improve. Sometimes you’ve got to say, he’s a young kid, he’s not even 20 yet. Hopefully he learns quick and soon, because he’s got all the talent to be here for a long time.”
• Andy Pettitte turns 40 today. When a group of reporters gathered around him, someone joked that we were there to sing him Happy Birthday. “I want to hear it,” Pettitte said. “Let’s go. In four different parts.” Needless to say, the Yankees beat doesn’t do four-part harmony.
• Speaking of Pettitte, there’s a set of four lockers on small piece of wall in the middle of the visiting clubhouse here in Washington. This week, those four lockers belong to Alex Rodriguez, Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Derek Jeter. In this presidential city, that’s quite the Mt. Rushmore of Yankee locker assignments.
• With Dave Robertson activated, Girardi once again confirmed that he’ll use Robertson in an eighth-inning setup role, but the success of Boone Logan and Cory Wade would make Girardi comfortable switching things up depending on the situation. “If you’ve got left-right-left in the eighth and you’ve got three right-handers in the seventh, maybe you flip Robertson and Boonie around a little bit,” Girardi said. “There’s things you can do just because those guys have pitched in the back end of games.”
• Girardi on the conversation telling David Phelps he was being sent to the minors: “He was good. He understood. It’s never a fun time to listen to that conversation, but this is a young man that we have high hopes for. We think he’s going to be a starter for us in the future. Our starters have been giving us a lot of distance so he’s going to go down and start. They’re building him up down in Tampa and then he’ll go to Triple-A. If we need him before that, we’ll call him back.”
• Girardi seemed hopeful that Brett Gardner could be back soon after the all-star break. “The way I understood it, it was three or four weeks that he’d be back,” Girardi said. “We’ve said that before, right? It just depends on how it heals. I don’t think any of us really have a true timetable of when he’s going to come back. He’ll come back when he feels good.”
• Unexpected but welcome surprise in the clubhouse: Gene Monahan is here, filling in for Steve Donohue. “Stevie’s got a graduation to go to, his daughter’s graduation, so Geno’s going to fill in for a day,” Girardi said. “It’s great.”
"Without the Lord, I cannot do it." Mariano Rivera - 9/22/13