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A few updates from Clearwater

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 26, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

* Brett Gardner suffered a split lower lip when he fouled that ball off. He was taken to a dentist to get checked out.

* Johnny Damon isn’t the only guy with the flu. Shelley Duncan and Jeff Karstens aren’t feeling so good, either.

* LHP Sean Henn (tendinitis) was placed on the 15-day DL. Expect him to linger there for a month because he is out of options. He’s basically insurance in case Billy Traber can’t hack it.

* Traber, meanwhile, got Chase Utley to fly out and fanned Ryan Howard with a curveball. Safe to say he’s on the team.

* Yankees are 13-10-2 with three games left.





37 Responses to “A few updates from Clearwater”

  1. Bill from NJ March 26th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    traber has earned a spot in that bullpen.

  2. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Eep. Get well soon Shelley and Jeff!

    I guess the Yankees won’t be Grapefruit League champions this year ;)

  3. NJ in Tampa March 26th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Everyone in Florida is sick. Its unbelievable. Oh well, better than freezing my butt off at home.

  4. gayle March 26th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    has anyones star fallen quicker that jarod Saltalamacchia (he got sent down to the minors today)for texas whose starting catcher will be Laird

  5. Fran March 26th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Gayle – Saw yesterday that Jarod might get sent down. That’s why I didn’t pick him last night.

    Hope the flu bug stops spreading through the clubhouse.

  6. bebop March 26th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Henn would be as effective as insurance as ticking pins in a David Ortiz doll. I fervently hope that neither Henn nor Karstens get even a cup of coffee this year.

  7. Mike R. - Once you’ve seen one gyroball, you’ve seen ‘em all March 26th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Poor Salty. It seems catching prospects are trickier than pitching prospects. There are busts left and right.

  8. DMan March 26th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Hurray for Traber.

    I thought he might be a dark horse when they signed him.

    Still, I hope Paterson makes the team as well.

  9. DMan March 26th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Salty will be back up soon I’d think.. He’s only 22 after all.

  10. Josh March 26th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    If patterson doesnt make the team over a bruney it would be a travesty

  11. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    “Poor Salty. It seems catching prospects are trickier than pitching prospects. There are busts left and right.”

    Salty’s slugging .583 in the spring, with a poor OBP. Laird is slugging better, but also with a poor OBP.

    Salty’s historically shown decent patience, so I suspect this is an outlier. Either his D and game calling weren’t good enough yet, or the Rangers are going with the “comfortable” option. He’s far from a bust, though. He needs to catch most every day, and if they weren’t going to give him that opportunity in the majors, better that he’s in the minors.

  12. Mike March 26th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    steve philips is an absolute moron… during this mornings telecast he went after hank’s comments about red sox nation by saying “well red sox nation came halfway around the world to see them” yea because of dice-k… guess he forgot about the japanese yankee fanbase that came out in 2004 to support matsui when the yanks were over there… idiot

  13. Drive 4-5 March 26th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    So are we looking at a bullpen of Mo, Joba, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Traber, Ohlendorf, Patterson and Karstens or Rasner?

  14. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Mike, consider that Omar Minaya and Isaiah Thomas have jobs.

  15. mel March 26th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    From yesterday’s Spring Blog @

    The key player acquired by the Rangers in last year’s blockbuster trade that sent slugger Mark Teixeira to Atlanta might be starting this season in the minors.

    Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said he thinks he’s heading to the minors, even though he has a higher batting average (.276 vs. .263) and on-base percentage (.300 vs. .282) this spring than the player he’s competing with for the Rangers’ starting spot.

    “I think there are only two scenarios that can happen,” Saltalamacchia said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Either they trade [Gerald Laird] or I go to Oklahoma. And I don’t think they are trading him.”

    Because he has a minor league option left, Saltalamacchia is likely to lose a close battle with Laird.

    “Look, I think we’ve both had very good springs,” he said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I think we’ve both done all that has been asked of us. I don’t think I need to be at Triple-A, but at the same time, if they want us both to play every day, well …”

  16. Patrick March 26th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Drive 4-5 only 7 guys in the bullpen. My guess is: Mo, Joba, Farns, Hawkins, Traber are locks, last two spots go to patterson/ohlendorf/bruney and karstens/rasner/igawa.

  17. Mike R. - Once you’ve seen one gyroball, you’ve seen ‘em all March 26th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Whozat – I know my comments may have been misleading, but I would never label a 22 year old a bust (Even you Eric Duncan). I don’t think that Salty is done by a long shot, but I have noticed that the position of catcher has a high percentage of busts.

  18. ray March 26th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Call Steve Philips a moron if you like. Even as a Sox fan I will admit that his perspective is sometimes biased. But he is certainly not the only one who is shaking his head at the words of Hank Steinbrenner. Ian O’Connor of Fox Sports just wrote an article maintaining that the in a real way the Yankees are now the Red Sox and vice versa. He writes,

    “Boston isn’t chasing ghosts anymore. The Yankees are the new haunted souls of the American League East, the contender that can’t negotiate its way out of the first postseason round.”

    He goes on to say that Hank Steinbrenner is obsessed with the Red Sox just as some Red Sox management people have been obsessed with the Yankees.

  19. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 26th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    how old is HoMo?

  20. Yank in Fla March 26th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Are you a writer? Feeling so good !!!(well)

  21. Jax March 26th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    lol Mike and Chris arguing old YS and the new YS. Funny stuff.

  22. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    “but I have noticed that the position of catcher has a high percentage of busts.”

    Ah. Yeah, that’s probably true. Easy to get hurt there, some kids get too big, it’s really challenging defensively and some kids just can’t handle it.

  23. Bronx Born March 26th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Oh that is such a bunch of bull Hank is Hank and he loves yanking on the sox fears.

  24. NJ in Tampa March 26th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    It’s funny that even after having won 2 World Series lately the Red Sox and their fans still have such a large inferiority complex that they get all worked up when Hank is clearly just firing a show across the bow to get them all riled up. The funniest thing is how defensive they get because they know what he said is true too.

  25. dervish March 26th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Tell little Ian O’Connor of Fox that Boston will have to win about 22 more World Series before he can talk about them in the same breath as the 26-time champs.

  26. ray March 26th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    How many of the current Yankees were on any on those World Series champion teams? I can think of only 4….Jeter, Posada, Rivera, and Pettite.

  27. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 26th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    a guy named Ian O’Connor wrote a pro red sox piece? Shocking

  28. Drive 4-5 March 26th, 2008 at 5:18 pm


    I have as much repect for Fox Sports as I do Fox News. Both love stirring up the pot and offer little in the way of substance.

    There is so much parity between the top 7 -8 teams in each league that to say one is chasing someone more than the other is silly. The Red Sox have a good team, as do the Yankees and Blue Jays in the AL East. It’s not farfetched to see any of the 3 win the Division with some breaks. One can’t discount the Indians, Tigers, Angels or Mariners as AL Champs.

  29. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 26th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    5 if you include the manager

  30. ray March 26th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Drive 4-5

    I think after all is said and done at the end of the season it will come down to the Yankees and the Red Sox. This probably goes without saying but a lot will be determined by how well the respective pitching staffs perform. If Hughes and Kennedy live up to the high expectations you guys have of them it will make the Yankees a very tough team to beat. But Moose and Pettite need to stay healthy too. As for the Sox only the days ahead will tell. Was Dice-K’s first game the result of being nervous before the home country or is it an indication of what to expect for the whole season. I’m not counting on Schilling to make an impact, but if Becketts stays healthy then it will make the Sox that much tougher to defeat. In any respect I look forward to the great Yankee/Red Sox rivalry this year.

  31. CaptainsCorner March 26th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Enough with the flu already..They better wear masks when in the clubhouse so none of the big guns gets it. Hopefully Karstens will get rid of his flu in AAA. I hope Gardner is ok!!

  32. Bob March 26th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Yankee starting pitching is still a cause for concer

  33. dervish March 26th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    You heard it here first: BOston won’t win again without Schilling. They didn’t win until they got him. And they won’t win after he’s gone

  34. ray March 26th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I can’t help it. When I first read your post I thought you said that Yankee starting pitching is still a cause for cancer!!!

  35. Mike March 26th, 2008 at 6:49 pm


    I was talking about Philips being oblivious to the fact that the Yankees had a large fanbase in Japan back in 2004 most likely in support of Hideki Matsui. At the same time I admit that there are plenty of Japanese Red Sox fans out to support Dice-K and his new team, as well they should. I never said anything about “ghosts” or “haunted souls” in the American League East because that wasn’t my point. The Red Sox have won more titles and out done the Yankees in recent years and deserve credit, but I wasn’t talking about the actual teams, just as Hank Steinbrenner wasn’t. Hank made comments about the fanbase and how the Yankees are globally the most popular team in terms of fans and the Yankee brand which he claims is a fact, whether this is true or not I don’t know.

  36. saucY March 26th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    my favorite posters this week:
    J Train
    Guissepe Franco

    favorite sox fan:
    still ray

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