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Britton on his way to Texas

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 06, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

RHP Chris Britton is on his way to Texas and presumably will be added to the roster tonight.

That means somebody (Joba Chamberlain) is headed to the disabled list as Britton was optioned down on Friday and can’t be recalled this soon otherwise.

More on this as it becomes available. Joba is meeting with Dr. James Andrews today in Pensacola, Fla.

Don’t read too much into Joba likely going on the DL. That was going to be the case regardless.

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347 Responses to “Britton on his way to Texas”

  1. Don Vito A. Ballamo August 6th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    the end is near !

  2. Scorpio August 6th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Wake me up when the nightmare is over.

    Not Joba, too! First Wang and now this.

  3. Alex B. August 6th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    ANyone wanna take a guess on how many frequent flyer miles has Britton racked up this year?

  4. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Can Chase Wright get a call up ? I mean Britton must be the new designated pitcher.

  5. BAT JETER 8 August 6th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    OMG!!!! Saeson over.

  6. TurnTwo August 6th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    i expected this… or at least a bullpen callup until the replacement pitcher for joba’s start is needed.

    this bullpen needs a fresh arm.

  7. trisha - I am a Sidney supporter. August 6th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    E chihuahua!

    Pete, would you ever have the courage to ask Girardi if he has considered moving GIDPJ from the two hole and batting him lower in the lineup?

    If not I’m sure we can get Joel Sherman to do it!

    :)

  8. sunny615 August 6th, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Britton?? Where the heck is IPK??

  9. TurnTwo August 6th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    “Can Chase Wright get a call up ? I mean Britton must be the new designated pitcher.”

    they prob dont want him in the bullpen. keep him strictly in the rotation.

    i expect Britton to be used as much as possible in the next couple days, and then be sent back down for Joba’s replacement Saturday.

  10. steve August 6th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    brandon– do Latin players like playing in NY?

  11. Jorge Tabata August 6th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Why not just bring up Igawa to eat innings?

  12. jennifer August 6th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    They need a long man out of the pen and Britton is it. He’ll be back down when they call up someone for Joba’s start.

  13. Jose R August 6th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I agree TurnTwo

  14. TurnTwo August 6th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    “Pete, would you ever have the courage to ask Girardi if he has considered moving GIDPJ from the two hole and batting him lower in the lineup?”

    if you think Jeter is really hitting anywhere but the 2-hole for the rest of the season, you are sorely mistaken.

  15. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    brandon– do Latin players like playing in NY?

    Alot of them do, Beltran is a weird case. :?

  16. Bronx Jeers August 6th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    “Tonights late inning bullpen meltdown has been brought to you by the Greyhound Bus Company. Official transportation of the NY Yankees yo-yo player of the year..Chris Britton.”

  17. Stormrider6 August 6th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Hey ladies and gents, quick question: Is there a reason Britton keeps getting the call and not Cox or Melancon? I know Cox was hurt a while ago… Is he still rehabbing?

    As usual, thanks for the info.

  18. TurnTwo August 6th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    “Why not just bring up Igawa to eat innings?”

    i think he just started the game last night… that rules him out.

  19. beedogs August 6th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    “Pete, would you ever have the courage to ask Girardi if he has considered moving GIDPJ from the two hole and batting him lower in the lineup?”

    Be sure to call him Derek GIDPeter.

  20. bartonbickle August 6th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    The reason Britton keeps getting the call is because Chris Britton is a good pitcher. I just wish they would keep him up this time.

  21. Al from BK(Yankees in 09) August 6th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Britton is so bad I guess the Yanks are in full towel throw in mode I cant blame them they lose 2 aces, 2 possible back end guys, their every day catcher, and LF/DH who always hits .300 with 25+ homers and 100 RBI.

  22. TurnTwo August 6th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    “Is there a reason Britton keeps getting the call and not Cox or Melancon? I know Cox was hurt a while ago… Is he still rehabbing?”

    Cox and Melancon are still being protected. I dont see Cox coming up this year, and Melancon is getting regular work as he continues his climb thru the system.

    Britton isnt a permanent callup… just keeping the seat warm in the BP until Joba’s replacement is called up for Saturday, id imagine.

  23. Jose R August 6th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Jorge Tabata-

    Bringing up Igawa would mean that the Yankees have given up this season and being on 6.5 games out (of first or last depends on how you look at it) and i don’t think that is happening just yet. like someone else said earlier this morning if igawa stays in AAA and dominates there then he might be more valuable trade bait come the offseason.

  24. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Melancon is ready for the show now.. he is toying with minor league hitters are scouts say he is the real deal why he is not up is a mystery to me..

    they can say he has some innings limit and I say great let him reach it in the Bronx and then shut him down.

    Cox has pitched fairly well but Melancon has totally dominated look at his stats it is Edwar like in the minors….

  25. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    don’t see any point, on briniging up Melancon this year.

    we already have one untouchable pitcher, injured.

  26. Al from BK(Yankees in 09) August 6th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    “The reason Britton keeps getting the call is because Chris Britton is a good pitcher. I just wish they would keep him up this time.”

    Ya Britton looked awesome getting smacked around by the halos and letting Vladdy pad his RBI total last week.

  27. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Igawa has done well at AA but it is a mirage, he is till giving up HR’s and walking guys ….

    you cannot get away with that in the majors…

  28. Stormrider6 August 6th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I guess I don’t understand the idea of them being “protected” – protecting their arms, as in innings limitations? Or something else?

  29. Guy Incognito August 6th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Stormrider, that would be because Melancon has a total of 6 IP at the AAA level. He needs some more work, especially coming into the game with runners on. I would say he’s a lock for a September callup, with the possibility of getting some good work in if the Yankees are out of contention.

  30. TurnTwo August 6th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    “Ya Britton looked awesome getting smacked around by the halos and letting Vladdy pad his RBI total last week.”

    i dont think you got the memo… the standard reason for his ineptitude at the MLB level is because they dont use him enough, or regularly. if they used him more often, he’d be better.

    yeah, thats it.

  31. Al from BK(Yankees in 09) August 6th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    “don’t see any point, on briniging up Melancon this year.

    we already have one untouchable pitcher, injured.”

    Great point Vinny, why bring up Melancon and waste his innings on a team that is not making the playoffs.

  32. Chris August 6th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Apparently Britton didn’t have enough frequent flier miles… call him up today and send him back before Saturday…

  33. Jon G August 6th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Again I ask – how long a leash does Bruney have before they send him back down to work on his control more..? He clearly doesn’t look ready yet – looks like he did late last season, though this year hopefully he can regain his early season form…

  34. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    stuart according to CJ Melancon was hitting 96 MPH on the radar gun.

  35. gayle August 6th, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    and Britton will be sent down again when they call up IPK so I hope he didnt pack to many bags

  36. jay destro August 6th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    they are calling up britton to basically take up space, they used a lot out of the pen lately. britton probably gets optioned before friday/on friday

  37. Andrew August 6th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Isn’t Britton going to run out of options soon?

  38. mel August 6th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Ugh. I slept for the last 15 hours. Woke up long enough to find out the Yankees rallied, but were put behind the 8-ball again.

    I haven’t given up on this team yet, though.

    Haven’t read through the comments, but looking at Al’s right above me. 2 things. We might make the playoffs. Secondly, if this Melon kid is so fantabulous and fits into future plans then see if he can handle the bigs before saying he has talent to waste.

    BTW, Cleveland doing a decent job against Kazmir. 7 baserunners and 2 solo dingers in 3 IP.

  39. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    starting to believe…

    melancon ceiling = joe nathan

  40. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Brandon I have never seen melancon pitch so I know jack but I have rarely heard people talk about a prospect the way they talk of Melancon.

    He has the stuff and makeup to be a stud or that is what I have read..I say bring him up, why the hell not????

    On the Melky front all, I have seen what you have and it is not good. But he is 24 and needs to make adjustments.. He has 280 BA avg in him, but it is true now especially righty but even fro mthe left side he looks lost.. He along with jeter, cano, and betemit have no plate discipline… Girardi needs to make these guys take pitches he needs to put the take sign on, way more then he is………..

  41. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    If I am not mistaken a option runs for the whole year.. you can go up and down as many times in that year to count for 1 option…

    I have no clue but it appears that the Yanks have little affection for Chris Britton….

  42. mel August 6th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Andrew,

    Don’t worry. He’s grandfathered in. He has lifetime pass and can ride the Scranton shuttle as many times as they want.

    I can see they need a reliever, but what happens on Saturday when we need IPK?

  43. TurnTwo August 6th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    “Isn’t Britton going to run out of options soon?”

    i believe options are based on yearly availability, not how frequently they are used.

    i think you have 3 years of options available to a player, and that player can be called up as many times in that year as the mlb team needs, as long as they clear 10 days down in the minor leagues after their demotion… unless there is an injury at the mlb level, which is why Britton can be called up today.

  44. Bryan (Yankees fan) August 6th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    You know if Igawa pitched against the Yankees he would go 8 innings of shut out ball with 3 or so hits

    being dominated by a minor league soft tossing lefty sounds kinda familiar

  45. Andrew August 6th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Ah okay…I knew about the injury 10-day exemption rule, but was definitely fuzzy on how player’s options worked. That helps out.

  46. Nick in SF August 6th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Waaaaaaiiiiiiiit a second, Joba doesn’t even get to see Dr. Andrews in Birmingham? Pensacola, FL?

    I don’t know if that’s good news or bad news.

  47. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    stuart here’s what people at the game said

    He was 93-95 MPH last night, his FB seems to has a good amount of sink to it, and he has no trouble throwing inside. He has a nasty 12-6 curve. I think he is a few more BP appearances away from the Bronx. They want to bring him in a few inherited runners situations in AAA to see how he reacts.

    What’s funny is that he hasn’t hit 96 mph since 2 years ago in college. Pawtucket was so impressed that after the game they were buzzing about Mark and only Mark.

  48. geO [Mickie James Roast Beef] August 6th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    feels like my character from the RTTS (MLB 08) he keeps going to MLB-AAA with Chris Britton

  49. Stormrider6 August 6th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    How many innings did Joba pitch in AAA last year before he came up to the bullpen?

  50. Nick in SF August 6th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    “why bring up Melancon and waste his innings on a team that is not making the playoffs.?

    I don’t get this. Do you want to loan him to the Angels or something?

  51. jessica(Let's Go Yankees) August 6th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    No matter how many times one player is sent down or called up in one year, I think it only count for one time of option has been used.

  52. Andrew August 6th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    “Waaaaaaiiiiiiiit a second, Joba doesn’t even get to see Dr. Andrews in Birmingham? Pensacola, FL?

    I don’t know if that’s good news or bad news.”

    The good news is, Dr. Andrews probably interrupted his summer vacation to see Joba as soon as possible. More good news, is the Yankees probably cut him a fat check. The bad news, well…we’ll wait for the MRI results for that.

  53. Matt - NYY fan in Boston August 6th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Lets see, our rotation:
    Moose/Pettitte/Ponson/Giese/IPK; Rasner the LR out of the pen
    49 games left.
    *This projection does not take into effect Hughes or Pavano or any other SP coming up and assumes Joba is out for the remainder of the yr, which I hope not*
    10 games started by Moose; Yankees could win 6-8 of those games
    9 games started by Pettitte; Yankees could win 6-7 of those games
    10 games started by Ponson; Yankees could win 4-6 of those games
    10 games started by Giese; Yankees could win 5-6 of those games
    10 games started by IPK; Yankees could win 4-7 of those games
    Best case scenario from my projections: Yankees win 34 of the final 49 games, ending the season with 95 wins.
    Worst case scenario from my projections: Yankees go 25-24 in the final weeks of the season, finish with 86 wins.

  54. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    “feels like my character from the RTTS (MLB 08)”

    greatest baseball vidgame experience, of all-time.

  55. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    The guy covering for Pawtucket said the PawSox players were talking about Melancon in the clubhouse after the game

    It must be serious if that’s going on, I mean Philly’s SS stud did the same thing, alot of minor league teams have done the same.

  56. Al fro BK(Yankees in 09) August 6th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    If I was Britton I would be real pissed at Joe cant he get another guy to use as a roster filler.

  57. The Panoramic Vista Roof in Jeter's Edge August 6th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    what a mess this season has been. I cant wait for football…..not that Im giving up on the season(it would be silly to give up when theyre 3.5 games out of a playoff berth), but I need something to take my mind off the disaster that the 2008 season has been for the yankees thus far.

  58. Patrick â„¢ August 6th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t get this. Do you want to loan him to the Angels or something?

    I would like to loan the Angels Sidney Ponson, Darrell Rasner and Kei Igawa so they can lend us Ervin Santana, John Lackey and Joe Saunders.

  59. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    “I don’t get this. Do you want to loan him to the Angels or something?”

    it is his first year back, from TJ surgery.

  60. Al fro BK(Yankees in 09) August 6th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    “I don’t get this. Do you want to loan him to the Angels or something?”

    Nick I’m just saying why rush a guy off an injury to pitch for a team that doesnt have the starting depth to make a run. Leave him down on the farm and let him earn a spot next March.

  61. mel August 6th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Didn’t realize that MM had TJ. If that’s the case, he shouldn’t come up regardless of the Yankees’ chances for the playoffs.

  62. JR August 6th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    The real problem is that Yankees call up a guy at the first sign of success and do not give him enough of a foundation in the minors. Let’s see if they show some restraint and give Melancon enough seasoning. I bet they won’t.

    Cox is not a big leaguer yet, but the Yankees could get some mileage out of Scott Strickland while they let the youngsters get some valuable experience. The jump from AAA to the bigs is HUGE

  63. Al fro BK(Yankees in 09) August 6th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    “The Panoramic Vista Roof in Jeter’s Edge”

    LOL. Best name in here since the macadamia nut guy.

  64. Andrew August 6th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    It might not be rushing with Melancon, though. If AAA hitters can’t give him any problems, and considering you’ve recently subtracted a power right-hander from the bullpen, why not give him a chance while also keeping his innings limitations in mind? If he would improve the bullpen, why not? He could come with rules like Joba last year, and honestly Girardi doesn’t lean on certain guys too heavily out of the ‘pen anyway.

  65. rodg12 August 6th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I believe Andrews has another Medical Center in Pensacola that he regularly works at, in addition to the one in Birmingham.

  66. mel August 6th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Andrew,

    For whatever reason, major league innings are much more rigorous or strenuous than even AAA. But the Yankees will be ultra-cautious if this kid follows the Joba mold. If something should happen, god forbid, it would be very damaging on so many levels.

    But the way the bullpen has pitched in the last week, they’re going to have to do something.

  67. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    JR Melancon has pitched almost 80 innings this year.. the yanks as an organization are much more conservative in player movements up the chain in my opinion then most other organizations….

    Goldman on Yes says why not give AJAx a chance.. I say why not also.. I do not understand peoples apprehension to do things like this. IS it desperate? Absolutely so…If Ajax fails send him down, it shows prospects in the system you produce you get promoted and it allows a player to get his feet wet..

    the Angels are very aggressive in doing things like this. Arredondo and K rod are examples of this but they do it all the time.. They just called up a pitcher who was released lsst yr. by another organization and just got hot with the Angels they do it all the time…

  68. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    JR Melancon has pitched almost 80 innings this year.. the yanks as an organization are much more conservative in player movements up the chain in my opinion then most other organizations….

    The difference w/ his innings cap is that it really isn’t 80 IP he’s more like at 44 right now, because the number of pitches he throws per inning to get 3 outs are usually under double digits. This guy nows how to pitch too much.

  69. Marcus August 6th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t think Joba is out for the year. Read Pete’s post.

  70. Brian from PA August 6th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    CHRIS BRITTON THANK GOD

  71. frits August 6th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    stuart, in re: melancon –

    the 80 IP this year is important…but…if you were tracking each appearance you would see that a lot of these innings were very low pitch innings, and that plenty of times he would throw 3 and only throw 30 pitches.

    chad jennings discussed the question with nardi contreras yesterday, i believe. here is the block quote:

    We also spent some time discussing Mark Melancon, who might be the most intriguing pitcher — starter or reliever — in the organization. “He’s a different breed,” Contreras said.

    As I wrote earlier, Melancon will pitch one more time in a controlled situation, but after that, he’ll be free to come into the middle of an inning and try to escape a jam. Initially, Melancon won’t go back-to-back days while he’s doing that, but Contreras said we might see Melancon go back-to-back after seeing how he adjusts to those mid-inning appearances. A call-up to New York, Contreras said, is strictly Brian Cashman’s call.

    The innings, Contreras admitted, are a bit high for this point in the season, but “his innings are not abusive innings.”

    “He’s got a lot of innings, but they’re controlled innings,” Contreras said. “He doesn’t get dry humped. If he gets up (in the bullpen) he’s in the game.”

    I asked what kind of formula the Yankees are using to monitor Melancon’s work load, because it clearly goes beyond total innings. Contreras just kind of nodded and smiled.

    “I know every pitch he’s thrown,” he said.

  72. rodg12 August 6th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Yeah, here’s the website for Andrews’ Florida institute…..

    http://www.theandrewsinstitute.com/Location/

    Address is Gulf Breeze, FL which is just across the bay from Pensacola.

  73. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    “Goldman on Yes says why not give AJAx a chance.. I say why not also.. I do not understand peoples apprehension to do things like this”

    why not? Cuz it can ruin a prospect. That’s why.

    ajax has not yet dominated at the AA level. And has not played, at the AAA level. Why would you believe he is ready? You really should no better, then this.

  74. frits August 6th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    So, that said, if Nardi thinks Melancon is ok to throw 20 more innings this year, assuming they are low pitch innings, the right kind of innings, etc., it may be possible to see Melancon as a Sept. callup.

  75. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Brandon that supports my reason why not bring Melancon up add some excitement get the guys feet wet…The prbolem is the pen which has pitched bad lately still has very good prospects that are young..

    the only spot is really the Britton spot which will be filled by IPK on Saturday…

    Hopefully Melancon will be a Sept. callup…

  76. David Cone's Labrum August 6th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Like the idea of bringing up Ajax now.

    What do we have to lose?

    Don’t tell me the kid’s confidence, please.

  77. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    *know*

  78. skeptic August 6th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    indians rallying to a 5-3 lead over tampa, kazmir doesnt quite have it today.

  79. rconn23 August 6th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Pray Joba doesn’t hear the words torn labrum today. Unfortunately, that’s what I think it’s going to be.

    That’s a injury a pithcer almost never recovers from.

  80. Edward August 6th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    EsPn: Joba out for 2009 too!!!

  81. leokitty August 6th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    yeah let’s bring up a-jax now so he can look like a cameron maybin or carlos gomez–completely overwhelmed by MLB pitching. this is a bad idea, why would you do that? you stunt his growth as a player.

  82. Gary August 6th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I propose taking Chris Britton and Scott Patterson off the 40-man roster and replacing them with Matt Carson and Scott Strickland.
    DFA Sexson and call up Strickland and Carson. Nady can play 1st base well enough.

    What’s to lose ?

  83. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Vinny B I do not think initial failure at the big league level can crush a guy.. I just do not believe that. Most prospects initially fail at the big league level..

    Ajax is dominating at AA, his #’s are quite good…Many also believe the jump from AA to AAA is not a jump at all…

    Vinny mamy organizations just do not believe the Yankee way (conservative to player movements) of player movements is better then there way..It is a crapshoot and how guys handle failure varies…

    This is an art and not a science and the Yanks have definitely not developed a better way of developing players then many other organizations.. The A’s are very aggresive moving guys up….

  84. mel August 6th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Whoa, things got out of hand quickly for Kazmir. Hopefully they can pull it off. If Cleveland wins today, I think they’ll be 6-1 against TB.

  85. Andrew August 6th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Maybe the final decision on Melancon will depend on how the guys in the ‘pen now perform, combined with the Yankees’ status in the race. Melancon could be a reinforcement if Bruney,Marte or Robertson struggle and the team is still in striking distance come Sept. If they perform, maybe he stays down–if the wheels fall off, he should definitely stay down.

  86. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Like the idea of bringing up Ajax now.

    What do we have to lose?

    Don’t tell me the kid’s confidence, please.

    Your thinking in the middle of a pennant race to put a kid whose’s 21 to field Yankee Stadium, CF at Yankees Stadium w/ big games for a 21 yr. old who has yet to dominate AA ? You don’t think he gets star struck not to mention he’s not on the 40 man roster so you have to DFA a player on the current 40 who could be useful. If Melky Cabrera is the main problem w/ this offense then people aren’t asking the right questions. My problem is the top of this lineup. Yesterday we got a tease, but we also saw a bit better production from 3, 4 and 5..that’s the main problem w/ this lineup our 3, 4 and 5 hitters production. Hopefully Nady stays in the 5 spot and Alex wakes up and realizes he is needed. The GIDP tandem also needs to be broken up mainly move Jetes from the 2 hole the rest 6-9 hitters are complimentary at best.

  87. Global Warming August 6th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    ATTN people who want Jackson up, the kid is still in his first season above A ball. Let’s calm down a bit, the best to hope for is a September call up and that’s pushing it.

    K-Rod isn’t and the Angels isn’t a good example because at least he had a full season in AA and AAA. JA had a year combined in AA/AAA and he’s 23 or 24 I believe.

  88. YankeesTech August 6th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    You wish to call up Ajax?

    Are you dumb?

  89. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    “Ajax is dominating at AA, his #’s are quite good”

    stuart: he has been up & down. Numbers, to not tell everything.

    yes, the A’s move players. However, many of these prospects were college players.

  90. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Maybin was in AA for 30 AB’s he really came up from single A, Carlos GOmez is struggling now but has been with Minny all year. You cannot compare 1 guys development to another.. I am not saying Ajax should be called up but I am saying it is not insanity to think about it…

    Kershaw for the DOdgers I think he came from AA(very short stop) and struggled at first but now is doing better.

    gain it is a crapshoot and conservative is not always better..

  91. Neil August 6th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Kazmir missed backing up the throw 3 times and it just lead to a big situation for the Tribe.

  92. vin August 6th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    “Why not just bring up Igawa to eat innings?”

    At this rate, we’d need Kobayashi.

  93. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    stuart I disagree w/ that, it didn’t do Melky any good in 2005 , Brett Gardner was scalding the ball at AAA and then he came up to the majors and couldn’t hit a thing. I’m one person who believes Jackson should not even think about NY or the Bronx this year.

  94. mel August 6th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Fatsano has the highest BA in Cleveland’s lineup today. Granted it’s only 28 AB, but still. Kinda scary.

  95. Peter Rabbit August 6th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    All I know about Dr. James Andrews is that Hulk Hogan got his knee fixed their.

    HULK HOGAN.

  96. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    again guys player development is an art there are no exact ways to do it.

    the yanks in a pennant race, I do not see it.. I think Ajax is in his 3rd yr. with the Yanks if I am correct and he has 450 Ab’s this year and is 21.. He is not 18..

    You may disagree with even looking at him as a call up and that is all I am saying but it is not insanity to ponder if it makes sense…

  97. pat August 6th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Assuming Joba to the DL is possible but I’m choosing to believe that the DL is Rasner’s blister until someone tells me otherwise. :smile:

  98. Don Vito A. Ballamo August 6th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Rasner has a blister ?

  99. mel August 6th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    pat,

    Were you as shocked as I that Rasner was a candidate to start? I thought he had a blood blister?

  100. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    why can’t guys come up to the big leagues faill and figure out what they need to work on…

    I think Gardner failed so far because he took pitches late in counts that he did in the minors and walked but could not get away with that in the majors. Can he adjust, who the hell knows???

    Itt is all about adjustments.. What is the right amount of time in the minors or right amount of ab’s or innings pitched are up for debate…Obviously Joba is supreme talent so his time in the lower levels could be less…

  101. David Cone's Labrum August 6th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    YankeeTech – you want to call me dumb? What a jackass -calling me “dumb” on a blog.

    What did the Yankees do with Melky? They brought him up into the fire and he botched a flyball in Fenway, right? Then they sent him back down, spent some more time, then he was our full time CF. We’re paying for the fact that we have him out there only because he can catch the ball. Because he damn well can’t do anything else very well.

    I’m only supporting Goldman’s theory – I’m not saying bring him up NOW. Jackson’s not a pitcher. He’s a gifted 5-tool athlete who should be given a chance to perform at the ML level sooner that a 2009 September call-up.

  102. Alex B. August 6th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Don’t know if anyone said this already but Mark Feinsand announced on his blog that Kennedy will start in place of Joba on Saturday.

  103. mel August 6th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Don Vito,

    Yes. Blood blister on index finger. That’s “why” they put him in the pen. Had nothing to do with the fact that he’s a AAAA pitcher.

  104. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    stuart we are talking about taking a 21 yr. old kid stopping his everyday activity from focusing on becoming a better hitter and sticking him into a major league pennant race. Come on man you got to think this through a bit more, he has never fielded CF in Yankees Stadium, he doesn’t know the bounces, the paths, the wind adjustment all of that and to stop him from progressing himself as a baseball player, he committed to baseball fulltime last year. It clicked for him in the 2nd half after sessions w/ Reggie. You know he’s not ready for this, say what we want about Melky but he has played AAA, AA and A ball and is a MLB player something Jackson is not ready for this year.

  105. jason August 6th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Any doctors on the board?
    I jsut did a little look-up of the anatomy of the shoulder. I can’t remember exactly from the video from two nights ago, but it looked as if Joba and then Girardi and Trainer were pointing to an area toward the top of the arm, below the shoulder. If that is indeed where the injury lies it is a muscle strain and not a labrum, which would be located higher on the arm.
    My only concern is that when I looked up the injury the leading cause of was falling onto the hands and repeated overhead throwing – both of which Joba did Mon. night.
    Anyway, trying to waste some time during a rainy Wed.

  106. TKinDC August 6th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    “Don Vito,

    Yes. Blood blister on index finger. That’s “why” they put him in the pen. Had nothing to do with the fact that he’s a AAAA pitcher.”

    Is this an attempt at a Jedi MindTrick? Or is it legit?

  107. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    DCL I understand that point but I’d rather let him go through AA playoffs experience and bring him up in ST see if he contends for promotion and bring him up gradually.

  108. jennifer August 6th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Pat me too!! :P It is Rasner on the dl not Joba.

  109. Johnny Cortez August 6th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    A-Jax has come a long way offensively in a league that is touhg on hitters. Many people that see him play say that he still needs to make strides in the field. He doesn’t take good routes to the ball. He can learn how to improve his defense but that learning should happein in AA and AAA.

  110. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    ajax. Not to mention the 40-man roster issues (which we already have)

  111. David Cone's Labrum August 6th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Not the “Now” type of scenario I support, but again, a heckuva lot sooner than 2010, or even mid-2009.

    Melky isn’t going to get much better.

    From Goldman, Yes Network:

    Alternative scenario, un-Yankee-like department: call up Austin Jackson, who has been on a hot streak since the All-Star break, batting .387/.443/.548 in 17 games. He went 4-for-5 last night. Yes, he’s only in Double A, which is what makes the move un-Yankee-like, but he really has shown that he’s ready to move up to Triple A, if not the Majors. Although Jackson is hitting .297/.372/.449 overall, his .316/.394/.516 in road games is a truer measure of his abilities. In this mixed-up season, it might be worth a try because the three guys ahead of him — Christian, Gardner, and Cabrera — are not going to help the Yankees go on the kind of sustained winning streak they need right now.

  112. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    A-Jax has come a long way offensively in a league that is touhg on hitters. Many people that see him play say that he still needs to make strides in the field. He doesn’t take good routes to the ball. He can learn how to improve his defense but that learning should happein in AA and AAA.

    Gracias..

  113. Don Vito A. Ballamo August 6th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Razz to the DL…Joba to make his next start…..Everybody say it with me and call this into existence…..RAZZ to the DL and Joba on Saturday….repeat…. LOL ! :-)

  114. Alex B. August 6th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Jason, I’m not a doctor but I had some shoulder troubles while pitching this year. On every throw I had a sharp, stinging pain in the same area that Joba pointed to on Monday. Along with the pain I noticed my velocity was also down. The doctor sent me for an MRI that revealed no structural damage and I’m currently going to physical therapy to strengthen and rehab the shoulder. Turns out my injury wasn’t anything more than tendonitis.
    Let’s hope the same is true for Joba and that they’re only seeking the opinion of Dr. Andrews so they can be extra sure.

  115. David Cone's Labrum August 6th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Brandon, agreed – to see him in 2009 spring training would open alot of eyes. Possibly a start in AAA to the 2009 season. How he performs then could facilitate a move to the Majors by mid-season?

  116. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    RAZZ to the DL and Joba to start next Saturday, Pavano out for the season in exchange. :)

  117. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    God I can’t work until I get those RESULTS !!!!

  118. jason August 6th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Alex – I sure hope you are right. I will gladly, happily give away this season for 10 more years of Joba.

    BTW – we have a missing persons report – Jeffrey Marquez pitched in the GCL today. Went 2.2 innings and elt up a couple of runs. I think he was scheduled for 50 pitches. Why do all the rehab guys get lit up in the GCL? Hopefully, he comes out of this healthy.
    Same game Banuelos pitched 3 scoreless. He is someone to watch in the coming years.

  119. pat August 6th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    mel

    I don’t think Rasner was a candidate. Just a last resort placeholder.

  120. David Cone's Labrum August 6th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Alex B.

    That’s an interesting scenario which I haven’t seen much of – all the columnists, etc. are painting the worse-case scenatio.

    It could be that the MRI results were either inconclusive or showed a mild strain or tendonitis, and they are getting the second opinion to be sure.

  121. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Jason so is De La Rosa 93-95 mph LHP and a lethal change up slider combo starting to develope for this 23 yr. old.

  122. Jorge Steinbrenner August 6th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I’d make Britton jog each way, personally. :)

  123. Steve Philips August 6th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    My initial report from yesterday still stands.

    Slight tear of the labrum, no surgery required. Recommends strengthening the shoulder/muscles surrounding in the off-season.

    This is most likely from the result of how many pitches Joba has thrown over the last season and a half. Before last season, people do not realize he threw in Winter Ball

  124. Don Vito A. Ballamo August 6th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Steve Phillips = major @-H*le

  125. vin August 6th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    “God I can’t work until I get those RESULTS !!!!”

    Work? Do you mean that I’m not the only one here with a job? ;)

  126. jason August 6th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Brandon – Agreed and he has been on fire his last few starts. He does need to be protected/signed as I recall.
    The pitching depth (of true prospects) is unbeleiveable. Guesses for 2009:
    AAA – Horne (wtf happened to him this year?), Marquez, Aceves, Coke, Kontos, Sanchez, some combination of Hughes and Kennedy
    AA – Macallister, Nova, Bleich, Brackman, Garcia, Pope
    A – Betances, Heredia, De Le Rosa, Cole
    Low A – Vizcaino
    That does not include any of the pitchers (other than Cole and Bleich) from this years draft. It also doesn’t include guys like Hacker, Jones etc who may be are more pitchers than prospects.

  127. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    “I sure hope you are right. I will gladly, happily give away this season for 10 more years of Joba”

    from your lips, to God’s ears.

  128. jason August 6th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    David Cone – at least for today you have to take away the third word of your name. But, that is my hope. That maybe the Yanks found something more benign like tendinitis/strain/pull that needs rest and they or Joba or Joba’s people want to make sure they did not miss anything more serious and hence are in Florida.
    One can only hope.

  129. S.A.-We need you back soon Phil Hughes. This offense is still offensive. August 6th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I’m gonna need more vodka. :(

  130. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Kevin (NYC): John, could you please compare Austin Jackson and Andrew McCutchen? Who is the better hitter for average, who is the better hitter for power and who is the better defender in CF? Thx!

    John Manuel : (2:28 PM ET ) Jackson’s ceiling is a skoch higher but he’s quite a bit less polished with the bat than McCutchen. Jackson has more contact ability, more raw power, probably a better defender as well, but he just has had less time as a primary baseball player. But for me, Jackson’s the better prospect

    i love john manuel

  131. Don Vito A. Ballamo August 6th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    http://deadspin.com/5033883/jo.....ason-hopes
    .
    some silliness to pass the time….
    ,
    , :-)

  132. ML August 6th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    A caller just mentioned this note on WFAN and Russo says who said that, caller says “peter abraham” and dog says “what paper is that Staten Island Advance?”

    Unreal!

  133. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    In nine starts, De Le Rosa is 5-2 with a 1.76 ERA. He has struck out 110 while walking only 39. He fanned a career-high nine over six shutout innings in a win against Lexington on July 7.

    Wilkins De La Rosa

  134. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Jason, might it be because Marquez hasn’t pitched since June 15? Two months of no games….his job is to throw strikes and reach his pitch count.

  135. 12345 August 6th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    OH SNAP!! MAD DOG RUSSO JUST PUNKED OUT PETE

  136. ML August 6th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    A caller just told Russo this news, and he says “where you get that?”. He says “Peter Abraham, yanks beat writer”. And Dog says “what paper is that, Staten Island Advance?” crazy that he would mock a beat writer just because he’s not from the Times.

    Fight back, Pete!

  137. BBB (X gon'give it to ya) August 6th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Ras to the DL, Joba to make his next start Saturday, Pavano to make inspired comeback and pitch 7 shutout innings, picking up the win in the Yankees’ playoff berth clinching game. Igawa’s arm sacrificed to baseball gods as a result.

    Like they say in the Big Lebowski…”if you will it, Dude, it is no dream.”

  138. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Pittsburgh should just bring up Mccutheon already..

    where are they going???

  139. dan August 6th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Ive found that the older I get, the less I need to listen to WFAN,,,,,Yankee brothers here should join me in that, not listening to russo actually has 0 effect on your life

  140. jason August 6th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Vinny – That would be the same Andrew Mccutcheon who many have as one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Wow!

  141. BBB (X gon'give it to ya) August 6th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, AJax better than the uber hyped Andrew McCutchen? Sweet!!

  142. Brian from PA August 6th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    i understand the Yankees want to be thorough in finding out what’s wrong with Joba, but it’s been 2 days since the fans had to watch our young star pitcher leave the game early with the trainer clutching his shoulder. And we still have been told nothing.

  143. andrew August 6th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    i was the one who called in so sorry pete for the russo punking, but when they find out that joba has gone down, theyll be thanking you hahaha

  144. TKinDC August 6th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    “Pittsburgh should just bring up Mccutheon already..

    where are they going???”

    Stuart wanted to promote Little League MVP Danny Almonte to the Yankee rotation after the LLWS.

    Maybe these teams have some idea what they are doing and you are the one that doesn’t?

  145. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Brandon, when De La Rosa’s games as a setup are added, the numbers are even more impressive, especialy given that this is his first full year of pitching. He is impressive. People also fail to notice the young closer in Charleston (Jonathan Ortiz)…everybody but the league hitters and managers.

  146. andrew33 August 6th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    it is frustrating waiting for the joba news, but maybe they need some leverage if they are still trying to get washburn through the waiver wire … not sure … but i eagerly await the news not so much for this year but for the start of 2009 …. hopefully nothing drastic

  147. jason August 6th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    GB7 – In no way was I saying that Marquez’ outing was bad. In fact he had a very nice ground ball to fly out ratio. I just hope he stays healthy. Going into the season he was probably at the top of the list for an emergency call-up.
    The GCL sentence was more a question. It really seems that all of the very good pitchers who start out down there get shellacked. They then move up to the appropriate levels and are fine. Is it that the pitchers are just returning to pitching, they are working on something, or the hitters will jsut swing away and run into balls that more polished batters will take?

  148. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    “Vinny – That would be the same Andrew Mccutcheon who many have as one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Wow”

    yup.

    :)

  149. Jorge Tabata August 6th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    We are in a pennant race?

  150. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    andrew you know I was listening to your thought and saying Britton being called up means Joba is going to the DL, you do know Rasner could be the one that is heading to the DL right ?

  151. Andrew August 6th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Wait, Russo is taking shots at Pete? For what, being pessimistic about Joba’s health?

  152. BBB (X gon'give it to ya) August 6th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Ugh, I, too, hate waiting for this news. I can’t get much done either in the interim. And I’m working from home, so no boss hovering over my shoulder to motivate me either. Does anyone know what time an announcement is expected?

  153. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah I watch russo on yes from home.. I also work but do from home.. he dissed Peter does he work for the Staten Island paper??????

    the thing is how unknowledgeable these guys are… he said Lamb fly out to warning track in 9th for Minny.. It was Redmond I watched it with my own eyes…

    they have no info on any prospect.. they have no clue all the time..

    and most of all this guy is on NY talk radio and hates NY teams…..

    How can that be? I do not hate the MEts like most Yankee fans, I have a neutral approach to them but Russo hates all NY teams and smuggly all the time reminds you of that fact, that is what I do not understand..

  154. ML August 6th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I tried to post twice on Russo’s comment about Pete, but my posts are not going up. third time’s a charm.

  155. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    GB7 yeh I heard rave reviews of Ortiz’s change up, people call it sick, I haven’t seen any video’s of it yet. But U do realize how special that guy’s arm is too. Since you actually go to these games can you fill me in on 3 guys Angelini his recent ability to hit the ball for xtra bases, Brandon Laird WTF happened w. him and Ortiz’s delivery is it fluid or herky jerky ?

  156. ML August 6th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    OK, that went through, so here goes. In response to the caller who reported that Pete had reported the Britton move, Russo said “What paper is he from? Staten Island Advance?”. Apparently Russo thinks that if he doesn’t know one the beat guys then he must not be a good reporter.

  157. andrew August 6th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Brandon, when was it ever spoken about rasner being hurt?

  158. Tank August 6th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Days like this make me glad that the show might end. Russo was rumored to be going to Sirus while Mike continues on.

  159. Nick in SF August 6th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    There is no indication at all that Melancon has been or is being rushed at all. Everything I’ve read about his suggests that the Yanks are taking a very steady, well-planned approach to his development.

    It also seems, as had been mentioned already in this thread, that there may be a good reason to let him exceed his innings limit for the season when so many of his innings have been low-pitch/low-stress domination.

    I think it’s a pretty safe bet that if we do see Melancon called up this year it won’t be because anyone has pushed the panic button or is risking his health in any way. If it’s bornerline in any way, we won’t see him.

    So if he still has innings to give and the brain trust has decided that he’s ready to come up AND coming up would further his development, it’s not a question of wasting innnings on a sorry team that might not make the postseason, it’s more a question of wasting his innings in the minors.

  160. oMg August 6th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    “have you seen my baseball?” – chris britton

  161. BBB (X gon'give it to ya) August 6th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Anyway, to pass the time while we’re waiting…is this Brandon Laird kid (down in Charleston) for real? He’s only hitting .263 and doesn’t appear to walk much, but 17 HR and 60 RBI are no joke!

    where does he rank in the organization among, say, all infielders? Is he projected to be a MLB caliber talent? If so, how long before he is ready? Same timeframe as Jesus?

  162. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Brandon, when was it ever spoken about rasner being hurt?

    He had blisters issues in his last game.

    BTW you Jeter apologists Joel Sherman is ripping him right now on ESPN Radio…(But he’s calling it like he sees it)

  163. ary August 6th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Days like this make me glad that the show might end. Russo was rumored to be going to Sirus while Mike continues on

  164. BBB (X gon'give it to ya) August 6th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    ““have you seen my baseball?” – chris britton”

    this is so wrong, but I LOL’d.

  165. Nick in SF August 6th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    “not listening to russo actually has 0 effect on your life”

    Wouldn’t that improve your life?

  166. Joe Monte August 6th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Jeter deserves to be ripped, look at his performance the last two years: underperforming.

  167. Joe Monte August 6th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Russo, great radio right now in ripping Farve!

  168. JT August 6th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Heard Mad Dog Russo’s comments about Pete too. When ‘Dog asked for the source of the Chris Britton call-up, he was told “Pete Abraham, he’s a Yankee beat writer”. Russo then says “Who’s that? What’s he write for the Staen Island Dispatch? I can’t use that …” Russo is a jerk.

  169. Alex B. August 6th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Two former Yankess match-up tonight: Karstens vs. The Big Unit. Pretty interesting.

  170. andrew August 6th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    OP and now arod gets ripped
    whos next? mariano?

  171. S.A.-We need you back soon Phil Hughes. This offense is still offensive. August 6th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    wait-what did Russo say about Pete?

  172. andrew August 6th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    im honestly just waiting for sweeny murti to confirm that Britton is heading up. then i want someone to call up and say, who reported it first! hahah

  173. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Brandon, Ortiz is fun to watch. He works fast, has a good low 90s fastball, throws a slider and curve, but, not a lot, and has the same Bugs Bunny chngeup as edwar ramirez and Wilkins De La Rosa.

    Angelini is real streaky. He’s starting to drive the ball a little more, although not much is falling in. Defense is still really ragged. Reminds me very much of a very young minor leaguer named Jeter. Strikeouts, errors little power and speed, but definately talented.

    Laird is just doing what he did last year…hitting for power and his average is rising. He drives in runs and is playing a great first base…third baseman’s arm…quite a change from the last 7 years, huh? Not much speed, but legitimate power…great swing and hits hard line drives everywhere…slight uppercut.

  174. Jorge Tabata August 6th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Next year’s Milb rotations are going to be sick

    Charleston – Cole, Marshall, Vizcaino, Banelunos
    Tampa – Betances, Bleich, De La Rosa, Heredia, Brackman (WOW!)
    Trenton – McAllister, Garcia, Pope, Nova

  175. dan August 6th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Nick in SF—-:) YOU know what I Meant, you miss 0 by not listening to Russo…I get the same news from the net with 0 aggrevation and 0 commercials…..life goes on

    Jeter has had god awful year….it is what it is

  176. Brian from PA August 6th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    remember that time Chris Russo ragged on a bunch of good players from New York teams?

  177. BBB (X gon'give it to ya) August 6th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    with Jeter, as much as I hate to say it, sometimes it seems like it is at the point where he thinks it is his, and this team’s birthright to be in the postseason every year. Oddly he is the only one I get that feeling from, not Posada, Pettitte or Rivera even though they have been in the playoffs every year too.

    That attitude pisses me off from Jeter because it’s a terrible example on the younger players imo. If we do miss the playoffs that is one of the few good things that can come from it, other than hopefully ridding the fanbase of many bandwagoners. I think it would be a huge wakeup call for Jeter and he would play a lot hungrier, like he used to when he was younger.

  178. S.A.-We need you back soon Phil Hughes. This offense is still offensive. August 6th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    ML August 6th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    OK, that went through, so here goes. In response to the caller who reported that Pete had reported the Britton move, Russo said “What paper is he from? Staten Island Advance?”. Apparently Russo thinks that if he doesn’t know one the beat guys then he must not be a good reporter.

    Oops. Missed this post. I see.
    So, basically Russo is clueless as usual? :)

  179. saucY August 6th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    stuart, the fact that Russo hates NY teams really does boggle the mind. it’s like he’s catering to the masses that move from the midwest to the city for work reasons. guy is on crack.

  180. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks GB.

  181. saucY August 6th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    “Russo, great radio right now in ripping Farve!”

    amazing. because Friday he said nobody cared about the Farve story and it was being force-fed by ESPN.

  182. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    BBB, Laird’s power is real, and so is the talent. He’s only 20. He hit over .300 in his 1st pro year, last year and his average this year is a little low, but, not striking out a lot. He and Montero have hit some real bombs at Joseph Riley Stadium in Charleston…not a good hitter’s park for homers. Wind usually blows into left off of the river.

  183. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Doug (NY): Mark Melancon has been lights out this year at 3 different levels. Is he the Yankees closer after Rivera? What kind of stuff does he have?

    John Manuel : (3:20 PM ET ) Been a big Melancon fan for several years; big-time power breaking ball, average to plus fastball, big brass stones as well. If he throws consistent strikes then he’s a closer

  184. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    on ripping Jeter.. All I am saying is he is having a terrible offensive year. Do I appreciate all he has done? his class, his performance, he great success, absolutely..

    I really like Jeter as a fan but the reality is he has had a bad year. WHy can’t you say Jeter has had a great career but a bad bad year and you are concerned he is on a fst decline?

    Why is that disloyal?? I think this will be his worse year in his career and he just turned 34, that is a real concern….

    I have not forgotten about the 4 Ws, and 12 straight playoff appearances……

  185. jason August 6th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    BBB – Laird has absolutely been on fire in the power department. His last month and a half roughly duplicate the fantastic numbers he put up last year. His brother is also Ranger catcher Gerald. Between Suttle, Montero and Laird Tampa’s offense next year will look just a tad better than this year. Also, this is the crop of kids who will hopefully make it to the Yankees in waves in a couple of years. Pitchers were first and next come the position players.

  186. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    My pleasure, Brandon. By the way, Ortiz has a very smooth delivery, and still works on it. Nice kids down here. Interacts with the fans and they work hard and seems to spend most of their time working on fundamentals before games….usually on their own.

  187. jason August 6th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Man John Manuel is all over the Yankees today. I have never seen anyone question Melancon’s ability to throw strikes. In fact much of what Mike Ashmore and Chad Jennings have written is the exact opposite, how he goes right after hitters with no fear.

  188. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Greenberet 7 thanks for the insight.. I live in Calif. so I have never seen any of these players do there thing..

    thanks..

  189. jason August 6th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    GB7 – Thank you for the first hand report. It is very limiting following just the box scores, the personal info is really welcomed. You should have another crop of great prospects next year. Hoefully, we get Cole and you can let us know how he looks!

  190. Don Vito A. Ballamo August 6th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

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  191. JoeT 28 in 09!! Start Geise! Burn out Pavano, get what we can August 6th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    It amazes me that Britton goes back to Scranton

  192. ML August 6th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Oops. Missed this post. I see.
    So, basically Russo is clueless as usual?

    Pretty much. He made fun of Pete, then immediately started asking Minko, “Do we have that? Any news?” Maybe stop mocking the reporter that broke the news and start paying attention, Russo.

  193. The Panoramic Vista Roof in Jeter's Edge August 6th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    the staten island advance is actually a very good news papaer…when I was on an iron vacation, many of the other “vacationers” were from staten island so I would read that paper…its formatted like the ny times. A lot better than the post and daily news.

  194. Jorge Steinbrenner August 6th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t think Jeter deserves to be ripped. There. I said it.

    I think the New York Yankee veterans, as a whole, deserved to ripped.

  195. vinny-b (yes network: please STOP the Ford Edge/jeter commercials) August 6th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

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    August 6th, 2008 at 3:23 pm
    the fact that Russo hates NY teams really does boggle the mind”

    yes. It really does. What boggles the mind even further, is WFAN employing him, and handing him a 5 hour time slot every day, in the world’s largest sports market !@?!

  196. Paulie August 6th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

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  197. Brandon (Jetes GIDP count: *19) (Starting to believe Arod will never win a championship ) (OH F*** IT JUST FIRE LONG ALREADY !) August 6th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    NAh I think Jetes getaway w/ too many non rips I say rip away. He is part of a team nothing puts him higher than anyone in that locker room right now.
    ———————————
    BTW GB7 James Cooper is really catching on in AA a bit. I’m happy for him especially after combating all those injuries that robbed the first fiew years of his pro career.

  198. dan August 6th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    the fact that russo hates NY teams shouldnt boggle your mind at all….hes been doing that for 20 years and its part of his schtick that made him successfull….he as much said it on the costas show a few months ago that his job thrives in negativity

    Best thing you/we can do as fans of NY sports teams is if you are bothered by it dont listen, russo is giving you the same act he gave you ten years ago or 15 years ago

    If you tune it out, you wont miss it

  199. TKinDC August 6th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Brandon –

    Bradley Suttle – remember the name

    UT CWS Champ – batting #2 for Charleston and a solid prospect.

  200. NongEyeWayneTolleson August 6th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Can someone tell me what the Yankees see in a guy like Britton, over a guy like Patterson?

  201. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Jason and Stuart, it’s my pleasure. I live in Savannah, so I see them when they come to town. I live about 75 miles from Charleston, so, I usually drive up for a few days a month to watch them…normally, I treat myself to a series after my treatments in Tampa. Just can’t drink the beer, but, I sit as close to those that do, so I can at least sniff their beer.

  202. S.A.-We need you back soon Phil Hughes. This offense is still offensive. August 6th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Jeter is not have a God awful “why is he still out there, get him off the team” year.

    But it has been pretty crappy for the GIDP king this season.

    He’s still one of my favorite players, but it is fair to call it like it is. His down year has been hurting this team. But just remember he hasn’t been the only one.

    A lot of players on this team have not done what we all expected them to do and add in the injuries, this is the situation we are in.

    The funny thing is that we are still not out of it. But if they continue with the up and down performances..we soon will be. :|

    And tonight is Ponson. YAY?

    So, did Favre get traded yet? :P

  203. Jorge Steinbrenner August 6th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t get the Britton thing either.

    I understand that he had a good season for Baltimore. Clearly now, for the better part of two seasons, the Yankee organization has not seen enough in him for him to remain on the MLB roster.

    What is he really worth to us in the end? I’m surprised he hasn’t been involved in more trade talks.

  204. The Panoramic Vista Roof in Jeter's Edge August 6th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Ponson is the yankees third best these days. let that marinate

  205. stuart August 6th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    tolleson… britton is 25, patterson is like 30 or so.. Briton actually pitched well 2 or 3 years ago in over 60 MLB innings for the Orioles..

    Maybe that i swhy…..

  206. Incognito August 6th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    The sky is falling. Gotta love being a Yankee fan.

  207. GreenBeret7 August 6th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Brandon, I think that you’ll see a few of these kids, like Laird, Ortiz, De La Rosa in Trenton, before mid season of 2009. Not sure about Montero….He’s so young, so there’s time…maybe late season. It’s his defense that needs more help. He and Laird aren’t hackers…they have a clue at the plate, although Laird will annoy the “board experts”, because, like Cano, he doesn’t walk much.

  208. NongEyeWayneTolleson August 6th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Eh,

    I just think Britton is mediocre at best. Wasn’t he supposed to be pretty decent when we traded for him? I also take the 60 innings he pitched with Baltimore, with a grain of salt, considering they suck and probably rushed him to the majors.

  209. MoBoy(aka McLovin) August 6th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Cashman better Freddy Garcia or at least Washburn.You got to be smoking something if you think Kennedy,Giese,Ponson orRasner is better then Washburn or Arroyo.

  210. CUYanks August 6th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Jeff Karstens pitching today for the Pirates.

  211. mattk August 6th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    “The funny thing is that we are still not out of it.”

    You obviously don’t understand the meaning of the word ‘funny’.

  212. S.A.-We need you back soon Phil Hughes. This offense is still offensive. August 6th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    “The funny thing is that we are still not out of it.”

    You obviously don’t understand the meaning of the word ‘funny’.

    Dictionary:
    funny (fÅ­n’Ä“) pronunciation
    adj., -ni·er, -ni·est.

    1.
    1. Causing laughter or amusement.
    2. Intended or designed to amuse.
    2. Strangely or suspiciously odd; curious.
    3. Tricky or deceitful.

  213. John August 6th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Brandon Laird = Shelly Duncan?

  214. David Cone's Labrum August 6th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Anyone have a clue where Montero would play if not C by 2010?

  215. TKinDC August 6th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    What is complicated about the Britton move?

    He shuttles back and forth all the time – he is like a bullpen FEMA -

    DL’ing Joba would allow for an easy move of IPK to the big club and a Rasner move makes no difference for any of the roster stuff.

    Phil Hughes is my dark horse for a surprise start.

  216. andrew August 6th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    oh my friggen god, the rays just tied the game.

    folks, get ready for the russo celebration

  217. #9 August 6th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Christmas comes early on September 2nd, folks!

    http://mikeandthemadblog.blogs.....d-why.html

    “When asked why he proclaimed Sept 2nd to be the end date of the Marriage of Mike and Chris, did Neil Best say:

    1. I spoke to Chernoff and he confirmed that the end was indeed approaching and that he wanted a fresh start for the baseball pennant races and the start of football season

    2. Chris has a deal in place with Sirius and he will begin there right after Labor Day so that Chris can report on the US Open

    3. Mike Francesca called him from Saratoga and he said “talk to me in September, Neil. There will be no Chris then.”

    Nope, it wasn’t any of these. When asked on his live chat this afternoon why Sept 2nd would be the final day for the Mike and the Mad Dog show, his answer was…

    “It’s Labor Day and they will be back from vacation.””

  218. David Cone's Labrum August 6th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Also, what’s Jackson Melian up to?

    Hope that kid is doing well, somewhere…

  219. pat August 6th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Rays/Indians 7-7?

  220. Matt - NYY fan in Boston August 6th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Wow. Gabe Gross might be one of the most clutch Rays this season. Every time he’s up in a late inning situation, he comes through. He just tied the Rays-Indians game at 7.

  221. CUYanks August 6th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    The pitchers Eric Wedge puts out there in the 9th inning are unconscionable.

  222. ROG August 6th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Stuart,,,You should audition for a place on Basball Tonight and join rest of the long winded blowhearts who just like to hear themselves speak…..I question your knowledge of the game, as it seems to me that all you do is find info in some periodicals and then spin them as your own…..You do offer comic relief, as I read all your apparent drunken entries last night…..Some of the guys you tore into last night most likely forgot more about the game than you will ever know…..Shame you were the kid that was sent to rightfield for two innings when you played Little League….Do your self and us a favor, and just read the postings and learn, and do not get to personnal with your foolish digs…..The Rog

  223. Bombshell August 6th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Idiot Indians bullpen. every last one of them should be gone, their horrible. 3 runs with nobody out and now an infield hit and a walk. Embarrasing. These are the things that add up and let us Yankee fans know that this ain’t our year.

  224. David August 6th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    the Rays have the game. They actually probably will take the division this year. what a turnaround.

  225. Matt - NYY fan in Boston August 6th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Tampa Bay scores 6 in the 9th to win 10-7; Carlos Pena hit a walk-off homer

    If the Yanks lose Joba and they lose tonight, wild card is our only hope.

  226. Bombshell August 6th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    And Pena wins it with another jack. They’re winning this division boys.

  227. David August 6th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    The moment after I post that Pena hits a 3 run homer. 6 in the 9th for the Rays. I think the name change is the secret.

  228. andrew August 6th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    ladies and gentlemen, lower your radio cause the rays just won which means the dog is gonna go off. the newest bandwagoner to the rays franchise

  229. Chris August 6th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Wow, just wow. The Indians sad excuse of a bullpen gives up 6 runs in the 9th w/o recording an out.

    Pathetic.

  230. Bombshell August 6th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Mad Dod is a clown, what a friggin moron. Bandwagoner supreme.

  231. Matt - NYY fan in Boston August 6th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    It’s just unbelievable about the Rays. Not just a story. Gabe Gross is one of the most clutch Rays hitters this season. He’s killed many teams and is just a monster this yr in the clutch. He beat the Yankees on a hit in extras earlier this yr. He tied the game with a 2-run shot in the 9th today. Their bullpen has been great, their rotation has been great. Longoria is a ROY. It’s just, ugh.

  232. David Cone's Labrum August 6th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    All – not sure why today’s Rays win suddenly makes you think the division is out of reach. I think it was out of reach long ago. The Rays have starters who go deep into games, enough offense, and a LH starter (Price) who could dominate in a bullpen role for the Sep. call-up period.

    Red Sox are the hurdle at this point. Yanks must finish 4 games better than them now, and I think Boston may have already played 2 games more than us.

    Series wins are officially a must.

  233. Gary August 6th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    It seems like the Rays are not to be denied. If the Yankees only had half of their enthusiam.

  234. andrew August 6th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    i just wanted the friggen tribe to win just to shove it in russos face so that he wouldnt wear that stupid hat. ugh man, all i wanted was a friggen win but the tribe suck

  235. Matt - NYY fan in Boston August 6th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    “It seems like the Rays are not to be denied. If the Yankees only had half of their enthusiam.”

    I agree with you completely. The Yankees have no passion. My dad is a Mets fan and he says the Yankees right now look like the Mets down the stretch last season, and I agree with him. The Rays have heart, they have enthusiasm, they have passion, and they have the fight and will to win. It seems like the Yankees could care less.

  236. andrew August 6th, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    well they just said it on the fan
    joba is on the 15 day DL
    and who called in and reported it first
    me
    and who did i give the credit to on air
    mr abraham
    and russo made a stupid comment

  237. sunny615 August 6th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    how many options does Britton have left? It feels like he’s used up all of his and have of the AAA teams…

  238. LathamJoe August 6th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Chris Britton will be used as the “DBP” (Designated Blowout Pitcher) until Kennedy/Hughes or another starter is recalled.

    Tough news about Joba. I don’t even think the vaunted Yankee late season magic can overcome this blow.

    The Rays have a tough stretch starting in September. Then we’ll see what they’re made of….

  239. jake August 6th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Top Ten Yankees Prospects (in no particular order):
    1. Austin Jackson-OF…speed, hits, emerging power
    2. Mark Melancon-RH relief pitcher extraordinaire
    3. Manny Banuelos-LHP. short in stature, but throws hard, and has great “pitchability”
    4. Wilkins DeLaRosa-LHP. converted OF, has only been pitching for 18months, but is ++
    5. Dellin Betances-RHP. 6’9. Overpowering fastball. Learning quickly.
    6. Jesus Montero-monstrous homerun power from the right side. C? 1B? Who cares?
    7. Brad Suttle-3B. Does everything well. Mature bat for an A-player.
    8. Gerald Laird.-probably a future 1B. Really good RH power.
    9. Abe Almonte-think Tim Raines-type of potential.
    10.Kevin Romine-a future ML catcher.

    And then there’s still Gardner, and Hughes, and Kennedy, and Cervelli, and Coke, and Wright, and others of greater or lesser quality. These guys are at varied stages in their development and range in age from 17 (Banuelos) to 24 (Gardner). But, if they stay healthy, and continue to develop (always an “if”), they all have legit ML potential. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!!!!

  240. jake August 6th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    oh, and let’s not forget Brackman. A couple of scouts have actually said that he’s got better raw stuff than Beckett or Joba. Really.

  241. Michael August 6th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

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  242. rconn23 August 6th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    The next starting pitcher that the minor league system will produce as an actual “prospect”” – and not a fill in such as Wright, Aceves – is Zach McCallister. He’ll be in AA next year and will move quickly, much more quickly than Betances, who is as raw as hell.

    McCallister has tons of polish.

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    You aren’t looking at this right…He played AGAINST New York and others and did very well. Like Edwar and the others, he needs to play to keep it together.

    My next question to anyone….Could he possibly hold the record for the most call-up/call-downs in a single season??? LOL

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