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Spring Game 12: Yankees at Tigers (with A-Rod surgery update and audio)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Mar 08, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Cabrera CF
Damon LF
Swisher 1B
Matsui DH
Nady RF
Ransom 3B
Molina C
Berroa SS
Bernier 2B

Pitching today: A.J. Burnett followed by Phil Hughes, Brian Bruney, Andrew Brackman and Mark Melancon.

TIGERS
Everett SS
Polanco 2B
Sheffield DH
Thames LF
Larish 1B
Clevlen CF
Laird C
Inge 3B
Gomez RF

Pitching today: Nate Robertson, Dontrelle Willis, Fernando Rodney.

Notes: This is the spring-training debut for Burnett. He will likely throw two innings followed by three from Hughes. … Hideki Matsui will get a test today as he plays in back-to-back games. … Back with more later on.

BREAKING NEWS, 9:02 a.m.: Announcement coming at 9:30 on A-Rod. Dr. Philppon will be on a conference call. Sounds like a decision has been made.

UPDATE, 9:36 a.m.: Alex Rodriguez will have less invasive surgery to repair the labrum, try to play and then have a full repair after the season.

UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: A-Rod has an impingement, meaning bone is striking bone. The initial surgery will fix the labrum. The second will repair the bone deformity.

The goal, Dr. Philippon, will be a rapid rehab. “It’s a very good option,” he said.

He said the rehab will take 6-9 weeks.

UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Surgery will be Monday. Dr. Philippon said he’s 85-90 percent certain A-Rod won’t have a setback this season.

A-Rod will stay in Vail for several weeks.

Again, it’ll be 6-9 weeks before he plays in a MLB game. So late April possibly.

UPDATE, 9:58 a.m.: Dr. Philippon said it’s 100 percent that A-Rod will need a second surgery.

The larger surgery would have kept him out 3-4 months. They’ll gave to reshape the femoral head of the bone.

UPDATE, 10:02 a.m.: Cashman said he thinks they made the right call based on the information.

UPDATE, 11:21 a.m.: Here we are in Lakeland, home of the Tiger and one of my favorite spring training sites, Joker Marchant Stadium.

Here is where Mark Feinsand and I parked:

(Just kidding, Brian).

As for A-Rod, I believe the Yankees are doing the right thing. Dr. Philippon is considered one of the top people in his field. If he says Alex can get through the season, you have to believe him.

The question now becomes when A-Rod will be ready to play. Opening Day is four weeks away. So in theory, Alex could be ready two weeks into the season. That’s certainly better than the All-Star break.

UPDATE, 11:56 a.m.: Even if A-Rod comes back in two weeks, I think the Yankees would be wise to obtain an infielder now. They could use a solid third baseman and beyond that, they will obviously need a reliable backup for the whole season. Clearly Alex will need extra time off, games as the DH, etc.

It would be crazy to get somebody expensive like Scott Rolen. But maybe somebody like Mark Grudzielanek? Ray Durham? I would expect Cashman to make some sort of move.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: A.J. Burnett got three easy outs in the first inning. P-9, F-8, 4-3. 11 pitches, 8 strikes. 0-0 after one inning.

UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Here is the conference call today with Brian Cashman and Dr. Philippon. Warning: This is 30 minutes and it’s thick with medical stuff. I figure Will Carroll, if nobody else, will be interested.

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UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: A.J. Burnett’s line: 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts. He was very efficient, getting the hitters to put the ball in play. Hughes in now. 5-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 3:13 p.m.: Just spoke to Brian Cashman, Mr. Pessimism said he expects A-Rod back in mid-May. Cashman always goes worst-case scenario.

Cashman said that as the Yankees researched this, they found a number of athletes (including baseball players) who had similar surgery and came back to play at a high level.

Here’s Cashman talking about the decision:

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624 Responses to “Spring Game 12: Yankees at Tigers (with A-Rod surgery update and audio)”

  1. Christina March 8th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    wow there should be some good pitching in Lakeland today.

  2. UtilityMan March 8th, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Christina
    I think Lakeland opens 2 hrs before gametime.
    How long are you in Tampa for???
    I was there last weekend…going back onthe 16TH of March.

  3. Thomas Robust March 8th, 2009 at 7:37 am

    A.J. Burnett. His game is undeniable, but his health has been very shaky. When the Yankees picked him up for over 80 mil. and 5 years nobody seemed surprised. Looking back at his records you have to be atleast a little concerned, that A.J. wouldn’t be the 2nd coming of Carl Pavano. Now that Alex Rodriguez is hurting, the pressure will be on the new pitchers. The Yankees don’t need just innings or strikeouts, it needs outs, and a very low ERA from the pitchers. Is it possible? Mark Teixeira brings good defense at 1st base which should help the Yankees stop a few runs. We have to hope that’ll be enough to take the Yankees into the playoffs once again. Good Luck to them. Have a great week. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  4. UtilityMan March 8th, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I had mentioned Mark Teahen the other day as a possible repalcement for 3B….I have heard before that the Yankees like him.I think Alex should have the surgery now…

  5. Greg DeVoe March 8th, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Is Humberto Sanchez in camp? I would expect him to pitch a few innings.

  6. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Wow loving this pitching Lakeland opens two hours before

  7. UtilityMan March 8th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Hey it aint 742!!!

  8. UtilityMan March 8th, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Greg
    I saw Humberto Sanchez walking around last Thursday.
    I do not think he has pitched yet though.

  9. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Nate Robertson on the hill for DET

  10. Giuseppe Franco March 8th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Damn.

    Too bad today’s game wasn’t the one televised instead of yesterday’s game.

    These guys may not be in midseason form just yet – but I expect quite a few swing and misses today.

  11. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Oh boy A-ROD

  12. Gary March 8th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    If Cashman get get Mark Teahan in a deal …. do it. The guy has versatility which doesn’t hurt when A-Rod comes back from surgery.

    http://kansascity.royals.mlb.c....._id=433597

  13. UtilityMan March 8th, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Giuseppe
    Yeah I agree with ya…..The only away ST game on Yes is the 26th in Clearwater against the Phillies.
    The next 3 Tuesdays are on YES though as well as next Saturday.

  14. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Mark Teahen isn’t the answer,not a good fielder & a fair bat…chase after Figgins,they could move because the really like B Wood at 3rd & they have a lot of depth in the OF…what would it take to get him don’t know but they have to find out…Arod goes the surgery way Figgins can play 3rd now & move to CF when Arod comes back..The Yankee CF position is being played by minor leaguers right now

  15. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Angels would not trade with the Yankees

  16. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    anyone worried about how slow Mo is taking it

  17. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I will never be worried about MO until his cutter does not cut

  18. Felix March 8th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    hey Pete
    you live bloggin the call

    Thyanks

  19. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Wow.

    It is 9:26 right now. Hurry up 4 minutes!

    :)

  20. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Pete, the blog time needs updating.

  21. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Christina, I couldn’t post last night either. I am in RI. I was supposed to go to Tampa last week but got cancelled out on my flights because of the snowstorm.

  22. tyler March 8th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    ahh where is this announcement

  23. Giuseppe Franco March 8th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Looks like the hybrid surgery wins out. I hope the risk is worth it.

  24. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I think this is the right call

  25. tyler March 8th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    what does less invasive mean as in how much time is he out now

  26. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    YAHOO!!!!!!

    That was the hybrid thing I posted last night.

    I think this is great. By the way, I must say I also predicted Arod would either play or go for the hybrid.

    This likely means that we don’t have to go out and look for a 3B and Cody has the job.

    SWEET NEWS ALL AROUND!

    :)

  27. Cal March 8th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    So he opted for what the NY Times had reported, which would keep him out for only 4 weeks. Good to hear something positive for once.

  28. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    tyler, less invasive means one month. I will try to find the article again and post the link.

  29. tyler March 8th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    how long will a rod be out?

  30. tyler March 8th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    oh thanks trisha

  31. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:42 am

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....ref=sports

  32. tyler March 8th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    cant read the full article… live in MD so dont have a subscription haha, but thanks got the first two sentences which pretty much sum it up.

    Since he is having this, will he now definately be able to play the whole year? or is it still only 75-80 percent?

  33. Mark in Tampa March 8th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    This is certainly positive news, but if this surgery does not give him an adequate fix, then he will have to have the full deal during the season, which would mean he misses everything.

    I was selfishly hoping for this decision, but I think the right decision would have been to get the full surgery now. Get it fixed fully now, sacrifice the 4 months, but be 100% when you come back.

  34. Giuseppe Franco March 8th, 2009 at 8:46 am

    A-Rod will probably still miss a couple of weeks of the season.

    Even if he misses the next few weeks to heal up, he’ll still need to spend extra time in Tampa so he can get some ABs and get his timing.

    Perhaps he’ll make Opening Day at the Stadium but I’m assuming he’ll miss the first week or so on the road.

  35. Jeff NJ March 8th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Nobody mentioned this third option. Glad to see the doctor is not afraid to think outside the box. I wonder how long the recovery time is now.

  36. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    *Rodriguez Weighs a Hybrid Treatment for Hip*

    According to a person in baseball familiar with the deliberations, the Yankees, Rodriguez and his doctors have discussed a limited operation before the season to repair the labrum without fixing the underlying condition. Other options for treating Rodriguez are allowing him to play with the injury this season or sidelining him for four months with surgery to correct the problem.

    The limited surgery would probably sideline Rodriguez at least four weeks and may allow him to play most of the season. But he would still need a more involved procedure at a later time to fix what caused the tear.

    “It would be like using a nail instead of a steel girder to repair it,” said the person, who did not want to be identified because the conversations were confidential. “Eventually, the nail would have to be replaced with the steel girder.”

    At best, the person said, this so-called hybrid option would allow Rodriguez to play for one to three years before undergoing more invasive surgery to correct the problem.

    General Manager Brian Cashman said Friday night that allowing Rodriguez to play through the injury would be like driving a car with a bad wheel that would wobble more as time and miles went by.

    Rodriguez remained many miles away from training camp Saturday. He was in Vail, Colo., to work out and to be examined by a specialist, Dr. Marc Philippon.

    Rodriguez has stayed near the Vail Valley Medical Center, which houses the Steadman-Hawkins clinic for sports medicine and orthopedic surgery.

    Servers at a local restaurant, La Bottega, confirmed that Rodriguez had eaten lunch there on Thursday and Friday. It was a long way from sunny Tampa, Fla., where the Yankees lost a 3-1 decision to Atlanta on Saturday.

    In Vail, flurries of snow came and went throughout the morning and afternoon Saturday, with the sun seldom breaking through overcast skies. In the restaurant, bundled skiers and snowboarders walked through the door straight off the mountain.

    A co-owner of the restaurant, Steve Virion, said Rodriguez had asked to watch the Yankees’ spring training game on Friday when he stopped in for lunch, apparently thinking it was a day game. To accommodate the request, Virion said he ordered a package of baseball games through his satellite television provider, only to learn from the operator that the feed would not begin until Saturday.

    “I told them I had A-Rod in my restaurant, and the woman didn’t believe me,” Virion said.

    The Yankees said Rodriguez swung a bat and mimicked fielding Friday, but it was not likely that he did this outdoors. Vail is still covered in snow, and the high temperature on Friday was 40 degrees

    From NY Times

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....ref=sports

  37. Jeff NJ March 8th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Ah 6-9 weeks. Perfect. See you on May Day.

  38. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Here you go, tyler:

    The Alex Rodriguez medical debate continued Saturday with a new option for treating the torn labrum in Rodriguez’s right hip gaining momentum.

    According to a person in baseball familiar with the deliberations, the Yankees, Rodriguez and his doctors have discussed a limited operation before the season to repair the labrum without fixing the underlying condition. Other options for treating Rodriguez are allowing him to play with the injury this season or sidelining him for four months with surgery to correct the problem.

    The limited surgery would probably sideline Rodriguez at least four weeks and may allow him to play most of the season. But he would still need a more involved procedure at a later time to fix what caused the tear.

    “It would be like using a nail instead of a steel girder to repair it,” said the person, who did not want to be identified because the conversations were confidential. “Eventually, the nail would have to be replaced with the steel girder.”

    At best, the person said, this so-called hybrid option would allow Rodriguez to play for one to three years before undergoing more invasive surgery to correct the problem.

    General Manager Brian Cashman said Friday night that allowing Rodriguez to play through the injury would be like driving a car with a bad wheel that would wobble more as time and miles went by.

    Rodriguez remained many miles away from training camp Saturday. He was in Vail, Colo., to work out and to be examined by a specialist, Dr. Marc Philippon.

    Rodriguez has stayed near the Vail Valley Medical Center, which houses the Steadman-Hawkins clinic for sports medicine and orthopedic surgery.

    Servers at a local restaurant, La Bottega, confirmed that Rodriguez had eaten lunch there on Thursday and Friday. It was a long way from sunny Tampa, Fla., where the Yankees lost a 3-1 decision to Atlanta on Saturday.

    In Vail, flurries of snow came and went throughout the morning and afternoon Saturday, with the sun seldom breaking through overcast skies. In the restaurant, bundled skiers and snowboarders walked through the door straight off the mountain.

    A co-owner of the restaurant, Steve Virion, said Rodriguez had asked to watch the Yankees’ spring training game on Friday when he stopped in for lunch, apparently thinking it was a day game. To accommodate the request, Virion said he ordered a package of baseball games through his satellite television provider, only to learn from the operator that the feed would not begin until Saturday.

    “I told them I had A-Rod in my restaurant, and the woman didn’t believe me,” Virion said.

    The Yankees said Rodriguez swung a bat and mimicked fielding Friday, but it was not likely that he did this outdoors. Vail is still covered in snow, and the high temperature on Friday was 40 degrees.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03.....ref=sports

  39. RonH March 8th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Looks like out 6-9 weeks from what Pete has posted above.

  40. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 8:51 am

    “Nobody mentioned this third option. Glad to see the doctor is not afraid to think outside the box. I wonder how long the recovery time is now.”

    Jeff, it was mentioned last night. I found the story on the Times and linked to it.

    That is exactly why I was cautioning people to wait until all of the information was in. This place tends to go crazy with everyone having all the answers but nobody really having all the information.

    Just once it would be great to see the posters sit back and wait! Just once.

    :D

    P.S. I had no suggestion on what Arod should do, other than he needed to do what was best for him.

  41. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    get us to the playoffs a rod, and if you get hurt in the playoffs….

  42. 86w183 March 8th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Probably an arthroscopic procedure designed to clean the mess and strengthen what’s left. I still think this means a 3B must be acquired with the idea that Alex can DH against LHP. Figgins is a helluva player but there’s no reason on earth for the Angels to move him unless it’s for a king’s ransom. Teahen, Wigginton, Tracy are more likely and at a more reasonable price.

  43. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    they will have to get a player to play 3rd with some POP!! & a decent fielder. They can’t take the field with question marks a three positions..C,3rd.CF( minor leagers out there now)

  44. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    so its basically what alex’s brother told espn deportes in the first place.

  45. russ in tampa March 8th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    nomar would of been a perfect pick up.he might not be back until the end of may

  46. Ace March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    This is an atrocity. He should fix the problem now instead of risking further injury.

  47. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Wigginton…I thought he would have been a nice player for them to get before this Arod problem,don’t know if Balt would give him up though

  48. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Actually sounds like it doesn’t it ham?

  49. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    A-Rod will be back in 7 weeks

  50. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I love that John Harper feels its A-Rod that wants to delay surgery and the Yankees were just going with his desire. I thought it was the opposite, that A-Rod wanted surgery (which is why the “surgery on Monday” came out quickly) and then the Yanks and Cashman got on this rehab kick.

    And Selena Roberts (on Sports Reporters) feels its A-Rod who doesn’t want the surgery because he doesn’t want the Yankees to do well without him.

    I hope this hybrid option goes well. And I hope I’m not watching him every moment thinking, “Is this the moment something bad happens with that hip?”

  51. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Highly doubtful that the Yankees will feel the need to rent a player for 6-9 weeks. Just my opinion of course.

  52. tyler March 8th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    thanks for the article

  53. russ in tampa March 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    ace

    Your right.this surgery takes more than half the recovery time and it’s not fully repaired

  54. Fran March 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Trisha, when you posted that article last night it seemed like a good option. Obviously Alex,the doctor and the Yankees spend a lot of time on this decision. The doctor seems confident that this first surgery can get Alex throught the season, then why not. The second surgery can be done in November.

  55. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Highly doubtful that the Yankees will feel the need to rent a player for 6-9 weeks. Just my opinion of course.

    if it were someone who can play 3rd & the OF (well) it would be a no brainer

  56. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Lara, if the doctor said there was 70-75% chance Arod could play the entire season without surgery I would say that you don’t have to do too much worrying if he is having surgery and then plays.

  57. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Fran, absolutely. But still there will be people who question it. Don’t ya just love it?

    :D

  58. Rishi March 8th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    why is this Selena Roberts such a crackpot? He doesn’t want the Yankees to do well without him? What is the basis for a statement like that?

  59. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    whats the time table for quick repair $ the time table for total fix ?

  60. Frankie speaking . . . March 8th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    It’s important that the team gets out of the gate fast this year opposed to recent years of slow starts.
    The Yankees need a 3rd baseman not named Cody Ransom or Angel Berroa to start the season on a good note.

  61. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Total repair could have taken from 4 months on. Quick repair is 6-9 weeks according to Pete, at least a month according to the article in the Times.

  62. Fran March 8th, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Trisha, you mean like Selena Roberts? I really trust her for an unfair and unbiased opinion as to what is going on in Alex’s mind!

  63. Giuseppe Franco March 8th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    A very small part of me was hoping he’d have the full surgery so Roberts’ tabloid book would have the least possible impact on sales.

    But as much as I loathe the woman, I’d rather see A-Rod in the lineup in May helping this team win a World Series.

  64. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    they are thinking of going the minor league route at CF & 3rd base..very light hitting

  65. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Frankie, if you want to believe what Girardi and the media have reported, it will be Ransom at 3rd.

    If you want to believe that pitching takes the day in winning games, then you might want to figure that the Yankees will automatically start faster than usual.

    Put me in the camp of being extremely excited and hopeful about our season with our without Arod there for the first 2 months. Man alive our rotation rocks!

    And to the posters here who were hot on getting Tex (as opposed to my feeling that Swisher was enough) – YOU ROCK!

    :)

  66. Giuseppe Franco March 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Don’t expect any major acquisitions now. They’ll probably gut it out with Ransom for a few weeks.

  67. bru March 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    i think the yankees will try to pick up the best player they can to play 3rd base without giving up any great prospects nlike hughes,melancon,etc….

    i can however see them trading kennedy with someone else.i think they should try & package kennedy plus another player or two.

    with joba,hughes,brackman & others i just do not see kennedy in our rotation going forward.

    work the phones cash.

  68. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Yep. In Roberts’ opinion Alex is afraid of the Yankees doing well without him.

    I believe they will do well without him (now that there is pitching) but without pitching we’ve already seen what the Yanks do without him and I don’t want a repeat of that.

    Basically Teixeira is replacing A-Rod’s bat (provided he doesn’t start out slow as molasses) and we’ve got key players back.

  69. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Total repair could have taken from 4 months on. Quick repair is 6-9 weeks according to Pete, at least a month according to the article in the Times.

    —————————-

    one month more for total repair…seems if it were me I’m doing total repair

  70. Brian March 8th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    If we remember the trouble Kobe got into in Vail, just think of the possibilities for A-Rod!

  71. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    “Trisha, you mean like Selena Roberts? I really trust her for an unfair and unbiased opinion as to what is going on in Alex’s mind!”

    :lol:

    Fran, talk about a total whack job. There are definitely people in life who believe their own press and forge on accordingly. I’m sure Roberts believes she is now bigger than life and so will continue to blather on endlessly, totally unaware that she embarrasses herself daily!

    Good for us on that one.

  72. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Brian, foul on the play. Please, that entire situation was disturbing with Kobe no matter what is to be believed.

  73. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    if you were to move nady in a trade for teahen, you would save a roster spot for melky by having a b/u for of/if.

  74. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    If we remember the trouble Kobe got into in Vail, just think of the possibilities for A-Rod!

    if I were Arod I would rehab in Vegas (lot safer place)

  75. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Teahen isn’t a very good defensive player

  76. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I am with Pete that Arod is going to have a monster season. You want to talk about total motivation to go out there and kill the ball? Arod will probably never have more than he does with all that has happened in the last month.

    As down as I have been on Alex for all of the obvious “off field” reasons (plus perhaps my own unrealistic expectations of what he should bring to the baseball table) I am equally up on him and won’t leave his corner for an instant.

    I am also enormously pleased with his decision. I have to say that I also would have been pleased if he had decided to try to play without the surgery, but I did not want to add to the rabid on-going debate about what was best for Arod since only Arod could have known that.

    :)

  77. NY Lifer March 8th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I don’t know if it had been suggested but why can’t they move Tex to 3rd and have Swisher play first base. That way, you still a very potent offense without a real big downgrade on defense. Mark Tex was a 3rd baseman coming up the Rangers farm system.

  78. disco stu March 8th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    If the Yankees go out now and make a trade for a 3rd baseman to hold down the position until A-Rod returns in May, then they should focus on getting someone who serviceable at multiple positions.

    This way, when A-Rod comes back you dont have him wasting away on the bench and he will continue to be an option for Girardi at different positions on the field and different places in the lineup.

    Personally, I think Chone Figgins is the guy … there are so many ways you can implement and maximize his effectiveness. He wont hit for power, but he gets on base, runs like wind, and plays good defense wherever he is asked to play.

  79. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I think most people would be pleased if he tried (and could) play but the sane ones wouldn’t think he was garbage if he decided against him.

    He’s a better team guy than people want to give him credit for. A truly calculating, bad team mate would have had the surgery out of spite thinking, “Oh you guys don’t want me anyway so why don’t I just disappear for a while.”

  80. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    if he decided against IT.

  81. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Lifer, moving Tex was one of the ten thousand suggestions made when the possibility of surgery was announced. There were people here for and against it.

    Girardi has said that Ransom would be the person to take over third. Of course that could change, but until we hear otherwise I would believe that is what will happen.

    (If anyone ever asked my humble fan opinion I would be loathe to ever put less-than-adequate defense at 3B. Just opinin’)

  82. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    once again put me down for Figgins,inportant at 3rd now & more important at CF later

  83. LaraKroft March 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Trisha – You clearly have too much time on your hands, and don’t really understand the sport of baseball, based on your posts. You simply parrot what you read elsewhere. Maybe time to find a new hobby?

  84. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Lara, I couldn’t agree with you more. Arod actually had a ton of reasons to go with the season-ending surgery, many of them self-serving, and he could have hidden behind the smartness of getting it over with and not taking any chances. But he didn’t do that.

  85. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    LaraKroft – actually I don’t parrot anything. Perhaps unlike you I like to gather information before trying to figure out everyone else’s life. But then I’ve never been someone to kneejerk my way through life. Sorry if that makes you feel threatened.

    :D

    P.S. Many times I have opined things here that later have ended up being opined by the media or on sports broadcasts. I don’t think that makes me real smart as much as it makes me pretty level-headed and rational with the ability to think things through without vomiting first.

    Keep reading my posts and perhaps you’ll learn.

    See ya now!

  86. 86w183 March 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    If you are looking for a guy for 4-6 weeks of playing time then you don’t want to give up much. Figgins would cost two of the top five arms in the system and maybe more… way too expensive. Teahen is an ideal stopgap who can be a useful player afterwards. Now he’s not great, but he’s a helluvalot better than Ransom. Personally, I’d prefer Wigginton because he crushes LHP.

    Four months rehab is EXTREMELY optimistic for what ARod is facing. Look at Lowell just getting close to being rady five months after his. And I don’t think he had a bone deformity to complicate matters.

    I like this plan of action. I admire Alex being willing to go through two surgeries instead of one in order to miss less playing time.

  87. Fran March 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    According to WFAN, Teixeira was asked on Friday by the media if he would consider playing 3rd base until Alex came back and he just laughed and then said that he was a first baseman.

  88. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Figgins is a FA(sign a 1 year contract) after this year,don’t think the Angels are going to resign him next year..at least explore that option..Teahan isn’t a good fielder,wanted Wiggy before the Arod problem because he could play all over the field

  89. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    This guy is the best hip guy in the country. Its not like they are making a decision based on a whim.

    If he had the full blown surgery, he’s out until Late-July or August. That’s if there aren’t any setbacks.

    This surgery keeps him out of about one month’s worth of regular season games.

    You can survive a month without Arod. You can’t survive most of the season without him.

    He probably won’t be stealing many bases this year. Aside from that, unless there are complications when they get in there, this “patch job” should be enough to get him through the season.

  90. pat March 8th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Unbelievable that he has an inpingement and is feeling no pain.

    “one month more for total repair”

    On what calendar? 4 months is 16-18 weeks. 6-9 weeks is 2+ months less.

  91. bru March 8th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    i say if cody looks ok in st,leave him at third base.we have pitching this year & should be fine.

    i am however still angry that the yankees did not find the tear last year that was probably there based on reports of arods stiffness & him altering his hitting & so on.

    the torn labrum caused the cyst & the cyst was large.arod would of had the surgery & would be 100 % right now.

    doctors,writers & baseball people are saying the same thing.the yankees should of done extensive tests after they were eliminated last year on arods hip especially after they found a problem & were told to keep eyes & ears on the problem.

    wether anybody want’s to admit it or not the yankees dropped the ball.

  92. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    tex also said he was an awful third baseman, said why do you think I was moved to first? He said you don’t want to see it and I don’t want to see it.

    As for the surgery, hopefully he won’t risk further injury playing with a patched up labrium. It sounds like after the season it is a quite serious surgery. They have to shave the bone down? Ouch.

    As for Cody, I read an article about him in the Bergen Record. Makes you really want to pull for him. I believe the Yankees will go with him at third since it will only be a few weeks.

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....death.html

  93. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    The Angels have no reason to trade Figgins to the Yankees unless they get a lot in return.

    He’s the energizer to their team. They have no financial problems (meaning, they can easily carry his salary), and they are competing with the Yankees for a playoff spot/positioning.

    They can call the Angels but, unless they are willing to part with a good prospect or two, the Angels aren’t going to look to trade him to the Yankees.

    In other words, if the Angels can’t fleece the Yankees, he’s not on the market.

  94. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    If Figgins even available, or is this some sort of cockamamie rotisserie baseball pipe dream? The Angels want to win too, right? Why would they trade one of there most valuable, and versatile, players-and their lead-off man to the Yankees?

  95. bru March 8th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    imo it is amazing arod had the year he had considering kevin long said that arod wasn’t driving the ball properly.

  96. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 8th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    So glad to hear A-Rod is going to get something done. For once it seems the voices of reason may have won out.

  97. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    so what your looking at is Cody at 3rd,Melky or Gardner in CF & either Molina or Cash at catcher 3-4 days a week..where’s all the offense coming from & don’t want to hear this SP stuff, they are going to need to score runs to win

  98. bru March 8th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Martin Prado would be a nice pickup.

  99. Yankee2123 March 8th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    So Arod misses the first month of the season. Look for a Berroa/Ransom platoon until he gets back. If he has any setbacks, then there could be a trade. But if the Yanks can hold out on getting fleeced in a trade, for a one month rental player, let’s go with the hands we got.

  100. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    You can’t platoon two RH hitters. Both Ransom and Berroa are RH hitters.

    I suspect they will go with Ransom for a month unless a third base/utility player becomes available at a reasonable cost.

    I can’t see them making a big move to find a third baseman when you only need one for a month of the regular season.

  101. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    This Dr. is the absolute tops in his profession and if he is pretty confident that Alex can play through the rest of the year in decent shape, then that’s good enough for me. Each individual is different and this is still surgery, so you never know, but the risk seems to be worth it.

    Jen, thanks for pointing that out about Tex; I see from comments on another board that some folks are already calling Tex a me-first person based on that comment.

    Ugh that YES is not airing today’s game. I don’t get why Phil is pitching today, but maybe someone can enlighten me. The guy is a starter. He pitched on Thursday. Shouldn’t he be pitching on Tuesday to keep him at his usual 4 days rest?

  102. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    gardner will be a pleasant suprise in cf.

    trade for prado of the braves.it won’t cost to much & we have a very nice backup infielder when arod returns.

  103. PL March 8th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Just have the full surgery and come back in August. Why split hairs here for an extra 30-45 games?

    The Yankees are notorious for shoe-horning medical conditions and prolonging problems.

  104. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Oh Selena Roberts – please. Sheesh, she’s pathetic.

  105. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    bru, in all fairness to looking at it both ways, you have to at least consider that Arod didn’t complain enough to make the Yankees sit up and take note. Don’t forget that until to this day, he has had no pain! Arod complained of stiffness in his hip at the end of last season. Lots of players are stiff at the end of a season. He played really well in spring training and only got sent to Colorado because the stiffness was still there! He had an MRI in Tampa and all they saw was the cyst. Nobody there saw a tear in the labrum. That wasn’t found until he went to Vail.

    So if the Yankees were as vigilant as they should have been and this was one of those quirk injuries, well then there is nobody to be angry at. Again, they didn’t see the tear when they did the MRI in Tampa last week. All I’m saying is that since we can’t say for sure one way or the other that the Yankees feel down on the job, it’s probably best to just let it go and be happy with the fact that there is a pretty good solution at this point in time.

    Just my opinion.

    Since you really can’t say unequivocally that the Yankees were negligent in not discovering it, it’s probably best to just

  106. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    to just let it go.

    :)

  107. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    PL, I think this Dr. knows what he is doing – if the guy says he is 85-90% sure that A-Rod can be fine this season going this route, then this is a good risk.

  108. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    if the yankees found the injury earlier they could of signed crede,nomar,etc….

    i believe they will be fine but would like them too get a 3rd baseman in the next few yearsa.after posada’s contract is up & matsui is gone arod can dh.

  109. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 8th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Trisha: It’s a wear-and-tear injury, which means, by definition, it can’t be a quirk injury.

  110. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    “They have to shave the bone down? Ouch.”

    jen you bet ouch. I had surgery once where they had to shave the bone and I was forewarned that the pain was hideous. I am not pain prone at all and I can tell you that it was really horrible. And it was just my ankle bone. I can’t imagine how the hip would have to hurt!

  111. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Rebecca that quirk in that injury is that it can present without symptoms.

  112. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Interesting decision. One I had not foreseen because I wasn’t around last night when trisha linked to the article talking about it. Gotta give ARod props for going this route. Granted an 85-90 percent success rate is very good odds, but he’s still putting quite a bit on the line to be there for his teammates this season and go to ‘battle’ with them. Good move.

  113. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    well I guess thei took care of the roid talk for now

  114. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Nomar had no interest in coming East. He is settled on the West Coast with his wife and would have retired if going to the East Coast was his only playing option.

    Crede? Why would the Yankees bring in a guy with a chronically bad back to replace a guy with a bad hip?

    Fans get caught up with “names” and believe every replacement the Yankees get should be a “name” player.

    The team probably wouldn’t be looking to acquire name guys with injury histories. If they were to go outside the organization for a player, it would be for a healthier player.

  115. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    trisha

    they did not initially find the tear but one was there.

    i have no choice but to let it go but you ripped me the other day & said that a tear was not initially found & since then several doctors,writers & baseball people said the same thing i did.the yankees should have done tests after the 08 season.

    you try to justify it by saying that the yankees did not find a tear until arod wen’t to a specialist.the specialist still found the tear.

    they should of sent him to the same specialist because i believe the tear was there.

    arod altered his swinging according to long & he was stiff not to mention as some doctors said,you can’t trust a player because a player want’s to play & will not complain until it gets bad.

    the yankees needed to protect their investment & do extensive tests after the 08 season.if they did that arod would be ready to go this year or at the very least if they found the tear a month or two ago their were more free agents like nomar,crede available.

  116. Fran March 8th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    So if Cody Ransom plays 3rd base until Alex gets back, then who is the back-up infielder?

  117. Scott (Joba Rules!) March 8th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    This is the best move for this season. We can live for a month without ARod. July would have been a nightmare.

    With the pitching staff we have we should not need to score 6 runs a game to win.

    If he gets the surgery tomorrow then his projected return would be around 5/11. We have played 36 games through that week. That’d mean he’d be available for 126 games or so – probably 115-120 given rest.

    I bet he still hits 35 HR’s

  118. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    sj44.

    nomar,crede,etc are not in stone with me,just throwing names out.

    wew are talking 6 weeks to 4 months.

    i probably would try for something better than them also but the point is that the yankees would have more options.

    bronx banter suggested prado,what do you think about him if it is even possible?

  119. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 8th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Trisha: it wasn’t symptom free, Alex said he felt stiffness. Playing through it doesn’t negate it.

    Even Long noticed a change in Alex’s stance.

  120. rconn23 March 8th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    SJ44,

    The Globe reported this morning that Nomar placed a call to the Red Sox front office to gauge their interest, before he signed with Oakland. Given his departure, I found that a bit shocking.

  121. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I just hope that Posada and Matsui aren’t rushed into playing while Alex rehabs.

  122. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    bru -
    If you send in anybody who complains of stiffness at the end of the year in for a full evaluation, you’d be sending every player in. Plus, a lot of these guys are playing just fine with something that would show up on an MRI exam. For example, Pettitte refuses to get an MRI on his elbow because he flat out doesn’t want to know the results. He’s fine pitching anyway. While your suggestion is good in theory, in actuality it’s not feasible.

  123. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    bru, I don’t remember ripping you ever. I said that since Arod was not feeling pain ever in any of this, it was not unusual for a player not to be sent for an MRI based on feeling stiffness at the end of a season.

    I still maintain the same. Today I SUGGESTED that there was the possibility that the Yankees were not negligent. You obviously have the right to maintain whatever you do.

  124. yankee21 March 8th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I was hoping first he didn’t need surgery, but when it was determined it was needed, I was hoping he would just get it done, and if 4 months away from the team was the result, that’s baseball….

    The Yankees have too much invested in Arod to risk the injury getting worse, the doomsday scenario is the hip gets to a point where it needs replacement, then we are looking at Arod being 1/2 the player he was at best and gone from the game at worse.

    Hopefully, the Yankees are making the right decision here with this 2-step approach. There is a lot riding on it.

  125. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    “Trisha: it wasn’t symptom free, Alex said he felt stiffness. Playing through it doesn’t negate it.”

    Rebecca HELLO!

    1. A labrum tear can present without any symptoms

    2. Arod had stiffness and no pain

    I said that the TYPE of injury was quirky in that in COULD present without symptoms. I never said Arod presented without symptoms.

  126. Dogma March 8th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Trisha- there were symptoms going back a while. You know not of what you speak…though may believe it to be so

  127. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    rodg12

    i don’t buy it.

    a doctor i read somewhere,i forgot said an mri cost a thousand dollars or two thousand,i forget.

    pettitte is not the same investment as arod.the yankees can force pettitte to take an mri & can most definately force arod to take one.pettitte is at the end of his career.

    apples & oranges here.

    the yankees found a problem last year & should of done tests.absolutely nothing to lose & everything in the world to gain as we now see.

  128. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Just to be clear, stiffness in a ball player should not be considered a ‘symptom.’ Every ball player experiences stiffness. Occupational hazard of playing 162 games a year plus ST, plus offseason workout, etc. Now, pain, that’s a symptom. Stiffness, not so much.

  129. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    “Trisha- there were symptoms going back a while. You know not of what you speak…though may believe it to be so”

    Dogma, reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit. I never said Arod was asymptomatic.

    Good try though.

  130. Dogma March 8th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Rodg12 – as someone who majored in sports medicine, i can tell you that stiffness is indeed a symptom, of many different things.

  131. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    The third base options are the same now as there would have been had this injury been diagnosed earlier.

    Its pretty simple to figure out the options.

    If you want a younger, cost controlled player with upside, be prepared to give up one or two good prospects.

    If you want a veteran player with a bad contract, be prepared to take on as much money as you can to negate the quality of the prospect(s) you will have to surrender.

    Some fans throw around names as if its a video game.

    “Get this player, get that player….just get SOMEBODY”!

    Unfortunately, reality has to set in.

    Other teams in MLB aren’t in charge of making life easy for the Yankees. They also have needs and want to win.

    Martin Prado? Nice player, cost controlled by the Braves. What’s their incentive to give him up? A good prospect or two in return.

    Do you give up somebody like Phil Coke for Martin Prado? That’s the calibur of prospect Frank Wren (Braves GM) would want back in return. I wouldn’t got that route.

    They can survive a month without Arod. This is a lineup that still features, Damon, Jeter, Matsui, Posada in one form or another (he is swinging the bat GREAT, BTW), Cano and Teixeira.

    Its not exactly as feeble a lineup as the doomsayers on here like to believe it is.

    If you add in the improved pitching, they can survive a month without Arod. Longer than a month? That’s when they would have to go outside the organization to get a third baseman, IMO.

  132. Dogma March 8th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Trish- your comment on Kei Igawa in your name alone is telling enough that you don’t have many strong suits.

  133. able 21 March 8th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I wish Arod a speedy recovery.

    Selfishly, it will be great that Opening Day at the stadium will be all cheers and no boos mixed in. That’s the way it should be.

  134. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    trisha you are totaly lost.

    the yankees found an irregularity & chose to ignore it completely.i read several quotes by doctors all over the internet about arods injury.not only doctors,baseball people,writers,fans.

    there is absolutely nothing in the world to lose by giving arod an extensive hip test based on the irregularity found last year & the fact that he was complaining of stiffness & altered his hitting mechanics.

    if the tear was found wich i believe it would have been,arod would be ready this year & might not have gotten a cyst or further aggravated the injury.

  135. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    bru -
    Do you know what you get when you send a player in for an MRI whenever they have stiffness and shut them down when something is found? Carl Pavano. That’s what you get. You can sit here in hindsight and say an MRI was needed, but with the facts at the time, the Yankees made the correct call. These guys aren’t robots. They have to have almost infallible confidence to do what they do and opening up some doubt by sending them in for an MRI when ever stiffness occurs and finding every little small thing wrong with them is just not prudent.

  136. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned that Garder played 1 game at 3b on the SI Yankees.

  137. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Dogma, my strong suit is that I am a Yankee fan who roots for Yankee players. Another strong suit is that I don’t think I know more than the doctors and the Yankee organization. Another one is that I am not crestfallen when my opinion doesn’t take the day. Another is that your opinion of me truly doesn’t matter.

  138. Pov March 8th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I tend to think that this nags A Rod all year. It might get him to be able to play, but there is a good chance that he’s not an everyday player with the temporary fix. Brian’s cell phone must be ringing off the hook, other teams wanting to make deals, and aval players having their agents call in, I’m available, I love the Yanks, please put me in pinstripes, please pay me lots of money.

  139. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    bru – have it your way.

    Feel better now?

    That’s what we want.

  140. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I don’t like Ransom at 3rd for a month or so simply because he can be a decent utility guy for us – now he can’t do that and we are stuck with Berroa. I don’t know much about Mark Teahen, but he has to be a better option than Ransom at 3rd and this way Cody can go back to being the utility guy. He (Cody) is going to be completely exposed playing every day – for 6-9 weeks (and that’s without setbacks)? I don’t like that at all………

  141. Mike S. March 8th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Yanks first home game of the year vs. Boston is May 4th. With the operation and a few rehab games…it could be…

    Cue the drama.

  142. bottom line March 8th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Best of all possible choices by A-Rod.

    What people seem to forget is that if Ranson fills in at third, they need to find another back-up infielder. And please don’t mention Berroa as a candidate. I am blue in the face frowm warning for three months that the lack of a credible infield back-up would hurt this team and was a far bigger weakness than CF. That’s now clear.

    So what they need is someone who can fill in now as back-up and still have some value after A-Rod returns. The best option might be Grudz (has Easley signed somewhere?). Trades will be extremely costly, though I am curious what it would take to get Teahen. He is a high strikeout guy, though, and we already have too many of those. Hence, the appeal of Grudz. Grudz looms larger if A-Rod is coming back– that means his lack of experience at third is less of an issue. Ideally, you want some one who is above average defensively at two positions and adequate at the other. Probably too late for that.

  143. justin March 8th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    THIS IS GOOD MAYBE HE WILL MAKE HIS COME BACK AT THE NEW STADIUM OPENER IF THE TIMING IS RIGHT THATS ABOUT 6 OR 7 WEEKS I THINK.

  144. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    i had stiffness in my shoulder for years.now my whole arm hurts & my elbow.

    i need surgery.what everyone is overlooking is they found a problem on arods hip last year.why risk this season by not doing extensive tests after the 08 season.

    arod would be healed 100 percent now & not risked further injury,cyst,etc…

    it is an absolute no brainer.they found a problem on an mri,arod complained of stiffness & he altered his whole approach to hitting & they find a problem only before the wbc??

    major screw up.

  145. pat March 8th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Kat O’Brien has a good description of the injury (2 inpingements not 1), the conference call and the “process” Alex will be going through.

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....0879.story

  146. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story March 8th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Trisha, you seem to be unable to think critically of any decision the Yankees make.

    Even if Alex felt no pain, Kevin Long did notice changes in his batting stance. A hitter like A-Rod won’t change his stance unless there’s something wrong.

  147. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Stiffness isn’t a symptom warranting an MRI after the season. If it was, they would have to give MRI’s to everybody.

    MRI’s also involve radiation, even if its in a small dose. Teams are loathe to “over MRI” (for lack of a better term) their players unless there is a real problem.

    Arod never felt real pain in his hip. He never complained about it to anybody. He recieved basic treatment for a “sore hip”.

    Derek Jeter has a chronically sore shoulder. They don’t give Jeter a post-season MRI unless he complains of pain.

    There is a difference between pain and soreness.

    Its not something they would have caught unless the player complained about it or the training staff treated it as an injury instead of just basic soreness and reported it back to the GM.

    Michelle, I think that’s who it was, believes the training staff was negligent in this case. IIRC, she was either a PT or a trainer for some minor league teams.

    I could understand her point. Protocol in this case would dictate that the training staff file a report as to what treatment they are giving the player. If the training staff or the player do not recommend further tests (such as an MRI), nobody in the front office is going to know a player needs one.

    Its a reasonable argument to say the training staff should have alerted the front office that this was a problem, even if the player was saying he’s “ok”.

    Derek Jeter told the world last year he was “ok”, then proceeded to spend almost 7 weeks playing with a fractured wrist.

    Unless we know precisely what was being treated, how often, and how it was being handled internally (soreness or injury treatment) its difficult to affix blame. Although, I can understand Michelle’s point about the protocol in this circumstance.

  148. Doreen March 8th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Man!

    Get off the “they shoulda checked this out last fall” stuff. Guess what? They didn’t. And they’re dealing with it now.

    I had a feeling they’d go for the hybrid – I guess it makes everybody most comfortable. And I’m glad to hear they’ll do the more complete/complex surgery as soon as this season is over.

    I hope all works out well.

    And I think the Yankees can survive a few weeks without ARod.

  149. rconn23 March 8th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    A return to form by Cano, a bounceback year by Swisher, and good health and rock-solid production by Posada and Matsui should be enough to make up for the loss of A-Rod for a month or so.

  150. Peter Abraham March 8th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Just so people can understand:

    Alex needed to have surgery regardless. He has a bone deformity, causing the femoral head to hit the rim of the hip socket. That caused the labrum tear. Those don’t heal up by themselves.

    While he only had stiffness for now, it was eventually going to cause pain, just as it did with Lowell, Utley, etc. It was just a matter of time. The cyst was a sign of what was to come.

    What they will do is repair the tear. Then later on they will go back in and fix the cause the tear. That’s the bone.

    I talked to Dr. Robert Buly the other day and he described the impingement exactly. If you go back and read that post, he had it nailed.

  151. gayle March 8th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    FYI todays game is being broadcast on the radio via the Detroit station on mlb.com

    Also now with arod only being gona a month or so and it looking like Ransom is the 3rd baseman does this mean that probably Berroa makes it out of Spring training as we will need a back up infielder and if that is the case our numbers game is looking not so good for someone.

    We had all thought that perhaps we would carry 3 catchers out of Spring with needed both utility guys for infield that will be hard to do. Same thing with being able to carry both Mely and Gardner.

    I think it safe to say that both Swish and Nady make the team as they are also backup first baseman.

    Do they make the same mistake again out of Spring an not carry a long man because they just dont have the numbers??

  152. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/03.....158560.htm

  153. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    rodg12

    we are not talking about just stiffness.we are talking about stiffness,altering his hitting & an mri that doctors said to keep an eye on.

    when a playert tries to compensate for an injury all sorts of problems can occur.

    there are injuries that players can play through & injuries that they can’t play through.there is also a risk of further damage.

    what you are suggesting is that if a pitcher needs tj surgery & does not get an mri,he can play through it or should play through it.

    the bottom line is that if the yankees found the tear after the 08 season arod would not miss any time.

    they are paying a very big price now don’t you think?

  154. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    “Trisha, you seem to be unable to think critically of any decision the Yankees make.”

    No Rebecca, that’s not quite true. I don’t need to list things I’ve questioned about the Yankees decision making. But perhaps unlike you I don’t think I know more than I do about what is right and what is wrong especially when it is way above my expertise.

    So let’s just leave it, shall we?

  155. joey vegas March 8th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    If it were my decision, the Yankees would start Gardner in the minors. Play Damon or Swisher in CF and Ransom at 3B. Give Gardner the month to get some regular at bats in Scranton. Give the extra roster spots to Berroa and Shelley Duncan. Duncan can be used as a PH in big spot for Ransom and Berroa is the defensive replacement. Then when A-Rod comes back, call up Gardner.

    I do think Teahen or Esteban German would be good options, too.

  156. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Great article on Tex…….

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....tml?page=0

  157. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    given the news, IMO this is what NYY needs to do:

    1) give the 3rd base position to Cody Ransom

    2) sign Ray Durham to fill the utility role. Need to upgrade the bench.

  158. bottom line March 8th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    “Berroa is the defensive replacement..” More like the defensive hazard

  159. Peter Abraham March 8th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Guys:

    Enough with the fighting. If came here just to pick fights with people, please leave and come back when you can be civil.

  160. bru March 8th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    trisha – As long as you’re in pinstripes, Kei, I’ve got your back.
    March 8th, 2009 at 10:37 am
    bru – have it your way.

    Feel better now?

    That’s what we want.

    ———————————————————–

    i understand people need to be right but that is not the case with me or at least i like to believe it isn’t but it is a no brainer based on not only my opinion but all i have read & talking to my own doctor that i go to based on the stiffness i have in my shoulder that now might need surgery.

    my doctor said that the stiffness will turn into pain & he was right.

    all i am saying & i am done with this is that we are not talking about sending every player through an mri tube monthly,we are talking about protecting a 10 year/300 million dollar investment who complained of stiffness,altered his hitting & the yankees found a problem.

    how can it hurt by doing tests on arods hip? if they find the tear arod is healthy now after surgery & maybe no cyst forms.

    it just seems so obvious.

  161. Rishi March 8th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Thanks, Pete…I was trying to find a nice way to say the same thing :)

  162. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    bru -
    Yeah, in hindsight, the Yanks definitely screwed up handling the ARod situation, there you happy? Easy to say in hindsight. You have no idea what the injury was like after last season. Non whatsoever. He easily could have made it worse during his offseason workouts and spring training work so far. You don’t know whether an exam at the end of the season would have changed anything. You think it would have, but you don’t know. Without the cyst, he probably would have played with this injury this season and known nothing about it. Do you know when the cyst developed? Was it there after the season last year? So just stop with all the blanket statements saying exactly how things would have progressed when you cannot possibly know if that is actually the case.

  163. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    great news to wake up to…

    something tells me Alex will return right AFTER the series in Boston (April 26th).

  164. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    And bru all I am saying is that since I can’t know for sure whether or not the Yankees were negligent, I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt. In any event, there is nothing to do with it except move forward.

  165. me March 8th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    1. what time is it?
    2. What kind of car does Cashman drive?

  166. Boston Dave March 8th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I agree.

    It’s perfectly ok to ask why Alex wasn’t checked out last year but to say the Yankees were negligent without knowing all the facts is questionable.

  167. raymagnetic March 8th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    If they’re going to go with a career minor leaguer I’d like to see Justin Leone get a shot.

    He looks much more fluid defesively than Cody Ransom and offensively they’re likely to be identical.

    Although in the minors Leone was a better PCL player than Ransom.

  168. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Man, I wish I could watch AJ pitch today. Sure enough, the two times I could sit down and watch the game (Friday night and today), it’s not on.

  169. bru March 8th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    joey vegas

    what happens if gardner plays great in st??

    he seems to be doing everything now,hitting,stealing,great defense.

    will it hurt us to send him to the minors??

    i say see how st goes with gardner.it seems like he is getting comfortable & settling in.

    he might be a very pleasant suprise.

  170. Russell NY March 8th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    cant describe how happy i am to hear about arod

  171. BJ March 8th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Cashman will find a 3B before the Yanks break from camp.

    I have faith in Mr. Cashman. He didn’t come all this way with CC, AJ and Tex to have Ranson be the starting 3B for the 1st month of the season.

    Someone will be on the block.

  172. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    m:

    12:04

    Buick LaCrosse (only guessing). Cash Money!!

  173. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    “Man, I wish I could watch AJ pitch today.”

    BIG time! Well at least we get to hear it on the radio, and Pete we definitely will want all the updates we can get from you today! If there’s one pitching performance this spring I wish we would get to see, it is this one.

  174. Patrick March 8th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Pete you should talk to that other doctor again and get his opinion. If they are repairing the tear and waiting to repair the bone impingement does that mean there is a chance another tear could occur?

    Anyways, I think this is a good decision. It sounds like he will be able to play at 100% for most of the season.

    Also, SJ44 you said you doubt he will be stealing many bases but I think you are wrong. Right now the doctors say he will experience no pain while running and that’s WITH a tear. If the tear is repaired I don’t think there will be any restrictions on his running.

    Finally, I agree with Pete about getting another infielder. Not a big bat but a guy that can fill in at third but be useful on the bench after A-rod is back. I like the idea of Mark Grudzielanek.

  175. Larkin March 8th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Cat fight! (actually it’s more just Trisha acting all ornery as usual)

  176. Lala March 8th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Could we all agree to just ignore Trisha? Maybe if nobody acknowledges anything she says, she’ll fade into the vapor.

  177. bru March 8th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    if i am cashman i work the phones & see what is out there for a 3rd baseman unless the yankees feel cody can handle it.

    as long as it does not cost hughes,brackman,montero,melancon,etc.. i might make a trade.

    if i can trade kennedy + someone else for prado i do it.

  178. Patrick March 8th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Trisha getting into an argument with another person on this blog.. big surprise..

  179. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    :)

    If not getting up in arms about the decision is “acting all ornery” well then I guess I did.

  180. Lala March 8th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Totally
    Rotten
    Ignorant
    Stupid
    Homer
    Azzwipe

  181. Lala March 8th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Patrick March 8th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Trisha getting into an argument with another person on this blog.. big surprise..

    ——————————————————–
    No surprise at all, Patrick. She’s a hollow shell of a person with nothing intelligent to contribute. Nobody here likes her.

    Totally
    Rotten
    Ignorant
    Stupid
    Homer
    Azzwipe

  182. Rosa March 8th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    See if you can get Inge from Detroit. He can play 3rd. He is better than Ramson. Forget Berroa, he stinks. Inge can also catch which is a big plus and can play in the of. He may not be a great hitter but is an upgrade over what the Yanks now have.

  183. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I know it is not going to happen, but, I would love to see the Yankees get a young, cost controled player who can play the corners-3b/1b/lf/rf. Somebody like Chase Headley or Daniel Murphy. Again, I know it would never happen…

  184. bru March 8th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    trisha has a right to any opinion she choses.this is what the blogg is about.

    no need to be nasty as long as we keep it real & civil.no reason to ignore her or anyone else.

    i welcome her opinions.

  185. Patrick March 8th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Well that’s a little harsh Lala. She is certainly disagreeable but what you are saying is just mean.

  186. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Rosa: Inge has a bad contract (too much $$). And based on recent statistics. He is terrible.

    Ray Durham can be had for spare change. Let him be the utility.

  187. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    bru, thanks. I didn’t think we were arguing either, just discussing our opinions.

  188. Lala March 8th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Meanwhile, moving on from Her, since Alex is going to be holed up in Colorado for what looks to be several weeks, maybe we could help him by aggregating some of the finer strip clubs and poker dens? Preferably places featuring women with “mannish” physiques? All that Tang isn’t going to wreck itself. Perhaps also a couple of illicit pharmacies? Let’s get started.

  189. chris NYc March 8th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    trisha, please stop annoying us with your glib comments.

  190. Johnny D. March 8th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I don’t think we take the first few weeks of the regular season seriously enough. The end of the season usually comes down to a few games, so why not win as many as possible to begin with?

  191. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    “Preferably places featuring women with “mannish” physiques”

    if blk female track athletes have manninsh physiques. I am guilty, as well.

  192. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    chris NYc -

    The obvious answer to that is, don’t read them if they annoy you.

  193. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    And Trish is being criticized for HER comments?

    LOL

  194. franky b March 8th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Inge bats 220. no thanks

  195. James March 8th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Can Ray Durham even play 3rd?

  196. bru March 8th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    lets go all out & try to get alex gordon with kennedy,ajax & another top prospect but not hughes,montero,brackman,melancon,coke.

    when posada is gone in 3 years we dh arod.

    i don’t know what it would take to get a player like gordon but would anyone trade kennedy,ajax & another lower prospect if needed for him or someone like him & will that get it done or is that overkill???

  197. joey vegas March 8th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Tom- sounds like you’re describing Mark Teahen to me…
    bru- I read somewhere that Gardner had a spring like this last season. I think it’s hard to say how much the spring games translate. Remember Cano tearing it up last year? I just think it would be hard to carry Gardner/Ransom/Molina? in the lineup. Not much power there. We’ll see…

  198. yankee21 March 8th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Lala, you called out Trisha and you are wrong..

    I for one enjoy Trisha’s posts and I highly doubt I am the only one.

  199. Global Warming March 8th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Signing Mark Gruzlandasisndksadnfkjf or Ray Durahm would be excellent moves. Overpaying for Beltre and Rolen would not be.

  200. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    “Can Ray Durham even play 3rd”

    don’t know. Under my scenario Cody Ransom would be playing 3rd.

  201. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I was thinking Teahan yesterday. I think the Royals are going to try him at 2b this season though, so I don’t think they’d move him.

    Chad Tracy seems to be another option. He’s not the best fielder in the world, but has hit RHP well-.856 carrer OPS against RHP.

  202. melancon setup March 8th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    if we asked teixeria to move to 3rd base, he should oblige.

    sheffield moved to 1st base even though he was terrible defensively. you do whatever for the team, period

  203. bru March 8th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    trisha:

    n/p.

    people can disagree & still be civil & not nasty.i have been ripped many times on here & don’t really care what people think of me.

    i have made some stupid suggestions & probably some good ones.i admit it.

    like the cano trade.i always suggested trading him & was called lots of things.the funny thing about that is i am sure the yankees considered trading cano on several occasions.

    you win with pitching first.the yankees should of built pitching & outwards from there.they don’t need an arod at every position & still don’t.

    i cringed when they signed him.it was a huge mistake that will hurt them for a long time.a soon to be 34 year old player with 9 yrs left is a very bad idea especially now that the hr chase has lost it’s luster.

  204. Lala March 8th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    yankee21 March 8th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Lala, you called out Trisha and you are wrong..

    I for one enjoy Trisha’s posts and I highly doubt I am the only one.
    ————————————————————

    Well I guess I have to be honest here: I also enjoy Trisha’s posts. They are the captivating car wreck without all the depressing carnage (not counting the English language), and surely provide a confidence boost to all of us. But honestly, let’s move on from H(om)er. We’re currently undertaking a very important project. Alex Rodriguez is going to be stuck in Vail, Colorado for the foreseeable future. Last time a famous athlete was stuck there, he got into all kinds of ungentlemanly trouble. We wouldn’t want Alex to have to go through that. That’s why we must begin to aggregate all of the Mannish Strip Club Poker Dens we can. If they happen to have a boli distribution clinic in the backroom, that is a plus. Let’s get to work. SJ44 will see to it that the list is delivered to Alex’s people.

  205. Dave21 March 8th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    At this point, you need to get a good utility player who can platoon with Ransom and be insurance when A-Rod comes back.

    A guy like Teehan, Chad Tracey etc. a guy who won’t mind coming off the bench when A-Rod comes back and wouldn’t cost a lot.

  206. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    melancon setup March 8th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    if we asked teixeria to move to 3rd base, he should oblige.

    sheffield moved to 1st base even though he was terrible defensively. you do whatever for the team, period

    ———————-

    Chances are, they haven’t asked so its not an issue. I know Yankee fans like to rip players for their own hypothetical situations that haven’t occurred but chill.

  207. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    It seems Tracy is comming off of microfracture knee surgery.

  208. X-Mann March 8th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    A.J. Burnett followed by Phil Hughes, Brian Bruney, Andrew Brackman and Mark Melancon.

    Why couldn’t this game be televised? All we got to see yesterday was Wang (no offense to him but we know what he looks like), Tomko, Dunn, Coke, Texeria, and WDR for 1 batter.

  209. Rosa March 8th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    vinny-b

    Inge is under contract for 2 years, but like you said he will make 13 million. Would the money bother the Yanks? He does strike out a lot and his average is not high, but I think he is good defensively. Plus he is insurance at catcher if Posada comes back slowly. He also has some power.

    Can Durham play 3rd? Almost all of his career has been at 2nd base.

  210. bru March 8th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    i don’t think a month without arod is that big of a deal.would it be better with him in the lineup,probably but pleasant suprises occur all the time.

    when one door closes another one opens.

    i wouldn’t be suprised if the yankees go with cody unless they do not like what they see in st.

  211. Tampa, MP March 8th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Brandon Inge is crutch, like Manny and jason bay, ortiz, etc. If you watch the Tigs regularly, you would know.

  212. Rosa March 8th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Why would you move Tex to third? He is a Gold Glove first baseman. You would weaken two positions by moving him. The Yanks need good defense.

  213. bru March 8th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    nice group of pitchers throwing for the yankees today.man if just a few more of the several pitchers we have make it we will be stacked.

    i can’t wait to see how good brackman will be.he can be an ace joba like pitcher.i also think hughes will be great.just imagine if joba,hughes,brackman alone turn into studs or close to it,we are in great shape going forward.

  214. bru March 8th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    if tex can play 3rd base well it would put swisher fb for a while.i am not sure if that is a good idea but it might be better for our offense.

  215. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    “Brandon Inge is crutch,”

    clutch?

  216. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Kyle
    March 7th, 2009 at 11:12 pm
    Matsui to me is the type of hitter who will put up numbers but will not have the impact on a game that those numbers indicate.

    Before his wrist injury, he was a monster. Always clutch, hit all kinds of pitching, power, average, everything. He could carry a team for stretches and was so underrated. Now, he may put up the same numbers but he doesn’t have nearly the same effect on the game.

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    Depending on what KC wants for him. Teahen would be a suitable player to platoon with Ransom. Multi-positional player, has some power from the left side, has some some, fair glove at third, still young (won’t be 28 until September), plays 3rd, 1st and has played all three outfield spots.

  217. joe March 8th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    So how will this affect A-Rod’s hitting? SJ already said he probably won’t be stealing many bases now.

  218. m March 8th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Wow! What a great pitching lineup.

    Better than who’s on the Sports Reporters. Selena Roberts, Bob Ryan, and Lupica.

    Of course I caught the middle of the segment on A-rod. It was actually very interesting and quite fair. Selena (in response to a question) said she was surprised at the level of fabrication, but not surprised that Alex accused her of stalking.

    The sad fact is that you couldn’t deny anything they were saying. If you can catch a replay, you should.

    Re: surgery. Will there still be more damage to the area? (the NYT article didn’t seem to imply this). Will there be pain? If not, then great. This is probably the best news possible.

    I hope AJ & Phil have their way with the Tiger bats. Aren’t we glad Miggy & Ordonez are with the WBC?

  219. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    “what everyone is overlooking is they found a problem on arods hip last year.why risk this season by not doing extensive tests after the 08 season.”

    bru-

    the yankees run on the cashman”HOPE” doctrine. there were more than enough warning signals, but because the problem could possibly go away, cashman HOPED it would go away.

    when something finally goes wrong , massive amounts of money are thrown at the problem that was HOPED wouldn’t happen.

    this is the HOPE and SPEND cashman theory of management- hope that problems don’t happen and then overspend when they do.

    the yankees are likely to have problems with injuries all year because of the make up of this team. the starting five is my guess for the next serious problem. just like having a super sub already on the roster to back up 2nd,short, and third, already having a 6th starter who jump in at any time would be the smart thing to do.

    but cashman HOPES that no starter goes down. and if one does he HOPES hughes is ready.
    if hughes isn’t ,he Hopes aceves can do the job. if he can’t do the job, cashman HOPES guise can.

  220. West side March 8th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Would you guys give up Kennedy for Teahan or Tracy?

  221. Jeff D March 8th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    KC loaded up on relief arms this season, so we can’t help them there. What else do we have that they want?

  222. m March 8th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Pete,

    Why trade for a guy? In theory it’s correct to cover all you bases, but if it’s going to cost us in prospects or taking on bad contracts, no thanks.

    Let Ransom play for the month and then he goes back to being what he is, a utility IF.

  223. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Yankee offense is going to struggle until Arod gets back,going to put a lot of pressure on the SP & RP

  224. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    wonder if Detroit wishes they still had Cameron Maybin?

    come to think of it, Dombrowski has made some dumb moves.

  225. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Teahan is a bad defense player

  226. PC Dan March 8th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    mel,

    I saw that Sports Reporters segment too… nothing really surprising or unfair.

  227. Yanks761 March 8th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Roberts was right that A-Rod wouldn’t want to see us have success without him. What athlete would, especially one as egotistical as A-Rod?

  228. m March 8th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    vinny-b,

    Dombrowski HOPED the move would pay off.

  229. Clint March 8th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    vinny – Renteria for Jurrjens was another one.

  230. m March 8th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    And Lupica was right on with his psycho-analysis of Alex. Insecure. Tries to say what others want to hear.

    I agree with Bob Ryan. Get the man his WS ring and find an exit strategy. :)

  231. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Folks I see this being just like the Jeter injuries. We can replace him with a minor leaguer and hold serve till Alex comes back. Unless there is a salary dump type deal out there like Beltre.

  232. Montclair March 8th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Roberts doesn’t have to move back the release date. The book will get plenty of attention anyway. If we’re playing well, the media will use the book as a way of saying how we’re better off without A-Rod and his drama. And if we’re playing poorly, the book will be portrayed as how much A-Rod is a distraction to us and how we won’t win while he is under contract.

    And if A-Rod tries to dodge questions about the book when he comes back, everything she says will be thought of as true. If he answers questions, he is keeping the book topic in circulation rather than concentrating on baseball.

    Either way, this is not going to be very pleasant at all.

  233. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Bru, is still playing the blame game? lol, gotta admire that dogged determination, lol.

    The only point I see in pursuing blame, is in future education/ prevention (i.e those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it). In this case it appears they’ve learned something from the Posada situation and have approached this particular injury in a much better more pro-active manner. Can’t fault A-Rod and the Yankees for wanting to explore all possible medical scenarios before committing to something like this.

    Selena Roberts is now considered an expert on A-Rod’s thoughts? She’s now the go-to person for all commentary on whats going on in his mind? Ugh-sickening. Her ascribing the most selfish and malicious motive to Alex on this? Color me unsurprised. :roll:

  234. DT March 8th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Lupica and Roberts on the Sports Reporters together…

    Instead of waking up in Daily Savings Time, I woke up in hell.

    ps: just getting caught up reading comments. Lay off the Trisha hate. It just drags down the intellectual stimulation on a Sunday morning. Go watch Romper Room or something if you want to act childish.

  235. RalphieD (for free sports betting look here http://www.centsports.com/?opcode=317843) March 8th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    “the yankees run on the cashman”HOPE” doctrine. there were more than enough warning signals, but because the problem could possibly go away, cashman HOPED it would go away.

    when something finally goes wrong , massive amounts of money are thrown at the problem that was HOPED wouldn’t happen.

    this is the HOPE and SPEND cashman theory of management- hope that problems don’t happen and then overspend when they do.

    the yankees are likely to have problems with injuries all year because of the make up of this team. the starting five is my guess for the next serious problem. just like having a super sub already on the roster to back up 2nd,short, and third, already having a 6th starter who jump in at any time would be the smart thing to do.

    but cashman HOPES that no starter goes down. and if one does he HOPES hughes is ready.
    if hughes isn’t ,he Hopes aceves can do the job. if he can’t do the job, cashman HOPES guise can.”

    this is a fairly crazy statement….

  236. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I think no player would want to have to watch from the sidelines as their team played well and won. Its totally different to imply that a player doesn’t want his team to have success.

    At some point, all this talk is just garbage and so are some of these people’s comments and thinking process.

  237. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    “I agree with Bob Ryan. Get the man his WS ring and find an exit strategy”

    as in, win the world series and then try to move his contract??

  238. DT March 8th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    of course that should be *Daylight* Savings Time, not Daily.

    geez… I need more coffee.

  239. dee March 8th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    just sign grudz.

  240. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “And Lupica was right on with his psycho-analysis of Alex. Insecure. Tries to say what others want to hear.”

    Mike Lupica? Ack. I have a degree in psychology and I wouldn’t presume to know the foggiest what Alex is thinking. Or presume that I know what makes him tick for that matter either. I have general vague thoughts, but it always amazes me how people who have shown by their writings to have so little insight generally, think they have so much insight into the complex thoughts of others.

  241. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Yeah, I didn’t catch that part about A-rod not wanting the Yankees to succeed.

    But I do think that at least one Yankee would want to prove they could do it without A-rod.

  242. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    joeman
    March 8th, 2009 at 11:53 am
    Teahan is a bad defense player

    ————————————————————

    His defensive numbers are the same as Figgins. He’s younger, will take less to acquire because he has no place to play, and KC has been trying to trade him since last year (Cleveland), and KC doesn’t want 3.6 mil sitting on the bench. They have Gordon at third, Butler at first (plus about 2 others waiting) DeJesus in left and Guillen in right). Since I have no say in the decision, just get somebody that doesn’t cost top talent.

  243. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I bet every team with a star would have at least one person that would want to prove they could do it without the star. Not a big deal.

  244. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    “of course that should be Daylight Savings Time, not Daily”

    we figured it out. Have some coffee.

  245. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    “And Lupica was right on with his psycho-analysis of Alex. Insecure. Tries to say what others want to hear.”

    **********************************************************

    Lupica? Ack. I have a background in psychology and I wouldn’t presume to know the foggiest what Alex is thinking. Or presume that I know what makes him tick for that matter either.

    I have general vague impressions, but it always amazes me how people who have shown by their writings to have so little insight generally, think they have so much insight into the complex thoughts and motivations of others. Especially when they have a clear bias that colors those observations.

  246. Yankee Trader March 8th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    MRI’s have no radiation exposure- just attracted to iron.

    With a 300M investment, “asset” per Cashman, even with rising health care costs, he should have been examined at the end of the season to explore his “hip soreness.”

    Nevertheless, what’s done is done. There’s no guarantee out there, that even with the full surgery, that he’ll be 100% or close to 100%. Worse yet, once they do the arthroscopy, under direct vision, the damage might be more extensive.

    Before looking into alternatives, they should wait until they get the surgical report this week, making sure A-Rod doesn’t have any complications, like infection, ala Tom Brady.

    What other power hitters, playing fielding positions, had good numbers, the following year after the full repair? Anyone know? Pete??

  247. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    vinny-b,

    No, I don’t think anyone would take it, even at 50 cents on the dollar.

    It’s more like, if it’s clear that the he’s not going to reach Bond’s record, then there’s no reason for him to stick around that long. Well, of course there’s the money that the Yankees are contractually bound to, but…

    One of the panelists said something interesting about the HR chase. Yankee fans IMO care more about the championships than the record. We’ve been there, done that with Babe Ruth. lol.

  248. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I also like the Figgins idea just for the fact that he can go to center once Alex is good to go.

  249. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Lupica? Ack. I have a background in psychology (abnormal pysch) and I wouldn’t presume to know the foggiest what Alex is thinking. Or presume that I know what makes him tick for that matter either.

    I have general vague impressions, but it always amazes me how people who have shown in their writings to have so little insight generally, think they have so much insight into the complex thoughts and motivations of others.

    Especially when they have a clear bias that colors those observations.

  250. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “One of the panelists said something interesting about the HR chase. Yankee fans IMO care more about the championships than the record. We’ve been there, done that with Babe Ruth. lol”

    definitely agree with that.

    Arod passing Babe Ruth’s record, in Yankee Stadium?? I won’t even go there. (cuz it is sunday morning) : )

  251. J Dupes March 8th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Pete or anyone,

    When is the Live Video Chat from yesterday going to be up on demand on the Mog. Channel?

  252. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Okay, gotta go out for a bit.

    Nothing against Cabrera (who just got CS), but the good teams all have a stolen base threat.

    Victorino, Upton, the Boston guy.

    We need to have Gardner playing on a regular basis. That’s how we can get off to a fast start.

  253. ZMan March 8th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Swisher for Figgins?

    What else would the Angels want? They are a good run organization that is trying to win now, they’re not going to take Igawa and Veras for him.

  254. ChrisAU March 8th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    anyone have a link to the gameday?

  255. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....b_detmlb_1

    3 walks. We’ll probably get nothing out of it. Need to keep Swisher. Need contact hitters.

  256. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    “What else would the Angels want? They are a good run organization that is trying to win now, they’re not going to take Igawa and Veras for him”

    Hughes. Or Ajax. Or Melancon and a lesser player.

  257. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    my guess

  258. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I’m so sick of the filter on this site, lol.

    It’s completely arbitrary and makes no sense as to why some things get caught. You can write a post that is on topic, not profane – and it still gets filtered, for no apparent reason.

    And yet some stuff that is offensive manages to get through. Argh.

  259. DT March 8th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Zman –

    I brought up Swisher for Figgins the other day.

    The Angels need a 1B – I don’t think you’ll see Kendry Morales playing there all year. They are a contending team.

    If the Yanks didn’t want to part with Swish – they could try to bring a third team into the mix – the Yankees part with rookies to the third team – the third team supplies the power hitting 1B – the Yanks get Figgins.

  260. teddy March 8th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    melky being melky.

  261. yankees 'n more March 8th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Very subtle, Peter…

    You think “the YANKEES made the right decision” on the ARod thing.

    Didn’t know it was their decision to make.

    One question: Does Rodriguez get ANY credit at all for this???

    The guy has opted to have TWO surgeries instead of one, just so he can get back on the field sooner, at which point he will play the season with a bone-on-bone condition in his hip.

    I do have to say, I enjoyed seeing the doctor’s name spelled three different ways in a span of 3 inches

  262. yankees 'n more March 8th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Very subtle, Peter…

    You think “the YANKEES made the right decision” on the ARod thing.

    Didn’t know it was their decision to make.

    One question: Does Rodriguez get ANY credit at all for this???

    The guy has opted to have TWO surgeries instead of one, just so he can get back on the field sooner, at which point he will play the season with a bone-on-bone condition in his hip.

    I do have to say, I enjoyed seeing the doctor’s name spelled three different ways in a span of 3 inches

  263. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    You can’t get rid of Swisher. We don’t have an outfielder for next year. he is on the only one with a contract after this year.

  264. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Exactly, Lara. I can’t imagine ANY semi-competitive athlete would enjoy sitting on the sidelines watching their team play without them.

    I’m so not getting why that is a bad thing.

  265. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Swisher for Figgins, straight-up? I don’t see it. Not for a guy coming off the season Swisher had. Figgins is loved, in Anaheim-los angeles metro-california

    Swisher+melancon, is more like it.

    (which would mean hellll no)

  266. ChrisAU March 8th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    1-2-3 inning for AJ (2 flyouts, 1 groundout)

  267. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Ack. I have a background in psychology (abnormal pysch) and I wouldn’t presume to know the foggiest what Alex is thinking . Or presume that I know what makes him tick and motivates him for that matter either.

    I have general vague impressions, but it always amazes me how people who have shown in their writings to have so little insight generally, think they have so much insight into the complex thoughts and motivations of others.

    Especially when they have a clear bias that colors those observations.

  268. Drive 4-5 March 8th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Is there Gameday coverage of today’s game?

  269. Sean Serritella March 8th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t understand why some will say that pressure will be on the pitchers because of A-Rod. The Yankees probably have the highest payroll for position players.

  270. Yankee Trader March 8th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    GB-7

    Mark Teahan might be a good option, even though he played mostly OF last year, he came up as a 3rd baseman.
    Attached are his stats.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/p.....age/490439

  271. Tom K March 8th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I like Swisher, but can he do anything except walk?

    We need some contact hitters.

  272. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    With Nady batting a buck in pre season. I dont see us getting rid of Swish(biting our nose to spite our face).

    So I just breased by the previous thread and it looks like Montero wants to stick it out at catcher. Why not. Who would have thought a big guy like Arod could play short. Im all for it.

  273. DT March 8th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    The most famous doc in Yankee news this week –

    http://www.realvail.com/RealSp.....stars.html

    ps: he’s a Canadian. I hope he wasn’t offended by the “HA” pop-up.

  274. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    “Since I have no say in the decision, just get somebody that doesn’t cost top talent.”

    GB7-

    what? this blog has no power?

    all this time i thought SJ was cashman’s cousin and passed everything on to him :)

  275. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Drive 4-5,
    Scroll up, mel has the link.

  276. DT March 8th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    3 run wind blown homer for Berroa. 3-0 Yanks.

  277. Ball 4 March 8th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Berroa making the case to overtake Ransom

  278. Peter Abraham March 8th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Yankees n’ More:

    Grow up. I wasn’t insinuating anything. Alex is part of the team. The Yankees and their docs have been on conference calls for the better part of three days with experts around the country. They came up with three possible solutions and picked one based on the best information they had.

    Players aren’t medical experts, they rely on the teams and their agents.

  279. Russell NY March 8th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Melky Cabrera caught stealing… news flash: you are not Brett Gardner.

  280. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    randy l.
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:27 pm
    “Since I have no say in the decision, just get somebody that doesn’t cost top talent.”

    GB7-

    what? this blog has no power?

    all this time i thought SJ was cashman’s cousin and passed everything on to him

    ————————————————————

    Randy, don’t try to draw me into this. Why can’t you guys be more like me? Quiet, thoughtful, never argue, kind and respectful of everybody’s feelings and opinions.

  281. Ball 4 March 8th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    So today Melky gets caught stealing and GIDP

  282. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Brandon,
    6 weeks vs. 4 months. Hope it works and he can get the full surgery done at years end. Whoever mentioned giving Alex credit for opting to be a team player and having 2 surgeries rather than 2. I agree.

  283. Russell NY March 8th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    yanks n more – no offense to ARod and whatever pains you go through with surgery and rehab, but give me 30 mil/year and I’ll sign up for 10 of those surgeries.

  284. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Ball 4,

    I’m telling ya, Melky does not deal with competition well.

    But I can’t hold a GIDP against him. That’s a part of the game.

  285. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    “Berroa making the case to overtake Ransom”

    Unfortunately he has Duncan like defensive skills. Cant see that happening.

  286. dan l March 8th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Melky I see buses in your future!

  287. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    “Randy, don’t try to draw me into this. Why can’t you guys be more like me? Quiet, thoughtful, never argue, kind and respectful of everybody’s feelings and opinions.”

    You did say be more like me? Ahhh hell no an IMPOSTER!! The real GB I hope your reading this.

  288. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Ah, the GIDP. The great equalizer.

    Pete,

    How does AJ look? I mean, how does he look in Pinstripes?

    Just kidding. How does he look and his stuff look?

  289. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    If NYY doesn’t pick up a replacement for Rodriguez, both Ransom and Berroa will go north with the Yanks.

  290. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    GB, hasn’t started drinking yet…

  291. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    “Melky I see buses in your future!”

    Do you mean Melky is going to be BRITTONED?

  292. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Melky has had it. As Michael Kay would say “SEEEE YA!”

    On to other things – who is playing third base for the Yankees while AROD is out? Who can they get?

  293. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks Pete for the AJ breakdown including pitch count, balls/strikes. Trying to follow GameDay is trying at best!

  294. Russell NY March 8th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Melky doesn’t have any outstanding tools to help him deal with competition. The only thing of note from him is his arm, which only is helpful every once a week or so. Gardner impacts every game.

  295. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    SoS,

    GB7 was clearly talking about ME.

  296. DT March 8th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Little known fact – Joker Marchant was a real person. His given first name was Marcus.

    “Joker” was a member of Florida Southern’s last football team in 1935. I think he roamed the backfield with LoHud poster GB.

    Go ahead Pete – impress your fellow beat reporters.

  297. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    “Randy, don’t try to draw me into this. Why can’t you guys be more like me? Quiet, thoughtful, never argue, kind and respectful of everybody’s feelings and opinions.”

    GB7-

    there’s an impostor posting under your name . don’t you just hate that !

  298. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    S.o.S.
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    “Randy, don’t try to draw me into this. Why can’t you guys be more like me? Quiet, thoughtful, never argue, kind and respectful of everybody’s feelings and opinions.”

    You did say be more like me? Ahhh hell no an IMPOSTER!! The real GB I hope your reading this.

    ————————————————————

    Now that really hurts. You know how sensitive I am.

  299. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    mel,
    I think you had an imposter this week attacking bloggers who were dissagreeing with Pete. Maybe its the same person? Maybe im the next victim? If you see a post with no spelling errors with my name on it, you will know its not I.

  300. teddy March 8th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    what do you know willis walks a batter

  301. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    randy l.
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    “Randy, don’t try to draw me into this. Why can’t you guys be more like me? Quiet, thoughtful, never argue, kind and respectful of everybody’s feelings and opinions.”

    GB7-

    there’s an impostor posting under your name . don’t you just hate that !

    ————————————————————

    Et tu, Brut Randy?

  302. Angel - Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Why can’t you guys be more like me? Quiet, thoughtful, never argue, kind and respectful of everybody’s feelings and opinions.

    ~develops a sudden, unexplainable coughing fit~

    :-P

  303. Brad March 8th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    West side
    March 8th, 2009 at 11:50 am
    Would you guys give up Kennedy for Teahan or Tracy?

    ……………………………

    Yes, in a New York minute. With the next wave of good arms working their way up in the system, Kennedy is excess.
    When A-Rod returns, somebody like Teahen will have more value on the roster than Melky Cabrera unless he starts to show something otherwise.

  304. Tom March 8th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Sox signed Lester to a 5 year 30 million dollar extension.

  305. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    SoS,

    I didn’t attack anyone. Personally. I was just chastising people for being rude to their host. If you don’t like the company, stop visiting!

    BTW. Gooden said the Lakers tried to get him, but they couldn’t work things out. Don’t know what that means.

  306. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    “Et tu, Brut Randy?”

    no speakie frenchie, though i once dated a woman from paris. it was the best relationship i ever had because we couldn’t understand a word each other said :)

  307. DT March 8th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    bloop single for Molina – 5-0 Yanks.

  308. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “Now that really hurts. You know how sensitive I am.”

    la la la la. I cant listen to anymore of this. Pete ban this guy before he ruins GB’s name for good!!

  309. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    OT –

    It’s still early in the game, and I’m no basketball officianado, but all I can think is that Kevin Garnett IS the Celtics. This sure doesn’t appear to be the same team as last year…

  310. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “Sox signed Lester to a 5 year 30 million dollar extension.”

    lester is very solid. i like the way he commands his pitches. he may be their best starter.

  311. m March 8th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    randy l,

    LOL. She loved you because she thought you had lots of Cash.

    “Cash, man this. Cash, man that”

    She thought you were rolling in dough.

  312. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    GreenBeret7
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:06 pm
    joeman
    March 8th, 2009 at 11:53 am
    Teahan is a bad defense player
    ——————————————————————————————
    His defensive numbers are the same as Figgins. He’s younger, will take less to acquire because he has no place to play, and KC has been trying to trade him since last year (Cleveland), and KC doesn’t want 3.6 mil sitting on the bench. They have Gordon at third, Butler at first (plus about 2 others waiting) DeJesus in left and Guillen in right). Since I have no say in the decision, just get somebody that doesn’t cost top talent.

    they put him at 2nd base for a time and it didn’t work out..he’s a player that can play multiple positions which is what they need,just a player that just plays 3rd isn’t a good idea

  313. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    randy l.
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    “Et tu, Brut Randy?”

    no speakie frenchie, though i once dated a woman from paris. it was the best relationship i ever had because we couldn’t understand a word each other said

    ————————————————————

    Sounds like the perfect relationship. Like my ex-wife and me. In fairness, though, she always said I only had two faults.

    She just never mentioned that the two faults were, everything I did and everything I said.

  314. rodg12 March 8th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Pete -
    Did you get my email about adding the Spring Training TV schedule to the “Posts of Note” section on the blog?

  315. DT March 8th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    If you don’t have mlb audio – you can listen to today’s game here for free. (Tigers announcers)

    http://www.971theticket.com/pages/3901120.php

  316. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    That means bad news for the Lake show.

  317. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Lester had poor control till last year. Great kid, but 5 years seems like a lot.

  318. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Melky Cabrera ….should have traded him when they had a chance

  319. Drive 4-5 March 8th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Cody Ransom has some talent. Rather than give up a pitching prospect for a 3rd baseman/utility player I’d like to see the Yanks give Ranson the temporary job.

    Regardless of who fills the 3rd base position, the # 3 spot in the lineup is a bigger issue. If Matsui is healthy enough, I think he’s the most logical option and move Tex to cleanup.

  320. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks DT! I have game day audio on, but it’s not as easy listening as when YES is broadcasting the game. So I like to try to follow along on Game Day when it’s the other team’s broadcast. Unfortunately MLB Game Day, at least right now, is a joke!

  321. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    joeman
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    they put him at 2nd base for a time and it didn’t work out..he’s a player that can play multiple positions which is what they need,just a player that just plays 3rd isn’t a good idea

    ————————————————————

    Teahen has never played 2nd base in pro ball. Teahen does play multiple positions and next year, if NYY doesn’t sign any FAs, he can play a corner outfield spot.

  322. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    ‘Brandon,
    6 weeks vs. 4 months. Hope it works and he can get the full surgery done at years end. Whoever mentioned giving Alex credit for opting to be a team player and having 2 surgeries rather than 2. I agree.’

    It’s not that, look I don’t think he has to prove NYY fans anything, this is about what’s best for his career, the risks here are as clear as day, yes he opted for 2 surgeries but now what changes, he’s not going to be fully healed is going to have to play at a pace, likely won’t fulltime 3B when he returns, I’d rather he take the 3-4 mth. route and get it all out of the way, your just delaying what needs to be done and 80-90 % doesn’t reassure me.

  323. m March 8th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Phil for 3? I hope he doesn’t leave his control in the dugout again.

  324. G. Love March 8th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I’m all for Mark Teahen. I think he gives us good insurance at 3b and can be a super sub in a pinch in the OF.

    I know he’s tried 2b this spring and hasn’t been great there defensively, but at least the guy gives you options other than strictly playing 3b.

    He strikes out a ton though. Has a little bit pop and he hustles.

    He’d be a good stopgap and fall back in my opinion and I don’t think he’s going to cost the farm.

    Offer them Melky and his 1.4 million for Teahen and his 3.6 and call it a day.

    That should get it done and give KC 2.2 million in savings which is what we know they really want.

  325. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    That’s not the case. He can resume fulltime duty after the first surgery. The labrum would be repaired.

    The second surgery would involve the more detailed procedure to reshaped the deformed bone.

    The first surgery, according to the best hip doctor in the country, gives him a near 100% chance of being able to hold up over the course of the season. Those odds are good enough for me.

    We can second guess a lot of stuff on here. Its pretty tough to second guess medical opinions when they come from the best people in the field.

  326. m March 8th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I’m all for anyone who doesn’t cost prospects, have a bad contract, and will be useful after Alex comes back.

    Teahen may have to mend some fences. Didn’t he say that Joba wasn’t all that after hitting a HR off of him?

  327. RS March 8th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Is it just me, or has Cody Ransom been lighting it up ever since the Arod injury news came out?

    I know it’s only ST, but it’s kind of funny that Ransom was hitting .200 a couple days ago, but now that he’s a favorite to be the regular third baseman Opening Day, he suddenly looks like a different player.

  328. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    m
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    I’m all for anyone who doesn’t cost prospects, have a bad contract, and will be useful after Alex comes back.

    Teahen may have to mend some fences. Didn’t he say that Joba wasn’t all that after hitting a HR off of him?

    ————————————————————

    That remark is no big deal. Just hitter vs pitcher chest puffing.

  329. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    “UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: A.J. Burnett’s line: 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts. He was very efficient, getting the hitters to put the ball in play.”

    RS, I don’t think it’s just you. But it seems to me that everyone has tried to notch it up since the Arod announcement. I think that’s nothing but good.

  330. joeman March 8th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    they put Teahan at 2nd base in spring training,before he left for WBC …didn’t work out

  331. Drive 4-5 March 8th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    RS

    Ransom didnt do so bad when he was called up last year. He hit home runs in his first 2 Yankee at bats. He hit .302 with a .400 obp in 43 at bats.

  332. Ball 4 March 8th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Willis is a mess

  333. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Nice job by AJ today

  334. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    “She thought you were rolling in dough.”

    m-

    no, i met her on the beach, she liked the way i threw my frisbee :)

  335. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    “Teahen may have to mend some fences. Didn’t he say that Joba wasn’t all that after hitting a HR off of him?”

    mel,
    Nothing a joba ball in the earhole wont fix. It will only keep him for games and then he can contribute with a clean slate.

  336. Boof It March 8th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Is SJ44 actually Alex Rodriguez? Is Trisha an extra from the Hills Have Eyes? Find out soon on As the Ham Blog Turns. KnowMahs!

  337. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    This A-Rod news is fantastic. We may only lose him for three weeks, and even the outlier is barely a month and a half! If the Yanks can’t survive that long w/o him, they don’t deserve a ring. I am RELIEVED after all the horror stores that ended either w/missing him for four months or having his hip horribly degenerate and just losing A-Rod for good. This is PERFECT! We’re the Yankees, we could survive w/no A-Rod for a month!

  338. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    So that is why we are scoring runs? We are facing willis.

  339. Corey March 8th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    This is great news about A-Rod. So he’s only gonna miss about 3 or so weeks of the actual season since things dont get underway until nearly the 2nd week of April (April 6th)

  340. Joe March 8th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Hughes has thrown 9 strikes and 15 balls? Where’s the command coming out of the pen?

  341. Boof It March 8th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I think we should trade Phil Hughes for 5 maple bats.

  342. m March 8th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    The only danger with Alex going this route, is that there might be a danger that the players will be waiting for Alex to “rescue” them.

    They all need to play hard from the get go and not assume anything about his return.

  343. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    M, I agree – I don’t care about $$$ at this point. The Yankees need to field the best team they can while A-Rod is out because even 1 or 2 games might mean the difference between making the post-season and staying home.

    I like that line from AJ – especially the no K’s. We all know he can strike people out, he knows he can – why bother in ST? If he does just because his stuff is so good, though, that’s great.

    This Dr. is world-reknowned. He is quoted as saying that he thinks this surgery is a good option and that Alex has a high percentage of getting through the season just fine. As such, this is a good risk to take. Everyone is different as far as rehab time goes and, of course, we need to be sure no infections set it. It’s just a waiting game now, but I’ll bet Alex has peace of mind now…..

  344. Drive 4-5 March 8th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    The Tiger announcers have some nice things to say a Hughes’ stuff.

  345. rconn23 March 8th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “Lester had poor control till last year. Great kid, but 5 years seems like a lot.”

    The majority of young pitchers have control problems – just like Phil Hughes – Clay Bucholz, etc., but eventually the top-flight talents figure it out.

    Unfortunately, it’s a great deal for the Sox – $6 million a year for one of the top 5 or 6 pitchers in the AL last year.

  346. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    GB7, Lakeland is where I got my bleeder vs. Lolich….Yanks stick with Ranson as the 3rd baseman for now….Several here where quite clear that surgery would be performed early next week…No surprise really….Figgins is not getting moved, he’s the Angels offensive setup guy….

  347. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    m
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:08 pm
    I’m all for anyone who doesn’t cost prospects, have a bad contract, and will be useful after Alex comes back.

    Teahen may have to mend some fences. Didn’t he say that Joba wasn’t all that after hitting a HR off of him?

    —————————————————–
    No, that was Jose Guillen who said that. He said that Joba was just another guy who throws hard.

  348. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    jennifer
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:15 pm
    So that is why we are scoring runs? We are facing willis.

    ————————————————————

    The first three runs came off of Robertson. From what’s being described by Tigers announcers, the two runs off of Willis were on bloops.

    On the other hand, Hughes has two innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 2 walks and two strikeouts (including Sheffield looking on an inside fastball). The two walks were both leadoff, though.

  349. Joe March 8th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Teahan isin’t good defensively and why would KC give him away?

  350. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Ransom is looking good – he is now batting 300.

    Ransom should be on the team but they should also get someone else just in case.

    Oh and get rid of Melk Dud.

  351. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Corey-Agreed. Fall Classic or bust!

  352. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Corey-Agreed. Fall Classic or bust!

  353. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Here’s a quick summary of Phil’s 2nd inning:

    Tigers announcers are now praising his stuff – saying he has better velocity today, and is showing off a sharp curve and a good slider (probably the cutter)

    He struck out Sheff on an inside fastball

    2 outs, man on first – bot of 4

    Hughes K’s the 3rd out on a good curve

    ****Hughes is showing some real progress this spring – I love it. Joe said after his last start that he did throw a slider, so maybe it was the slider he threw today. Hey, even if it’s just a show-me pitch, it’s a great idea – gives the hitters more to think about.

    Let’s lay off of him, in any case, with his control – it’s his 3rd start and there are weeks to go in ST.

  354. Yanks761 March 8th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Chad Tracey can’t play 3rd anymore

    Bill Hall has a terrible contract

    Figgins isin’t getting moved

    Where are we getting this super bench player from?

  355. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Sorry duplicate.

  356. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    LETS GO YANKS!

  357. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Apparently, the Tigers announcers were saying that AJ looked like he was throwing free and easy – they caught him at 98, but obviously think the gun is off. Nonetheless, they seem to have been impressed that he was throwing “free and easy” AND hard at that velocity at the same time.

  358. Spotless March 8th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    ST is long this year, so guys like Hughes will be needed to soak up some innings to bridge the gap to the bullpen guys.

    Normally they would have been dispatched to minor league camp if they were not starting, but we need more arms this year because of the WBC.

  359. Drive 4-5 March 8th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    “Where are we getting this super bench player from?”

    Bring Louis Sojo out of retirement.

  360. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    My excitement for the season just came back. This is going to be GREAT!

  361. SoCalYankeeFan March 8th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    IF A-Rod’s surgery goes as planned, there is no overwhelming need to trade for a 3B and be held up by another team. Ransom is good enough defensively with some pop to fill in at 3B for the 6-9 weeks Alex will be out.

    Having said this, it might be wise for Cash$ to keep his ear to the ground for a player:
    1. Who can play 3B full time if A-Rod has to be replaced.
    2. Who can play another position, preferably OF in 2010 to replace Damon and Matsui when their contract is up after this year.
    3. Is cost controlled, younger, athletic player who can fit into Yankees plans for furutre years.
    4. Who will not cost Hughes, Montero, Ajax, Melancon etc.

    Chase Headley of SD (who was mentioned previously in this thread) might fit the bill if SD is willing to trade him. SD is said to be looking for bullpen help. What would it take to get him sometime before the trade deadline or in the offseason? He came up a 3B but was moved to LF in favor of Kevin Kouzmanoff.

    What would if take to get Headley? How about Jose Veras for their bullpen and Ian Kennedy as SP depth for when they unload Jake Peavey?

    I don’t propose a panic trade, just be on the lookout for something similar to the Nady/Marte deadline trade of last year.

  362. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Bets, I’m still in Phil’s camp. Never left it in fact.

  363. Azteck March 8th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Hughes will get plenty of starts when AJ goes on the DL, so we will get plenty of chances to see him pitch this yr

  364. DT March 8th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    It’s hard to believe this Tiger team was the talk of the town last Spring. (on paper many picked them to go to the World Series)

    Granted today they are missing Cabrera, Ordonez, Granderson and Guillen to the WBC.

    Healthy pitching can go a long way.

  365. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    PAT M.
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:21 pm
    GB7, Lakeland is where I got my bleeder vs. Lolich….Yanks stick with Ranson as the 3rd baseman for now….Several here where quite clear that surgery would be performed early next week…No surprise really….Figgins is not getting moved, he’s the Angels offensive setup guy….

    ————————————————————

    Always enjoyed watching Lolich pitch. Always thought that Davis Wells was a Lolich clone without Mickey’s fastball. Had McLain not come along, Lolich would have gottem more respect from the fans and writers. The hitters and baseball people had a ton of respect, and, that’s what mattered most.

    Did Lolich knock down the rookie scrub on the first pitch to teach a little respect?

  366. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    SoCalYankeeFan-Agreed. I believe in the creed, “Expect the best, prepare for the worst.”, so signing a third baseman is a good idea. But we don’t need a great player, just a fill-in until A-Rod gets back.

  367. Distd March 8th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I highly doubt Cashman would trade Kennedy for a 1 month rental or something. Not that Kennedy is very good, but he certainly has more value than that.

    Cashman’s probably going to try and unload some of the extras (Igawa, Albaladejo, Duncan, etc.) but probably won’t fetch much,

  368. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Sexy X had a homer? Nice. :lol:

  369. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Geeze Louise, the Yanks are probably so relieved that Arod will be back sooner rather than later that they are playing free, easy, and happy!

    :)

  370. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Phil Hughes is sharp – I like this Yankee pitching. The top 5 guys are great and Hughes is waiting in case of an injury. The Ponson days are over,

  371. G. Love March 8th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Headley is one of the best prospects SD has. They are not trading him to the Yankees for Veras and junk.

  372. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    No GB7, he floated a breaking ball that hung on the outside, I was fooled and just slapped a flair to right….My first hit, only had 6 hits total…

  373. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    another thing about Phil’s control – I’m sure he’s working on different things and throwing pitches he might not normally throw in certain counts. He continues to learn the art of pitching – I’m ok with that, for sure.

  374. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Yankees are going to have an awesome season. Go Yankees!

  375. Chris March 8th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    AJ’s stuff was never in question. It’s always been if he can stay on the field in non-contract years. For all that nasty 98 MPH stuff, he has never pitched to his ability or stayed healthy.

    He has plenty of questions, most notably if he can stay health.

  376. DT March 8th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I have a sudden craving for strawberry shortcake.

  377. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Is that Scott Williamson pitching for the Tigers? He used to own the Yankees a few years back.

  378. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    1949 World Series: Dodger vs Yanks on ESPN Classic. I guess just an hour highlights show type of thing.
    Followed by the 1950 and 1951 WS.

  379. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Orlando Magic has some pretty three-point shooting.

    I have that game on television, minus sound.

  380. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    the silver lining in the arod hip saga is that it became apparent how thin the yankees are for infield replacement ( besides first base).

    it’s not even if someone goes down for a month. it’s also important for short term replacements like when jeter gets his usual bruised hand injury from getting hit and then playing when he shouldn’t .

    having a super sub keeps everyone fresh and gives flexibility to the manager within each game. as an overall strategy to team building, i think it would be better to have fewer high priced all stars and better back ups.

    it’s a fact that the yankees go on the cheap with bench players because they feel they have already spent enough on starters. i think they should change that approach especially as jeter ages.

    they should have as many players as possible who can play two and three positions. the problems with stars is they very seldom can play even two positions because they are so good at all levels that they never play anywhere else besides their chosen position.

    for example, would it hurt jeter to take some balls in the outfield ? it would set a very good example. i think it was the gentler and kinder gb7 who pointed out mickey stanley played shortstop in the world series after being a center fielder his whole career.

    “With the American League pennant clinched and two weeks left in the season, Smith asked Stanley to play the last 9 games of the regular season at shortstop, the first time he had ever played the position. Stanley did an adequate job and became the starting shortstop for the entire 1968 World Series”- wikepedia

    now this is extreme, but it shows that players do not need to be locked into positions so rigidly. cano should play some third base simply because it would prepare him for later on if he was needed there.

    long ago posada should have learned to play first base. it’s too late now, but that would have been a good thing when he was younger.

  381. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Why, oh WHY, couldn’t YES be flexible and show this game instead of the 2004 Sox/Yankees game where Jeter made that spectacular catch into the stands? First of all, given what happens later in 2004, I can’t ever watch that game again. Secondly, YES is doing a PISS poor job of advertising their own team. Think Yankee fans might want to see AJ and Phil?

  382. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    “I have a sudden craving for strawberry shortcake.”

    :)

    I thought about it but whipped cream kind of makes me sick.

  383. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Trisha who are they playing and what’s the next game ?

  384. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    7-0 Yanks

  385. Wilson March 8th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Ransom hitting .300 this Spring. He has been on fire since the A-Rod news.

    Give the guy a chance.. not like you are going to get anyone better for 1 month anyway. If we can’t survive 1 month without him– with this pitching and Teixeria, then we’re really not as good as we thought.

  386. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Be optimistic! Yanks will be fine, you can’t worry about what-ifs! Go Yankees!

  387. Jerzz March 8th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    YES has been the #1 regional Sports network in the country every year since it’s inception.

    They have to be doing something right.

  388. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Wilson-Agreed to an extent. I am not a Ransom fan, but if the Yanks can’t survive a month w/no A-Rod then they don’t deserve a ring.

  389. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Minnesota Twins have a no hitter going against the Orioles right now.

  390. DT March 8th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Betsy -
    it’s an away game. Probably cost prohibitive for YES.

    I don’t know why they don’t show more Tampa home games-
    Or even give a daily spring game by game recap on YES, seems there is a missing niche there.

  391. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Brandon, the Magic are playing the Celtics. 63-43 with 4 left in the 3rd.

    I have it on one of the Boston stations.

  392. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Williamson walks Swishy. In comes a run. 8-0 Yanks

  393. MIA Mike March 8th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Swisher with another walk

    Walks are nice, but I’d like to see some contract and power. He is hitting .167 this spring. That won’t cut it regardless of how much he walks.

  394. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Hughes didn’t have control problems in the minors. Lester always had undesirable walk rates till last year.

  395. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    PAT M.
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:33 pm
    No GB7, he floated a breaking ball that hung on the outside, I was fooled and just slapped a flair to right….My first hit, only had 6 hits total…

    ————————————————————

    I figured that Lolich buzzed the tower on the first pitch and you pulled a Frank Robinson, got up out of the dirt and smoked him.

    You had 6 hits….not bad. You had a better chance of making it than I did as a golfer….or so somebody who shall remain nameless told me one day. Can’t believe that he could tell after only one day.

  396. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    ‘Minnesota Twins have a no hitter going against the Orioles right now.’

    Dude it’s spring training

  397. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    8-0 Yanks!

  398. Patrick March 8th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Swisher should be the starting RF on this team. He is a better fielder and more of a force offensively than Nady. However, I think Nady could be a very valuable player for this team. He will get his at-bats for sure.

  399. PC Dave March 8th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    All networks only show 10-12 ST games, it’s pretty standard. They can’t be “flexible” because it takes a lot of work to put a game production together, you can’t just do it overnight.

  400. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I can’t believe people are whining about Yankees taking walks.

  401. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    You gotta almost feel bad for Detroit at this point.

  402. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    JRod takes on for the team.

  403. DT March 8th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    “I have a sudden craving for strawberry shortcake.”

    “I thought about it but whipped cream kind of makes me sick.”

    Smart idea. Ixnay the shortcake. Some of these posters can’t be trusted with a can of Reddi-Whip. It would just start a whipped cream war, and then Pete would have a mess to clean up later.

  404. ZMan March 8th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I hardly doubt the YES Network knew that Girardi would pitch Hughes and Brackman today. They set these schedules up months in advance. They can’t ask Girardi to throw off his schedule of pitchers just to accommodate the TV audience. And they can’t just decide to show a game like that.

  405. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I am not a Swisher fan. Nady hit 300 last yr. w/some pop, while Swisher had a terrible year. Why would you take Swisher over Nady? Nady’s a good player. I don’t expect a 300 avg., but is 280 w/85 RBI’s and 25 homers too much to ask? From Swisher, apparently. Even a good Swish hits like 260.

  406. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Colin Curtis with a two run single. He moves to second on a sloppy play.

  407. Abdul March 8th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    is the usa vs. venezuela game on espn?

  408. Brian (Red sox fan) March 8th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Randy 1 – my recollection of Mickey Stanley playing SS for the 1968 Tigers was (1) the regular SS was light-hitting Dick Traczewski, (2) Al Kaline was a PT player, and (3) the Tigers wanted both Kaline and Stanley in the lineup for the WS. A risky move, but it worked (Stanley was solid at SS).

    Re: The Yankees lack of versatility off the bench. The Red Sox push their minor leaguers into learning multiple positions. Lowrie plays 3B, SS and 2B; Ellsbury plays all three OF positions; Yuke 1B, 3B, and (supposedly) some OF. Last year, Brandon Moss (since traded) was given a 1B mitt to go along with his OF glove.

    Not all players (e.g. Lars Andersen) are so equipped, but it is a point of emphasis. I think Cano should have been pushed in that direction (i.e. 3B), for instance.

  409. Yank1 March 8th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Hey, we haven’t been doing much winning this Spring so far… lets pile it on!

  410. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Teixeira MVP,

    because Swisher is younger and historically better than Nady. That’s why. Learn about some numbers other than batting average.

  411. Drive 4-5 March 8th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    The Tiger announcers commenting on the Tiger’s sloppy play today brought up a Phil Rizutto gem. They joked (lovingly) about how Scooter would sometimes mark his scorebook “WW”. “WW sttod for “Wasn’t Watching” :)

  412. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    GB, Steve Carlton was my reality check….Much like that unamed Pro Golfer who provided your reality check………..Phil Hughes will be a MLB star pitcher

  413. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Yankees are ruining Williamsons chances of making the Tigers

  414. newlookjets March 8th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Teixeriamvp – Swish is going to have to hit the ball some if he wants the job. Especially with A-Rod out, we need runs to be driven in.

    Nady isin’t doing much better but atleast he has shown some power and gotten some hits. Swish has to prove that .219 was a fluke and he has not.

  415. ray (sox fan) March 8th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    trisha – As long as you’re in pinstripes, Kei, I’ve got your back.
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:41 pm
    “Brandon, the Magic are playing the Celtics. 63-43 with 4 left in the 3rd.

    I have it on one of the Boston stations.”

    It should be noted that both Kevin Garnett and Raja Rondo are not playing today.

  416. Yank1 March 8th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Poor Williamson.. this is worse than Hacker against Team USA

  417. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    “Smart idea. Ixnay the shortcake. Some of these posters can’t be trusted with a can of Reddi-Whip. It would just start a whipped cream war, and then Pete would have a mess to clean up later.”

    :lol:

    I was just looking at the online menu of a local restaurant (I’d prefer ordering out to cooking.) They are famous for their desserts. If you are a dessert eater, take a look at some of what they have to offer!)

    http://www.greggsusa.com/desserts/

  418. Forntoso March 8th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Could Swisher bat 3rd? He is always on base and it could be nice to put some runners on for Teixeria/Matsui.

  419. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I wonder if Hughes is taking a nap right now? :lol:
    11-0 Yanks

    Goal! 4-3 Rangers

  420. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    “It should be noted that both Kevin Garnett and Raja Rondo are not playing today.”

    I already noted Garnett was not playing and wondered if he was the entire team.

  421. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    -

  422. Yankees Ben March 8th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Tigers raving about Phil’s curve..

  423. Yankees Ben March 8th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Tigers announcers, i should say.

  424. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Rangers, Bruins great hockey game…

  425. Forntoso March 8th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I like seeing Boston teams lose.

  426. Drive 4-5 March 8th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Brian ( Red Sox fan),

    You are absolutley right about htre lack of versatility on the Yankees bench. They tried to address it last year with Wilson Betemit, but we all know how that worked out. The Yanks arent as fortunate as the Sox were when Mike Lowell went down. The Yanks can’t just swap their 1st & 3rd basemen. I would have liked to have seen the Yanks go after Alex Cora this offseason.

    Maybe the Yanks will learn from A Rod’s injury and become more pro active in developing versatility in the minor leagues.

  427. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Cant wait to start the season

  428. Patrick March 8th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    “I am not a Swisher fan. Nady hit 300 last yr. w/some pop, while Swisher had a terrible year. Why would you take Swisher over Nady? Nady’s a good player. I don’t expect a 300 avg., but is 280 w/85 RBI’s and 25 homers too much to ask? From Swisher, apparently. Even a good Swish hits like 260. ”

    Swisher has a better track record than Nady. You can’t just look at last year. Last year Nady had his career best year while Swisher had his career worst. If they both play near their career averages, Swisher is much better.

    Also, Swisher is a better fielder, gets on base more often and has more power. Batting Average is not the only stat you should look at. If Nady hits .280 and gets on base at like .330 while Swisher hits .250 and gets on base .380 who is better?

  429. Chris March 8th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Phil giving the Yankees something to think about if Joba doesn’t improve.

  430. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Re: Celtics game I also noticed that some big lug on the Celts limped off the floor.

  431. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    ‘It should be noted that both Kevin Garnett and Raja Rondo are not playing today.’

    So that leaves ya w/ the big head in charge of point :lol:

  432. sill March 8th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    thanks DT… hughes and burnett still no hitting them?

  433. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    ‘Re: Celtics game I also noticed that some big lug on the Celts limped off the floor.’

    Prbly Big Baby.

  434. Bronx Jeers March 8th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    The game that YES is currently showing was great but what moron over at YES programming thinks that we’d prefer this than to seeing our first glimpse of AJ?

    I just don’t understand the Yankees sometimes.

  435. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “I like seeing Boston teams lose.”

    You betcha.

  436. 4time March 8th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Hughes strikes out our future 3rd baseman!

  437. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    PAT M.
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:49 pm
    GB, Steve Carlton was my reality check….Much like that unamed Pro Golfer who provided your reality check………..Phil Hughes will be a MLB star pitcher

    ————————————————————

    Yep, there’s always some wiseguy that think’s that they are better than everyone else that steps on the cake and ruins the party.

    Of course, in the case of Carlton and Moody, they were. The great thing is, you got your chance and never have to wonder, “What if I had gotten the chance?”. In my case, I never had to wonder, “What if?” I and everyone else already knew. I just wish that he hadn’t called the Secretary Of The Army and told him to send me to Vietnam, where any damage I did could be useful.

  438. Patrick March 8th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I think the Yanks will be more versatile on the bench than last year. Having Swisher and Nady helps, one of them will be on the bench fairly often. Also if we keep Melky on the bench he could be a good defensive replacement at all 3 OF positions. Hopefully Cashman signs a better infielder (Mark grudz please).

  439. Doreen March 8th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Randy l -

    You seem to be in a little better spirits today. :)

    Your point about having more flexibility is well taken both with regard to the team as a whole and individual players.

    I think it’s just taking time for the Yankees to get to that point. Their farm system was bare and they chose to start the rebuilding with pitchers. As, I believe, SJ44 pointed out yesterday, there are some players coming along at the lower minor league levels. It will take some time for a better system to work its way up.

    I think we’ve had discussions in the past about needing some better rudimentary coaching (bunting was the subject). That’s an area they need to be stronger in – player eval and development. And since they’re starting from scratching, identifying players who would be valuable to the ML team as superutility guys (as opposed to developing the next Derek Jeter – which they need to do, too) and developing them as such, could be important to them.

    It’s a process. (To quote your “favorite” Yankee frontman.)
    :)

  440. sill March 8th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    the shortcake at the srtrawberry festival is overrated. it costs $3.5 and you can make as much a you want in one bowl. The problem is… You tend to put so much whip creme on the top, and its so sweet. you eat just a little and feel full..But yet still hungry. It’s kinda weird

  441. Doreen March 8th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    :oops: that should read “starting from scratch.”

  442. 4time March 8th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    The next game on YES is this Tuesday against the Reds with Joba pitching

  443. Yankees Ben March 8th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Our future third baseman??

    Why do people think that Inge is a better hitter than Cody Ransom??

  444. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    “Prbly Big Baby.”

    That’s one chubby player!

  445. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    ray (sox fan)
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    trisha – As long as you’re in pinstripes, Kei, I’ve got your back.
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:41 pm
    “Brandon, the Magic are playing the Celtics. 63-43 with 4 left in the 3rd.

    I have it on one of the Boston stations.”

    It should be noted that both Kevin Garnett and Raja Rondo are not playing today.

    ————————————————————

    OK….the Boston trolls are on the board…..nobody talk to them. Nothing but trouble makers.

    Afternoon, Ray. Hope the family is well.

  446. DT March 8th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Now I have a craving for Turtle cheesecake, thanks Trisha. ;-)

    Hughes has looked good this spring. (I know it’s early)
    Chamberlain has not. (again, it’s WAY early)

    In one aspect I wish the Yankees just didn’t “hand” Joba the 5th spot automatically. A good competition is beneficial to all the young kids. (think 2008)

  447. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Phil-Whoa, don’t attack me. Just making a point. Swisher is young, but his career avg. is 244. If he hit 55 homers, maybe that’s good, but when you only avg. His OBP is 354-not very good. His slg. pct. is 451-pretty good. He avgs. 20 homers a year. Not great. Now Nady. His career Ba is 280. His OBP is the slightly lower 335, but is slg. pct. is higher-458. He avg.’s less HR’s but his OPS is barely lower-793 to 805. So the diff. is that Swish is looking for a bounceback yr. while Nady is building off of a career yr. I choose Nady.

  448. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    GB7 what gives ? Ray was here and you made no Celtic jokes :?

  449. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Good inning from Phil

  450. ray (sox fan) March 8th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Hey GB!

    Family is doing well. I hope things in your life are good…well…that is except for your baseball team of choice. :)

  451. Chris March 8th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    DT,

    Agree 100%. Again the Yankees handled this the wrong way. They should have had an open competition between Hughes and Joba. Never just hand a kid a spot in the rotation.

  452. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Since when was Nady a bad fielder?

  453. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    A good competition is beneficial to all the young kids.

    ================================

    They should have a dance-off. :P

  454. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    :D

    DT, for real their desserts are so good that it’s almost impossible to make a mistake!

    By the way, it is unfortunate to be watching the Magic start to fall apart with 7 minutes left!

    :(

  455. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Brandon, Mr.Pringles: ‘It’s an acquired skill to play hard’
    March 8th, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    GB7 what gives ? Ray was here and you made no Celtic jokes

    ————————————————————

    I never found any fun in kicking trolls when they chose to root for inferior teams like the Clippers. That’s worse than actually rooting for them yourself.

  456. ECG 234 March 8th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Joba’s track record is no different than Hughes’ good starts in August/September 07. Yet they just handed Joba the spot without making him earn it from Hughes.

    I hope they give him a short leash. You simply cannot force-feed the Joba experiment when you have an ultra talented Hughes knocking on the door.

  457. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Rangers win.
    Fun game

  458. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Melky on base three times today – I still think Gardner is better.

  459. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    ray (sox fan)
    March 8th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
    Hey GB!

    Family is doing well. I hope things in your life are good…well…that is except for your baseball team of choice.

    ————————————————————

    You’re just jealous because my team is in the Majors and yours is still in the rookie leagues.

    Good to hear the family is doing well, dispite you hanging around and corrupting them, Ray.

  460. ray (sox fan) March 8th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Brandon, Mr.Pringles: ‘It’s an acquired skill to play hard’
    March 8th, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    “GB7 what gives ? Ray was here and you made no Celtic jokes”

    Hey Brandon….GB needs no encouragement from you!! :)

    Actually they have only played Marbury 20 minutes today.

  461. Arcobug March 8th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Hughes will make an impact at some time this season.

    At this point, let him build up innings and learn how to pitch some more.

  462. Dave21 March 8th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Panama vs. DR – 4:30 on ESPN
    USA vs. Venezuela – 8 on ESPN (This should be fun)

  463. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    ‘Actually they have only played Marbury 20 minutes today.’

    Has he gone AWOL yet ? I’m sorry I couldn’t resist.

  464. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    name: Turkoglu (sp?)

    incredible 3 point basket just went in.

  465. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    brian (red sox fan )-

    the twins do the same thing at the minor league level as far as moving players around to create options and versatility. it is easier to do this with players like pedroia, youkillis, and lowrie because they are not super stars to start with.

    it’s possible jeter has never in his life played anything but shortstop. cano is a perfect guy to learn multiple positions, but we’re not seeing anything at all done in this regard. creativity is just not a strong suit with the present yankee management.

    something has to go wrong before a possible problem is identified. they are not good with “what if…? ” thinking. i understand that it’s a result of having so many stars for so long , but building a team around one position stars creates an achilles heel of inflexibility when something happens to one of the all stars.

  466. BraNeil March 8th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Forntoso
    March 8th, 2009 at 1:55 pm
    I like seeing Boston teams lose.
    - – - – - – - – - -

    One of the true pleasures of life. Hearing their fans whine . . . . priceless.

  467. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Dave will the Panama/DR game be on radio -do you know?
    Has VZ annouced who is pitching tonight?

  468. DT March 8th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    If you are listening on radio – turn down the volume, Miranda is at bat.

    If he makes contact, your eardrums could hurt.

  469. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Hughes will spell Andy Pettite in 2010, and will be the club’s first option in 09…..Nice to see that Young Master Phil is back in good graces with the LoHud Faithful…Wasn’t that long ago he had a ticket at the will call of the Port of Aurthority Bus Terminal….

  470. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    mama flippin mia

    If Orlando loses this game they have more than earned the right! Leading by 3 with one minute 22 left

  471. Joe March 8th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    What if Andy has a bounce back year and pitches great for us and wins a bunch of games in the playoffs and is willing to come back for the same money? We’re just going to discard him?

  472. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    DT,
    I thought that was Montero that made noise hitting?

  473. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Great American Hero: Rashad Lewis!

    Now if the Celts win with 23 seconds left and a 5-point Orlando lead, well perhaps they deserve to win.

    :D

  474. DT March 8th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    SOS –

    it was Montero. That’s why I said protect your eardrums.

    Unfortunately, Montero k’d without making contact last inning.

  475. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    It is Jesus’s bat that makes that noise.

  476. Chris March 8th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Bruney – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

  477. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Brackman seems to have a serious lack of command today.two hits, hit a batter in the head and sac fly.

  478. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    SA-WEET!

    Game over, and my team du jour, the Orlando Magic, wins!!!!

    :D

  479. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    DT
    March 8th, 2009 at 3:26 pm
    SOS –

    it was Montero. That’s why I said protect your eardrums.

    Unfortunately, Montero k’d without making contact last inning.

    ————————————————————

    That was Miranda, not Montero.

  480. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    DT,
    You said Miranda on you original comment. I mix up the names as well. I wouldnt have minded hurting my eardrums from a monster hit.

    Is Brackman OVER RATED? I beilieve he had an e.r.a. in the high 3′s in college. Size isnt everything.

  481. kill.schill(ing) March 8th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Just read all the A-Rod news.

    I’m very pleased to see– so it appears anyway– the Yankees finally stumbled into wisdom and exercised sound discretion for a change.

    Let’s hope that A-Rod’s usual realization of Murphy’s Law doesn’t require a re-configuration of Dr Philippon’s 85 to 90% success estimate.

    Even if A-Rod doesn’t return until mid-May, the Yankees (and all of us, quite frankly) should consider themselves fortunate.

    Mid-May, for a healthy A-Rod at 90 to 100 % efficiency is better than I could have dreamed of.

    Now, we should all pray to the Baseball Gods.

    A PRAYER for A-Rod AND a POX on Selena.

  482. DT March 8th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    “That was Miranda, not Montero.”

    my bad. you are correct, old wise one.

    In my defense, I had turtle cheesecake on my mind.

  483. Yankees 'N More March 8th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Peter:
    “Grow up?”

    Sir, with all due respect, you seem to take joy in delivering a shot to ARod’s ribs at every possible opportunity, and you’re telling me to grow up???

    And I’ll ask again: Does ARod, in your view, get or warrent ANY credit for, at the very least, agreeing to take on two surgeries instead of one, all so he can get back sooner and play the year with a bone-on-bone condition in his hip?

    It’s an easy question.

  484. Brian (Red sox fan) March 8th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Randy – that’s why I mentioned Cano. He wasn’t highly touted in the minor leagues, and there was a view that his build, and bat, would make him a likely candidate for 3B.

    But the Yankees never took the next step, and he’s become a “permanent” second baseman…..and Jeter is a “permanent” SS…..and ARod is now a “permanent” third baseman. and Teixeira is a “permanent” first baseman.

    But you get the point …. in fact, you MADE the point.

  485. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “Melky I see buses in your future!”

    as in minor leauges, or bus driver?

  486. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    DT,
    You had Miranda on your original post. I mix them up as well.

    Is brackman over rated? I believe he had an era in the upper 3′s in college. Size isnt everything.

  487. RonH March 8th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Cash in a hat!!!

  488. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    i watched the 47 and 49 highlights on espn classic and what struck me more than anything is how bad the field was. the grass was completly clumpy and there were wide spots that had no grass at all.

    i also noticed in the 47 series that the batting team was still leaving thier gloves on the field, but i dont see that in the 49 series, i wonder if it was banned between the two seasons.

    another thing is that after the game, everybody in the lower field level seats just walks down onto the field and exits toward the subway across the field and out through the space where the original bullpen was.

    before the game, the starting pitchers can be seen warming up next to home plate without even throwing off a mound.

  489. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Bruney is fine – I don’t care about him having a bad inning or even a few……..

    How many innings did Phil go, 3? In any case, it sounds like he pitched very well – and it’s nice to hear that the Tigers announcers were raving about him. I wonder if AJ is helping him out with that tighter curve? A year in AAA will do wonders for this kid. He has all the ability and mental makeup in the world, but what he needs is experience pitching. He was so dominant a couple of years ago in AAA that he never faced a bases loaded situation – that’s unbelievable, but not really a good thing in terms of learning how to cope with difficult situations. Now he’s going to get that chance…..and I think it’s the perfect situation for him.

    As for kiling Swish for walking, that is just ludicrous. We should be THRILLED that he’s walking and not hacking at bad pitches. So he’s batting .167 – how many at bats has he had? Not that many. I am perfectly happy to have both Swish AND Nady on this team.

  490. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    according to Steve Phillips, “Cashman could look to Melvin Mora, Hank Blalock, or Adrian Beltre”

    so we know, it will be neither one of these players.

  491. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    in game 2 of the 49 series there was a chopper through the middle that bounced off a clump of grass as dimaggio was about to field it and it bounced off to the right and dimag missed it completly, the ball must’ve bounce 15 feet to the right of where it was going.

    i wonder how much these conditions effected the stats from those days.

  492. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    DT
    March 8th, 2009 at 3:35 pm
    “That was Miranda, not Montero.”

    my bad. you are correct, old wise one.

    In my defense, I had turtle cheesecake on my mind.

    ————————————————————

    Now, see? That would been a nice compliment….until you went back in and added the “old” part. I’m so misunderstood.

  493. Stanny46 (Phanatic in Training) March 8th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    ESPN makes me angry!

  494. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    The more I think about it the more i think we should get a third baseman and use Alex as dh when he comes back. Im sure the percentages of him getting hurt would be even less. By that time Posada should be healthier and we have Arods bat back.

  495. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    ‘Is brackman over rated? I believe he had an era in the upper 3’s in college. Size isnt everything.’

    Umm…he’s 23 yrs. old how…..sometimes Yankees fans.

  496. KO March 8th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Mid-May???? What part of 6-9 weeks doesn’t he get? Plus, the Dr. said the 9 part of that is extremely conservative. Closer to 6 weeks is more realistic. That is not mid-May Cashman. Get a calendar dude

  497. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    “ESPN makes me angry!”

    Any particular reason?

  498. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “You seem to be in a little better spirits today. ”

    doreen-

    actually i kind of enjoy the battling and causing trouble :)
    … plus the blog needs an opposing view or else it just becomes group speak.

    i realize when everything is going well that having cano take some balls at third and play an occasional game there seems to be fixing so tend to have players who are more flexible . youkillis playing two positions well is the obvious example. but lowrie stepped in and did an adequate job last year ro the red sox.

    having cano take balls at third wouldn’t take years of development to show results. it’s just not the way the present yankee management thinks. i doubt gb7 when he was active in the military could do only one thing.

    the yankees have gone too far with becoming a team of one dimensional all star specialists. on paper their specialists should win, but when the season starts with all it’s variables, all that goes out the window and it’s asymmetrical warfare.

  499. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “The more I think about it the more i think we should get a third baseman and use Alex as dh when he comes back. Im sure the percentages of him getting hurt would be even less. By that time Posada should be healthier and we have Arods bat back”

    + 10 points

  500. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    from what i’v been reading about his stint in chicago, you’d better get used to swisher walking alot but not getting hits. that is exactly what got him benched last june.

  501. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Ham Fighters
    March 8th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    in game 2 of the 49 series there was a chopper through the middle that bounced off a clump of grass as dimaggio was about to field it and it bounced off to the right and dimag missed it completly, the ball must’ve bounce 15 feet to the right of where it was going.

    i wonder how much these conditions effected the stats from those days.

    ————————————————————

    Don’t forget…the groundskeepers weren’t as educated back then, and they played college and pro-football at Yankee Stadium back then.

  502. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    “Any particular reason?”

    will go on a limb and say, John Kruk

  503. Chris March 8th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Cashman is always very pessimistic about everything.

  504. DT March 8th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    my bad. you are correct, old wise one.
    In my defense, I had turtle cheesecake on my mind.
    ——————————————————————————————
    Now, see? That would been a nice compliment….until you went back in and added the “old” part. I’m so misunderstood.

    LOL… I wondered if you were listening. You never said anything about my 12:45 post – so I thought you might be napping. ;-)

  505. Pool A March 8th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Melancon may force himself on the team if his pen mates don’t pick it up

  506. randy l. March 8th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    correction:” seems to be fixing something that’s not broken. the red sox tend to have players who are more flexible “

  507. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Then, what do you do with Matsui?

    Does anybody listen to the interviews Pete posts? Cashman said the doctors have told him that Arod would be able to play without restrictions on his activity once he rehabs from the first surgery.

    The labrum will be prepared. That’s the “shock absorber” to the hip bone.

    Obviously, they will be careful but, they aren’t going to acquire a high salaried third baseman to play for a month.

    If a lower cost guys is available, they may pull the trigger on something.

    Mora, Blalock, Rolen, etc? After today’s news, that seems very, very unlikely.

    Brackman is coming off TJ Surgery. He’s just starting his career. His ceiling is that of a #1 starter.

    He’s not “overrated”, he just beginning to pitch. How ’bout a little patience and see how he develops?

  508. tampayank March 8th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    John Kruk hates the Yankees, hasn’t said anything positive about them for years it seems. He loves the Rays and Sox though

  509. AZTeck March 8th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Ham, exactly. And as they say… it doesn’t matter if he walks twice a game. If he isin’t getting hits, he isin’t going to be much of a help.

    He walked 82 times last yr but still was benched.

  510. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “correction:” seems to be fixing something that’s not broken. the red sox tend to have players who are more flexible ””

    Just jumping in here because I haven’t been really following the entire discourse but it appears to me that the reason for that is that the Yankees, by and large, have more players that are much better at their positions. How many times have you seen players in their minors trying to switch around since certain positions are “owned” by Yankee players.

    Perhaps you can name which position for the Red Sox shows a lot of flexibility, other than Youklis who can play 1st and 3rd and that was probably nothing more than a good accident?

  511. John March 8th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Steve Phillips said its the Sox, Yankees, and Rays. Doesn’t think the Rays will replicate their success. Thinks we’re still better than Tampa even without A-Rod and thinks we’ll be fine offensively.

    Didn’t pick us to win the division but said some nice things.

  512. bodhisattva March 8th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Brian (Red sox fan)
    March 8th, 2009 at 3:35 pm
    Randy – that’s why I mentioned Cano. He wasn’t highly touted in the minor leagues, and there was a view that his build, and bat, would make him a likely candidate for 3B.
    But the Yankees never took the next step, and he’s become a “permanent” second baseman…..and Jeter is a “permanent” SS…..and ARod is now a “permanent” third baseman. and Teixeira is a “permanent” first baseman.
    But you get the point …. in fact, you MADE the point.

    XXXXXXXXXX

    Youkilis is an excellent two-way player. However, neither Lowrie nor Ellsbury have shown that they can consistently hit ML pitching as of this point, so they’re not good examples of great versatility, because there’s no evidence they can be everyday players without hurting the lineup. That remains to be seen.

  513. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Brandon,
    So becuase hes 23 he cant be over rated? I know he had the potential to be an Ace. But again, in college he was in the high 3′s and he hasnt shown much in the Yankee system. I know hes coming back from injury. But are we putting the same ace expectations on him as we did with Franchise? Is it fair for him?

  514. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    i agree, it is pretty selfish that you cant even ask a player to take some balls at a different position to see if they can help out the club these days. its so much about money and stats now. the obvious thing to do here is try nady or tex at 3rd, but the players wont even hear of it.

    certainly matsui could have been tried at 1B a long time ago with posada. i love jorge, but it seems like he’s there to collect on a ‘legacy contract’ but when something that might help out the team, like trying 1B comes along, he has to insist that he’s a catcher and shouldnt have to try another position. yogi went wherever they needed him. if yogi could do it, jorge certainly could have.

  515. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    That’s finally happening on the minor league level.

    Players like Pena, Justin Snyder and Brandon Laird are multi-positional players and are being used as such.

    I agree, especially with middle infielders, they have to develop more versatile players.

    If folks get a chance, check out Snyder this year in Tampa. He has a chance to be a Ryan Freel/super utility type of player.

    A very gritty kid who can play about 4 positions and play them well.

  516. PAT M. March 8th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Sometimes LoHud seems like a reality show…..

  517. DT March 8th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    SJ is always the voice of reason.

    I see crisis management in your future.. lol

  518. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “Didn’t pick us to win the division but said some nice things”

    very thankful he didn’t pick us.

  519. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    DT
    March 8th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
    my bad. you are correct, old wise one.
    In my defense, I had turtle cheesecake on my mind.
    ——————————————————————————————
    Now, see? That would been a nice compliment….until you went back in and added the “old” part. I’m so misunderstood.

    LOL… I wondered if you were listening. You never said anything about my 12:45 post – so I thought you might be napping.

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. OK, that was semi-funny, so you get half a point. You’re now only about 50 points short of catching up. You now know what Boston Red Sox fans feel like.

  520. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    “Players like Pena, Justin Snyder and Brandon Laird are multi-positional players and are being used as such”

    SJ44: hopefully Damon Sublett, as well. Like to see him rebound, from last year’s injuries.

  521. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Brackman isn’t overrated SOS. He’s coming off TJ Surgery.

    If he wasn’t a Boras client, and had a bad elbow, he was going to be the second guy taken behind Price in the draft two years ago.

    He, like Betances, is a kid that you just let develop and give him the time to do so. He has a ton of talent.

    It takes time to get back from TJ Surgery and face live hitters.

    He’s going to start the year in Tampa. What he does in ST games is meaningless.

    Right now, its all about him getting back the feel of pitching in competitive games again.

  522. Rick March 8th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    if the yankees could get mark teahen from the royals that would be a good pickup…he can play third, second, first, and the outfield….has a rocket for an arm from the outfield….3.3 million…..he is not going to play regularly for the royals so maybe the yanks could get him for a mid range prospect…he is 27 and could be a valuable player for them…..if jeter would go down then you can have ransom and berroa at scranton….teahen is a major league player

  523. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Kruk is completely useless – yesterday on Baseball Tonight, he said that Joba does the Yankees no good in the 5th spot. I guess that means that ML teams will be getting rid of their 5th starters and reverting back to a 4 man rotation. Seriously, this guy is insane – since when is it a BAD thing for a team to have as many good starters as possible? Sheesh.

  524. Tom K March 8th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Any one of these 3 teams can win the division. I don’t take offense to anyone who thinks Boston or Tampa will win it instead of us. These 3 teams are neck and neck, it will be a bloodbath all year.

    Getting off to a fast start is imperative. Can’t expect the teams in front of us to go on long losing streaks so we can catch up if we’re behind.

  525. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    ‘Brandon,
    So becuase hes 23 he cant be over rated? I know he had the potential to be an Ace. But again, in college he was in the high 3’s and he hasnt shown much in the Yankee system. I know hes coming back from injury. But are we putting the same ace expectations on him as we did with Franchise? Is it fair for him?’

    I’ll say it again… sometimes Yankees fans….

  526. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Vinny,

    Good point about Sublett. He’s another guy I would on that list if he can stay healthy.

  527. Jermaine D'Twan Monroe-Gibbons March 8th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    LMAO Pete. Mr. Pessimism, that’s priceless.

  528. dennis-costanza(sox fan) March 8th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Betsy-

    Kruk is not useless. He is on Baseball Tonight to make me feel thin and handsome!

    -dennis

  529. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Trying Tex at 3rd is completely silly and a waste of time, and now Tex is going to be trashed for being a “me-first” player? Same with Nady? The Yankees haven’t even asked either player…..Tex’s quote from a couple of days ago was a funny because he’s terrible at 3B and he knows it.

  530. Uncle Ellsworth March 8th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Kruk = Crock
    He said we should sign Pedro so we could move Joba to the bullpen.

  531. DJ Z45 March 8th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Kruk is right to an extent– if he is going to be babied and only used 4-5 innings, skipped etc. and not utilized like a normal starting pitcher, he really does not help us that much. You have to let him pitch if you want him to help you, just like Boston did with Lester and the Mets with Pelfry.

    No point in turning the 5th spot into a bullpen game.

  532. Phil March 8th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    yanks win.

  533. 86w183 March 8th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    No way the Yanks go for someone really expensive now, but I could get Wigginton or Teahen for a couple of arms I’d be tempted. The question is how high up would you be willing to go on the prospect list?

    I’d do Kennedy for one of those guys, but I’m not sure I’d go higher.

    If they get a Teahen/Wigginton then that guys play 3B against LHP with Alex DH. Saves wear and tear on the hip and Matsui’s OPS against LHP was only really good in 2005.

  534. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    LOL Dennis – the Michelin Man looks young and handsome next to Kruk. I’m sure he’s a perfectly nice guy and he’s not the only one to jump on this Joba to the pen thing, but it just makes no sense. I hate even talking about it, it’s so dumb. I hardly even watch ESPN anymore thanks to the MLB network (even though they have guys that think Joba should be in the pen, at least on other topics they are intelligent).

  535. Carl79 March 8th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Cashman is Mr. Pessimism lol

    He always looks stressed out and its kind of depressing to hear him speak

  536. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    did i trash somebody? i merely suggested that players should try other positions to help the team. pete rose did it, yogi berra did it. today, even mention to a guy that you might try him at a different position and they act like you’re stealing money from them (when actually you are paying them insane money just to be on the team).

    mattingly tried third, you’re telling me that nady couldnt give it a try?

  537. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    “He said we should sign Pedro so we could move Joba to the bullpen”

    well, that pretty much says it all.

    are the glasses to make him look more intelligent?

  538. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 8th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Well Christina and BGNYY certainly got to see a great game!

  539. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Oops, I meant thin and handsome, lol.

    How’d Melancon do today?

    This has been a very encouraging day. I am so happy at Phil’s progress and VERY excited about AJ …………and, of course, good news about Alex.

  540. S.o.S. March 8th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    SJ,
    Dont you think Arod playing third can re aggrivate the injury? Its a pretty grueling position.

    Brandon,
    Not everyone is as level headed as your are. Like your comments about Arod coming back early may rather than doing the 4 month surgery.

  541. S.A.-Time to take a vow of silence Alex. For your own sanity March 8th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Kruk = Crock
    He said we should sign Pedro so we could move Joba to the bullpen.

    ========================

    I think Kruk is on Crack

  542. vinny-b __NYY fan and WBC promoter__ March 8th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “He (cashman) always looks stressed out and its kind of depressing to hear him speak”

    lol. You would look stressed too

  543. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The only person saying they are going to “baby” Joba is John Kruk. Joba is training to pitch 150+ innings this year.

    That’s not babying him.

    Stop listening to ESPN commentators. It does horrible things to young sports fans brains.

  544. DT March 8th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Pete –
    thanks for the audio links. going to check them out now.

    Ham – good point about Yogi playing other spots.

    Look at the 1959-1962 Yankee teams. Berra, Howard and Blanchard all caught and played games in the OF. It was a good way to keep their bat in the game, and reduce the pounding of the position.

  545. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Depending on how well Muruszak plays and progresses, and if Angelini’s defense lags behind, I can see Angelini in the outfield….outstanding speed and (though erratic) and track deep popups well.

  546. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    outstanding speed and ***arm*** (though erratic) and track deep popups well.

  547. dynasty26 March 8th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    “DJ Z45 March 8th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Kruk is right to an extent—if he is going to be babied and only used 4-5 innings, skipped etc. and not utilized like a normal starting pitcher, he really does not help us that much. You have to let him pitch if you want him to help you, just like Boston did with Lester and the Mets with Pelfry.

    No point in turning the 5th spot into a bullpen game.”

    Kruk is not even close to being right and is never right. Even if they babied him, which they arent, and let him only pitch 4-5 innings that is double what he would pitch in the bullpen.

    More innings pitch by joba>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>any other starter that would replace him

  548. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    SOS,

    When the best hip doctor in the country says that once the labrum is repaired he is almost 100% sure Arod will be able to get through the season well, that’s good enough for me.

    We can debate a lot of things on here. When it comes to medical issues, its best to leave that to the experts.

    Neither the Yankees nor Alex would be taking this course of action if it was the most risky of the options.

    This sounds like they reached a consensus on a way to deal with this in a logical, prudent fashion.

  549. John March 8th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Another evaluator said the Yankees shouldn’t count on Mark Teixeira to chip in with a career year should Rodriguez be shelved.

    “He’s not that kind of player,” the scout said. “He is a very good player, but nobody is Rodriguez. And he has a history of starting slow.”

    Signed to an eight-year, $181 million deal, Teixeira arrived in camp talking about fitting into a star-studded lineup. Should Rodriguez miss the first four months, the spotlight would fall on Teixeira, a career .290 hitter with a .259 average in May.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/03.....158517.htm

  550. m March 8th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Not only did Kruk say put him in the pen, he said that getting Pedro would allow Joba to go to the pen. :shock:

    Kruk truly hates us if he wishes Pedro on us.

  551. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    i have my problems with arod on other issues, but kudos for him here. he’s choosing 2 surgeries and rehabs instead of one because the yankees need him.

    big props there alex!

  552. austinmac March 8th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Joba’s velocity was down after his injury return last year. I have heard it was 90-91 in his firt two games. Yes, I know it is early spring, but I think it is something to keep an eye on. I believe the competition for fifth starter is ongoing although it is Joba’s to lose. The next Joba start will be something to watch.

  553. Laura - Just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost! March 8th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “Another evaluator said the Yankees shouldn’t count on Mark Teixeira to chip in with a career year should Rodriguez be shelved.
    “He’s not that kind of player,” the scout said. “He is a very good player, but nobody is Rodriguez. And he has a history of starting slow.”

    Tex has never been in this position before. No one knows how he will respond. He’ll either be able to step up or he won’t. We will just have to wait and see.

  554. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    That comment makes no sense – so because Tex isn’t A-Rod (who is? There is Alex, Manny, Pujols at the top, in whatever order…….and then the rest) he can’t have a career year? Maybe he can’t have a 2007 A-Rod year, but he is capable of having very excellent years….For those players that start off slow, they eventually heat up. For those players that start off quickly, they eventually cool down. For some reason, those that get off to slow starts are under more scrutiny, but the numbers end up being the same…..

  555. dynasty26 March 8th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “austinmac March 8th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Joba’s velocity was down after his injury return last year. I have heard it was 90-91 in his firt two games. Yes, I know it is early spring, but I think it is something to keep an eye on. I believe the competition for fifth starter is ongoing although it is Joba’s to lose. The next Joba start will be something to watch.”

    Thats sarcasm I hope.

  556. Doreen March 8th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    SJ44 -

    Thanks for the information on the Yankees developing super-utes in the lower levels right now.

    In all honesty, I do not understand why players don’t “multi-task,” for lack of a better term. I understand that they are not all going to be able to play more than one position, and certainly more than one position very well. Though, such as in Teixeira’s case, there are players who started at one position and switched to another because they were terrible at the original position. So, there must be something to the idea that not all players can be versatile. I guess some change position if they are blocked at the ML level (Eric Duncan – bad example, but an example nonetheless.)

    Randy l, I don’t think it’s just the Yankees specifically that have players who specialize. You see it all over. And you hear things all the time, for instance, like “ARod could never play SS now because he’s gotten too big, or too used to the angles at 3rd, or whatever.” I’m using him as an example, because it’s freshest in my mind right now, but you know what I mean? Players seem typecast and pigeonholed anyway, either by their size or their handedness.

    And you almost never hear of a guy who is actually willing to learn a new position. Or they do it very reluctantly.

    I don’t know what to make of it, really. But if the “indoctrination” starts in their developmental years, perhaps the mindsets of the players don’t get etched in stone, either.

    And it seems to me that platooning has become a dirty word of sorts in recent years. I don’t remember so much stigma attached to platooning players as there seems to be now.

    On another topic, I’m planning our August vacation and it looks like we may be able to see the SWB Yankees play the Durham Bulls in NC. Trying to work out seeing the River Dogs, too, but that could be problematic, since they’re 2 hours from our base hotel and there are only night games available. Trying to work something out, though.

  557. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Teixeira’s not being asked to carry the load. He’s being asked to carry his share. That’s all any player can be asked to do. His Aprils may not be his best months, but, he’s still productive.

  558. Ham Fighters March 8th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “Tex has never been in this position before. No one knows how he will respond.”

    tex never had to ‘replace’ the best player as the team’s big bat before? id suggest he has. and it was arod.

    2005: 43HR, 144Rbi, .301/.370/.575

  559. jennifer March 8th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Love that blue sky in the background. I am very jealous!

  560. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Doreen, have you looked at the 2009 River Dogs schedule to see where and when they play during that time?

    http://www.minorleaguebaseball.....38;cid=233

  561. SJ44 March 8th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Doreen,

    Its tough for a couple of reasons. Unfortunately, the best athletes, which you have to be to play multiple positions, don’t play baseball anymore. Many kids, especially inner city kids, are playing football and basketball instead.

    The other reason is, these kids are specializing earlier and earlier in their careers. Instead of playing a lot of positions in HS and college (even travel teams for that matter), they are put in one role and kept there.

    May be nice for the team they are playing on at the time but, its not necessarily good for a kids development.

  562. Doreen March 8th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    GreenBeret7

    Way ahead of you! I have checked the schedule. They will be playing at home during the time we’ll be in Disney Hilton Head. But the games are at night and it’s a 2-hour haul. So, we’re thinking either stop there one night see a game and continue to HH the next day, or the opposite on the way up to Durham (well, not exactly “on the way,” but in a northerly direction – :) ).

    We’re gonna see the Sand Gnats (great name!), too. Funny thing is both teams (Sand Gnats & RDogs) will be playing the Lakewood Blue Claws – a local team of ours here in Central NJ.

  563. 66 stripes March 8th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Teixeria isin’t the type of hitter to carry a team– especially not in April where he hits .259. I don’t know why people are expecting him to.

    It’s unfortunate that he is going to have all the pressure on him when he shouldn’t and he’s going to face the criticism if the offense fails. Thats what a $181 million dollar contract does. Same situation with Beltran across town. Same kind of player too.

  564. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Angel – Tales told by idiots, fully of sound and fury, signifying nothing. March 8th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Exactly, Lara. I can’t imagine ANY semi-competitive athlete would enjoy sitting on the sidelines watching their team play without them.

    I’m so not getting why that is a bad thing.
    ————–

    From the George King article in NY Post:
    “He doesn’t want to be on the outside looking in,” Cashman said. “I know he wants to help this team now. He knows we have a good team.”

    Angel, some people get that A-Rod not wanting to be on the outside looking in doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to see the team do well. I like our own thought process over the panelists on Sports Reporters I’m supposed to believe because they happened to major in something I chose not to in college.

  565. austinmac March 8th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    dynasty 26,
    No, it wasn’t sarcasm. Have you seen his stats or his velocity since his return? I have. I hope Iam wrong, but I do have some concern. I have been a Yankeesfan for decades, but that doesn’t make me ignore reality. Time will tell. I hope I can write you next week and say “What the heck was I thinking?”

  566. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    ‘Brandon,
    Not everyone is as level headed as your are. Like your comments about Arod coming back early may rather than doing the 4 month surgery.’

    Remind me how they are the same ?

    OK team Dominican Republic is about to take back thier respect. Robi Cano sounds like he’s taking a leadership role right now.

  567. K-Zone March 8th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    C’mon Cueto, lets get it done

  568. Betsy March 8th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Brandon, what do you mean about Robi?

  569. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Vamos cuero !

  570. T-Dot March 8th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Hopefully Banelunos-Vizcaino or Betances-WDR can be our verison of Volquez-Cueto in a few years

  571. dynasty26 March 8th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    # austinmac March 8th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    dynasty 26,
    No, it wasn’t sarcasm. Have you seen his stats or his velocity since his return? I have. I hope Iam wrong, but I do have some concern. I have been a Yankeesfan for decades, but that doesn’t make me ignore reality. Time will tell. I hope I can write you next week and say “What the heck was I thinking?”

    Lol so your seriously worried about Joba’s starts this early in spring training.

    Joba is strictly working on his mechanics and getting his arm strength up, results DO NOT matter this early.

    Do you really expect him to be hitting 95-98 on March 8th???

  572. Brandon, Mr.Pringles: 'It's an acquired skill to play hard' March 8th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    ‘Brandon, what do you mean about Robi?’

    He and another player spoke for team DR and said yesterday they were full of themselves, they have a more game ready attitude today but that won’t matter unless Cuero starts throwing strikes. :x

  573. GreenBeret7 March 8th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Doreen
    March 8th, 2009 at 4:30 pm
    GreenBeret7

    Way ahead of you! I have checked the schedule. They will be playing at home during the time we’ll be in Disney Hilton Head. But the games are at night and it’s a 2-hour haul. So, we’re thinking either stop there one night see a game and continue to HH the next day, or the opposite on the way up to Durham (well, not exactly “on the way,” but in a northerly direction – ).

    We’re gonna see the Sand Gnats (great name!), too. Funny thing is both teams (Sand Gnats & RDogs) will be playing the Lakewood Blue Claws – a local team of ours here in Central NJ.

    You’ll love watching either team. Boo your head off at the Sand Gnats…they’re future Mets. If you’re driving up I-95, you’ll only be 20 miles from the home of the Sand Gnats. Easy park to get to.

  574. Lara08 March 8th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    The fact that players are being slotted into their “positions for life” at such young ages is one of my reasons for not buying how no one can do what Babe Ruth did as far as versatility.

  575. Victor the Predictor March 8th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Rumors will be hot and heavy about a 6-8 week replacement for A-Rod. Some names will be realistic and others will be riduclous.

  576. BGNYY March 8th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Just got back from the game, met and got Cashman to sign a ball, AJ and Phil looked awesome

  577. li March 8th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Will having the labrum surgery now make recovery from the bigger second surgery easier or have no effect on the second one?

  578. Michael March 8th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Alex is having an identical surgery to one my friends (he didn’t play golf for 6 weeks to rehab) and I had a similar one on my shoulder (time table a little longer). Expect him to be out closer to 6-7 weeks, 9-10 means something would have to go wrong.

  579. Teixeiramvp March 8th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Michael-This is better than I could have possibly dreamed. 6 weekks only means he only misses three weeks of play! That’s fantastic, and if the Yanks fall out of it in that short of a time, they don’t deserve to win.

  580. JF March 9th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    You know, I’m actually starting to feel bad for Rod (even though I don’t believe for a second that this hip problem has NOTHING to do with his PED use, and consequent defrauding of the Yanks into signing him). Why? In large part because Jeter’s the one who comes off as a d— in the Yankee Years. Instead of reaching out to Rod, thereby putting team first, Jeter’s let an eight-year-old grudge corrupt Yankee camaraderie and possibly cost us pennants and championships. He could’ve been the bigger man, but he’s proved himself to be just as petty and self-centered as Rod. That’s on Jeter, not Rod.

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