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Two more reassigned

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 14, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Nine players were reassigned or optioned to minor league camp on Saturday, and the Yankees completed their first round of cuts this morning by sending catcher Jose Gil and right-hander Grant Duff across the street.

Gil was a late addition tobig league camp and has kind of floated through the system the past few years, filling roles at various levels. He could get a chance to play regularly this season in Tampa. Duff is a hard-throwing reliever who put himself on the map when his fastball picked up velocity. He throws in the upper 90s and could put himself in line for a call-up at some point this season.

• There are now 55 players in camp. Jesus Montero has taken over for Kyle Higashioka as the youngest.

• CC Sabathia is starting for the Yankees this afternoon. Jonathan Albaladejo, Mark Melancon, Zach McAllister, Dustin Moseley and Ivan Nova are scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen.

• Scheduled to play off the bench: C Mike Rivera, 1B Juan Miranda, 2B Kevin Russo, SS Eduardo Nunez, 3B Brandon Laird, LF David Winfree, CF Greg Golson, RF Jon Weber, DH Reid Gorecki.

• Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, Colin Curtis and Reegie Corona made the trip but are not scheduled to play.

• Talking this morning about the chances of Marcus Thames making the team, Joe Girardi listed three names as getting a look for a right-handed outfield role off the Yankees bench: Thames, Jamie Hoffmann and David Winfree. I would consider Winfree an extreme longshot — mostly because the Yankees will lose both Thames and Hoffmann if they don’t carry one of them on opening day — but Girardi mentioned Winfree without prompting. It’s worth noting.

Pirates lineup

Andrew McCutchen CF
Aki Iwamura 2B
Garrett Jones RF
Ryan Doumit C
Ryan Church DH
Lastings Milledge LF
Jeff Clement 1B
Andy LaRoche 3B
Ronny Cedeno SS

 
 

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95 Responses to “Two more reassigned”

  1. whatever March 14th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    man, did the yankees make a mistake letting damon and matsui go.. i find myself missing them everyday.., they just had that experience in the clutch, granderson and nick johsnon just don’t have that knack to get a big hit.. when we don’t win the world series this year this will be the big reason.

    oh, and we should have signed holliday, he was the perfect fit.

    too bad hal and the yankees decided to go cheap this year, its a shame.. i’m not really looking forward to anything this year, nothing excites me.

  2. Holden March 14th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Jesus Montero is the youngest player in camp.

    What an upside in a couple of years.

  3. Holden March 14th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    “nothing excites me.”

    I feel for ya dude. You are sad.

  4. David in Cal March 14th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I suspect the Yanks right-handed outfielder will be someone they eventually trade for. Or, maybe they’ll pick up someone cut by another team. The candidates in camp look pretty limited.

  5. Doreen - 2010 GTLU March 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    whatever =

    Don’t you get tired of repeating yourself? And don’t you get tired of hearing the same response to your laments?

    And it cracks me up whenever someone calls the Steinbrenners “cheap.”

    Sigh.

    Whatever!

  6. 86w183 March 14th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Bring back Matsui and Damon AND sign Holliday? Interesting off-season strategy. If you aren’t excited about this season does that mean the rest of us are spared from your whiny doom and gloom posts?

    If so, I’m even more excited about this season.

  7. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 14th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    (Didn’t see the new thread)

    Doreen, I agree about enjoying the mystery! I think it’s awesome. Ultimately the Yankees will give the 5th spot over to the person they think gives the team the best chance of winning. I am thinking they will backstock maybe two potentials in the event the winning contender doesn’t produce sufficiently. We’re very lucky to be dealing with that kind of talent this ST!!!

    May the best pitcher win.

    :)

  8. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 14th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Y’s Guy – while it may be Phil’s to lose, he just may lose it. Aceves has really stepped up to the plate – so to speak. I don’t know that you waste that kind of talent on potential long relief or potential spot starts. Unless Phil answers the call it’s going to be a tough decision. And I don’t want to write Joba off because people still believe in him. And then there’s Sergio Mitre.

    Seriously, an embarassment of riches finally, in terms of potential pitching.

    I remain open-minded about what is to come. I think this is awesome.

  9. SJ44 March 14th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Doreen,

    Thats what happens when you let clueless 10 year olds on the computer.

    Sign Damon, Matsui and Holliday.

    Doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense.

    I WANT IT!!

    If Hal doesn’t do it, sniff, sniff, he’s cheap!

    Another example of the sad state of the elementary school system.

  10. countryclub March 14th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Don’t give ‘whatever’ the satisfaction of a response.

  11. blake March 14th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Whatever is either a troll or severely misguided Yankee fan, don’t encourage him/her.

  12. vinny-b March 14th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    “and nick johsnon just don’t have that knack to get a big hit”
    —————————————————-

    apparently you were not a Yankee fan, when Nick Johnson was a yankee in his first tenure. That, and you haven’t watched any games this spring. Other than that, intelligent post…

  13. Bronx Jeers March 14th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    “i’m not really looking forward to anything this year, nothing excites me.”

    I’m excited at the prospect of the Yankees dulling you into oblivion.

  14. Matt March 14th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Will this game be televised? On MLB network it says ‘subject to local blackout’

  15. vinny-b March 14th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    “oh, and we should have signed holliday, he was the perfect fit.
    too bad hal and the yankees decided to go cheap this year, its a shame.. i’m not really looking forward to anything this year, nothing excites me”
    ———————————————————–
    I overlooked this part. Imagine that. negate the last sentence in my previous post

  16. CR9 March 14th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Anybody read Mike Lupica’s article?

    “Here is the question that Alex Rodriguez will eventually have to answer, for the feds, for the Yankees, for Major League Baseball. It doesn’t have to be the first question he is asked, but it is still one that requires not just an answer, but a straight one:

    Why exactly did you need to go to a Canadian doctor one who can’t practice medicine in New York to get anti-inflammatory drugs for a hip that may or may not have been “inflamed” at the time?

    I don’t mean to be a cynic or skeptic with the Yankee third baseman, but are we supposed to believe he couldn’t get anti-inflammatory pills at Columbia-Presbyterian, a few minutes from Yankee Stadium?”

    What a bum. He does not write any article to congratulate the Yankees on their 27th World Title. He does not care one bit what answers, or lack of answers, David Ortiz has not provided/provided.

    Who cares why Alex got them from Galea. It could be something so simple as he is friends with Galea. Why is it any of MLB’s business or Mike Lupica’s business? It’s not!

  17. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 14th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    (I answer Whatever in case he or she is sincere in his or her pinings)

    It’s okay to lament not having Matsui and Damon, and yes they were clutch, but they were not the entire team nor the reason the Yankees won the world series. Thankfully the Yankees have other clutch players. One is Jorge Posada. Another is Derek Jeter. I don’t know whether you call Nick Johnson clutch, but he is probably the most consistent player in the majors – or one of. The guy is an on-base machine.

    What Granderson offers us that Damon could not, is defense.

    Finally, Johnny Damon was offered much more than he was worth. And he turned it down. The Yankees know how to evaluate. If they let Matsui go, it was because they knew his knees were bad enough that it was likely more effort to keep him healthy enough to have AB than it was worth. We’ll all miss Matsui. He was an awesome teammate and player. But have you watched Granderson in the field? To me he’s worth 20 Damons and Matsuis because he gives us something in the OF that they didn’t. Good defense.

    I’m extremely psyched about this season all around.

    If the Yankees were counting on their offense to win it all and they had no offense on the field would I be concerned? Yup. But when names like Jeter, Arod, Tex, NJ, and Robby flow freely, I would be lying to say I worry about offense.

    28 is on its way. Take that to the bank.

  18. m March 14th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    You can post what you want, but my problem with whatever and pistol pete is that they’re just complaining for the sake of complaining.

    You can actually talk about the Yankees and the upcoming season without mentioning Damon.

    That’s why I asked pistol pete what his solution was. He gave a good enough answer, but the proposed solution didn’t include Damon. So, why the slobberfest over Damon? Is it because you weally, weally miss him?

    I could actually stomach something like, “I’m really worried about left field. None of the candidates are showing they can hit their way out of a paper bag. (insert creative solution here)”

    But no, it’s like I think I’ll pop up and post the same damn complaint. Oh, yeah! Hal is cheap!

  19. pistol pete March 14th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    While having all 3 of Damon Matsui and Holliday is ridiculous it’s not ridiculous to see the inepititude of the left field imposters. Gardner is a solid part time player and clearly the best of the rest of the group who collectivly all stink, really stink.

  20. vinny-b March 14th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    for the record, no Yankee team has ever had more players i like, then this 2010 edition. None. Not even the ONeil, Knobby, Brosius, years

    and win or lose, this will remain the case

  21. Joba in the pen March 14th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    “while it may be Phil’s to lose, he just may lose it. Aceves has really stepped up to the plate – so to speak.”

    Yankees want their young gun (Hughes) to be their 5th starter.
    Not journeymen Mitre and Gaudin. Girardi will use one as a spot starter. Aceves is very good as a long or short man out of the pen.

  22. Bronx Jeers March 14th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Arod talking to his rehab specialist Lindsay: “Hey, my hip kind of hurts”

    Lindsay to Arod ” Oh yeah, well I have a buddy in the area. Maybe I’ll call him up and ask him to take a look”

    Is this scenario so hard to imagine?

  23. Y's Guy March 14th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    vinny-b im trying to work out the math on that. do u count chan-ho as one you like?

    subtract matsui and damon, who you had to like
    add nick and granderson, who you probably like

  24. SJ44 March 14th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Didn’t Lupica write a similar story earlier in the week?

    Does he believe Alex is dodging the Feds?

    Can he be that ignorant?

    If the Feds wanted him to talk ASAP, the meeting would have been scheduled ASAP.

    It’s not exactly like they have no idea where the guy is right now!!

    I think Mike is going to be extremely disappointed with how this eventually ends up.

  25. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 14th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I can take almost anything on this forum but someone taking up good space with anything that Lupica says is almost insulting.

    It’s pretty well known, far and wide, that Lupica hates the Yankees. So why even dignify the crap he writes by bringing it here? If any of us are masochist enough, we will seek out his Yankee vitriol.

  26. Joba in the pen March 14th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    CR9

    Lupica is a Yankee hater/basher. I put no stock in whatever he writes about the Yankees.

  27. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Great article on Kevin Long – he’s a jewel. His contract is up after this year and I think the Yanks need to sign him to a mult-year deal.

    Thames is a professional hitter; I don’t care what he’s hitting in ST, he knows how to hit. Cash said it was Hoffman’s job to lose, well I hope that’s not the case because while Hoffman isn’t lighting the world on fire, either is Thames. The point is, Hoffman has to prove he can hit ML pitching while Thames does not; the answer as to who should make the team is obvious.

  28. Rose March 14th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Lupica=Yankee hater.
    Lupica=Met lover.
    Enough said.

  29. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 14th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Joba in the pen – we’ll see.

  30. xxx March 14th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    John Weber, son of Matt Stairs.

  31. whatever March 14th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I am not a troll, I am a very concerned Yankees fan who is not happy with the moves the Yankees made this off season and I’m not afraid to say it because I’m not delusional and all waving the pom poms like some people. There’s a difference.

  32. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    LOL Why would any Yankee fan read Pukica? Or Madden? Madden’s article is about how the Yankees should be quaking in their heels about the Sox’ rotation. Right. I am sure the Yanks have a healthy respect for the Red Sox, but equally sure the Sox have the same for the Yankees’. The Yankees rotation is darn good, but Madden has zero clue.

    As to the 5th starter debate, I have no clue why people want to see a veteran in that spot instead of a kid – it boggles the mind.

  33. vinny-b March 14th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    “vinny-b im trying to work out the math on that. do u count chan-ho as one you like?”
    ————————————————-

    actually no. Didn’t understand the signing. Prefer to roll with Gaudin, Mitre, Aceves, etc in that department. Either way, the off-season was near perfect

    yes, i loved Matsui and believed in him. Including the year before, when everyone on this board, Nom@@s, and RiverAveBlues, were trying to ship him to the SF Giants. That said, i rather have NJ

  34. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Not just a kid, but a very, very talented kid – whether it’s Phil or Joba.

  35. Erin March 14th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    CR9
    March 14th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    Anybody read Mike Lupica’s article?

    *************************
    Yes, and I’m very sorry I did. lol

  36. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Ok, why make the kids make the trip if they aren’t going to play? That doesn’t make any sense.

  37. vinny-b March 14th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    “Thames is a professional hitter; I don’t care what he’s hitting in ST, he knows how to hit. Cash said it was Hoffman’s job to lose, well I hope that’s not the case because while Hoffman isn’t lighting the world on fire, either is Thames. The point is, Hoffman has to prove he can hit ML pitching while Thames does not; the answer as to who should make the team is obvious”
    ——————————————————-

    I hope it is the case. If Randy Winn continues his imitation as a washed-up MLB player, the yankees will need an OF’er who can play the field. At least we know Hoffman can do that

  38. Fran (the original) and OPPC member March 14th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Why would any Yankee fan read Pukica?
    **********************
    Hey Betsy,

    Only for a good laugh!

    Betsy, I sent you an email earlier. Did you get it?

  39. SJ44 March 14th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Saying the same thing over and over makes no sense.

    You don’t need to be a pom pom waver. Try making sense once in a while.

    The Yankees were never going to sign Damon, Matsui AND Holliday.

    Calling the owner “cheap” for not doing it isn’t “concern”. It’s gibberish.

    If you post gibberish, which you do over and over, expect to get called on it.

  40. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Oops, nevermind – I assume they’re there in case someone gets hurt.

  41. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 14th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Betsy, try this. I can only speak for myself. I still think it’s out to the jury and don’t necessarily see anyone in there right now. I think the only way we see someone other than Joba or Phil in the position is if it appears that Joba or Phil are not ready with their stuff to be a 5th starter.

    I personally don’t want either rushed if their stuff is still not ready. I’d rather have a veteran take the slot than to gratify peoples’ expectations and have them fail. It’s not fair to them.

    I am very willing to wait and see how it all sifts out.

  42. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm more AWESOME than the Joba debate) March 14th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Randy Winn is here to remind us that Cody Ransom’s spirit is still on this team.

  43. m March 14th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    whatever,

    You’re right, we should respect your right to speak your mind.

    But the season hasn’t even begun and you’re down on the team?

    All 25 parts don’t always work at the same time. We can’t have 25 all-stars. Even the Yankees don’t want to spend that kind of money. That means you depend on role players. You’re talking about 1 weak spot in the daily lineup. Yes, you can say the bench is weak, too.

    But I expect the Yankees to address problems as they see fit. They’ve done it year in and year out for as long as I can remember. So, I expect that they’ll beef up the bench at some point. But they won’t be trading for a LF, unless TB totally falls out of the race and will take Joba for CC. hahahaha.

    As a disclaimer, I loooove Gardner. But I’m not disillusioned enough to think he’s ever going to be some kind of all-star. But I like what he can bring, so I try not to worry about what he doesn’t bring.

  44. jennifer March 14th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    vinny-b The only thing “intelligent” about whatever’s post is that he can type. Other than that there is nothing. lol

  45. CR9 March 14th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I, of all people, know Lupica is a Yankees hater.

    Trisha – I did not read it, I just happened to visit WasWatching (does anybody even go there?) and saw an excerpt and saw that idiot Steve give credence to Lupica’s questions. Leave it to an idiot Yankees fan to actually agree with questions being asked by Lupica.

    I like the name Pukica, and I’ve seen Loopyca :) but his name should be Poo pica!

  46. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 14th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    And you seldom see me get angry over ANY moves the Yankees make. In fact, I can’t think of one that I didn’t immediately adjust to. That’s how much respect I have for their ability to figure it out. But I will tell you this. I would be damned mad if they ever stuck one of those kids in there just because they succumbed to the pressure of satisfying the expectations of people who are pushing to have it done, and then they failed.

    I personally have to have more faith in the Yankees than that. I’ve seen that kind of stuff in the Torre era, but I trust enough in Cashman and Girardi that they wouldn’t fall for that. I hope I’m right.

    Let’s just hope that no matter how it turns out, it turns out to be what is best for the success of the Yankees and the futures of Phil and Joba as Yankees. That’s all I want.

  47. bru March 14th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    whatever

    we have dozens of prospects to be excited about

    montero,romine,cervelli,robertson,hughes,joba,pena,nunez,curtis & more

    cervelli is suprizing many & still hitting,montero is bat ready for the majors,romine looks good,robertson is unhittable right now & if garcia & brackman ever get it together we will compete for years

    we replaced damon & sui with nj & cg for half the cost,got younger ,better defensively

    also in 09 matsui & damon had a 5.8 war combined
    granderson & nj had a 5.9 war combined

    damon,matsui’s numbers were helped by the stadium
    granderson & nj’s numbers will get better in ys while damon & matsui’s will suffer

    we got the same win above replacement for half of what damon & matsui cost in 09 & nj is only signed for a year while granderson has a team friendly contract

  48. vinny-b March 14th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    “vinny-b The only thing “intelligent” about whatever’s post is that he can type. Other than that there is nothing. lol”
    ——————————————-

    lol. Who you like for the Jets, in the upcoming draft?

  49. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Fran

    Yes, but I was going to respond to you later. That’s fine. It’s strange that it’s so bad by you and it’s doing nothing out here…..I hate weather, lol.

  50. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    LOL I just got up and I just got your e-mail; I don’t want you to think I got it hours ago and was waiting to respond, lol.

  51. jennifer March 14th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    vinny- I don’t follow the draft so I can’t answer that. I do know they need a wide receiver, and now a running back. I wasn’t happy they let Thomas Jones go. You can’t count on Leon after such a devastating injury or Shonn.

  52. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Vinny, I don’t care about Winn’s poor ST either. For all we know, he’s always been a bad ST player. The Yankees liked him despite his bad last year, so I trust they will give him more rope than fans would.

  53. m March 14th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    If people can’t be happy with a team that has (in no particular order):

    -Jeter
    -Alex
    -Tex
    -Rivera
    -Posada
    -Cano
    -CC
    -AJ
    -Javy
    -Andy

    Then I don’t know what to tell you. How about go watch the Red Sox or something. No holes on that team. :P

  54. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Fran, not even for a good laugh; that twerp makes my blood boil.

  55. Tarheelyank March 14th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Somewhere, Murphydog is smiling over the love fest for Loopyica. Sundays are usually his day for a loopy discourse.

  56. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm more AWESOME than the Joba debate) March 14th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    30 days/30 Clubs showcasing the Yankees today, MLB Network is so much better than any other network when it comes to baseball knowledge. This is the type of network you will never see Kruk get near. B/c it’s actual evaluators.

  57. bru March 14th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    whatever
    March 14th, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    I am not a troll, I am a very concerned Yankees fan who is not happy with the moves the Yankees made this off season and I’m not afraid to say it because I’m not delusional and all waving the pom poms like some people. There’s a difference.

    ———————————————————–

    you can be concerned all you wan’t but the reality is nobody knows the end result

    that is why they play the games

    nj is working with long to hit for more power & pull the ball

    he will do great in ys,same with cg

    as i said above we replaced a loss of 5.8 war with 5.9 war at 1/2 the cost

  58. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm more AWESOME than the Joba debate) March 14th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Betsy Winn it .260 and had one of the worst OBP%, man Nino had a better yr. than him. Randy Winn and this is no insult should be on the Mets.

  59. Fran (the original) and OPPC member March 14th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I think that it’s great that the Yankees have a “problem” of who the 5th starter should be. The fact that they have so many options is a good thing. And once they name a 5th starter it is not set in stone. They can always make a change if it is not working out.

  60. pistol pete March 14th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Screw Lupica, he hates the Yankees and wants them to apologize for their success. They do that every year when they send their dependant other teams their share of revenue sharing and luxury tax. Sports is a competition, the Yanks are winning and Lupica hates it.

  61. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Trish, I understand what you are saying. I can only speak for Phil because Joba to me is a complete enigma. The Yankees can afford to let their kids experience growing pains up here – they’ve got a terrific staff. I only want Phil in AAA if he’s not the 5 starter because I detest the idea of him as a short man again. He would be the #5 starter – the bar for a #5 isn’t even that high. He’d have his bad games, he’d also have his great games – which he is very capable of as a starter as we saw last year in Detroit and Texas. AT some point, the training wheels have to come off. IMO, giving the spot to a veteran over either of these kids is tantamount to the Yankees saying they have no clue about developing pitching. ST performance means nothing – in a year or so, or even this year, Phil would be a much better starter than Ace ever would be (IMO). You go with your future – and that is Phil. Now, if Joba could ever just get himself straightened out, then the same goes for Joba as well. Ideally, I want both of these kids in the rotation at the same time – and I want them headlining the rotation for years to come. If it turns out that Joba is a reliever, so be it – he could still be a terrific one.

  62. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Brandon, it was one year.

  63. bru March 14th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    if we get pitching,no prolonged injuries or major drop off in the older players we will be fine

    i just don’t see a lineup better in all of baseball

    there are a few teams with good pitching but none that blow us away

    if anything a team like boston might be a tad better if they are better at all

    one injury to a becket or lester & it could be over for the rs

    same with us

    you have to play the games for a reason & you just can’t predict the end result

    i can tell you one thing though the rays are going to be tough this year but i like our team better

    we also have resources that other teams do not

    if you are not excited about our lineup,pitching & minor league system there is something wrong

  64. m March 14th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I didn’t read Lupica’s article. But I think it’s great that someone is asking the obvious question. Why? Why this doctor? For a simple anti-inflammatory?

    People don’t want the questions to be asked. That’s fine. If the answers are cut and dry, that’s fine. No harm, no foul.

    BTW, Alex has already cancelled one mtg with the Feds.

    Not saying he’s avoiding the feds at all.

    But if it were me? I’d want to get it over with, and move on with it. Get the vultures (writers) off my back. And focus on baseball.

    Hopefully Jeter, Andy, Rivera won’t have to get involved with the Clemens affair.

  65. SJ44 March 14th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    He didn’t cancel a meeting with the Feds. Both sides had scheduling issues.

    Read Jeers post on the subject. It explains what occurred.

  66. wallypip March 14th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I think it’s worth noting that Winn had a torn oblique injury last season that hampered his righthanded swing. He wouldn’t be the first player to drop completely off the map in his mid 30′s, but we are more likely to see a rebound that is closer to his career numbers than what he produced last season. I would not be a bit surprised to see him get 350 ABs and play all three outfield positions.

  67. bru March 14th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    the only wayi see joba or hughes not the 5th starter is if ace,mitre,gaudin blow everybody else away

    mitre & gaudin just got hit hard

    if hughes can pitch remotely close to the competition he will get the 5th spot because putting his development on hold another year is not the right path

    joba will probably go to the pen with hughes winning the 5th spot

    ace the long man

    cc
    burnett
    pettitte
    vaz
    hughes

    joba
    mo
    robertson
    park
    marte
    ace

    then pick 1 more from the rest

    logan,melancon,mitre,gaudin,etc…

  68. jennifer March 14th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I refuse to read Stupica’s article so I ask this of the people that did read it.

    Did he mention the two players from his beloved Mets that visited this same doctor?

  69. pistol pete March 14th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I’m not sure that Joba automatically is a good reliever because he’s struggling as a starter. He’s struggling because he’s pitching poorly. He appears to tire and may be out of shape, he’s lost velocity on the fb and the snap on the slider. It’s like we’re all in denial. He hasn’t pitched even close to what he did when he 1st came up, not close. He’s got a 27 run era and we’re wondering if he should start or relieve. It should be should he relieve or go down to find himself.

  70. Y's Guy March 14th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    im fired up to see cano in the 5 hole. i think this is just the right time to challenge him. lets see if he can take the next step up and become an all-star. melky’s gone and its time for him to step out from the shadows.
    lets home they give him time to fit into it, too. if cano can hold that spot down, this lineup will be awesome. if not there are others who can but it just works better with cano.

  71. Y's Guy March 14th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    *hope*

  72. Pantagruel March 14th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    If the FEDS really wanted to speak to Alex do you think they would let him cancel?

  73. CR9 March 14th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    “. But I think it’s great that someone is asking the obvious question. Why? Why this doctor? For a simple anti-inflammatory?”

    m-

    Why do you think it’s great?

    It is nobody’s business but the Yankees business and the feds.

    As a Yankees fan, why does it matter why Galea for a simple anti-inflammatory?

    I understand the desire for some to get answers, but if you agree with the media’s need to get answers on this issue, I’m not sure how you can disagree with the media’s need to get answers on any issues (i.e. personal life).

  74. Erin March 14th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Ledger_Yankees The guys sitting behind the Yankees dugout dressed in bright red shirts? A few of CC’s teammates from Vallejo High School. #live
    19 minutes ago

  75. CR9 March 14th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    jennifer

    just looked and the only mention is…

    “It doesn’t seem to have been too much of a challenge for Carlos Beltran or Jose Reyes to find the time to answer questions about Galea.”

  76. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._mark.html

    Tex has some very good ideas, but I would not make a player play every golf tournament, even just once every 3 years.

  77. vinny-b March 14th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    sitting down to Jamaican food and Yankee baseball. Does it get any better?

  78. Fran (the original) and OPPC member March 14th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Jennifer,

    You had to ask? He did mention though that Beltran and Reyes found time to talk to the Feds so why hasn’t Alex. To me he was implying that Alex is avoiding the Feds which as was mentioned earlier if the Feds want to talk to Alex they know where he is.

  79. tampayank March 14th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Cano is all growns up, batting fifth:)

  80. charlestonchew March 14th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    It’s funny how much we all miss Melky right now.

    I would have traded Gardner and two other players with mid to high ceilings in the place of Melky when trading with Atlanta.

    I’ve never had the faith in Gardner that I’ve had in Melky. We took him for granted. We’ll have to see how the LF situation shapes up. Can Kevin Long help Thames find his swing again? We’ll see.

  81. jennifer March 14th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    CR9- How does he know that? He doesn’t know how long the feds wanted to talk to them. What an idiot.

  82. Tarheelyank March 14th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Does it get any better?

    Vinny
    How about Mexican and an ice cold cerveza?

    I know it’s kind of early, but they just go natural together.

  83. Jerkface March 14th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    sitting down to Jamaican food and Yankee baseball. Does it get any better?

    Replace your jamaican food with garlic fries and a rosemary ribeye.

    Or a 5 guys burger from the Nats park.

    or ultimate nachos.

    And replace the yankee game with a regular season yankee game.

    I have a lot of wants and needs.

  84. Y's Guy March 14th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    thames hit 13 hr, 36 rbi in 87 at-bats last year. i dont think his swing is a problem.

  85. Tarheelyank March 14th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    SJ

    Any chance of seeing your nephew today?

  86. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day March 14th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Speak for yourself, Charleston. I don’t miss Melky because I am thrilled we have Javy.

  87. m March 14th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Rescheduled meeting or not, I’d still want to get it over with.

    They must be waiting for an off-day.

  88. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm more AWESOME than the Joba debate) March 14th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Ew..Pirates broadcast not in HD

  89. Jerkface March 14th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    It’s funny how much we all miss Melky right now.

    I would have traded Gardner and two other players with mid to high ceilings in the place of Melky when trading with Atlanta.

    I’ve never had the faith in Gardner that I’ve had in Melky. We took him for granted. We’ll have to see how the LF situation shapes up. Can Kevin Long help Thames find his swing again? We’ll see.

    Really? You’d have traded 2 more players for Vazquez??? We got a steal. Please enjoy the fact that Melky is being given a chance to start for another team, instead of fading away to the minors.

    He wasn’t that good and had plenty of opportunities to develop for the Yankees. He played in 5 seasons for the New York Yankees.

  90. Y's Guy March 14th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    i loved nick johnson when he was a yankee, but when they traded him for vazquez, i was fine with it. now i feel the same about melky. sorry to see him go but a good baseball move considering the 3 man rotation the yankees were forced into for the PS last year.

  91. Y's Guy March 14th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    nick doing his thing, seeing 6 pitches and getting on base.

  92. Trevor March 14th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Hmm my MLB Network went off. Anyone else??

  93. Phil the Thrill March 14th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Lupica’s a Sox fan. I used to play softball against him and he’d always be wearing his Red Sox cap and asking people not to tell. He’s scum and sucks at softball.

  94. blake March 14th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    “he’s scum and sucks at softball”

    that’s hillarious.

  95. CR9 March 14th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    “he’d always be wearing his Red Sox cap”

    Phil

    Thanks for that info. I always knew Poo pica was a Sox fan. Because the hatred he has for the Yanks is too much for any Mets fan.


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