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Postgame notes: “I have to be happy”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When Freddy Garcia agreed to a minor league deal this winter, the expectation was that he would eventually fall apart. Sure, he’d won some games with Chicago last year, but he was clearly beyond his prime, and clearly a signing based more on heavy desperation than high expectation.

But here we are, about to flip the calendar to September, and Garcia just keeps getting it done. It’s not flashy — he really is a different pitcher than he used to be — but it’s effective. He hadn’t pitched in a big league game since August 7, but there were no signs of rust. He gave up two hits through six innings and picked up his 11th win.

“That’s as good as it gets,” Joe Girardi said. “He hung one slider to Mark Reynolds and gave us six great innings. I would have signed up for that if someone had asked me what we’d get from him tonight. He was excellent tonight. He knows how to pitch.”

The tendency is to be … what’s the word? Shocked? Surprised? Impressed?

Garcia seems … indifferent. He shrugs off the extra rest without any rust. He shrugs off being 11-7 with a 3.09 ERA. He laughs at the notion that he should have any sort of reaction to keeping his spot in the rotation.

“Of course, I have to be happy,” he said. “I wasn’t pitching for almost three weeks, something like that, but I’m glad to do my job and get a win. We need it… I just try to do my job. Go there and do the best I can. When I pitch bad, I pitch bad. I know most guys, excuse. Go out there and perform. If I pitch good, I pitch good. If I pitch bad, I pitch bad. Nothing I can do. Always, if I’ve got a bad start, I have to put away the bad and think about my next one. I’ve got to be really positive about it.”

The Yankees are planning to cut their rotation from six to five at the end of this week. Joe Girardi has committed to no one being locked into a spot, but he did it tonight.

Will Garcia start again in five days?

“Oh yeah,” Girardi said.

Here’s Garcia.

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• Nick Swisher has become a beast. His two-run home run tonight was his sixth homer in seven games. He’s up to 21 for the season. “Once you get that groove, you want to continue to keep it,” he said. “That’s all I’m really trying to do right now.”

• Mark Teixeira’s RBI double in the first inning gave him 100 RBI for the season. He now has 30 homers and 100 RBI in eight straight seasons. He’s the only Major Leaguer to have done that in the past eight years. “He’s just a model of consistency,” Girardi said. “You know when the season starts that you’re going to get 30 and 100 from Tex. That’s great as a manager and as an organization to be able to pencil that in.”

• Curtis Granderson keeps scoring runs. Tonight he scored from first on Teixeira’s double, giving him 122 runs for the season. That matches a career-high for Granderson. He still leads baseball in the category, by a lot.

• Derek Jeter said his sore right knee feels considerably better than it did at this time last night. He expects to play tomorrow. “I hope so,” he said. “That’s the plan, but I haven’t done anything. We’ll see when we get there tomorrow.”

• Jeter said he believes he’ll be able to play shortstop. If he’s healthy enough to play, he’s healthy enough to play the field. He had his knee heavily wrapped yesterday, only moderately today.

• It wasn’t a perfect three innings for the Soriano-Robertson-Rivera trio, but it was good enough. Dave Robertson gave up his first home run of the season — snapping a streak of 68.2 innings without a homer — but those three still kept the slim lead intact. Rafael Soriano had an especially dominant inning. “Velocity was great, location was great,” Girardi said. “He’s a big part of this for us.”

• Speaking of homerless streaks ending: The home run Garcia allowed was his first after 69 innings without one.

• The J.J. Hardy home run off Robertson was also the first run Robertson had allowed on the road this year.

• The Orioles had not allowed a stolen base in seven games, but Brett Gardner stole one in the fifth inning. Gardner is up to 38 steals for the season.

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86 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I have to be happy””

  1. Pat M. August 29th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    For those that reside here and just love to rag on Mark Texeria……30 dingers and 100 rbi’s and it’s still August…..And then of course there’s the Gold Glove factor

  2. Betsy August 29th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Hmm, why would the Yankees expect Freddy to fall apart? They signed him to be a 5th starter, not an ace.

  3. yankeefeminista August 29th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    GB, hoping to see B.Mitchell start in playoff game IF sched doesn’t conflict. I have been trying to see him pitch all year, and he has been putting things together of late. Don’t know too much about Quintana, but know he was working out of bullpen more before they made him a SP. I read he was working on FB command and had an improving changeup.

  4. yankeefeminista August 29th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Teix’s D has looked good to me.

  5. yankeefeminista August 29th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Strasburg is pitching Thursday in Harrisburg. Pudge will catch him. A little too far to travel, alas. I am guessing no milb-tv coverage.

  6. Tarheel In NYC August 29th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I suppose there’s no scientific way to quantify it, so I’ll just have to use my own observations here…but it’s my opinion that Teix’s defense has saved many a run and/or game for us. In my eyes, it more than makes up for his cold-at-times bat. I love having him there.

  7. GreenBeret7 August 29th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    The expectations for garcia weren’t a lot higher than the expectations for Colon, especially pitching in the smaller AL East parks. He has a long history of arm issues going against him also. I stated at the start of the season that if Colon and garcia were in the rotation, the best they could dream of was 11-12 wins each with a 4 ERA. I was hoping for a little more from Burnett and fully expeacted Hughes to come close or improve on last year. I didn’t expect an injury. The three unexpected positives in the rotation are Colon, Garcia and Nova. They could be at around 12, 14 and 17 wins…numbers that you expect from the #2, 3 and 4 spots. They’ll get what I expected…just not from who I expected. Realistically, you would have though maybe 10 wins from each. They’ll blow that out of the water. The rest is on Hughes and Burnett. Hughes will hold up his end with another 3 wins. Burnett is the questionmark.

  8. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Yf, haven’t seen quintana since last year. It’s like he came out of nowhere. Love that left handed pitching.

  9. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    OUCH. Cubbies just dropped a 4 spot on Lincecum and another homer on the relief. 3 homers off of Lincecum on the game and 4 off of the giants staff. 6-0.

  10. Tarheel In NYC August 30th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    GB7, I would have rolled my eyes and given you a condescending pat on the head if you told me in March that Garcia, Colon, and Nova were going to end up being 3 of our biggest stars on the mound this year. Who knew?? What pleasant and wonderful surprises!

    Ya’ can’t predict baseball—ya’ just can’t! ;)

  11. Tarheel In NYC August 30th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Soooooooooooooo sleepy here. Good night, all.

  12. West Coast Yankee Fan August 30th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    If the Yankees couldn’t at least cop the wild card with their $200 million payroll and cast of All-Stars something would be seriously wrong on River Avenue. That they ground it out with Colon and Garcia is admirable and lucky. They could just have easily been in wheelchairs and no one would have been surprised.

    The problem as I see it, is as last year proved the wild card isn’t enough, that’s not the goal. And sure, they have to play the games, but going through Texas and Boston with this staff to get to Halladay, Lee, Hamels, etc. is not likely to garner number 28. I hope I am wrong.

  13. BD (Boston Dave) August 30th, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Josh Beckett has been downright ridiculous this season. Just scary good. The Yankees are due for a Beckett beatdown….

    something’s gotta give.

  14. briang August 30th, 2011 at 2:57 am

    i don’t think he seems indifferent. i think he seems like he’s trying to take it in stride. dude knows he can pitch. why should he be surprised?

  15. PacoDooley August 30th, 2011 at 6:45 am

    The comment in the game thread about Swish’s run of 20 HR again makes no sense in light of this thread. If Tex has had 20+ HR for 8 seasons, then why isn’t he listed as one of the players that has hit 20 in 7 straight seasons?

  16. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    2 of our starters need to come up big against Boston.

    And our offense can’t just go to sleep.

    This series is where the rubber begins to meet the road.

    I hope we are up to the challenge.

    ;)

  17. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Put Montero and Banuelos on the 40 man and let them help us win the Division.

    Montero with his bat.

    Manny with his left-handed arm.

    Be bold. Do it Cashman.

    :)

  18. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    In the OS let’s re-up Swisher.

    Acquire John Danks.

    And dump Burnett.

    :)

  19. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    good morning MTU!
    I hate to see you talking to yourself

  20. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Kate-

    Thanks. I appreciate the company.

    Glad you are OK.

    Tremendous flooding in Vermont, parts of NY, and central Jersey.

  21. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I would love to see the Yanks dump Burnett, but the only way I can see that happening is if A) the Yankees eat most of his contract in the hopes of getting at least something useable in return or B) they swap bloated contracts… ie, Alfonso Soriano (No thanks)

  22. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Something useable could be a bit player or relief arm or a bag of Doritos. (not the ranch flavored variety)

  23. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Sunny-

    I go with A).

    ;)

  24. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    2012 rotation :

    CC
    Danks
    Nova
    Hughes
    Garcia/Colon

    6th Man- Noesi

  25. 86w183 August 30th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Morning folks!

    Hasn’t Freddie Garcia been terrific? So glad I lobbied for the Yanks to get him last off-season. Takes the sting out of supporting the Feliciano signing.

    Feliciano + Marte’ + Igawa = $ 12 M worth of nothing.

    Don’t much care about winning division vs wild card, but really want to see three well pitched games in Bahston.

  26. blake August 30th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    If Im the Yankees Id trade Burnett and 20 million dollars to whoever will take him….for whatever they’ll send back in return. Look at it ad saving 13 million dollars…..not eating 20 million.

  27. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Blake-

    And it clears a roster spot for someone better.

    ;)

  28. 86w183 August 30th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    To me it depends on the bloated contract. I would deal AJ for one year of Carlos Lee ($ 18 M) in a heartbeat, but Houston would still want $ 10 M or so.

    Not interested in longer term deals (Soriano) or exchanging head cases (Big Z).

    AJ and Feliciano for Zito is about equal $$$ and might work out. Also might not!

    Aj for Alex Rios also worx pretty well in terms of $$$$

  29. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Noesi needs to play Winter ball.

    Hughes needs to go to API and BSOHL-it.

    Bartolo needs to see Dr. Purita again.

    Nova needs to go relax on a beach somewhere.

  30. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    86-

    I don’t like any of those ideas.

    I favor just eating a bunch of money and sending AJ to the Nats.

  31. blake August 30th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    MTU,

    Yea…..if nobody will take him then id convert him.to.a reliever and attempt to salvage some value on the contract. He’s costing them more games than he’s winning in the rotation……they’ve given him 2 years now to.figure it out and it hasn’t happened…..and barring some drastic mechanical changes and the sudden ability to command his fastball I actually could see him getting worse as a starter…..what if he loses more velocity?

  32. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Blake-

    Pretty expensive mop-up man.

    :)

  33. blake August 30th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I wouldn’t consider trading AJ for an equally bad contract……Id eat money and deal him if I could so that I save a percentage of what’s owed him…….or make him a reliever. I think its possible that he could have some success out of the pen…..

  34. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    If you need to hit a Sux player AJ is your Man.

    He has poor enough control.

    Everybody knows it’s not his fault as he doesn’t always know where the ball is going.

    :)

  35. blake August 30th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    MTU,

    Yea it is….but id rather have him in the pen not costing them games. You hate to.think this way…..but AJ probably single handedly cost the Yankees the division last year…….he gave them zero chance to.win in 10 starts. He’s starting to do the same thing this year.

  36. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    MTU, I have a feeling the Yankees are going to tell Phil that he doesn’t have anything close to a lock on a rotation spot next year and that he’s going to have some serious competition for that role…….and that he may end up in the pen. After that, it’s up to him – and also up to whatever kidsi they feel they may be ready. I don’t see more than one kid in the rotation………

    I just don’t see the Steinbrenners being willing to eat most of AJ’s contract……….Even if you manage to trade him, what’s your rotation? CC, Nova and ?, ?, ? ?

  37. 86w183 August 30th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    MTU —

    I don’t like the idea of taking on those guys either., but do the Steinbrothers want to eat $ 25-30 Million bucks?

    If it’s MY money I’d rather take a flier on someone who has some ability and hope it works than just flush money down the toilet.

    Since it’s NOT my money, yeah sending him to Washington for a bowl of Fruit Loops and some shoelaces is fine by me.

  38. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    MTU
    We were fine, but places in the Adirondacks got hit pretty bad too…not as bad as VT tho.

    I wasn’t sure how the SP would be at the beginning of the season, but Nova, Freddie and Colon have been pleasant surprises.

  39. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Betsy-

    I gave my 2012 rotation above.

    ;)

  40. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    No one player is to blame for not winning a division, not even AJ.

  41. 86w183 August 30th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Have you ever seen AJ warm up? It takes forever! No way he pitches out of the pen.

  42. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Well MTU, I don’t think we’ll be making any trades, so obviously I don’t agree with you.

  43. 86w183 August 30th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    MTU —

    What are you giving up for Danks?

    Realize he’s a FA after 2012 and many believe he’s very likely to go home to Texas.

  44. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    86-

    Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and cut your losses.

    And you’re right I’m not crying over a billionaire losing 20 mill.

    Kate-

    yes they have. Incredibly so.

    :)

  45. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Plus, why on earth would the White Sox trade Danks? The Yankees are not going to trade their A + prospects for anyone……unless possibly it’s for a true stud. Whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen.

  46. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    86-

    Romine, Warren, ++

  47. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Betsy-

    Danks is a FA in 2013.

    He is already on record as saying he wants to test FA.

    We have plenty of trade chips.

    That’s why.

    :)

  48. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Good morning all-

    I hope all of you in the NE are getting back your power and returning to normal.

    86w183-
    Since both Burnett and Zambrano have cleared waivers I don’t think a deal was made based on Rothschild’s input from his experience with Z. That would be a pick your poison trade.

  49. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Betsy-

    And I almost forgot.

    Because Kenny Williams is easy to fleece.

    ;)

  50. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Ok, MTU – I don’t see it happening and why would the Sox take our lesser prospects?

  51. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I wouldn’t trade for him anyway, knowing he is up for FA………….

  52. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    In any case, I really hope Garcia comes back – I don’t see a prayer that Colon does

  53. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Betsy-

    Romine is not a lesser prospect. The WS could use a near-MLB ready catcher.

    Warren has a lot of potential.

    We could see what other pieces they might want.

    And again, I repeat, because IMO Williams is one of the worst GM’s in baseball.

  54. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I wonder if Banuelos or Betances will have any chances to make the rotation next year? Or will Cashman insist on playing them out in AAA for a full year?

  55. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Betsy-

    You might not but I would, and I bet the Yankees would.

    :)

  56. 108 stitches August 30th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Freddy Garcia : Professional pitcher

    A.J. Burnett : Thrower; would be horrible at carnivals throwing at pins trying to win a teddy bear.

  57. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    So who are our long-men in Boston now that Noesi is gone?

  58. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    108-

    Ever see the commercial where king Felix does that ?

    Burnett winds up broke. Just the opposite.

    :)

  59. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    MinorLeagues Yankees’ No. 3 prospect Manny Banuelos tosses a seven-inning one-hitter for his first career complete game. http://tiny.cc/deci7

  60. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Betsy-

    Our starting pitchers.

    :)

  61. 86w183 August 30th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Banuelos and Betances were both excellent yesterday. Seven innings and two hits for each. Banuelos no runs, Betances two.

    It’s conceivable that one of them makes the rotation, especially since Noesi will not have gotten many innings this year. Right now I’m inclined to invite both Garcia and Colon back.

    To get Danks you would have to go Romine, Noesi and maybe more. I wouldn’t do that unless I could get Danks signed to an extension.

  62. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Wandy Rodriguez has stepped it up 13 strikeouts in 7 innings. Astros owner Layne now concerned about the sale of the team. He should have unloaded that contract when he had a chance to.

    Is it Lester on Thursday or Bailey as reported last night by MLBTV?

    MTU-

    I’m hoping they do bring up Banuelos. They need another lefty and maybe he’ll do what a young mid September AAA call-up, Francisco Rodriguez, did for the Angels in 2002 when he helped lead them to the playoffs and a WS win! :)

  63. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    MTU, they are lesser prospects when compared to our very best. If Danks is so good, I do not see the WS taking yes, our lesser prospects. Not everyone thinks Romine is a great catching prospect.

    We’ll just have to disagree and watch it all play out…….. I certainly would not want to trade good assets for a guy who is going to go FA. He plays in one of the greatest cities in the world and he still wants to test FA – it’s not going to be any different if he plays in NY, which is very similar to Chicago in a lot of ways. That would be a huge risk. I get that the Yankees want to solidify their rotation because there are a ton of questions, but I hope this is not a move they are contemplating

  64. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    86-

    If that’s all it took I’d do that in a heartbeat.

  65. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    MTU, CC yes……………

  66. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    But I’m serious………..so I’d like to know who our long man/men would be; we don’t have one.

  67. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    YT-

    I favor it. But it means Cashman will need to be bold.

    Is he ?

    ;)

  68. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Betsy-

    We’ll get one on Sept. 1st

    Kontos Maybe ?

    Noesi will be back Sept. 6

  69. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Betsy-

    Good question. Colon pitched Saturday. Could he pitch out of the bullpen Wednesday on 3 days rest if needed?
    Maybe a AAA callup on Thursday will help on Thursday when AJ and his new found idea of pitching inside, gets him tossed early in the game after hitting a few RS. :)

  70. ron August 30th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:29 am
    So who are our long-men in Boston now that Noesi is gone?

    ————————————————————————————————————————

    Hopefully burnett.

  71. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    hopefully not.

  72. Betsy August 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Ron, that would be kind of hard since he’s starting………

  73. 108 stitches August 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:30 am
    108-

    Ever see the commercial where king Felix does that ?

    Burnett winds up broke. Just the opposite.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Seen it. Laughable. Gotta do something about Thursday’s starter. Throwing Burnett out there against ANYBODY is like begging for a loss. Guaranteed implosion.

  74. ron August 30th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Danks is not an elite pitcher so the ws would have to take lesser prospects than the best ones.

    Also you can’t assume every gm or person on the planet thginks like we do.

  75. 86w183 August 30th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Don’t need a “long man” today. Rosters expand on Thursday.

    In the meantime Wade and Ayala have each gone two innings on multiple occasions. Logan’s done it one and Robertson can go two as well. They’ll be fine.

  76. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    108-

    I’m hoping for a reversal of fortune.

    May as well. He’s our starter. We can use every win we can get.

    Next year is another matter.

  77. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Some of the better Free Agent starting pitchers and their ages that might be available in 2012:

    Matt Cain (28)
    John Danks (28)
    Gavin Floyd (30) – $9.5MM club option
    Zack Greinke (28)
    Cole Hamels (29)
    Dan Haren (32) – $15.5MM club option with a $3.5MM buyout
    Tim Hudson (37) – $9MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Colby Lewis (33)
    Francisco Liriano (29)
    Shaun Marcum (31)
    Anibal Sanchez (29)
    Jonathan Sanchez (30)
    Ervin Santana (30) – $13MM club option with a $1MM buyout

  78. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    According to Rule 40(a), a player must be on his club’s active big league roster or disabled list (or bereavement list, suspended list, or military list) on August 31 in order to be eligible for post-season play.

    Playoff Rosters: Playoff rosters must be set at 25, not including disabled players, on August 31. For each player on the 60-day DL, teams may add players to the eligible list during the playoffs at the same position, provided that they were in the orginization on August 31… Teams must choose 25 players from their playoff eligible list before each round of the playoffs.

  79. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    sunny615-

    For each player on the 60-day DL, teams may add players to the eligible list during the playoffs at the same position, provided that they were in the orginization on August 31.

    Provided that they were in the orginization on August 31st. Loosely I guess than can be interpreted as not having to be on the 40 man roster???

    So Banuelos could be added to replace Marte or Feliciano?

    Montero would have to be added to replace someone at DH or catcher. Is that right and who would that be?

  80. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Both Marte and Feliciano were scratched after reporting soreness and Feliciano may need surgery. It’s highly unlikely either of them will play this season.

    Great signings… sigh.

  81. Shame Spencer August 30th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    So its only days away now… can we start obsessing about Montero again?

  82. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Feliciano had a “buyer beware” tag on his jersey after setting a record with 92 appearances last year for the Mets and who knows how many times he warmed up and wasn’t used. Plus I believe he was abused the year before last also.

    Bad signing but we did sign others who stepped up to the plate!!

  83. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    New Post: Swisher having a blast heading into Fenway

    :arrow:

  84. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Montero would have to be added to replace someone at DH or catcher. Is that right and who would that be?
    ___________________

    DH seems kind of hard to define on this team, since everyone has done it.

  85. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Here’s a more in depth explanation:

    Major League Rule 40(a) states that to be eligible to play in a postseason series for a certain club, a player must be on the Active Roster, Disabled List, Bereavement List, or Suspended List of that club as of midnight ET on Aug. 31 of that year. But if any eligible player is unable to play in a playoff series because he’s hurt, his team can apply to the Commissioner’s Office to replace that player with any player who was in their organization — meaning that he was on the roster of one of their affiliated minor-league clubs — on Aug. 31, so long as he remained in the organization through the end of the major league season. The only restriction, other than requiring the Commissioner’s approval for all such substitutions, is that a pitcher must be replaced by a pitcher, and a position player must be replaced by a position player.

    So from what I gather – the player has to replace a player of the same position. But they have to have been with the organization by Aug 31 majors or minors (so any player traded for after 1 Sept is ineligible for any playoff rosters). With Joba, Mitre, Marte and Feliciano – since they’re all on the 40 man, they can be listed on the playoff roster and then substituted with Betances or any other pitcher on the 40. Banuelos is not on the 40 man roster, so before he could be activated, he would have to be added to the 40 man roster first I believe.

  86. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Posada is listed as the Yankees’ official DH – so if they wanted to add Montero to the playoff roster, they’d first have to add Montero to the 40 man roster and then break Posada’s leg or something.

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