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Warren next in line for Yankees pitching staff

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 27, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

When this day started, the Yankees planning to call-up Adam Warren to serve as a long reliever, a bit of multi-inning insurance behind Freddy Garcia. By the time Andy Pettitte hobbled into the clubhouse with a broken ankle, the Yankees were definitely calling up Warren and giving him his first big league start on Friday.

“He’s earned it,” Brian Cashman said. “He almost earned the opportunity last year, too. We’re excited to get a chance to see what he’s got to do. I know this is a day he’s been dreaming about and growing for. Throw strikes, try to eliminate the butterflies, trust the guys he’s got behind him and we’ll see where he takes us.”

Warren opened some eyes this spring, and after getting off to a slow start this season, he’s pitched to a 2.03 ERA through five starts this month. Ramon Ortiz is a big league veteran with good Triple-A numbers, but Cashman said Warren is the better option at this point. He’s getting the call because he’s the best starter available.

“I saw him quite a bit (in spring training),” Russell Martin said. “I was pleased. He’s a professional. He’s got good command of at least three pitches. Understands how to pitch. We’ll see what we have when we get here. I haven’t seen him in a while, but I like his stuff.”

When camp opened this spring, all of the buzz centered on Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos, but Betances has been demoted to Double-A and Banuelos hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Instead it’s been David Phelps, D.J. Mitchell and now Warren who have pitched their way to the big league roster.

Phelps has made two starts for High-A Tampa and will be cleared for 65-70 pitches next time out. He’s being stretched out as a starter, but he’s not there yet, and so the door has opened for Warren. Friday will be his normal turn after last pitching on Sunday.

“He’s next in line,” Cashman said. “Phelps, if he was stretched out, would be the prime candidate, then Warren would be second to Phelps. With Phelps’ assistance to us at the big-league level, he was reduced to about an inning in the end. We’re trying to get him back going into the rotation, so Warren is by far the next best for us. … He’s earned the right, and he’s due for the opportunity. Now it’s going to come, which is great. Whatever happens is going to happen in the short-term, (but) it’s not going to change the fact that we believe he’s a big-league starter going forward here at some point on a consistent basis.”

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92 Responses to “Warren next in line for Yankees pitching staff”

  1. joeman June 27th, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    should have traded those B’s when they had the chance

  2. Rich in NJ June 27th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    By that um, logic they should have flipped the P right after they got him.

  3. Pat M. June 27th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Maybe Warren turns out to be the reincarnation of Chin Ming Wang……..Erica where are you !!!

  4. Yanks78 June 27th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Warren has a 3.86 ERA with a .288 BAA in AAA and isn’t really a hard thrower. Not getting my hopes up.

  5. blake June 27th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    there is only one B….has been for awhile…..and they shouldn’t trade him.

  6. Nick in SF June 27th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    What if Brian Cashman had become an intern at the Tonight Show instead of with the Yankees?

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gn3U.....y_1980.jpg

  7. joeman June 27th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    thats why they are called minor league players,not major league players till they get there and prove it…

  8. Yanks78 June 27th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    “By that um, logic they should have flipped the P right after they got him.”

    flipping P for a young position player before he had a chance to injure himself would have been smart.

  9. blake June 27th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    “Warren has a 3.86 ERA with a .288 BAA in AAA and isn’t really a hard thrower. Not getting my hopes up.”
    ————–
    “Warren opened some eyes this spring, and after getting off to a slow start this season, he’s pitched to a 2.03 ERA through five starts this month. ”

    this from Chad’s post….he’s pitched much better of late….

  10. RMike June 27th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Banuelos has always been projection. His career AA and AAA numbers are fairly pedestrian. ERA a little over 3.5 with a less than 2-1 K/BB ratio, hitters were hitting in the .270s off him. His AAA peripherals are comparable, but his ERA was 4.30.

    It’s not like the guy dominated the minors. He is a lefty with some nice stuff, but the numbers have not matched the hype the last 2 years.

  11. Rich in NJ June 27th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    “thats why they are called minor league players,not major league players till they get there and prove it…”

    That was probably George’s thinking when he almost traded Posada and Rivera for David Wells.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1995/12.....html?scp=1

    Jim Bowden, the Reds’ general manager, declined to discuss the Yankees’ involvement, but an official familiar with the Wells talks said Steinbrenner called Bowden Saturday night and offered pitcher Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada.

  12. miggs June 27th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I’m curious to know why DJ Mitchell isn’t being given this opportunity. He pitched well when he ws up before.

  13. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Warren opposing a very hot young lefty pitcher in Jose Quintana:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/probab.....2012/06/29

    Are we playing “Six Degrees of Mark Teixeira?”

  14. Pat M. June 27th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    LGY ……asked about the Yanks making the postseason in 09 with Texeria’s services……..Well Nick Swisher would have been the 1st baseman…..Texeris was a run producing monster in 09….39 dingers and 120 rbi’s and most likely 110 runs scored…..He did he 2 very important homer in October and he was incredible with the leather………So Yanks most likely make the postseason, but they stall vs. The Twins

  15. blake June 27th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    “It’s not like the guy dominated the minors. He is a lefty with some nice stuff, but the numbers have not matched the hype the last 2 years.”

    he’s also been the youngest pitcher in his league the last 2 years I believe….he is a lot projection but a lot of prospects are…….minor league numbers are nice but they don’t always tell the whole story…..he needs to get healthy and start logging innings and progressing soon though.

  16. RMike June 27th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Warren opposing a very hot young lefty pitcher in Jose Quintana:

    ———

    He’s a former Yankee isn’t he? Why did we release him?

  17. blake June 27th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    they swept the Twins in 2009…..

    Game 1: jeter hit a 2 run homer….Arod drove in 2 runs and Matsui hit a 2 run homer and Sabathia pitched well.
    Game 2: Arod hit the game tying homer and Tex hit the game winning homer.
    Game 3: Alex and Posada hit big homers in that one.

    Alex hit .455 with 6 RBiI in that series.

  18. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    RMike-

    I had to look that up. Quintana was a Yankee
    April 26, 2006: Signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent.
    July 31, 2007: Released by the New York Mets.
    March 10, 2008: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
    November 6, 2010: Granted Free Agency.
    December 15, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
    November 2, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
    November 9, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox
    .

  19. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    the Yankees did not put Quintana on the 40-man roster, making him a free agent. GM Brian Cashman said they deliberated on the matter and, despite a dearth of quality lefties in the system, “We looked at him as a fringy prospect. We offered him a minor league contract to stay, but not a 40-man roster position. We didn’t feel he was ahead of other guys we gave spots to. It was a numbers game, but right now it does not look like a good decision.”

  20. Pat M. June 27th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Rich in NJ……Quintana looks like a strike throwing machine…..Andruw Jones, this guy’s for you !!!! Blake……Manny B is a very important cog in the Yanks future….Yanks should have a pitching tutor for him……..Angel’s organization I know for one, has pitching instructors at every level preaching the same principles and policy that are in place in Anaheim…….Several teams have this Corporate approach to running their organization……..Madden brought that approach to Tampa as did Buddy Black in San Diego……..The Friars are a mess in the owners box though…..

  21. blake June 27th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Pat M,

    why don’t the Yankees?

  22. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Pat M-

    Maybe the Yankees can get WS pitching coach Don Cooper to come back to his roots in NY. Isn’t he one of the best out there. He probably was instrumental in turning Jose Quintana into a strike throwing no homer, successful lefty pitcher.

  23. Pat M. June 27th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    blake…I don’t know why the Yanks seem to cut corners when it comes to running their farm system……….I know after they had that great run in the late 90′s and into the early 2000′s George started to whack the system and the scouting dept took the brunt….Some of the key guys ended up in Anaheim……….

  24. Rich in NJ June 27th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Thee were reports that the Yankees made an offer to Cooper a few years ago and he declined.

  25. blake June 27th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Seems like a bad place to cut corners…..especially for an organization that really never should have to cut corners anywhere……anyway night guys.

    Going for 6 straight tomorrow

  26. Pat M. June 27th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Trader…..I think Larry Roth has done a fine job since he arrived…..What I like to see is for him to pick out a few guys that share his approach to pitching and send down to the lower levels and start there……..I wish GB or Yankee Fem were here because they follow the minors real closely……

  27. Rich in NJ June 27th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    Actually this report says the WSox denied permission to talk to him.

    The Yankees tried for White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper but the Sox declined New York’s request to speak with him about a position. It appears Cooper, who has a year to go on his contract with the White Sox, may in fact have headed the Yankees’ list to replace Dave Eiland.

    The Yankees have a meeting planned with A’s minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson, the New York Post reported.

  28. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Rich-

    Cooper signed a 4 year extension last fall to stay.

  29. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Brett Marshall had another solid start tonight to run his Trenton record to 8-3 with a around a 3.10 ERA. only the one walk and 3 strikeouts, but 9 groundball outs and 2 air outs in 6 innings. 86 pitches and 56 strikes.His only real mistake was a 6th inning solo homer.

  30. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    David adams has a pair of 2 run homers to back Mitchell.

  31. UnKnown June 27th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    What’s kind of crazy is right now I would have to say Kuroda is the Yankees #1 starter. Kuroda can carry that title for awhile no problem.

  32. Joe from Long Island June 27th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Scott Aldred is the AAA pitching coach, or was last I checked; from what I understand, he is well respected. He was considered for NY until Rothschild signed on. I’ve read some thought that when Larry is ready to cut back on traveling, he will take over as mil pitching coordinator. It’s premature for that now, of course.

  33. Rich in NJ June 27th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    YT

    Thanks. They’re ok at the ML level. I think the issue is, as Pat mentioned, the organizational philosophy or at least the implementation/execution of it.

  34. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    GB-
    Glad you’re back. I had logged off earlier but I see you mentioned two books by Jane Leavy on Mantle and Koufax. I have the titles. Thanks. Did you also have a 3 page article on the Mick? I never saw the link?

  35. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    There’s going to be a lot of movement within the system this week, mostly pitchers, but, I’d guess a few outfielders could be moving up.

  36. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Kuroda #2 Ace vs Jake Peavy on Saturday

  37. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Joe,

    How have you been? Hope wall is well with you and Mrs. From Long Island

    The best thing for the organization is getting rid of Nardi Contreras and Billy Conners.

  38. LGY June 27th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Pat

    The 2009 Yankees were a lot better than the 2009 Twins. Tex was great during the regular season and had that big GW HR but I don’t think he is what separated them from the Twins. He did after all only have one other hit that series…

  39. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Trader

    Here’s the link to the article. Leavy has written to great books there. Not your typical fluff bios.

    C:\Users\hp\Desktop\Mickey Mantle Battled Through Pain To Etch

  40. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Pat M. June 27th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Angel’s organization I know for one, has pitching instructors at every level preaching the same principles and policy that are in place in Anaheim…….Several teams have this Corporate approach to running their organization……..Madden brought that approach to Tampa as did Buddy Black in San Diego…….

    —————–

    This.

    It isn’t as if this is only relevant to MLB, either. There are plenty of other organizations in both MLB and other sports that make this work consistently. It’s shocked me to hear about the lack of quality coaching in our minor leagues.

  41. Joe from Long Island June 27th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Hi GB- hope your home renovations are coming along. We’re well here, thanks.

    Maybe they can make Nardi senior executive special assistant. Something like that. Maybe George Costanza can find a spot for him….

    ‘night

  42. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    One player that is forever overlooked for what he accomplished that would make a great subject for a book is Ellie Howard.

  43. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    LGY June 27th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Pat

    The 2009 Yankees Arod were was a lot better than the 2009 Twins. Tex was great during the regular season and had that big GW HR but I don’t think he is what separated them from the Twins. He did after all only have one other hit that series…

    —-

    Fixed.

  44. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Have a great night, Joe. all the best and stop around again when the lunacy is at it’s least.

  45. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Damn I f*cked that up.

  46. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    GB-Thanks, I’ll read it now.

    http://news.investors.com/arti.....htm?p=full

  47. Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Shame Spencer June 27th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    LGY June 27th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Pat

    The 2009 Yankees Arod were was a lot better than the 2009 Twins. Tex was great during the regular season and had that big GW HR but I don’t think he is what separated them from the Twins. He did after all only have one other hit that series…

    —-

    Fixed.

  48. Rich in NJ June 27th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    OT, but a pretty scary pic of the Colorado fires:

    https://twitter.com/springsbiker/status/218171403462119424/photo/1/large

    Picture from Air Force Academy.

  49. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Meanwhile, the once-mighty Yanks were just another second-division team.

    The Tigers, on the other hand, would go on to win the ’68 World Series. And McLain was the toast of baseball, winning 31 games along with the AL Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards.

    Because the young pitcher had idolized Mantle as a kid, he decided to groove a few fat pitches his hero’s way to help The Mick pass Jimmie Foxx as baseball’s No. 3 all-time home run hitter.

    Tell It Goodbye

    As McLain later recalled, he sent a “batting practice fastball” to the middle of the plate. But Mantle took it for strike one. The next pitch, another special delivery, was fouled off for strike two.

    Finally McLain yelled at Mantle, “Where the bleep do you want it?”

    Mantle pointed to the spot. The pitch arrived. The Mick sent it on a line drive into the right field bleachers for homer No. 535.

    “I think we all had tears in our eyes because Mickey Mantle represented the game of the 1960s right up to day he retired,” McLain said in Jane Leavy’s biography, “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood.”

  50. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks again GB for the link.

  51. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Josh Norris?@jnorris427

    Guy I spoke to while hunting down Betances stuff said to expect some movement in the minors in about a week or so. #Yankees

  52. Yankee Trader June 27th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Good night all. Until tomorrow.

  53. GreenBeret7 June 27th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    My pleasure, Trader. Lord, he was fun for a kid to watch play. His biggest fan was Al Kaline. I was at Tiger Stadium in September of 1960 along the first bat/right field line and ragging him. I told him he wasn’t half as good as Mantle. He smiled and walked over, put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Son, nobody is half as good as Mick.” Later in that game, Mantle bombed a shot off of Paul Foytack that cleared the righcenter field stands just to the left of Te Transformer ad then cleared the street.

  54. Tar June 27th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    So this is what happens when I miss a day. Sheesh two pitchers down 1 day.

    Well anyway i’m glad Warren gets a chance. I expect to him to do well.

    Have to run Good night everybody.

  55. Rich in NJ June 27th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    “So this is what happens when I miss a day.”

    Has anyone ever seen Tar and Casey Kotchman in the same place at the same time?

    I think not. Hmmm.

  56. LGY June 27th, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Just saw this posted on rlyw

    “Hughes is throwing his cutter less and less. Sportvision data has him throwing just one in all of June, and just 15 since the start of May (11 starts).

    Opponents had a .608 wOBA against his cutter in 2011 and a HR/FB rate of 25.0%.
    His cutter in 2012 has been even worse (53 P, .830 wOBA, 60% HR/FB)”

    Those cutter results are insane. .830 wOBA!! Seems like it was a very poor decision for him to change his cutter grip last year and a great decision to ditch the pitch all together this year.

  57. Rich in NJ June 27th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    The cutter was pretty much a BP FB.

  58. Barry June 28th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I am much older than most of you and I saw Mickey from first day to last. Some of the fans did not treat him well early on, but for me, I loved him. He was always a pleasure to watch. And Kaline’s comment is not only gracious, but exactly my sentiment.

  59. Pat M. June 28th, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Yanks are due for a Wang / Aaron Small type of surprise ……Warren might be it !!!!! He’ll get several chances , good luck Adam Warren……….

  60. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    That was much too close to a Small/Wang reference. Nobody wants to see that. :oops:

  61. Pat M. June 28th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Nick in SF….I had to re-write it !!!! Here in So. Cal, Dodger fans are starting to feel a little squeamish about what just happened up in the Bay ………Dodgers will be very active in the trade market……..They might parlay Alfonos Soriano’s contact so they can get Matt Garza

  62. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    An unlikely trio of pitchers to lead this historic shutout sweep.

    1. Barry Zito. ‘Nuff said.

    2. Ryan Vogelosong outduels Cy Kershaw.

    3. Timmy Freak Lincecum, back from the dead.

    Frank Sinatra Tribute Night coming to AT&T in August.

  63. Jerkface June 28th, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Gerrit Cole got hit in the face with a line drive

    http://t.co/dyuPwRnx

  64. luis June 28th, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Good evening everyone,

    Back home at last…Just a thought about Betances…It’s true that he has been in the system for 7 years, but he has spent more than half that time injured… Then you must take in to account that taller pitchers tend to take longer to hone their craft (to use Pat M’s example Randy Johnson comes to mind)…The shortening of the stride was a publicly recognized news…That was a bit of news that I found puzzling and I thought at the time to be the wrong move for the kid…unfortunately it has become a reality, all the progress he made during 2010 and 2011 has been somewhat lost…he is far from a finished product and he has taken a big step back, but I still would not give up on him…I do agree that ManBan has a more sure floor and has the potential to become a frontline starter.

    About Warren, I hope that he becomes another CMW.

    Good night folks

  65. Nick in SF June 28th, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Betting tip for the night: parlay the Yanks with Finnish Veikkausliiga leader HJK Helsinki.

    You can practically take this one to the bank.

  66. Rich in NJ June 28th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Cole is a tough kid.

  67. Mike Ri June 28th, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I know the pitching injuries to both CC and Pettite were sudden and unfortunate. But it could be a blessing in disguise. CC will get a nice rest .. and think about all the innings saved on Pettites arm. Plus we get to see a young pitcher or two.

  68. PacoDooley June 28th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    joeman June 27th, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    should have traded those B’s when they had the chance
    —————————-

    I agree for the most part. Minor league pitching is such a crap-shoot that I would prefer to convert it to solid major league talent given a chance. This is the reason I was actually fine with the Montero trade since they got proven major league pitching talent in return.

    As the saying goes, there is no such thing as a pitching prospect. Look at all the trades that could have happened over the years. And then keep in mind that so many top calibre starters were never top prospects.

  69. blake June 28th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    “. This is the reason I was actually fine with the Montero trade since they got proven major league pitching talent in return.”

    They didnt really get “proven major league pitching” ….they basically got a very talented prospecr who had a little big league experience and who was still in those injury maxtrix years…..he got hurt….

    Who coukd they have traded the B’s for anyway? We dont know…..the Yankees need young starters fo offset the money on their books and theyll never develop any if they trade them all……yea its somewhat of a crapshoot…..but it is what it is for all teams. Banuelos is still 21 years old…..lets wait and see.

  70. blake June 28th, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Cubs, White Sox Both Pursuing Yasel Puig

    By Daniel Seco [June 27 at 10:31pm CST]

    Count the Cubs and White Sox among the teams who are interested in signing Cuban outfielder Yasel Puig, reports Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. Both franchises have extensive experience with players hailing from Cuba.

    The 21-year-old was officially declared a free agent on Tuesday and now has until July 2 to sign with a team to avoid new financial limitations put in place for international players. For the Cubs, signing international free agents out of Cuba is nothing new as the team recently agreed to terms with outfielder Jorge Soler on a nine-year, $30MM deal. On the South Side, the White Sox have a long-term relationship with Puig’s agent, Jaime Torres, who has negotiated deals with the team in the past for players such as Jose Contreras and Alexei Ramirez.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com

    Theo trying to make them the Chicago Cub-ans

  71. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Good morning-

    Puig is considered to be more MLB ready than Jorge Soler, who recently signed a nine-year, $30 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, but with less overall upside. He hit .276 with 5 home runs in his rookie with Cienfuegos in 2008-09. The following year, he hit .330 with 17 home runs and 78 RBI. However, this past season, 2011-12, he did not play because he was being punished by the Cuban government for attempting to defect

    http://www.rantsports.com/brin.....asel-puig/

  72. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Adam Warren is facing Jose Quintanaa who was released by the Yankees and made a FA last fall because they didn’t give him a 40 man roster spot. Quintana a lefty throws strikes, has not issued a walk for 97 consecutive batters he’s faced, and has an extremely low homer rate.

    Don Cooper has turned him into the 3rd best pitcher after Sale and Peavy, on the team.

    More about Quintana:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/probab.....2012/06/29

  73. blake June 28th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    3 of 4 would be awesome in this series given the pitching losses.

  74. Villa Nova-Ya June 28th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Good morning.

    Was yesterday Friday the 13th or something? Talk about shocks to the system. All we can do is hope for a speedy recovery for CC and that it doesn’t take Andy too long to get back into pitching shape after 6 weeks of not being able to keep his legs strong.

    As for the rest of it, we shall see what we shall see. So far, the Yankees have shown a propensity for “stepping up” in the absence of key players (Mo, Gardner), and I think this team has the mental makeup to tough it out and the talent to make it work. But still, they are now even farther from full strength, which makes them a little more vulnerable, even if people step up.

    Will Andy stay with the team? Seems like his presence in the clubhouse would be missed, but I know how that works.

    I hope they have a big enough lead in tonights game so that Soriano won’t be necessary; I figure Joe will use Robertson as his closer tonight if it’s that type of game. Isn’t it funny how Soriano is growing on people?

    I guess they will be using the Empire State Shuttle to keep replenishing the bullpen. The two guys on the DL were two that could be counted on for length, saving (most of) the bullpen on many nights. How Warren and Phelps fare (and Garcia) will dictate whether they’ll need to dip into the trade market. I sure hope they don’t have to.

  75. Villa Nova-Ya June 28th, 2012 at 8:19 am

    ** but I DON’T know how that works (in terms of andy staying with the team)

  76. MTU June 28th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Good morning.

    Big opportunity for Mr. Adam Warren.

    Hope he makes the most of it.

    He’ll probably have butterflies the size of elephants in his stomach.

  77. Rich in NJ June 28th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    GM all.

    It is time for A-Rod to put the team on his back for a month and lead the way.

    Back to meetings.

  78. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    It’s tough to lose your only lefty starters, without a viable candidatte in the minors to bring up, especially when pitching in YS. Funny but Kuroda is now the Ace of the staff, who finally got more than the usual run support of only around 3 runs a game.

    The big issue will be whether the bullpen can step it up a notch when the starter can’t go at least 6 innings.

  79. johnfish June 28th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    As for the rest of it, we shall see what we shall see. So far, the Yankees have shown a propensity for “stepping up” in the absence of key players (Mo, Gardner),
    —————————————————-
    Unless you want to define each player on the roster as “key”, Gardner does not fit the description. Gardner would have been a part-time starting outfielder, hardly “key”. But, yes, Mo fits that description.

  80. 86w183 June 28th, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Yanks ought to be okay if they can get 5 innings and 3 runs out of Warren and Garcia. More would be great, but that would be enough for me.

    My guess is they stay put til the break and evaluate where they are and what’s available. Assuming CC comes back Warren likely returns to Scranton unless he clearly out pitches Garcia.

    Quite a pitching staff on the DL the Yanks have assembled —

    Rivera, Sabathia, Pettite, Pineda, Feliciano, Aardsma, Chamberlain and Meyers.

    That eight is better than the top eight on the current roster.

  81. Villa Nova-Ya June 28th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    johnfish -

    Well, the people replacing Gardner are having to play in the outfield a heck of a whole lot more than they were signed on to do. That is what I’m talking about.

    The need to nitpick here is crazy.

  82. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Johnfish-

    My recent edition of USA Sports Weekly talks about all the closers who have been out for a majority of the season, ike Rivera, Wilson, Madson, Storen, Soria, Farnsworth, Baily, Santos.
    Of those 8 only Soria’s Royals entered th week playing below .500 and 3 of the clubs were in 1st place-NYY, Nats and Reds.

    Which raises the question of how valuable top-notch closers really are?

  83. randy l. June 28th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    “Funny but Kuroda is now the Ace of the staff ”

    this is going right into” ripley’s believe it or not” because i read right here on this blog that because kuroda was from the inferior national league that he should be removed to the bullpen even when he had an under 4.00 era. something about inconsistency.

    but i suppose if someone says something enough times it must become true.

    on the other hand , the beauty of baseball is that theories get tested.

    the “kuroda sucks because he’s from the inferior national league ” theory has died a well deserved natural death.

    good signing by cashman.

  84. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    After the AS break, the Yankees have one off day the rest of July before he trading deadline and this is their July schedule:

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....ar=DEFAULT

  85. MTU June 28th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    The depth of this team is it it’s strength.

    Time to walk the Mops.

  86. Villa Nova-Ya June 28th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    86w183 -

    I agree with you about assessing the situation around the ASB.

    I’d love to see 6 innings over the 5, but 5 is probably more realistic.

  87. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Randy-

    Kuroda has had consistently good numbers away from Dodger stadium. He didn’t get much run support from the Dodgers, and before his last victory was getting 3.29 run support/game from the Yankees.

    He could be the true ACE with a 10-4 or better record now with a little “help from your friends.”

  88. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Warren is replacing CC Friday, Garcia replacing Pettitte, who is being called up to replace Garcia in the bullpen?

  89. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Maybe the answer to my question is on the New Post————–>

  90. ron June 28th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Randy i

    I watched the whole kuroda thing,and had a feeling it would come back to haunt a few people.
    His splitfinger was the reason for me,in addition to his other assortment of pitches.
    You just can’t go throwing millions,and millions of guesses,and uneducated opinions around without a lot coming back to bite you.

  91. 86w183 June 28th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    YT —

    I agree that closers are overrated and overpaid. A great closer will be successful about 90% of the time. A mediocre one 80%. That’s about 4 blown saves or so a year — not all of which will be losses.

    Where a great closer IS extremely valuable is in the post-season. That’s what ends any discussion about Mariano and any other great closer. His post-season numbers are beyond ridiculous…

    8-1 0.70 (42 saves)

  92. Yankee Trader June 28th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    86w183-

    No argument from me on Rivera’s worth in the postseason. Soriano has done a good job, but still reminds me of John Wetteland when he was with the Yankees who would get the job done, but not before you had drunk so much antacid medication! :)

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