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Mid-day notes: Rodriguez, Aardsma, Trenton

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just a few relatively minor notes in the middle of this offday.

• Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez is going to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa tomorrow. He’s only been taking full batting practice for a couple of days, but obviously the Yankees want to get him back quickly.

David Aardsma will be joining Rodriguez on the Tampa roster. He’s also scheduled to rehab with the High-A team. That suggests he has a chance of pitching for the Yankees very, very late in the season.

• The Yankees announced just a few minutes ago that they’ve extended their radio agreement with WCBS 880 through the 2013 season. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are expected to return to the booth.

• The Yankees extended their player development contract in Trenton, which gave Mike Ashmore a chance to ask Brian Cashman a few things about the big league club. Among other things, Cashman said Brett Gardner is not a pinch-running candidate for September and Rodriguez’s rehab will be reevaluated after the weekend.

• Also, Mark Newman says the Dellin Betances injury is not considered serious. It’s possible he’ll got the Arizona Fall League, but the Yankees haven’t settled on which pitchers they’ll send.

• Finally, the Orioles won this afternoon, meaning the Yankees division lead is down to three-games heading into this weekend’s series.

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15 Responses to “Mid-day notes: Rodriguez, Aardsma, Trenton”

  1. Ys Guy August 30th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    sterling had the wrong guy up at bat yesterday, thinking that the guy who actually was at-bat had struck out on the previous pitch. its getting embarassing.

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I’d like to see them shut Dellin down for the year. Start over in the spring.

  3. jacksquat August 30th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Which will be greater for Aardsma this year:

    Number of pitches thrown for the NY Yankees

    Number of tweets

  4. MTU August 30th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    JAP-

    Things haven’t been Jellin’ for Dellin.

    :(

  5. blake August 30th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I like John and Suzyn but I swear I was listsnening and Sterling said “and theres a high pop……and he flips to Swisher for the out”

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    MTU,

    They’ve fooled around with his stride and as a result, he’s getting less of that crazy boring action when he releases the ball. They’re not helping: their thought was, make him throw more strikes, but what they’ve effectively done is take away his finishing ability that makes his stuff so crazy and hard to square up. It’s just a very superficial approach to what ailed him this season. He was a stud and they’ve made him a eunuch, essentially. That said, his last start, his change up did have nasty 2-seam action. What they’ve robbed him of is the dramatic eye level changes he gets and like I said, that boring in and down and away and down action he gets. I don’t like at all what I’ve seen from their tweaks. He probably hurt his arm because he’s become less supported with that stupid short stride. But, WTF do I know :D.

  7. Benny Blanco August 30th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I hope we all learned a valuable lesson regarding prospects; they’re just prospects. Two years ago, the killer bees were supposed to be the most “untouchable” prospects in the yankee farm system. Now look at them. Brackman was a bust , dellin got demoted and man ban pitched all of 6 games this year.

  8. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Should amend: the last outing I was at, not his last start. Been a while as I’ve been away.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Uh, maybe you’ve learned. Dellin has been a project from go with a fantastic arm. The quantum leap for him was his year on the DL which allowed him to work on his change up, which lo and behold, was very natural for him and gave him 3 major weapons. It’s the mainstream Yankee fan – not the prospect observers who actually take that pulse – who need a lesson in patience with prospects.

    Brian Cashman is another one who needs the lesson.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    blake, crazy uncle syndrome. Endearing, as long as you are actually watching the game on TV or computer, or are actually there. Otherwise, the eccentric stuff isn’t so charming ;). Suzy does her best to reel him in…gently, gently…

  11. blake August 30th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    JAP,

    I like them both really….

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Banuelos got hurt – hardly means he’s a bust. Brackman was never on par with Betances in terms of stuff or variety of pitches. Betances and Banuelos have been the big-time arms and with good reason.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Yeah, I’m fond of them, also. Although I do get tired of hearing them stump for the Yankees, when it’s undeserved. Like being on Lohud, except with more charm ;)

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock August 30th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    For all his troubles, Betances still led the system arms in Ks. When his fastball is right over the plate, there is much more to be worried about than BB rates. The answer to not walking the park isn’t throwing the ball down the middle. He’s never done that. Nardi’s bad – or somebody’s.

  15. Benny Blanco August 30th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    JAP,

    I’m not making a declaration of any kind. I’m not a prospect hugger and I certainly value patience when it comes to prospects. However, there are a few (not you) that automatically assume certain prospects are “can’t miss.”

    I’m just as frustrated like any other yankee fan when it comes to Dellin and Manban. You could make a legitimate case that the two of them could be helping the yankees now if they weren’t injured and met there inning requirements.

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