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Thursday morning notes: Phelps faces hitters

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Around 9 a.m., David Phelps went to the mound on the main field here in Tampa. He wasn’t tucked away in the back, wasn’t shuffled to the minor league complex. He was in front of the empty seats, facing live hitters, throwing live batting practice on just the second day of workouts at Steinbrenner Field.

“I pushed myself a little more in the offseason so my arm is ready a little quicker during spring training because I’m trying to make an impression,” Phelps said. “It helped me out last year, my arm felt fresh throughout the entire year. I did the same routine I did last year coming into camp.”

Last year Phelps made an impression and got an unexpected opportunity. What he did with that opportunity has made him a favorite to win at least a spot in the Yankees bullpen, and it’s given him at least a chance of being out Ivan Nova for the last spot in the rotation.

This morning Phelps threw 30 pitches while facing Francisco Cervelli and Bobby Wilson.

“I’m willing to do whatever they want me to do,” Phelps said. “If being sent down to the minors and keeping starting is what’s in the best interest of the team and helping them win, that’s obviously what I’ll do. Obviously I want to be in the big leagues, whatever role that might be. I’m just going to go out and try to do my job on the field and let that take care of itself.”

• CC Sabathia originally thought he would throw a bullpen today. He will throw on Saturday instead.

• So far, no sign of new reliever Shawn Kelley. Not sure when he’s supposed to arrive.

• With so many pitchers already facing hitters — and so few position players currently in big league camp — the Yankees are actually sending a van over to the minor league complex later this morning. A dozen pitchers will go to the complex to throw live batting practice to the hitters across the street.

• Four pitchers threw live batting practice here at Steinbrenner Field this morning. Phelps, Adam Warren, Cody Eppley and Brett Marshall. Throwing programs assigned to minor leaguers started a little earlier than usual this winter, which helps explain why so many guys are ready to face hitters already.

• Phelps threw to J.R. Murphy and Marshall threw to Gary Sanchez. Those two faced Francisco Cervelli and Bobby Wilson. Eppley threw to Kyle Higashioka and Warren threw to Francisco Arcia. Those two faced Chris Stewart and Austin Romine.

• Early sides: Joba Chamberlain (to Stewart) and Ivan Nova (to Cervelli).

• Going to the complex to throw live batting practice: Corey Black, Preston Claiborne, Matt Daley, Nick Goody, Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell, Mark Montgomery, Mike O’Brien, Kelvin Perez, Branden Pinder, Nik Turley and Chase Whitley.

• Bullpens at Steinbrenner Field (with the catcher they’ll throw to):

Dellin Betances (Romine)
Jose Ramirez (Arcia)
Dave Robertson (Wilson)
Francisco Rondon (Higashioka)
Josh Spence (Sanchez)

Cell phone photo of Phelps throwing BP, Associated Press photo of Sabathia

 
 

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121 Responses to “Thursday morning notes: Phelps faces hitters”

  1. Hassey February 14th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    For a young ballplayer with no family to kiss goodbye at the airport, the 1st day of ST has to be one of the real joys in life

  2. Nick in SF February 14th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    That would be a white-knuckle joy if they had Pineda pick him up at the Tampa airport.

  3. MaineYankee February 14th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    This morning Phelps threw 30 pitches while facing Francisco Cervelli and Bobby Wilson.

    —————————————-

    The catching competition has begun.

  4. DONNYBROOK February 14th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I like Phelps, but would prefer he dial it down. “Desire and determination are certainly important, but your work will ultimately speak for itself”. Master Po

  5. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    “Cashman isn’t perfect…,but if I’m gonna point a finger at someone for the Situation the yanks are in first it wouldn’t be him……”

    I agree with this.

  6. Tackelberry February 14th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Me too. So mamy on here are always quick to blame Cashman all the time when things go wrong. There could be players that he wanted to chase, but its possible that ownership simply said no on many occasions due to cost or whatever. He can only work within the guidelines and restrictions he’s given. I think he does a pretty good job. Some people complain just for the sake of complaining. Can’t beleive the number of commenters complaining about the loss of Almonte, a guy teams didn’t even take in the rule 5 draft when they had a chance. Yet, Cashman managed to get a decent arm for him.

  7. tucker February 14th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I think Hal decided to stop spending on significant free agents on long-term deals after 2009. His deal to Cashman: you want significant players, use the prospects as your currency.

  8. 4 NYY February 14th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Tackelberry February 14th, 2013 at 11:17 am
    Me too. So mamy on here are always quick to blame Cashman all the time when things go wrong. There could be players that he wanted to chase, but its possible that ownership simply said no on many occasions due to cost or whatever. He can only work within the guidelines and restrictions he’s given. I think he does a pretty good job. Some people complain just for the sake of complaining. Can’t beleive the number of commenters complaining about the loss of Almonte, a guy teams didn’t even take in the rule 5 draft when they had a chance. Yet, Cashman managed to get a decent arm for him.

    ========================

    Agree 100%

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    austin, you can make a prediction any time up to the first pitch of the first game of the season. You can also make a prediction and change it up to that time.

  10. Against All Odds February 14th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Cashman isn’t perfect…,but if I’m gonna point a finger at someone for the Situation the yanks are in first it wouldn’t be him……

    ———————–

    In a way the finger has to be pointed at him first because the farm hasn’t been the pipeline he claimed it would be. Yes the financial restrictions are over his head but the development and growth of the farm is on him is it not.

  11. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    trisha – My guess as of today is 92… but I might take advantage of the opportunity to change that after I see some ST games.

  12. Nick in SF February 14th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Maybe some people complain for the sake of complaining, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t legitimate criticisms to be made. Any GM who makes moves will also make mistakes, and it’s certainly fair game to question and critique Cashman’s overall tenure as well as specific decisions.

  13. DONNYBROOK February 14th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Kelley was DFA’d roughly week ago, so Cashman did Not have to do much to get ‘em. Throw in the fact the RP’s salary is just over $900K, and you got Cashman opening his front door, and finding a dumpster on the porch ready to be rifled through. Cashman should get NO credit of Any sort for this deal.

  14. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    @eboland11

    Little bit of news on Pineda: threw first full mound bullpen of rehab yesterday. Plan is for him to throw another tomorrow

  15. Nick in SF February 14th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    In a way the finger has to be pointed at him first because the farm hasn’t been the pipeline he claimed it would be.”

    That may be his ultimate undoing if he made that “claim” to his employers, but you make it sound like he promised to give you a ride to the airport and never showed up. The rhetoric Cashman used was clearly a goal; if he guaranteed results then he deserves to be fired for making promises he couldn’t keep, as many a Brady Bunch episode taught us one shouldn’t do.

  16. Cashmoney February 14th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I like to see Pineda spend entire 13 in AAA, why rush the crown jewel!

  17. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    @Joelsherman1

    Also on blog http://bit.ly/Z09ucJ think #Yankees fans will enjoy JR Murphy anecdote about catching Rivera pen

  18. Nick in SF February 14th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Campos is the crown jewel, Pineda needs to force his way into the rotation conversation ASAP.

  19. Wave Your Hat February 14th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    According to an article on Hardball Talk the Vegas over/under on Yankee wins is 86.5. Has this been discussed?

  20. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    “In a way the finger has to be pointed at him first because the farm hasn’t been the pipeline he claimed it would be. Yes the financial restrictions are over his head but the development and growth of the farm is on him is it not.”

    It’s tough to build an elite farm system picking at the back of the draft every year…..unrealistic Id say to sustain that even if you can do it. The farm system is in pretty good shape right now….,

    Now you can criticize him for perhaps not developing the frontline pitching etc…..but man that hard to do when you don’t get to draft Strasburg or Verlander or Dylan Bundy …..developing pitching is hard…..

  21. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Wave Your Hat says:
    February 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm
    According to an article on Hardball Talk the Vegas over/under on Yankee wins is 86.5. Has this been discussed?

    Id take the over but that’s a good line

  22. Nick in SF February 14th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    86.5?

    Clearly Vegas is not yet aware that Youk has tweeked his stance.

    I shall take the over.

  23. Cashmoney February 14th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Grats Blake, on the little one.

  24. DONNYBROOK February 14th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I still say Hughes has Not lived up to Advance billing. By now, he should be a Consistent 2 slotter. Cashman should be held accountable for that.

  25. GregD February 14th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    It’s tough to build an elite farm system picking at the back of the draft every year…..unrealistic Id say to sustain that even if you can do it. The farm system is in pretty good shape right now….,

    Now you can criticize him for perhaps not developing the frontline pitching etc…..but man that hard to do when you don’t get to draft Strasburg or Verlander or Dylan Bundy …..developing pitching is hard…..
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    Blake, I couldn’t agree more……….

  26. Cashmoney February 14th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I see a 88-91 wins team right now I don’t imaging too many major changes to this roster til opening day.

  27. Tackelberry February 14th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    DONNYBROOK February 14th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    I still say Hughes has Not lived up to Advance billing. By now, he should be a Consistent 2 slotter. Cashman should be held accountable for that.

    ___________________________________________

    Since when is Cashman a pitching coach? or minor league instructor. he can only go by the reccomendations of his scouts and coaches. How Hughes progresses has nothing to do with him.

  28. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I take the over, too. Already have, in fact.

  29. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    It isn’t that anyone is trying to absolve Cash of accountability.. but I think it’s a bit short sighted to ignore that the FO’s hierarchy hasn’t been consistent in their approach. This off-season made me think Cash was under the impression they’d have more flexibility.

    Here’s a good question: If Mason, Austin, Sanchez, and Banuelos all become productive big league players, than the the conversation about Cash’s ability to draft and develop players change?

  30. DONNYBROOK February 14th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Somebody has to take responsibility for short comings or outright failings. The guy at the Top should be held accountable in situations such as this. “It happened on my watch”, is what should come into play.

  31. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    @DanBarbarisi: Michael PIneda said he made a mistake coming into spring last year heavy at 280 pounds. “im not making this mistake again,” he says.

  32. Tackelberry February 14th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Its obvious DonnyBrook has a hard on for Cashman.

  33. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    “Here’s a good question: If Mason, Austin, Sanchez, and Banuelos all become productive big league players, than the the conversation about Cash’s ability to draft and develop players change?”

    Absolutely….. Especially since none of those guys were lottery picks…..Sanchez is the only one that had any fanfare

  34. Tackelberry February 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Here’s a good question: If Mason, Austin, Sanchez, and Banuelos all become productive big league players, than the the conversation about Cash’s ability to draft and develop players change?

    _______________________________________

    No of course not, cause thats what he’s paid to do. Its only when he makes mistakes that he gets called out

  35. Wave Your Hat February 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Most everyone here would take the over, so the over/under here would have to be higher. I suspect the median win prediction for trisha’s contest will be around 90-91 wins.

  36. G. Love February 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    If anyone is taking the under on 86.5 in here as of today, I’m not sure if you’re actually rooting for the Yankees.

    Under 86.5 would be an unmitigated disaster.

    I would’ve pegged that Vegas line at 88.5 or 89 in order to get a lot more “under” bets.

  37. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Tackel,
    And “The Elements of Style” as well.

  38. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks cash

  39. Wave Your Hat February 14th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    ” would’ve pegged that Vegas line at 88.5 or 89 in order to get a lot more “under” bets.”

    I guess they let non-Yankee fans bet too.

  40. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    The Rangers can’t develop pitching either and they are considered one of the best front offices in baseball with one of the best farm systems …..the rays , Giants, and maybe the Braves and As have been pretty good at pitcher development…..everyone else stinks at it in general and only get good pitchers when they either get lucky or get to draft in the top 10 and take Strasburg

  41. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    @KenDavidoff

    The #Mets and spending, and Francisco Cervelli and the burden of proof. #Yankees http://bit.ly/VgiJs7

  42. jacksquat February 14th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Professional odds are also based on how everyone is betting, not just a prediction of results. Probably a lot of people are thinking the Yankees will be much worse this year and are betting accordingly.

  43. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Considering most projections put the Yanks at around 87 wins that line seems reasonable…..it’s a bit low though and I think the worst case scenario will have to happen for them to go under…..problem is that the worst case scenario had a greater probability of happening with this team than any other in years

  44. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    G. Love February 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    If anyone is taking the under on 86.5 in here as of today, I’m not sure if you’re actually rooting for the Yankees.

    Under 86.5 would be an unmitigated disaster.

    I would’ve pegged that Vegas line at 88.5 or 89 in order to get a lot more “under” bets.

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    Lol, I think some factions of the blog would be surprised to see so many of us taking the over!! But I can’t imagine anyone on here taking the under. We’re positive!! We just keep it buried real, real deep. ;)

  45. Nick in SF February 14th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    ” .problem is that the worst case scenario had a greater probability of happening with this team than any other in years”

    I think the probabilty is the same, it’s just that this year’s worst case scenario is… worse.

  46. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    “I think the probabilty is the same, it’s just that this year’s worst case scenario is… worse.”

    I think it’s both…. They are carrying a lot of risk so I think the odds of a collapse are greater…,and the floor of a collapse are lower. I still think they’ll contend and may make the playoffs barring injuries ….but the risk of it all going sideways is real…..

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I’m officially in at 97 wins. Kills me to go under 100, but I won’t underestimate what the Jays have done this off season.

  48. RadioKev February 14th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    “I think the probabilty is the same, it’s just that this year’s worst case scenario is… worse.”

    I think it’s both…. They are carrying a lot of risk so I think the odds of a collapse are greater…,and the floor of a collapse are lower. I still think they’ll contend and may make the playoffs barring injuries ….but the risk of it all going sideways is real…..
    ————

    Their older players are a season older, which does increase risk of collapse, yes. They also haven’t replaced the runs lost in the off season.

    Going sideways ain’t too bad if we make the ALCS again. I’d take that opportunity.

  49. Ys Guy February 14th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    wow, torre sounded like he’s 100 years old on wfan.

  50. RadioKev February 14th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    I’m officially in at 97 wins. Kills me to go under 100, but I won’t underestimate what the Jays have done this off season.
    ———–

    Better than last year?

  51. Tackelberry February 14th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    I’m officially in at 97 wins. Kills me to go under 100, but I won’t underestimate what the Jays have done this off season.

    ________________________________________

    Love your prediction Trisha, but I’m gonna go with 91. The lack of ppwer will probably come back to bite them in some games, but I think they’ll win some more games playing small ball this year as well. I think Youk is gonna be a real ke player this year. He’s got something to prove.

  52. munson15 February 14th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Trisha…Put me down for 93 wins. With the AL East beating each other up this year, I think that wins the division.

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Kev, I am counting on the pitching to remain healthy and to come through.

  54. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    “It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
    “So it is.”
    “And freezing.”
    “Is it?”
    “Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    munson15 – so nice to see you around!

    :)

    Tackleberry, I too believe that, um, “Youk” will come through this year. He plays hard, that’s for sure.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    tom – :lol:

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I’ll say this. With all the consternation and uncertainty surrounding Arod,we could do worse at 3rd! At least we have a known commodty.

  58. RadioKev February 14th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    Kev, I am counting on the pitching to remain healthy and to come through.
    ————–

    I admire that! But…something always happens with the pitching. Maybe something can be done, I think the Rays found a way to minimize injury.

  59. 4 NYY February 14th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    89 is the number for me Trish. ( as we stand now )

  60. MTU February 14th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Blake-

    My criticisms of Cashman are twofold:

    1) I find him arrogant of late.

    2) He has failed to properly oversee the development of his young arms. Perhaps he delegated
    to much authority to the wrong people. Either way he’s the Captain and takes final responsibility
    IMO.

    I do think he gets a pass in some areas as Hal has probably tied his hands for now.

    A big bet is being made on the Farm. The idea that the Yankees will simply be able to recreate
    the “core 4″ seems ludicrous to me. That was a one off event IMO. A miracle of good fortune.
    Not likely to be repeated anytime soon.

    Perhaps 1 or 2 at most will pan out. That would actually be quite good.

  61. MTU February 14th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Trisha-

    Short driveby for me.

    Glad to see you are OK. I thought about you and others in the path of the storm.

    I know R.I. got hit really hard.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Well I think Andy worked off his “not sure anymore” Clemens karma last season. :D I’m counting on him to stay healthy. CC’s had surgery and it sure explains (or helps to explain) his problems last season! just have a good feeling about our pitching this season. Here’s hoping!

    As I’m also officially down with something, I think I’ll just pull up the covers and check back later!

    :)

  63. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Andy will definitely get injured.. you just hope beyond hopes that it happens before the playoffs so he has time to get back into the groove before they begin.

    I’m glad we have Phelps. I really hope they force Nova and Phelps to battle it out all season. It will only make them both better pitchers for 2014.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    MTU – thank you! It was an adventure, that’s for sure, especially with two housebound little ones running around/amok, ha ha. We didn’t get plowed out for a while, but thankfully we never lost power. (small mercies)

    ********

    OT – Oscar Pistorius has been charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend. I sure hope it turns out to be one of those “thought someone was breaking in” stories.

    :(

  65. blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    @FakePeteGammons: Currently trying to decide if Shane Victorino is Italian & Hawaiian. I’ll need to see him naked to be sure. This is Peter Gammons #RedSox

    MTU,

    Yea I’m not wild about Cash’s new attitude the last couple of years either but that is what it is and doesn’t really relate to the product he puts on the field

  66. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    trisha – Make sure you drink lots of liquids with some sort of sugar/salt content like juices and Gatorade. Whatever that stomach/flu bug is, it’s awful. I had it a couple of weeks ago and my doctor got all mad at me for only drinking water. After that my tongue was mostly blue because I won’t drink any Gatorade that remotely resembles a color found in nature.

  67. MTU February 14th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Trisha-

    I’m glad to hear that. Thought for sure you’d experience an outage.

  68. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    @jonmorosi

    Remember this name: Christian Garcia. Davey Johnson says his stuff is almost Strasburg-level. Could be a starter, 13 relief outings in 2012.

  69. jacksquat February 14th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    How does Cashman sound arrogant?

  70. blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    @JackCurryYES: Cashman said Youkilis is “exactly the type of player the Yankees want” because of his power, plate discipline and ability to handle NY.

  71. jacksquat February 14th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Christian Garcia, stuff, yes. Starter? Good luck with that.

    http://www.baseball-reference......rcia001chr

  72. MTU February 14th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Blake-

    I think Hal has bound Cashman’s hands tightly but his legacy, if you will, is what the Farm has or will produce along with his trade/FA record.

    If you were looking for top-of-the-rotation starter as a benchmark then Cashman falls flat.

    Trade/FA record is very mixed. Best single trade = Swisher. Worst yet to be determined. There were several very questionable moves. Pavano comes to mind as one of the worst.

    Dumpster diving rating is good. But who gives a rat about that. I sure don’t.

  73. RMS February 14th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    trisha

    I’m going with 91 wins but hoping your prediction is right!!

    ————————————————————————–
    Hope you are feeling better. Did you get a flu shot?

  74. austinmac February 14th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Trisha,

    I am at 88 subject to a spring training change.

  75. Cashmoney February 14th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Did Davey Johnson realize Garcia’s health is almost Pavano like?

  76. MTU February 14th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Squat-

    How bout when he told Jeter to shop that offer ?

    To me that was arrogant. There were others but they do not immediately come to mind.

    His bluntness is annoying to me. Others might like it.

  77. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    @JackCurryYES

    When Youkilis was deciding on Yankee offer, he noted how vital it was that Cashman was patient and understood impact of Bos to NY transition

  78. MTU February 14th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Got to run.

    sorry.

    I’ll try to check back later.

  79. blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    @JackCurryYES: While Pineda’s timetable is fluid, Cashman said June is reachable goal for him to pitch again in the majors.

  80. blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    @HardballTalk: Carl Crawford regrets signing in “toxic” Boston http://t.co/JoJMnLB1 #mlb #hbt

  81. austinmac February 14th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    The Vegas line shows the the age and injury concerns. If one goes by WAR, the team is several wins below last year.

    My prediction is an attempt to consider a reasonable amount of injuries, whatever that is. If they have no major injuries they could equal last year’s win total. I consider that far too lucky to expect although I would be thrilled.

    I would say the Vegas line does make we naysayers more in line with the betting line folks in our concerns. They seem to have them and to expect the general betting public to have them too.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks everyone for the good wishes. I have all of your predictions to date. RMS, I did get a flu shot, so hopefully whatever this is won’t hang around too long.

    BBL. Time to drift off to dreamy land. :)

  83. Cashmoney February 14th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I am pretty sure he also notice the 12 with six zeros attach to it. but anywho, if Youk and Pedroia were homegrown Yanks they were have been embrace by NY fans.

  84. blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    @nickcafardo: We’re just scrappy underdogs trying to win for our fans – sox CEO Larry Lucchino

    Lol

  85. Cashmoney February 14th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    *would have been

  86. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    @JackCurryYES

    While Pineda’s timetable is fluid, Cashman said June is reachable goal for him to pitch again in the majors.

  87. joeman February 14th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I’m at 90 W’s for the NYY

  88. joeman February 14th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    just got back from working 5 days up at the Cape..lot of damage but all lights back on now

  89. blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    @BryanHoch: Michael Pineda says his shoulder feels strong, expects to be the same pitcher he was with Seattle. Best case is MLB-ready by May/June.

    Boy woukd that be a boost

  90. blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    @mikeaxisa: “We’re just scrappy underdogs with our projected $160M payroll.”

  91. Nick in SF February 14th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    You go, Michael Pineda!!! :grin:

  92. KPB February 14th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve tried google, but maybe I’m to dumb to use the correct search terms. What is the difference between a half mound and a regular mound? Is it the height of the mound, or just half the distance to the plate? Thanks

  93. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    @nickcafardo: We’re just scrappy underdogs trying to win for our fans – sox CEO Larry Lucchino

    Lol

    ————————–

    This is a fake quote, right? Lucchino is such a jackoff.

  94. joeman February 14th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    KPB February 14th, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    I’ve tried google, but maybe I’m to dumb to use the correct search terms. What is the difference between a half mound and a regular mound? Is it the height of the mound, or just half the distance to the plate? Thanks

    ————————–
    height on mound

  95. austinmac February 14th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Trisha,

    I hope you feel better. Would this be an inappopriate time to harass you? :)

  96. joeman February 14th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    of

  97. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    @HardballTalk: Carl Crawford regrets signing in “toxic” Boston http://t.co/JoJMnLB1 #mlb #hbt

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    It’s incredible that with a contract that size this guy is going to fly under the radar on the Dodgers. We used to do that kinda sh*t.

  98. bruceb February 14th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Yankees are not deep enough to play catch up this year so they better get off to a good start. I’m one of life’s great pessimists so put me down for 86 wins, Trisha. By the way, those Ritter Sports Bars are delicious. Thank you, again.

  99. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    @BryanHoch: Michael Pineda says his shoulder feels strong, expects to be the same pitcher he was with Seattle. Best case is MLB-ready by May/June.

    Boy woukd that be a boost

    —————-

    Would totally change the landscape of the team, tbh.

    The question then is do you try to retain Hughes so you can move forward with CC, Pineda and Hughes as your top 3 or do you just replace Hughes with Pineda and fill things out from there?

  100. RadioKev February 14th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
    @jonmorosi

    Remember this name: Christian Garcia. Davey Johnson says his stuff is almost Strasburg-level. Could be a starter, 13 relief outings in 2012.
    ———-

    Is this an elaborate “FU” to the Yankees?

    I’m holding my breath on Pineda. I’m glad he thinks his shoulder is strong, but I’ll have to actually see it to believe it.

  101. Jerkface February 14th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I hope they don’t push Pineda to the majors. Once he is done rehabbing I want them to option him for atleast until the trade deadline. Gain an extra year of control then bring him up.

    He needs to get back to that 95 mph fastball he had before the trade.

  102. jacksquat February 14th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    MTU February 14th, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    Squat-

    How bout when he told Jeter to shop that offer ?

    To me that was arrogant. There were others but they do not immediately come to mind.

    His bluntness is annoying to me. Others might like it.

    That was after Jeter’s agent had already made a public comment about being perplexed (or some word like that) about the Yankees’ offers so far to that point. So after that I thought it was fair that Cashman replied in kind (in public) that if they didn’t like the offer, to shop it.

    It’s a business negotiation and it’s Cashman’s job to handle it. He is in a much different position than fans.

  103. RadioKev February 14th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    There’s definitely no sense in rushing Pineda if Nova/Phelps have the last spot locked down.

  104. Nick in SF February 14th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    No, gotta push Pineda. Get him starting games in the Bronx ASAP.

    And the good news about pushing him hard is that the fastball he throws on the pitch that blows out his shoulder again will come in looking like a great changeup.

  105. KPB February 14th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks joeman

  106. Against All Odds February 14th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    blake February 14th, 2013 at 12:01 pm
    “In a way the finger has to be pointed at him first because the farm hasn’t been the pipeline he claimed it would be. Yes the financial restrictions are over his head but the development and growth of the farm is on him is it not.”

    It’s tough to build an elite farm system picking at the back of the draft every year…..unrealistic Id say to sustain that even if you can do it. The farm system is in pretty good shape right now….,

    Now you can criticize him for perhaps not developing the frontline pitching etc…..but man that hard to do when you don’t get to draft Strasburg or Verlander or Dylan Bundy …..developing pitching is hard…..
    ————————————————-

    It is in good shape but it still has to produce the next wave of players to be core members of this team.

    It is but when you have high end guys like Joba and Hughes and a couple of others you have to do everything you can to make sure those guys come through. All of them won’t become aces but out of a group you should develop at least one and so far the Yankees haven’t done that.

  107. blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    The question then is do you try to retain Hughes so you can move forward with CC, Pineda and Hughes as your top 3 or do you just replace Hughes with Pineda and fill things out from there?”

    Id try to keep Hughes but I don’t have a budget

  108. KPB February 14th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Agreed with JF. Would like for them to start Pineda in minors, to not only get the extra year, but to also see what he actually has without the pressure of trying to make the majors and possibly injuring himself worse.

  109. jay51 February 14th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    is phelps wearing #41 or #35 (an earlier post has him wearing #35, Pineda wearing #43 & Miller wearing #41. But Yankees.com has him wearing #41, Pineda wearing #35 & Miller wearing #43) sorry just a numbers guy…

  110. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Phelps went back to 41 and Pineda 35.

  111. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    KPB February 14th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Agreed with JF. Would like for them to start Pineda in minors, to not only get the extra year, but to also see what he actually has without the pressure of trying to make the majors and possibly injuring himself worse.

    —————–

    Yeah there’s no reason to rush him at all with 6 solid starters in the mix. If they dick around with Phelps this season I’m going to freak the eff out.

  112. jay51 February 14th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks SS

  113. Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Ugh.

    Man of the hour :arrow:

  114. Nilsson February 14th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Nice news on Pineda. It’d be much better if he can regain the heat from his rookie season. But that’s for another time later on. Also glad to hear he’s in the best shape of his …

    Campos is the other piece in the mix. According to some, he was supposed to be the steal of the century.

  115. KPB February 14th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    blake

    I think Hughes will have a good year and they should keep him. It would be nice to have cc, hughes, nova/phelps, and pineda if he has a good year at triple a to show he’s healthy.

  116. jay51 February 14th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Anyone know why Aardsma went to #34 instead of his usual #53? As far as I know #53 was available before being assigned to Spence, just curious

  117. UnKnown February 14th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Pumped that Youk has made it to camp.

    Dude is going to be really good this year. All the haters are going to have to suck it up and admit that they like him on the team.

  118. comnsnse February 14th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Blake, “if all those elite prospects become major league players will Cashman be more highly regarded”? Or words to that effect!

    We’ll Blake I might also say if my Baba had wheels she’s be a Buick…….if you catch my meaning!

  119. comnsnse February 14th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Hello……………prospects are suspects until they prove otherwise!

    Anything else is like predicting elections when the ballots have yet to be cast!

  120. Against All Odds February 14th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    @nickcafardo: We’re just scrappy underdogs trying to win for our fans – sox CEO Larry Lucchino

    Lol

    ————————–

    This is a fake quote, right? Lucchino is such a jackoff.

    ————————-

    How many yrs will they continue to play the little engine that could role.

  121. Against All Odds February 14th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Shame Spencer February 14th, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    blake February 14th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    @BryanHoch: Michael Pineda says his shoulder feels strong, expects to be the same pitcher he was with Seattle. Best case is MLB-ready by May/June.

    Boy woukd that be a boost

    —————-

    Would totally change the landscape of the team, tbh.

    The question then is do you try to retain Hughes so you can move forward with CC, Pineda and Hughes as your top 3 or do you just replace Hughes with Pineda and fill things out from there?

    ———————-

    I always felt that the Yankees saw Pineda as the guy to replace Hughes long term


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