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Tuesday morning notes: Phelps throws simulated game

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 19, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With no L-screen in front of the mound and no cage around the hitter, David Phelps was one of four Yankees to throw a simulated game this morning. He threw two simulated innings — the first took eight pitches — then he faced a few more hitters to get his pitch count closer to 40. Of course, there was one pitch that stood out; the one that Ronnier Mustelier whistled up the middle, right past Phelps’ head.

“I heard it, I didn’t see it,” Phelps said. “Robbie (Cano) probably would have had it.”

Phelps, Adam Warren, Brett Marshall and Nik Turley all threw live batting practice this morning, and that group seems to be the pool from which to choose a starter for Saturday’s spring opener. Phelps, Warren and Marshall threw batting practice on Thursday, took one day off, threw BP again on Saturday, took two days off, then threw today’s simulated games. If you figure three days off this time, all three would be perfectly lined up for Saturday.

But the pitchers said they still haven’t been given a spring rotation.

• Didn’t get a chance to ask Robinson Cano when he’ll be leaving, but Mark Teixeira said he’s leaving to join Team USA on March 3. That should give him eight games with the Yankees, and maybe a chance to play in four of them. Cano’s Team D.R. plays the Yankees on March 6, so we know he’ll be gone by then.

• Eduardo Nunez showed up in camp a little smaller than last spring. He reported close to 199 pounds last year but is down to 193 this year. He said he felt he bulked up a little too much last winter, wanted to stay a little lighter this time.

• Today’s defensive drills have Dan Johnson at third base. If he proves he can play there, he could become an interesting bench candidate as, essentially, an Eric Chavez replacement.

• Phelps said he wasn’t surprised to see Mustelier hit that sharp comebacker during this morning’s sim game. Phelps played with Mustelier in the Arizona Fall League and for a little bit in Triple-A. “He can swing it, he certainly can,” Phelps said.

• In their sim games, Phelps threw to Bobby Wilson, Warren threw to Francisco Cervelli, Marshall threw to Chris Stewart and Turley threw to Austin Romine. The hitters were Mustelier, Cito Culver, Addison Maruszak and Corban Joseph.

• Today’s batting practice pitchers:

Group 1
Facing Melky Mesa and Kyle Roller
Dave Robertson (throwing to J.R. Murphy)
Jim Miller (Murphy)
Nick Goody (Gary Sanchez)

Group 2
Facing Jose Pirela and Greg Bird
Dellin Betances (Francisco Arcia)
Juan Cedeno (Kyle Higashioka)

• Today’s sides:

Early group
CC Sabathia (to Bobby Wilson)
Andy Pettitte (Cervelli)
David Aardsma (Stewart)
Mariano Rivera (Romine)

Late group
Cody Eppley (Roman Rodriguez)
Clay Rapada (Murphy)
Chase Whitley (Arcia)
Preston Claiborne (Sanchez)
Tom Kahnle (Higashioka)
Shawn Kelley (Rodriguez)

• Defensive infield drills:

Group 1
Greg Bird (1B), Robinson Cano (2B), Walter Ibarra (2B), Derek Jeter (SS), Dan Johnson (3B), Luke Murton (1B), Eduardo Nunez (SS), Jayson Nix (2B/3B), Rob Segedin (3B)

Group 2
Cito Culver (SS), Corban Joseph (2B/3B), Addison Maruszak (2B/3B), Jose Pirela (2B), Kyle Roller (1B), Mark Teixeira (1B), Gil Velazquez (SS), Kevin Youkilis (3B)

• Batting practice groups (same as yesterday):

Group 1
Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez

Group 2
Dan Johnson, Jayson Nix, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis

Group 3
Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Juan Rivera, Ichiro Suzuki

Group 4
Matt Diaz, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal

Group 5
Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Luke Murton, Gil Velazquez

Group 6
Zoilo Almonte, Slade Heathcott, Kyle Roller, Rob Segedin

Group 7
Greg Bird, Cito Culver, Walter Ibarra, Jose Pirela

Group 8
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia

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48 Responses to “Tuesday morning notes: Phelps throws simulated game”

  1. FiretheUMPIRE February 19th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Tex looks old without his HgH

  2. Ys Guy February 19th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    even when soriano had speed he was one of the worst OF in baseball.

    now he’s 37 and has zero speed. (and no arm)

    he’s not a $10M player and even if he was, there are much better places to put $10M then bailing out the cubs.

  3. DONNYBROOK February 19th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    The $5 Mill per X 2 seasons for Soriano is a steal. The hang-up has gotta be the prospect(s) that Theo is demanding in return.

  4. PacoDooley February 19th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I hope this Cito Culber turns out to be better than that light hitting shortstop that they drafted in the first round a few years ago. That guy is awful…

  5. pat February 19th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    “he’s not a $10M player”

    $10M for 2 years. I think I’d take a shot on the bat for 5 million a year and accept the arm or legs for whatever they are depending on what player it would cost.

  6. austinmac February 19th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I agree on Soriano. He is not worth the money nor do I want to see him swinging at every pitch thrown again. I hope they give Mustelier a good look.

  7. RadioKev February 19th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    The thing with Soriano is the Cubs would actually want a decent prospect in return, I think.

  8. DONNYBROOK February 19th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Take a good look at Soriano, and figure that’s Close to what Cano will look like in 7 yrs. Also, remember Sori was a 2B once-upon-a-time.

  9. blake February 19th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    ” Also, remember Sori was a 2B once-upon-a-time.”

    Soriano was always an outfielder….he just or entered to be a 2B for a few years….Cano is a gold glover

    If Theo would eat most of the money and be reasonable on the prospects then I think he make them better…..but the signing of Hafner pretty much says to me that they aren’t thinking about that…..Soriano would have to be the primary DH for it to make much sense

  10. blake February 19th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    He just pretended to be a 2b for a few years I mean

  11. austinmac February 19th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    As I recall Soriano came up as a middle infielder, but not a particularly good one like Cano. That is not a fair comparison since Cano is a far better player than Soriano ever was.

    It is interesting the newspapermen are now discussing the issues we all have been discussing over the winter.

    I say go with who we have now unless the upgrade is significant, and that isn’t happening.

  12. 86w183 February 19th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Greetings all from La Republica Dominica !!! Long time no see.

    I’m here visiting my daughter who is in the Peace Corps and have been out of touch after several days in her village which has no plumbing and infrequent electricity.

    I won’t groan too loudly if they deal for Soriano because he can still hit, especially after he went to a lighter bad mid season which is something I’ve suggest with him for years.

    BUT I agree with those who would rather see what Mustelier can do first. If they really need to spend $ 5 Million, spend it on a catcher who hits better than my grandmother.

  13. blake February 19th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I think they are gonna go with what they have for now….Hadner will DH vs RHP and Nunez, Jeter, and Youk will share most of the DH time vs LHP.

    If Hafner can stay healthy (that’s a huge if of course) then I think he will be very productive….. Could see 25 homers and an .850 OPS.

    They may re-assess at the deadline…..we will see

  14. 4 NYY February 19th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Sori = sorry Wrong side of hill !

  15. blake February 19th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    4 NYY says:
    February 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Sori = sorry Wrong side of hill !

    He matches the rest of the team

  16. 4 NYY February 19th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    blake February 19th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    4 NYY says:
    February 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Sori = sorry Wrong side of hill !

    He matches the rest of the team

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

    True, but we’ve piled on enough !

  17. blake February 19th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    @BaseballAmerica: Happy Top 100 Prospects day. No. 1 is Rangers SS Jurickson Profar. The complete free list is here: http://t.co/T40WvSJc

  18. blake February 19th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Yankees in the top 100:

    Mason: 32
    Sanchez: 57
    Heathcott: 63
    Austin: 77

  19. Tackelberry February 19th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    those will be the 4 that every team wil ask for in trade talks over the next 2 years.

  20. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    blake February 19th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Yankees in the top 100:

    Mason: 32
    Sanchez: 57
    Heathcott: 63
    Austin: 77

    ———————–

    It’s really not a bad group at all.. didn’t JF present some studies/stats that show 30% of the top 100 make it to the bigs? So…. we’ll hopefully get 1 and a half-ish players out of those four!!

    Yay…?

  21. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    It could be a really good group. The problem is the shakiness of the bridge to get there.

  22. AndyFTM February 19th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    blake February 19th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Yankees in the top 100:

    Mason: 32
    Sanchez: 57
    Heathcott: 63
    Austin: 77

    ——————————

    While its a promising group, unfortunately none of those 4 are pitchers. I think thats what many of us are starting to look for with respect to the future, especially with the killer B’s suffering setbacks

  23. austinmac February 19th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    86w183,

    Enjoy your trip and be proud, as I am sure you are, of your daughter.

    Please bring a catcher back with you.

  24. Against All Odds February 19th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    PacoDooley February 19th, 2013 at 11:21 am
    I hope this Cito Culber turns out to be better than that light hitting shortstop that they drafted in the first round a few years ago. That guy is awful…
    ————————

    That pick still bothers me. It was such a reach

  25. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    It could be a really good group. The problem is the shakiness of the bridge to get there.

    ———————

    If all 4 guys hit… does that completely change the view of the FO for this era?

  26. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Shame

    It would be a big step in that direction, but given their lack of patience, it would be truly shocking if they hit it here, at least to me.

  27. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Shame

    It would be a big step in that direction, but given their lack of patience, it would be truly shocking if they hit it here, at least to me.

    ——————-

    Numerically speaking, it’s highly unlikely more than one hits and sticks. And it still doesn’t resolve our INF issues.. but if they all did, I’d have to imagine it drastically changes the conversation (though many including myself might attribute it to sheer luck, like we had with the core 4/5).

  28. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    @JackCurryYES

    Hughes has some upper back stiffness near his shoulder and will miss a few days. “Theres always a little bit of concern,” Girardi said.

  29. UnKnown February 19th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    “And I do believe Robby when he says it’s not about the money.”

    Sun rises out of the West too. :lol:

  30. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I think saying, ‘it’s not about the money’ is another way of saying it’s not ALL about the money. I think in these cases though guys measure their ‘worth’ based on the value of contracts not just across the board but on their own club. Cano is definitely going to be insulted by a 6-7 year offer, no matter what the dollars are. We can barely rationalize that because we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars but these guys are playing on a totally different plane than we are.

  31. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    “Numerically speaking, it’s highly unlikely more than one hits and sticks. And it still doesn’t resolve our INF issues.. but if they all did, I’d have to imagine it drastically changes the conversation (though many including myself might attribute it to sheer luck, like we had with the core 4/5).”

    Which is why I would trade a package for a very young player with upside.

    I think one has to be a star, another has to be very good, and two at least ML average.

    Maybe more important than the actual makeup and balance of players on the team, it would be a sign that the knew what they are doing, and not merely benefiting by what remains of the original core or a financial advantage.

  32. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    ?@JackCurryYES

    David Phelps will pitch spring opener on Sat vs Braves. Adam Warren will start on Sun vs the Blue Jays, the 1st game YES televises.

  33. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I think one has to be a star, another has to be very good, and two at least ML average.

    ——————–

    Yeah, and this is just so unlikely… Maybe they’re hoping this year increases each players value and they can trade high on one or two of them.. just not sure they’re adept at that particular aspect of wheeling and dealing.

    I guess we’re looking at Sanchez or Mason ending up being the stand out in that group. It’s just hard to know who to keep and who to move..

  34. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    “Yeah, and this is just so unlikely… Maybe they’re hoping this year increases each players value and they can trade high on one or two of them.. just not sure they’re adept at that particular aspect of wheeling and dealing.”

    It’s unlikely at this point because they are so far away from the ML.

    That’s why I said the bridge is shaky, and why it was so dumb to trade Montero for such a risky return, even if Pineda ultimately succeeds, as well as why they were in no position to trade AJack.

    Instead, they are left with an aging team, with little of the roster flexibility the importance of which Cashman has long given lip service to, with large gaps in the stages of development of possible roster reinforcements.

    The result is the need for a straight flush.

  35. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I didn’t think the Ajax move was a bad one… but that was before we traded Melky for a 5th starter (that turned out to be ill equipped for even that role).

    We weren’t in a bad position on Ajax, IMO, because we had Gardner and Melky and… money and stuff.

  36. UnKnown February 19th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I think saying “it’s not about the money” is a way to foolishly think that it will throw people off the scent that it is in fact ALL about the money and nothing else.

    This has been proven time and time again after some superstar makes that comment.
    Good news and bad news is that we will all be discussing this far too much once the 2013 season ends and I’m sure even during the season.

    Time will tell.

  37. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Where did everyone else go, Rich? Are we not cool enough for them?

  38. jacksquat February 19th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    @JackCurryYES

    Hughes has some upper back stiffness near his shoulder and will miss a few days. “Theres always a little bit of concern,” Girardi said.

    Hopefully that is really near the shoulder, and not actually the back of the shoulder.

  39. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I viewed AJack as having far more upside, and he was really coming on as a prospect at AAA. Also, it was coupled with cutting the cord very quickly on IPK, who just a short time before that, was supposed to be a rotation mainstay for years.

    And for a player who was becoming more pull happy, even Detroit, and already in an offensive decline.

  40. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    “Where did everyone else go, Rich? Are we not cool enough for them?”

    They just eat bigger lunches…

  41. jacksquat February 19th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    UnKnown February 19th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    I think saying “it’s not about the money” is a way to foolishly think that it will throw people off the scent that it is in fact ALL about the money and nothing else.

    Yeah, that got a chuckle from me. Cano should not even bother with that line.

  42. austinmac February 19th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Things like Hughes shoulder soreness is the reason most expected the Yankees would bring in another veteran starter. In other years and at other times, they would have done so.

  43. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    This early in ST, mere stiffness doesn’t concern me.

  44. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t think it’s ever all about the money for a lot of guys… I just think what we consider to be small things are big things to them. Like I said, a shorted offer in terms of years could give him plenty of money, maybe even a higher AAV than in other deals, but he might deem it an insult. And that’s just not something that we can relate to any experience we’ve had in terms of our jobs and job offers.

    Like look at Josh Hamilton. I think after the back and forth with the Rangers, if he would have gotten back to them with the Angels offer they might have matched it… but at that point the guy may have felt he was insulted by their approach, so he’d go with the Angels no matter what. I think pride is a huge factor for these guys, and I do think it’s almost tantamount to dollars…. although some could see them as being the same thing, I guess..

  45. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    “Where did everyone else go, Rich? Are we not cool enough for them?”

    They just eat bigger lunches…

    ————————

    I don’t take a lunch… I just sprinkle my hour throughout the day to come visit you guys. ;)

  46. jacksquat February 19th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    It seems to be 90-95% about the money 90-95% of the time. If Cano’s biggest offer was from the Marlins then he may not take the highest offer. If the Dodgers only offer a few mil more than the Yankees, then he may stay a Yankee. But other than that type of stuff, it’s always about the money.

  47. Rich in NJ February 19th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    “I don’t think it’s ever all about the money for a lot of guys… I just think what we consider to be small things are big things to them. Like I said, a shorted offer in terms of years could give him plenty of money, maybe even a higher AAV than in other deals, but he might deem it an insult. And that’s just not something that we can relate to any experience we’ve had in terms of our jobs and job offers.”

    This suggests to me that the pendulum has swung too far in the players’ direction. It’s just not smart business to commit that much money for so many years without an out. No other sport does it. But the owners have no one to blame but themselves.

  48. Shame Spencer February 19th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    :arrow:


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