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Yankees postgame: King hurts back; Hafner MRI results; Yankees keep winning

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Curtis GrandersonThe Yankees have won two straight and seven of eight after this 4-3 win. This was their 11th comeback win.

But it helped that Felix Hernandez left after six and they could get to work against the Mariners’ bullpen. It turned out that King Felix tweaked his back in the sixth when he fielded a comebacker and turned and got a force at second. He also took a knee in the calf when he obstructed Lyle Overbay’s path to first in the fourth. The back apparently isn’t a new thing.

“He’s had on and off issues with it, some stiffness back there from time to time,” manager Eric Wedge said. “But he’s managed it well. … I’m hoping that he’s fine, and I think he will be fine.”

That sounds like the outlook for Travis Hafner as well. He underwent an MRI on his sore right shoulder, which he said stems from being hit by a pitch on the last homestand. Joe Girardi said it’s just tendinitis. Hafner called it “probably the best-case scenario.”

“It’s good,” Hafner said. “It just kind of showed some inflammation in the shoulder. I got an injection in it, and hopefully that clears it up and it should be good to go in a couple of days.”

The Yankees have been doing fine without their injured guys, although they got one back with Curtis Granderson’s return for this game. This first-place team is now 25-14.

“I still think we have a lot of really good players, maybe not the names we’re used to having here, but guys who have had big years,” Girardi said. “This group has worked really hard.”

Lyle Overbay

Overbay had another nice game outside of an error that led to an unearned run. He contributed an RBI double in the sixth and the go-ahead sac fly to cap the three-run seventh. He has five go-ahead RBI, tied for second best on the team with Vernon Wells, one behind Hafner.

“He’s had so many big hits and RBI for us,” Girardi said. “… I feel good about when he’s at the plate.”

Back to the obstruction: Overbay would’ve been out at first even without it, but crew chief Jerry Layne said, “Any time the runner is obstructed before first, the ball is dead. He’s awarded first, and any runner that could be forced is awarded (his base).”

CC Sabathia gave up 10 hits but just the three runs, and he struck out 10 in 6 1/3.

“I wanted to minimize the damage and keep the game close enough and give us a chance to win,” Sabathia said.

Granderson went 0 for 3, but he also had a big walk in the decisive rally. And everything went well in left. It was his first regular-season start out there since Oct. 2, 2005, with the Tigers at Minnesota.

Robinson Cano had the tying two-run double. It was the 345th double of his career, which meant he passed Mickey Mantle for solo possession of eighth on the Yankees’ all-time list.

Photos by The Associated Press

 
 

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95 Responses to “Yankees postgame: King hurts back; Hafner MRI results; Yankees keep winning”

  1. Jesus Bustero May 15th, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Pace O Meter = 103.8

    Kelly Shoppach and the Mariners go down to Austin Romine and the Yankees.

  2. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I hope Romine keeps starting.

  3. Sir Alex Ferguson Forever May 15th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Jesus, what did you think of tonight and Game 3? I bet Jesus Montero understands more about basketball than Woodson.

  4. Jesus Bustero May 15th, 2013 at 12:30 am

    JR Smith should not be re-signed. The Knicks should bring in O.J. Mayo.

  5. Rich in NJ May 15th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    SAFF

    More than a 31 year old who has only played 170 ML games (22 of those this season) and has a 64 career OPS+.

  6. Nick in SF May 15th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Stewart wasn’t properly developed, clearly. Now he’s reaching his potential. ;)

  7. Barry May 15th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Sir Alex,
    The Yanks are “somewhat” successful, so nothing to “despise.”

  8. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 15th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Romine = 1 hit so far, bone-head play on that bunt tonight (throwing to 2nd and recording no outs). He did advance the runner to third by grounding out ton the right side. I’m FAR from convinced. Stewie is a veteran who can handle the bat; young Romine is average at best. Been sayin that sense 2011. We need Frankie back. There are enough mediocre bench players up here already.

  9. Barry May 15th, 2013 at 12:50 am

    How could they have been more successful? There are thirty teams and The Yanks are a few percentage points from having the best record of the collection.

  10. Tyler May 15th, 2013 at 12:55 am

    yankeehotelfoxtrot May 15th, 2013 at 12:48 am
    Romine = 1 hit so far, bone-head play on that bunt tonight (throwing to 2nd and recording no outs). He did advance the runner to third by grounding out ton the right side. I’m FAR from convinced. Stewie is a veteran who can handle the bat; young Romine is average at best. Been sayin that sense 2011. We need Frankie back. There are enough mediocre bench players up here already.
    —————————————————————————————-

    Romine could very well be average at best but isn’t it a little early to make that judgement? Stewart has done a decent job but Romine has the greater upside. Cervelli was considered a mediocre bench player by most the last 2 years when he couldn’t throw the ball to 2nd accurately.

  11. ET May 15th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Granderson is Ichiro insurance.

  12. jackamir May 15th, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Why is everybody nitpickin’—a win is a win. Lets celebrate success..May 15th and we are in a good place– 1st…Girardi & Cashman for the Republican ticket in ’16. Hyperbole, maybe but in my mind “this is a team you can root for.”

  13. Bad Scooter May 15th, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Boo hoo. We’re in first place and that’s not good enough. Give me a freakin’ break. Some people will complain just for the sake of complaining. It’s what they do. With all the injuries and all the new players nobody on here would not have taken 25-14 at this point of the season or I at least thought so. What a joke.

    We could win the World Series this year and some people around here would find something to complain about. I’m certain of that.

  14. Mike Ri May 15th, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Get better Pronk !

  15. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:02 am

    The Yankees are in first place, tied for the best record in the AL, and 2nd in MLB, yet, some here continue to cry as if the season is lost.

    Despite all the major injuries, this team has come together and shown what it means to wear the pinstripes. Girardi has done a fine job managing, and Cashman has proven he was right in selecting the replacement players he did.

    Enjoy the game, and celebrate the success! :)

  16. Chip May 15th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Sounds like the David Adams era is going to start today. Let’s hope he gets a chance to play.

    The conventional wisdom is that the team will DFA Ben Francisco to make room for him, but with Pronk out for a few days they may instead cut loose Chris Nelson so that they’ll still have a 4th OF (with Wells, Ichiro, Gardner and Granderson all in the starting lineup).

    Adams isn’t going to come up here and hit 30 homers, but hopefully he can at least continue to get on base at the clip he has throughout his MiL career.

    If Nelson goes, that puts Nix at SS and Alberto Gonzalez as the back up MI.

    In other news – Cabral started his rehab assignment yesterday – that means in 30 days he’ll have to be activated to the 25 man roster and stay there. Clearly this kid has more upside than just being a LOOGY so I’ll be curious what the Yankees do to make space for him in the bullpen. They’re not going to deal Logan so most likely I think we’ll see:

    RHP: Rivera, Warren, Joba, Robertson, Kelley
    LHP: Logan, Cabral

    Personally I would rather have Claiborne stay and Joba exit but that’s highly unlikely.

  17. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I’ve got to laugh, at the beginning of the season so many were bemoaning Cervelli being the starting C, now they can’t wait until his return.

    Once again, the Yankees brass knew more about baseball than those of us blogging here.

  18. Chip May 15th, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Some people have to complain that they’re “not exciting enough” or “not as good as the record indicates” so that they can maintain their I Told You So credibility should the team regress.

  19. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:11 am

    “Some people have to complain that they’re “not exciting enough” or “not as good as the record indicates” so that they can maintain their I Told You So credibility should the team regress.”
    **********************************************************

    If what this team is doing does not excite the fans, they should find another sport to follow.

  20. Bad Scooter May 15th, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Good point Chip.

  21. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    MTU -

    Are you out there, or still between the sheets?

  22. MG May 15th, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Nice win for the Yankees last night.

    Awful loss for the Knicks.

    I’d be disappointed if Nelson is cut by the Yankees-Adams may turn out to be pretty good but he’s never played at the big league level and Nelson has done a very good job defensively while starting to hit, including 2 last night.

    Francisco has no value to the team so hopefully today is the day…

  23. Chip May 15th, 2013 at 7:17 am

    For what it’s worth – I wonder where the guys who were posting Melky and Montero’s spring training stats are now that they are both playing terribly.

  24. MG May 15th, 2013 at 7:17 am

    BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:12 am
    MTU -

    Are you out there, or still between the sheets?
    —————
    neither, he’s somewhere in the wilds of Utah(?) hiking while taking a blogcation.

  25. Chip May 15th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    MG -

    I don’t think you can cut Francisco though. With Pronk out, Wells is your DH leaving the team without a fourth outfielder. I guess if you cut Francisco and Gardner pulls up lame Joe could move Nix to LF and Granderson to CF and put Gonzo in at SS.

  26. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    MG -

    Thanks. My guess we’ll see the pictures soon enough.

  27. blake May 15th, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I wouldn’t release Nelson and I don’t think they will….I think they have to DFA Francisco pretty much…..with Granderson back they just don’t need him

  28. Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 7:23 am

    This is just fun. I love that it’s a team effort. No one person having to do all the heavy lifting. But the bullpen has been exceptional. Too bad there isn’t a way for the bullpen to be a single entity in MVP voting!!!
    Most were hoping against hope that this team could stay somewhere around .500, staying close to being in the mix, so that as they got players back, they could start making a move and really compete.

    Eleven games over .500 with a 2-game lead over Baltimore isn’t anything I dreamed could happen. And i don’t feel like they’re playing over their heads, because of the pass the torch feel of the offense, and because the bullpen has been the strength it was supposed to be, and the starting pitching has been very good.

  29. blake May 15th, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Chip says:
    May 15, 2013 at 7:17 am
    For what it’s worth – I wonder where the guys who were posting Melky and Montero’s spring training stats are now that they are both playing terribly.

    Melky is hitting .352 in May…..he had a terrible start but he’s playing a lot better lately and was 4-5 last night

  30. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Chip -

    It’s been reported the M’s SP do not like throwing to Montero, he moves his glove around too much, costing them called strikes. I was one that followed, and loved Montero, in AAA, but, he has fallen flat and is no longer a starter, not even as a DH. This, I believe, is going to turn out to be a big plus trade for Cashman and the Yankees.

  31. MG May 15th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Chip May 15th, 2013 at 7:20 am
    MG -

    I don’t think you can cut Francisco though. With Pronk out, Wells is your DH leaving the team without a fourth outfielder. I guess if you cut Francisco and Gardner pulls up lame Joe could move Nix to LF and Granderson to CF and put Gonzo in at SS.
    —————
    Chip, Hafner says he’ll be back in a couple of days. I don’t see why Wells has to DH, they can play him in the outfield and DH Nelson if that is the case.

    We’ll find out later today, I wouldn’t think they would be 100% sure Adams will do the job at 3rd base until he plays in the bigs and Nelson is a better player than Francisco.

  32. Ys Guy May 15th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    “we play today, we win today!”

  33. MG May 15th, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I read what Hafner said about his shoulder-it sounds like it started when he was hit by a pitch there and he was scuffling at the plate while playing through it because the Yankees were so thin.

    Hopefully he takes a few days and comes back 100%, his bat really helps them when he’s swinging it well…

  34. Tar May 15th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    “Once again, the Yankees brass knew more about baseball than those of us blogging here.”

    Yeah just like when they said Granderson was going to be in CF :shock:

    As for the complaining this morning if you have been around here enough you should have figured out who that is.

  35. Ys Guy May 15th, 2013 at 7:33 am

    so much for preseason prognostication. the AL west has only one team over .500 and are a combined 22 games under .500. the AL East is a combined 15 games over 500 and has only 1 sub .500 team.

  36. Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 7:41 am

    What the Yankees say in public is not indicative of conversations they have off the record. Until hey made a decision internally, of course they would say Granderson is the CF, because he was the CF.

    And even if they had decided to keep Granderson in CF! It would not have meant they didn’t have discussions about the situation.

    That is what irks me at times- the assumption here that the Yankees just fly by the seat of their pants and dont acknowledge or discuss the very same things that are discussed here. They may not reach the same conclusions as we on the Lohud, and their decisions may not always turn out positively, absolutely.

  37. mick May 15th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    What Doreen says is true.
    Change is a good thing.

  38. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Tar -

    To be fair, the plan for this season was to move Gardner to CF full time, and Girardi said, after Granderson got hurt, he was not sure if Granderson would have enough time in rehab games to learn the corner spots. He never said Granderson was going to be the CF, but did say the organization felt Gardner was a better fit in CF. As is the case throughout any season, injuries and a players performance dictate the moves that are made.

  39. MG May 15th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Doreen, you mean the Yankees don’t have everyone in the front office napping under their desks and spending 4 hours a day finding the best calzones in the city?

    Now I’m really confused, I thought Seinfeld was based on inside information…

  40. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    “It’s been reported the M’s SP do not like throwing to Montero”"

    some of us actually provide links to information to back up our statements.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/m.....ners09.htm

    In fact, those two fellow Venezuelans have built a nice rapport, with Montero catching all but one of Felix’s starts this season. Hernandez has a 5-1 record and 1.03 earned-run average in those seven starts with Montero behind the plate, and a 1.84 ERA in 13 career games throwing to Montero.

    “That’s crazy what’s happening,” Montero said. “He pitches, I hit a homer. He wins. Unbelievable. Everybody knows he’s talented. He’s so good. Everything today was working — curveball, changeup, slider, fastball, sinker, everything.”

    Hernandez, however, rated his stuff as merely “OK — not good as normally, but it was good.” He noted that Montero “is maturing a lot. Behind the plate, he’s doing a lot better. He’s pretty good back there.”

  41. upstate kate May 15th, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Good morning!
    Nice come from behind win last night. I am enjoying watching this team of fill-ins much more than I thought I would. And the young pitchers have done a wonderful job.
    Good to have Grandy back, where ever he plays.

  42. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Without a balanced schedule, wins and losses mean nothing in determining playoff spots. The AL West is a joke, getting to play 19 games against the Astros vs playing 19 games against AL East teams. I hate this inter league schedule as well, again it’s too unbalanced.

    Have an AL and NL, play a balanced schedule, and the top 6 teams in each league get into the post season, that’s fair.

  43. Bad Scooter May 15th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    The people that were touting Melky and Montero’s numbers in spring training are the same place as the people who were throwing Russell Martin’s slow start out there…and I was one of them.

  44. pat May 15th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    It’s always about expectations and peoples weren’t high about what this team could accomplish before the season so they have exceeded what even the most optimistic could have anticipated.

  45. RadioKev May 15th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    blake May 15th, 2013 at 7:22 am
    I wouldn’t release Nelson and I don’t think they will….I think they have to DFA Francisco pretty much…..with Granderson back they just don’t need him
    ———–

    While I agree, I don’t see it. He’s our right handed outfielder. Nelson is an infielder. The infielder gets the boot. Let’s hope David Adams sticks in the bigs.

    Meanwhile, I think Romine should still be backing up to Stewart. Stewart’s bat has been more productive and Romine still needs to learn a thing or two before taking over. I don’t hate the guy, but he’s not forcing anyone’s hand with his play. Stewart is, however.

  46. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    what was wedge thinking last night thinking leaving felix in after he clearly got hit hard behind the knee on the collision at first?

    the only thing i can think of is that he didn’t see a replay of it. the replay pretty much showed a hard hit to behind the knee area.

    even if felix was fine, what’s the upside keeping him in there compared to the downside of taking him out.

  47. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    randy l. -

    Your link does not open. Montero has caught very few games, and is not doing well either behind the plate, or with the bat, despite your standing on your box routing for him to be the next coming of a great C.

    If Montero was doing well as the C, he would be catching many more games, and when he’s not in the line-up at YS, facing a LHP, you know his manager feels Montero is not his first choice.

    You can say what you will, but facts are facts, whether or not you accept them.

  48. RadioKev May 15th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    pat May 15th, 2013 at 7:53 am
    It’s always about expectations and peoples weren’t high about what this team could accomplish before the season so they have exceeded what even the most optimistic could have anticipated.
    ———-

    And that’ll be the reason folks will complain when Grandy and Tex comeback and still outproduce their replacements, but don’t live up to expectations…

    I also don’t know about Grandy’s hands. He’s adjusted hand position when he starts his bat, further away from his body. It’s probably an attempt to cover more of the plate? I dunno. I wouldn’t mess with a 40 HR+ swing.

    He also did a good job taking that walk and moving the go ahead runner to third.

  49. upstate kate May 15th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Why shouldn’t Montero be catching Felix? Sounds like a good set up, having an experienced pitcher who calls his own game paired w/ a rookie. Similar to rookie Cervelli catching CC.

  50. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    randy l. -

    PS – Montero has thrown out only 1 of 17 (:

  51. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    kate -

    Montero no longer a rookie, and it appears he is not progressing either at, or behind the plate.

  52. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    big al-

    the link opens for me.

    but here it is again. i kind of enjoy putting it up again. thanks for the opportunity :)

    http://seattletimes.com/html/m.....ers09.html

    “All three of Montero’s homers this year have come with Hernandez on the mound. In fact, those two fellow Venezuelans have built a nice rapport, with Montero catching all but one of Felix’s starts this season. Hernandez has a 5-1 record and 1.03 earned-run average in those seven starts with Montero behind the plate, and a 1.84 ERA in 13 career games throwing to Montero.

    “That’s crazy what’s happening,” Montero said. “He pitches, I hit a homer. He wins. Unbelievable. Everybody knows he’s talented. He’s so good. Everything today was working — curveball, changeup, slider, fastball, sinker, everything.”

    Hernandez, however, rated his stuff as merely “OK — not good as normally, but it was good.” He noted that Montero “is maturing a lot. Behind the plate, he’s doing a lot better. He’s pretty good back there.”

  53. Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I think last night it was a matter of perhaps Shoppach having done well against Sabbathia in the past? Or at least well enough.

    Felix said he wasn’t bothered by the collision at first, but that he tweaked his back on the play later in the game when he threw to first. They let him stay in then. That’s when I thought they shoud have taken him out immediately.

  54. 86w183 May 15th, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Good morning all !!!

    This team just keeps plugging along doesn’t it? Not sure why, but I really enjoy watching this club. Kind of like an old car that’s covered in bondo but runs like a champ.

    I’d love to see Adams come up, but if Francisco is sent away that would leave the Yanks with three backup infielders and one OF. Not a crime, but not ideal. Would rather see the Yanks find an upgrade for the RH outfielder job.

  55. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    randy l. -

    You wanted a link, here you go.

    http://www.lookoutlanding.com/.....us-montero

  56. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    “Montero has thrown out only 1 of 17″

    this is one place i’ll agree that it is a serious problem. you can’t throw out less than 15% and stay in the catcher position. if the bad throwing continued ,like cervelli when he was the worst throwing catcher in the majors for two years, montero would have to go back down and relearn throwing out runners.

  57. Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I endedup dropping Montero from my fantasy team. My assumption going into the season was that even if he didn’t catch a lot, he’d DH. he’s not DHing at all, and they haven’t played him enough so that he can get his hitting on any kind of a roll.

    Randy, Felix is one of those pitchers who can throw to anyone.

  58. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    randy l. -

    One more thing to read. Enough to get the idea?

    http://www.baseballnation.com/.....ench-award

  59. Tar May 15th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    “That is what irks me at times- the assumption here that the Yankees just fly by the seat of their pants and dont acknowledge or discuss the very same things that are discussed here”

    “Fly by the seat of their pants” like when they decided to start Phil in Detroit before he was ready?

    What irks me is that some think that because they are the Yankees they are infallible.

    Once again, the Yankees brass knew more about baseball than those of us blogging here.”

    How many times have we heard that? Baseball is a game of uncertainty, many of us have been watching for decades. While going with what the Yankees say will mean you are right a majority of the time nobody is correct 100% of the time. Hence why we discuss it.

  60. austinmac May 15th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    The Dallas paper reports the Yankees, Rangers and A’s are scouting a Japanese pitcher who has won his last ten starts. Sorry, can’t recall the name.

    I would have to think attendance and ratings will pick up. The team has been fun to watch.

    We will see if Adams comes up. Nelson is hitting a bit and Adams can only play 2B and 3B. I hope he does. He looks like a hitter in my limited view.

  61. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    big al-

    oh that way back on april 16th article.

    been there done that:

    From: Scott Weber
    Subject: Re: jesus montero
    Date: April 18, 2013 12:02:53 PM EDT
    To: L…. Randall

    Hi Randy,

    Here’s my answers.

    Golf handicap is 13.

    Definitely could not coach mechanics.

    Have caught 90 mph and thought my hand was broken for a week.

    I mentioned that it was extremely early in the article several times.

    I believe that Wedge wanted to see progress from Montero in the offseason, and isn’t seeing it. That’s a completely reasonable conclusion to make, and Wedge’s statements and actions are backing it up. Maybe you should ask Wedge about small sample size, because he’s been benching Montero based on it and came right out and said he’d lost playing time to Shoppach going forward.

    I consider those people regular people. I can’t play guitar but that hasn’t prevented me from being a music critic for many years. I don’t think you have to be something to know when it’s wrong. I see where you’re going, but can’t say I agree with your logic.

    Thanks for reading and the email.

    -Scott

    On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 6:03 AM, Randall Ladd wrote:
    “The door on Montero as a catcher is creaking shut”

    scott,

    a few questions:

    -what’s your golf handicap?

    - could you get down in the dirt and coach catcher mechanics?

    - have you ever caught a 90 mph pitch or hit one?

    - do you know what a small sample is?

    - do you realize the contradiction in saying a former catcher knows what he’s doing in judging the small sample of this season when that same catcher after watching a whole season decided to make montero the starting catcher ?

    - what do you think of people who just watch skate boarding and have strong opinions about it , but never do it ?

    - see where i’m going?

    randy

  62. mick May 15th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    this is one place i’ll agree that it is a serious problem. you can’t throw out less than 15% and stay in the catcher position. if the bad throwing continued ,like cervelli when he was the worst throwing catcher in the majors for two years, montero would have to go back down and relearn throwing out runners.
    ===============
    Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I endedup dropping Montero from my fantasy team.
    ===================
    Doreen, once again sums it up nicely. When Montero gets traded or sent down, will his advocates admit they were wrong, so we can go on to the next topic, with closure.
    (No answer expected)

  63. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    randy l. -

    All that says is Felix is trying to give his C a mental boost, but, as they say facts are facts. Facts don’t lie, and wishing Montero to be sometrhing he’s not, will not make it so. Read the 2 links I posted, that will tell you what is being said, and wishful thinking will not change Montero into a good, no less great C.

  64. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    “One more thing to read. Enough to get the idea?”

    big al-

    april 11 ?

    really

    thanks for the up to date info :)

  65. austinmac May 15th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Well said, Tar. The replacements are certainly outperforming the Yankee brass expectations.

    The pitching, particularly the bullpen, has been great. Last night someone posted the team has won all but two games in which they held a lead at some point. That is remarkable and one must look to the pen.

  66. Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Tar the number of posters who think the Yankees are infallible is minuscule.

  67. mick May 15th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    What irks me is that some think that because they are the Yankees they are infallible.
    ===================
    Now you know what people think?
    What about those that think everything they do is wrong?

  68. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Wedge was a ML catcher, and I suspect he is a better judge of what he has in Montero than either of us.

    Is manager seems to lack any faith in his ability to be his full time C, and now, not even a full time DH.

    My bet is on Montero playing his way off his team, sooner than later.

  69. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    ” Facts don’t lie, and wishing Montero to be sometrhing he’s not, will not make it so”

    actually what doesn’t lie is my eyes and my experience. i said a few years ago from watching him in a spring training game that montero could catch. he can and he has. his throwing does need to get back to his previous throwing level or that will be a problem. as far as catching he can do it. you don’t catch as many games as he has caught in the big leagues and get the results he’s gotten if he couldn’t catch.

    time is on my side as far as montero hitting well. i’ll be looking for you to appear when he does as i do whether he hits or doesn’t. i do notice you tend to show up when you think you can gloat. not so much when you can’t. show some character and show up all the time.

  70. blake May 15th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    “While I agree, I don’t see it. He’s our right handed outfielder.”

    he’s terrible though and he has a reverse split for his career….meaning that he’s pretty useless as a RH bat as he doesn’t really hit lefties…..so for me those things trump position.

  71. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    randy l. -

    How about the May 3rd story.

    I understand your being a fan of Montero, I was a big fan as well, but, being a fan, and wishing a player you like to do well, does not change the facts as to the direction his career is headed.

    You need not accept the facts, but going through life with a bag over your head will not change what you do not see!

  72. blake May 15th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I’ve been a Montero supporter and I still think he’s gonna hit in the big leagues at some point…..but Felix is gonna be great no matter who catches him. He calls his own game more or less and his stuff is just so good that it doesn’t matter….

  73. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    “Wedge was a ML catcher, and I suspect he is a better judge of what he has in Montero than either of us.”

    the problem with that thinking is that wedge after watching montero for a whole year made the decision to start montero coming out of spring training.

    wedge is all over the board with how he manages young players. he’s not having much success with any of the mariner young everyday players.

  74. Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    A more recent and I think fair article on Montero:

    http://blog.thenewstribune.com.....s-montero/

  75. BIG AL May 15th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    randy l. -

    I was more of a full time poster, until I had heart surgery, which has kept me off the blog more than I wanted this season.

    You and I are both entitled to our opinions, and time will tell which of us is correct.

    I’m much more concerned with how the Yankees are doing than ex players. I followed Montero because he was one of my favorite players in AAA, and always wanted him to do well. That being said, my opinions were about how he is playing, not how I wish he were playing.

    This is it for me, you’ll have a great day.

  76. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Austinmac-

    Did you see this yesterday?

    Badler: Yankees are “most likely landing spot” for Leonardo Molina

    By Mike Axisa .Via Ben Badler (subs. req’d):

    The Yankees are the “most likely landing spot” for Dominican outfield prospect Leonardo Molina once this year’s international signing period opens on July 2nd. They have $1.18-1.88M to spend internationally this summer, depending on whether there is free agency or an international draft.

    Molina, who has no relation to the Puerto Rican-born catching trio, is the top prospect in the Dominican Prospect League and one of the best athletes available this year. He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 170 lbs., and Badler says he’s a “plus-plus runner with a strong arm, giving him the tools to be an excellent defender in center field once he refines his routes.” Molina offers good bat speed from the right side but he needs to refine his swing a bit to tap into his offensive potential. He can’t sign until he turns 16 on August 1st, but is likely to land a seven-figure bonus once eligible.

  77. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    “How about the May 3rd story.”

    big al
    all i see i is april 17th and april 11th stories you provided links too.

    so provide a link to the effing may 3rd story if you want me to read it.

  78. Bo knows May 15th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I’ve said before that I’m intrigued by Nelson. So far he’s shown good range, a strong accurate arm and decent approach at the plate. I would assume that the Yankees were trying some reps at SS with him.

    I think Colorado messed with him because of Tulowitzky. I have a lot of faith in Long and Kelleher and it would tickle me no end to reclaim a good young player especially 3B/SS. Having him as a back up OF wouldn’t be a biggie. Most big leaguers started life as SS.

  79. blake May 15th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I want a catching Molina (not Gustavo)

  80. Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Randy -

    The link I posted is from May 13th. I thought it was a fair assessment of what’s happening right now, and talks about the work they have Montero doing when he is not in the lineup.

    ****

    Yankee Trader -

    I think it’s funny how whenever a player has the last name Molina that it has to be mentioned that they’re no relation to the Molina brothers!

  81. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Rangers among teams scouting unbeaten Japanese ace who’s won 10 straight decisionsBy Gerry Fraley:

    … According to reports in Japan, the Rangers joined the New York Yankees and Oakland in scouting the most recent start by right-hander Masahiro Tanaka of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League. Tanaka, 24, is 6-0 with a 2.07 ERA and has won his last 10 decisions. …

  82. blake May 15th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    “I’ve said before that I’m intrigued by Nelson. So far he’s shown good range, a strong accurate arm and decent approach at the plate. I would assume that the Yankees were trying some reps at SS with him.”

    yea….regardless of position I’d much rather hang on to him than Francisco…..he just looks like he has the potential to hit more and be more versatile. I don’t think he has any options left though (?). But I like his skill set and age…..hopefully they can either find a way to keep him on the big league roster or find a way to get him to accept a minor league demotion to keep him in the system.

  83. Doreen May 15th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Also, if you read the comments in the article there is mention that the Mariners’ AAA catching prospect is not getting off to such a good start, so I think that buys Montero some time, as well.

  84. mick May 15th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    The Catching Molinas are like The Flying Karamazovs…

  85. mick May 15th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Why wouldn’t Wedge catch Montero to start the season?
    What does he have to lose?
    It’s obviously not working, so time to move on.
    Like you should do….you were wrong, not the 1st time, not a sin…deal with it.

  86. randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    “I was more of a full time poster, until I had heart surgery, which has kept me off the blog more than I wanted this season.”

    big al-

    sorry for your heart problems and surgery. may i ask if you took care of yourself or did your lifestyle bring on the heart problem? the reason i ask is that my perception is that you’re not very open minded about things. maybe paying more attention to a healthy lifestyle would help if you didn’t live one before. if you did and it was just one of those things , my apologies for being so direct.

  87. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Rakuten Eagles

    With his victory at Yokohama Stadium on Tuesday, Masahiro Tanaka has recorded at least one victory in all twelve NPB home stadiums.

    Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2013

    This website is a good source if you are interested in Japanese baseball:

    http://yakyubaka.com/

  88. 86w183 May 15th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I think that if Adams does come up the Yanks will either return Gonzalez to the minors or DFA Fran-WHIFF-sco. Nelson has too much upside.

    It does leave the OF a bit thin, but that’s not a critical issue. We know Nix can play some LF in a pinch.

  89. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Blake-

    Maybe the Yankees will fool us. Thomas Neal is back from a DL stint and is hitting .308, with OPS .734.

    Maybe they just keep Nelson and add righty, Neal to replace Francisco?

  90. 86w183 May 15th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    YT —

    I don’t think Tanaka can choose to come to the USA for two more years (2016) unless his team elects to try and extract a posting fee. I’m not sure what the rules are on that with the last MLB agreement, but I think it’s different from the Yu Darvish situation.

  91. jacksquat May 15th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    randy l. May 15th, 2013 at 7:46 am
    “It’s been reported the M’s SP do not like throwing to Montero””

    some of us actually provide links to information to back up our statements.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/m…..ners09.htm

    In fact, those two fellow Venezuelans have built a nice rapport, with Montero catching all but one of Felix’s starts this season. Hernandez has a 5-1 record and 1.03 earned-run average in those seven starts with Montero behind the plate, and a 1.84 ERA in 13 career games throwing to Montero.

    “That’s crazy what’s happening,” Montero said. “He pitches, I hit a homer. He wins. Unbelievable. Everybody knows he’s talented. He’s so good. Everything today was working — curveball, changeup, slider, fastball, sinker, everything.”

    Hernandez, however, rated his stuff as merely “OK — not good as normally, but it was good.” He noted that Montero “is maturing a lot. Behind the plate, he’s doing a lot better. He’s pretty good back there.”

    How many times are you going to post this? It’s worthless. So the venezuelan pitcher is trying to support his fellow venezuelan catcher, that’s probably what it boils down to, because it sure isn’t Montero’s catching or hitting. Felix is going to pitch well no matter who the catcher is, because he is an excellent pitcher. Montero didn’t catch or even DH against a lhp last night. You are grasping. Montero is hitting .200 and has thrown out one of 17 stolen base attempts. You look like a fool still posting this crap.

  92. Bo knows May 15th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Tanaka being scouted by the Yankees rings that chime, Day late and a dollar short. Missed on the big guy we want the next guy. Typical upper management thrashing about – The Peter Principle in full force.

  93. Yankee Trader May 15th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    New Post——->

    86w183-

    Thanks. Not sure of the rules now. Was posting his name in response to Austinmac.

  94. itsgonnabealongseason May 15th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    How often does CC resort to talking about “minimizing the damage?”

    How about pitching like an “ace” once in a while?

  95. fantasygame101 May 15th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    adams called up.


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