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Yankees pregame: Phelps feeling better; Hughes/Joba on the trade block?

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David PhelpsDavid Phelps was a little concerned heading into his MRI. After winning his last start in Minnesota July 4, he went up to trainer Steve Donohue to ask for anti-inflammatory medication because he had been feeling a little stiffness in his right forearm near the elbow. Donohue told him a doctor visit was in order.

“There’s a lot less concern now after the MRI than there was,” Phelps said about the diagnosis of a slight straight. “Any time it’s your arm, there’s some concern. When (the doctor) came and said the ligament looked great, that was obviously reassuring. It’s just something minor. We can take care of that and go from there.”

The arm had been bothering him for a few days, but he said he didn’t feel it throwing.

“It was like weird times, like if I was laying in bed and I’d roll over,” Phelps said. “It would feel stiff.”

After ice and rest, he feels good to go again.

“My arm feels great now,” Phelps said. “It’s back to the way it felt before. I don’t expect it to bother me at all.”

Phelps spent some time with his family the last few days. He won’t be off during the All-Star break. He said he’s probably going to go to Tampa. He plans to throw on Monday. So barring any setbacks, he should be ready when he’s eligible to return from the DL next Saturday.

Alex Rodriguez had a single and an RBI in three at-bats today as a DH in Tampa’s 5-2 loss to Dunedin. So he’s 2 for 15 after six rehab games. There has been no lobbying campaign for a quick return like Derek Jeter has staged.

“I think Alex feels that he’s not to that level, that he’s not ready to go,” Joe Girardi said.

Jeter is scheduled to play tonight in Moosic for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Rochester. The Yankees have left open the possibility he will return for the weekend series here against the Twins. Girardi said he didn’t think it wasn’t an issue to bring back Jeter for that series if he’s ready even though there would be four off days afterward with the All-Star break.

Girardi also said he’d like to see Jeter go seven or eight innings at short in the minors first.

“We have to make sure he’s ready,” Girardi said.

The Yankees scored one run Tuesday night for the third straight game, but the lineup is the same. Any thought to doing some juggling?

“What would you suggest?” Girardi asked.

I’d suggest a trade for more help beyond just Jeter. Actually, there are reports circulating today that the Yankees are shopping free agents-to-be Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain in their search for hitting help.  Anyone in favor?

Photo by The Associated Press.

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84 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Phelps feeling better; Hughes/Joba on the trade block?”

  1. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    fans are fickle for sure.
    after that streak there wasn’t a peep.
    all was good.
    now the dominos are falling into the break.

  2. ConcernedCitizen July 10th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Not having Haf bat fourth would be my suggestion, but I don’t know how big a difference that would make.

  3. blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    They should trade everybody

  4. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    blake-wouldn’t you really like that?

  5. implosion July 10th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I am in favor of trading for a new GM. One who does not have relationships with hourly employees that lead to stalkings, divorce, many court appearances and the total mess that is your New York Yankees. Anyone of you people who does not grasp the serious nature of his behavior and the resulted job performance are too stupid for words. YOu all know alot more about baseball then I do but about what this has done to him as a man and a manager of people you are clueless.

  6. Frankg July 10th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Derek Jeter seems to feel that he has the right to bypass the normal minor league rehab process and do it on the ML level, at the expense of the team. Hopefully, if the team gives in, he won’t go for weeks without doing well.

  7. GregD July 10th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Wave Your Hat July 10th, 2013 at 5:12 pm
    “going to the game tonight”

    Have fun. I predict the Yanks will score a lot of runs tonight, and the commenters who claim there’s nothing wrong with the Yank offense will be out in force tomorrow.

    ———————-
    hope we scores some runs, our bats are bound to run into the ball some times

  8. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    implosion July 10th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I am in favor of trading for a new GM. One who does not have relationships with hourly employees that lead to stalkings, divorce, many court appearances and the total mess that is your New York Yankees. Anyone of you people who does not grasp the serious nature of his behavior and the resulted job performance are too stupid for words. YOu all know alot more about baseball then I do but about what this has done to him as a man and a manager of people you are clueless.
    ==============
    Randy?

  9. GregD July 10th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Mick———not going to stop going to the games…….been a fan too long and seen rougher stretches than this……..:)

  10. implosion July 10th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    No MIke

  11. Warning Track Power July 10th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Alex Rodriguez had a single and an RBI in three at-bats today as a DH in Tampa’s 5-2 loss to Dunedin. So he’s 2 for 15 after six rehab games. There has been no lobbying campaign for a quick return like Derek Jeter has staged.

    “I think Alex feels that he’s not to that level, that he’s not ready to go,” Joe Girardi said.
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    I am ok with this.
    15 AB’s is not enough for ARod. 9 months since playing, he probably needs
    another 45 to feel he is at the level he needs to be.
    So let’s say he is 1/3 of the way there. That’s progress.

  12. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    You can write it down that Jeter will be here on Friday.
    He might not play full games but he will be in the dugout and fannies will be in the seats…
    …if Jeter doesn’t ask , Hal will demand it.

  13. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Mick———not going to stop going to the games…….been a fan too long and seen rougher stretches than this……..:)
    ===================
    you must be 5 minutes away.

  14. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    They should trade everybody
    _____

    Let’s start with Cashman for Friedman. :D

  15. blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Mick,
    They need to rebuild….trading everybody would jump start that process. I have no interest if wallowing in mediocrity just to avoid tough decisions

  16. tbone1570 July 10th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Frankg July 10th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Derek Jeter seems to feel that he has the right to bypass the normal minor league rehab process and do it on the ML level, at the expense of the team. Hopefully, if the team gives in, he won’t go for weeks without doing well.

    *******************************************
    So you don’t think he’s an immediate upgrade over Cruz/Gonzalez?

  17. implosion July 10th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Why would any of you go to any game. The new stadium is without a doubt the most boring baseball experience on the planet. If Mo is in the game w 2 strikes on a batter then the crowd gets into. I dont care if Jeter comes back or Babe Ruth rises from the dead, it sucks. Empty lower bowl seats, garbage produst even last year, the worst music. Do any of you go to any other stadiums?? More energy at a Rays game when they are down 5 runns the a Yankee game down 1 with the bases loaded and no outs.

    A bunch of bloated entitled pigs, just like the team

  18. GregD July 10th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Mick——30 minutes

  19. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    blake-what is the longest period you have gone without a winning team? pre ’96?

  20. tbone1570 July 10th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    They should trade everybody
    _____

    Let’s start with Cashman for Friedman. :D

    *******************************
    Excellent trade! Cashman for Kinky Friedman!

  21. blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Id feel bad for Jeter and Andy and Mo though…..I don’t want to sell…..but it’s what’s best for the club if they aren’t going to change their budget goals.

  22. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    They need to rebuild….trading everybody would jump start that process. I have no interest if wallowing in mediocrity just to avoid tough decisions
    ==========================
    they will trade for nobody with a bloated contract for this or next year.

  23. blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    mick says:
    July 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    blake-what is the longest period you have gone without a winning team? pre ’96?

    How is that relevant ?

  24. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Mick——30 minutes
    ============
    if by train that’s sweet.

  25. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    How is that relevant ?
    ===========
    just curious.

  26. Hassey July 10th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Booooooooooooooooooooooooo

  27. GregD July 10th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Mick……first the 1 and then the D train….. :)

  28. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    You can’t compare the post ’65 to the pre-’65 eras.

    And really, you can’t compare ’96 to now because the CBA environment is so different.

  29. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    how much is the subway these days?

  30. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    but you can compare fans of different eras.

  31. GregD July 10th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Mick ——- $2.50

  32. blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I want the Yankees to be good again as quickly as possible….two ways to do it….1) spend money 2) trade your way out by moving expiring contracts for young players ….ideally they’d do both

  33. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    some of todays fans don’t know what it is to lose.
    in that sense they are comparable to older fans who feel the same way yet have also lost.

  34. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    “but you can compare fans of different eras.”

    Please proceed, mick.

  35. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    greg d-i have trouble swiping the subway card.
    how do you ask for it, say if you want 4 rides?

  36. blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    mick says:
    July 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm
    some of todays fans don’t know what it is to lose.

    Why would you want to start?

  37. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    rich-i can only speak for myself.

  38. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Why would you want to start?
    ===========
    i don’t but i can’t do anything about it.
    but in fantasy baseball i did win by making good trades but usually b/c other mgrs were stupid.

  39. blake July 10th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    If you honestly think the the Yankees are a WS team then by all means you can have that opinion and hope they hang in there and get Michael young or whoever and go for it……I just don’t think they are anywhere close to good enough and don’t want to see them lose players for nothing at the end of the season just to play the season out

  40. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    the referendum on hal and cash hasn’t even begun.
    this month will expose them a bit.

  41. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    All losing isn’t created equal.

    If you lose as a consequence of the implementation of a sound plan with a credible hope of improvement in the near future, it’s tolerable.

    If you lose because the team has no plan, and just makes moves in order to fool the fans (like spending $13m on a washed up Wells and $12m for an injured Youk, for example), it’s not.

  42. pkyankfan69 July 10th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Realizing that its very very likely this years team will end up going nowhere and wanting them to trade off expiring contracts to build for the future says something negative about your fandom?

    Oh please.

  43. comnsnse July 10th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    The ex Mrs. Cashman….Implosion is an unusual maiden name ,no? ;)

  44. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    (like spending $13m on a washed up Wells and $12m for an injured Youk, for example), it’s not.
    ==================
    neither of them would be on this team if not for injuries

  45. comnsnse July 10th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Mick said Hal and Brian will expose themselves! ;)

  46. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I’ve been a fan through many eras. I hate losing in all of them particularly when it doesn’t(didn’t) have to be.

  47. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    “neither of them would be on this team if not for injuries”

    Why should that give them license to set money on fire?

  48. comnsnse July 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Brian to Trost, “boss I’ve got a suggestion for a deal”.

    Trost, I have a suggestion too Brian, STFU and refill the Keurig! ;)

  49. mick July 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Why should that give them license to set money on fire?
    ======================
    it worked in the past. ;)

  50. mick July 10th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    again, ive said it before, each NYY game is like a season.
    who knows what will happen?
    jr murphy could be starting next year catching CC, Pineda, Nova , Phelps and Warren.

  51. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    “it worked in the past. ”

    If only.

  52. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    If they can add Michael Young for principally his salary and some low level prospect, great. However, I don’t think this team can reasonably make the playoffs. They are short way too many pieces. Therefore, they need to look to the future and not do anything to harm it. i fear a move made giving up future value to show the fans they are trying.

  53. pkyankfan69 July 10th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I’m 28… I was too young in the early 90′s to really comprehend just how bad the Yankees were then… Being ages 11-15 from 96′ to 00′ was about as sweet as it gets though. For the most part I’ve only experienced winning with the Yankees…. This year blows, were not winning anything this year… I want the team to take all steps necessary to turn the team into a winner again as soon as possible. That means trading all assets that will no longer be assets after this season.

  54. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Cashman has already exposed himself for a poor choice in women. I have made a few dumb ones myself, but the GM of the Yankees could do better than an unattractive crazy woman.

  55. mick July 10th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Cashman has already exposed himself for a poor choice in women.the GM of the Yankees could do better than an unattractive crazy woman.
    ==========================
    maybe she didn’t expose herself till it was too late for Cash.

  56. mick July 10th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    yanks always threw their money around on FA’s

  57. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    “yanks always threw their money around on FA’s”

    Overpaying for quality is one thing. Overpaying for junk is another.

  58. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Phyankee,

    I understand your perspective. My formative years of baseball were 1960-1964 with pennants every year. Then, CBS started treating them like simply as asset and the team collapsed. I have said for nearly a year that the same thought process will cause the same result.

  59. mick July 10th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Overpaying for quality is one thing. Overpaying for junk is another.
    ===============
    they won’t next year.

  60. MG July 10th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    To funny not to post in its entirely whether it’s a TOS or not (sorry, Chad), from the NY Times:

    The Recurring Nightmare of Suzyn Waldman
    By DAN BARRY
    Published: July 10, 2013 Comment

    In which the Yankees radio personality Suzyn Waldman again finds herself trapped in a Fenway Park broadcasting booth with the announcer John Sterling, Broadway musical fan and proud creator of distinctive home run calls.

    Suzyn Waldman: And today’s salute to America was brought to you by Goldman Sachs, the world’s leading financial services firm. Goldman Sachs: Is this a great country or what?

    And now, the voice of the New York Yankees, here’s Jawn Sterling.

    John Sterling: Thank you, Suzyn. And tonight’s first thank you is brought to you by Spitzer for City Comptroller. Eliot Spitzer: No need to thank me!

    It’s a lovely night here at Fenway Park, and leading off for the Yankees is the center fielder, Brett Gardner, hitting .272 with 7 home runs and 31 runs batted in. He has speed and power. Here’s Lackey’s first pitch and — a fastball, drilled foul down the first-base line. Boy, he hit that on the nose, Suzyn.

    S.W.: Yes, he di —

    J.S.: On the nose. And if you’re thinking of rhinoplasty, Suzyn, call the Cosmetic Surgery Center of New Jersey, Route 17, Paramus, right next to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Remember: The Cosmetic Surgery Center of New Jersey knows noses.

    S.W.: I don’t need —

    J.S.: Thuuuh pitch. And Gardner hits a fly ball deep to right-center field, Victorino back, back — home run! A Yardy! For Gardy!

    S.W.: Brett certainly got all of tha —

    J.S.: A Yardy! For Gardy! And the Yankees take a one-nothing lead.

    Now Robbie Cano, the second baseman, settles into the batter’s box. A .294 batting average, with 20 home runs and 59 runs batted in. Robbie’s been struggling a little at the plate, but Suzyn, I ask you: How do you predict baseball?

    S.W.: You can’t really, it’s —

    J.S.: Exactly. You can throw the numbers out the window.

    S.W.: What?

    J.S.: Thuuuh pitch. High and outside, a hanging curve that never broke. That hanging curve brought to you by the State of Texas. We don’t hang ‘em anymore, but we do the next best thing. Texas.

    S.W.: Actually, Jawn, I think that was a changeup that —

    J.S.: And Cano rockets one to right field. It is high, it is far, it is — gone! Home run! Robbie Cano, doncha know! It’s a back to back! And a belly to belly!

    S.W.: You know, Jawn, I’ve always wondered what that phrase means.

    J.S.: Back to back and belly to belly, and Gonnerman’s Deli in Manhasset has your belly lox, your Novi lox, any kind of lox. If something smells fishy — it’s Gonnerman’s.

    S.W.: Is that really their slogan?

    J.S.: Here’s Mark Teixeira, the veteran first baseman. Lackey wastes no time, wanting those two home runs well behind him in this first inning.

    Thuuuh pitch. A long fly ball, well hit to center field, Ellsbury back, back — another home run! Three in a row! Back to back to back and belly to belly to belly! How about that! A text message from Teixeira!

    S.W.: Wait a second. Teixeira’s on the disabled list. OH NO! I’m having that dream again.

    J.S.: You’re on the mark, Teixeira!

    S.W.: Oh gawd. Get me out of here! Please, somebody, wake me up!

    J.S. (singing): “Wake me up before you go-go.” That musical interlude sponsored by George Michael. Yeah. I’m still around. George Michael.

    S.W.: Oh no.

    J.S.: Oh yes! Sir Lancelot rides to the rescue! C’est lui! C’est lui!

    S.W.: Jawn, please stop. Lance Berkman’s not even on the team anymore.

    J.S.: Vernon Wells, the left fielder, takes a fastball, low and outside, ball one. Batting just .237, but with 10 home runs and 35 ribbies.

    Thuuuh pitch. Down in the dirt, ball two.

    Lackey steps off the mound to settle himself. Goes into his windup. And — ball three. That ball three sponsored by the Double Entendres Gentlemen’s Club, Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. That’s what she said! Double Entendres.

    S.W.: What’s the double entendre to ball three?

    J.S.: Really, Suzyn? Really?

    S.W.: This is only a dream. This is only a dream. This is —

    J.S.: Thuuuh pitch. Wells lofts one down the left-field line, a skyscraper, high enough to clear the Green Monster.

    S.W.: Go foul.

    J.S.: If it’s fair it’s gone, it’s —

    S.W.: Go foul. Go foul!

    J.S.: Stay fair! And it does! The Yankees now have a four-nothing lead.

    S.W.: I’m begging you, Jawn. Stop. Please stop.

    J.S.: The Bronx is Vernon!

    S.W.: We’re in Boston.

    J.S.: Wells rings the bell!

    S.W.: Shut. Up. Please. Just. Shut. Up.

    J.S.: My next breath is sponsored by the Spellman Brothers Funeral Home, Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. When your next breath is your last, we’re here for you. Spellman Brothers.

    S.W.: I hate you.

    J.S.: Now the Yankees center fielder, Curtis Granderson, settles into the batter’s box.

    S.W.: Granderson? He’s been out for months. This isn’t even the right lineup!

    J.S.: Exactly, Suzyn. How do you predict baseball? Lackey deals and Granderson sends a bullet down the right-field line. If it stays fair it’s gone. It’s a home run! Five dingers in a row!

    S.W.: Aaaaggh!

    J.S.: Oh Curtis! You’re something sort of grandish!

    S.W.: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

    J.S. (singing): The Grandyman can, oh the Grandyman can…

    S.W.: THE GRANDYMAN? SOMETHING SORT OF GRANDISH? IS ANYONE IN THE FRONT OFFICE LISTENING TO THIS? IS THIS MIKE EVEN ON? AM I BEING PUNKED? HELLO? HELLO?

    (The sound of a scuffle in the broadcasting booth.)

    S.W.: GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME! I’M NOT THE CRAZY ONE! IT’S HIM! DON’T YOU EVEN LISTEN? WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME? WAKE ME UP! PLEASE, SOMEBODY. WAKE ME UP!

    J.S.: How do you predict baseball, Suzyn. Suzyn? She was here a minute ago. Anyway, you can throw the numbers out the window. A nuke from Youk! The Pronks Bomber! An A-Bomb! From A-Rod!

    And the Yankees win. THUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU — (a pause as J.S. takes a sip of water) — UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH Yankees win!

  61. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Mick,

    Then, he is a poor judge of talent. Maybe on and off the field.

  62. mick July 10th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Then, he is a poor judge of talent. Maybe on and off the field.
    ==============
    maybe it was phase he was going through?

  63. Howler July 10th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I do hope they’re looking for an alternative for Hafner, he’s just not getting it done, and really hasn’t since the first month of the season.
    I’m really not enjoying this season..but have been through worse ones before, at least there still is a chance. Part of being a fan is learning to live with some of the lousy years your team has, doesn’t mean you have to like it…but look at what the (name shall not be mentioned) team from Mass. has done. Something can always happen in the offseason that can renew hope.
    I do think some pretty stupid decisions were made this offseason and in spring training that ultimately hurt this team, even if injuries didn’t happen and when in the world does Kevin Long lose his genius tag…

  64. Rich in NJ July 10th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Baseball’s version of the future’s market:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....ins-90577/

  65. blake July 10th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    MG,

    i laughed…. There is no way the yanks would ever realistically score that many runs though

  66. mick July 10th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    there is no quality around anymore, at least its not readily available form the baseball field to the broadcast booth.
    there are too many teams and overpaid “stars” who are just in it for the money, which is big.
    the parody of john and suzyn shows you the lack of quality.
    i know the fans are paying attention but is this what they want?
    guess it doesn’t matter to the suits in charge.
    maybe bad press is good press, at least the fans are listening enough to say they stink.
    when they stop coming to games and the ratings go down even more maybe they will take notice.

  67. YankeesHub July 10th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve been all for a Hughes-Joba trade for the last two months. Can’t happen fast enough for me. It’s been A.J. Burnett and Kyle Farnsworth all over again.

  68. Barry July 10th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Worth the price of admission. And, the highlight of my week.

  69. RayVT July 10th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    So true. Similarities are almost endless.

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 10th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Just checking to say hey. Will most likely join up for game time. Crazy busy day. Probably best I didn’t get to post today because I’m betting the forum wasn’t a real happy place to be – AND UNDERSTANDABLY SO.

    Even I am not daft enough not to recognize that the offense has basically gone cold. I agree with Carlo and mick that the blown save probably had intense ramifications on an offense that is fragile to say the least. That’s not a condemnation of Mo. It’s a recognition of the fragility of the mindsets of players who were on a roll and hadn’t been there in quite a while.

    This is not meant to be a “put your dukes up” post, just a reflection of what I believe to be the case.

    In any event, here’s hoping for a turnaround. I’m pretty sure that unless the Yankees win the rest of their games, I won’t be sending myself any candy!

    :)

    Later y’all.

  71. mick July 10th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    It’s a joke…
    Just saw the promo for the ASG….I play for the National league, blah blah blah…

    Why do they have to sell it?
    Is anybody still naive enough to think these guys are heroes?
    I know children are not today…

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 10th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    And oh yeah, I’d rather lose Arod for good (certainly for the length of his suspension) than have him show up for a few games only to be adiosed by MLB.

    I’ve read that there are “mountains of evidence” against him. That doesn’t surprise me at all. And if it is true, well then he shot himself with his own loaded pistol. Sad that it has come to this for someone so naturally talented. Maybe Bronx booers should reflect on that nasty rite they’ve conferred upon themselves and see what it does to fragile players who are expected to deliver. Just a thought.

  73. comnsnse July 10th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    MG, absolutely fabulous post!

    I’m sorry I had dinner before this as I almost barfed laughing so hard! ;)

  74. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    If there are mountains of evidence against AROD, with all he puts at risk, is the biggest dolt around. Braun is not far behind. I wonder if the PEDs are at least psychologically addicting.

  75. comnsnse July 10th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    John and Suzyn would make great posters on the blog. Hilarious!

    Brian, perhaps you might suggest…..;)

  76. blake July 10th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Thuuu pitch

  77. austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    MG, funny stuff. Thanks.

  78. kd July 10th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    my two cents: i think it’s pretty much set in stone that there will be mass suspensions. over 20 players have been named, selig has to do something. he’s acutely aware that his legacy is forever tied with PEDs. He’s gotta to something to clean up the game. He’ll make a scapegoat of arod and braun and the others. There have been too many leaks.

    that said, arod’s days in pinstripes should be over. they should find a way to buy him out or get him to waive his no trade clause. the shell of ryan howard would be preferable. he’ll hit more than hafner

    i’m in favor of a rebuilding process. the pitching is reasonable. a few strong bats and a revamped infield will get the job done.

    i think this is the year we all realize how much this team misses Derek Sanderson Jeter, on and off the field.

  79. comnsnse July 10th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Trish, can you shoot yourself with an “unloaded” pistol? Does it still hurt?

    Just asking…..;)

  80. comnsnse July 10th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Trish, are you somehow blaming Yankee fans for Arod’s travails?

    If so there’s a “rite” I’d like to confer on you! ;)

  81. blake July 10th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    @jonmorosi: Source confirms @DannyKnoblerCBS report that Phillies have scouted Tigers farm system recently.

    If the phillies can trade Papelbon for Castellanos them I’ll be pissed

  82. Hans Davenport July 10th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    austinmac July 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    Cashman has already exposed himself for a poor choice in women. I have made a few dumb ones myself, but the GM of the Yankees could do better than an unattractive crazy woman.

    And that was his second shot at adultery.

  83. TheStraw July 10th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    2011 St.Louis Cards after 89 games: 47-42. It is still possible to win. But they need to do something to kick start the team quickly if its going to have any chance at all of happening.

    Not a fan of throwing in the towel and selling. It’s not like they’re 12 games under .500 right now.

  84. Nord July 10th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Sure, trade Phil and Joba…. get something back from two erratic pitchers.

    Promote Warren to a starting job and leave Nova as a starter and you have 5 good enough starters… bring whomever is doing well at AAA up and you are good to go.

    Now if only we had some decent right-handed hitters.

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