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Saturday morning notes: New hint about Tanaka’s regular-season debut

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 15, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Panama Legend Series Baseball

Very quiet morning here in Tampa, so we’ll start with an Associated Press story about yesterday’s first day in Panama. The Yankees in Florida are on their way to Sarasota right now. The Yankees in Panama have a game tonight.

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The New York Yankees prepared Friday for a pair of exhibition games against the Miami Marlins in the home country of Mariano Rivera, the retired career saves leader.

A fundraising dinner for Rivera’s foundation and the games Saturday and Sunday at Rod Carew Stadium highlight a weekend that is a tribute to the pitcher, who retired after last season.

Rivera told reporters Thursday night before the Yankees’ split squad arrived that “I feel like a peacock.”

He said “it was my dream to bring my team and my teammates to enjoy my homeland.”

Mariano RiveraAppropriately, the Yankees players were wearing Panama hats when they got off their plane. On Friday, a group of players visited the Panama Canal, a waterway built by the United States a century ago that is credited with spreading the baseball tradition in the Central American nation.

No ships crossed during the team’s visit, but the players and manager Joe Girardi took pictures and signed autographs for tourists at one of the canal’s viewpoints.

“You never think they could fit a ship through this canal, but somehow they do,” said David Robertson, who has taken over Rivera’s role as closer.

Later on Friday, Robertson and the Yankees captain Derek Jeter visited the Children’s Hospital of Panama, along with Rivera.

“The children were very happy,” Rivera said at the dinner to raise funds for that hospital. “We want to help and that’s what this is about.”

The Yankees hadn’t visited Panama since 1947, when they played several games against the then Brooklyn Dodgers. A year before that, their roster included Joe DiMaggio when they played a Panamanian team.

Rivera said he was happy Panamanian families who cannot travel to the United States will be able to watch the Yankees play this weekend. The 44-year-old Rivera, a native of the fishing village of Puerto Caimito, spent his entire 19-year career in the major leagues the Yankees.

Both the Yankees and the Miami Marlins only traveled with part of their squad, leaving the rest to play split-squad games in Florida. The Marlins arrived in Panama City on Friday.

Masahiro Tanaka, Larry Rothschild· Pitching coach Larry Rothschild seemed to hint that Masahiro Tanaka will start either the fourth or fifth game of the regular season so that he can get an extra day of rest relatively early. “I think we weigh the schedule a little bit, where he can get extra rest in the season to try to keep him strong through the year,” Rothschild said. “We’ve got the 13 games in a row to start. That’s going to impact when we decide to pitch him.” By pitching the fourth game of the regular season, Tanaka would make his second start on normal four days of rest, then he’d make his third start with an extra day. Wouldn’t get that extra day if he pitched either the second or third game.

· Rothschild indicated that the schedule, more so than any similarities between Tanaka and Hiroki Kuroda, will determine when Tanaka makes his first start. The smart money seems to be on Tanaka opening the season as the No. 4, with Kuroda and Ivan Nova pitching the second and third games.

· Eduardo Nunez was scheduled to have today off even before he was spiked yesterday. Nunez said he’s perfectly fine and could have played. He’ll go through regular drills today.

· Brian Roberts fouled a ball off the inside part of his left knee yesterday. He also said he’s fine and plans to play his scheduled five or six innings today.

· Russ Canzler was scratched from today’s road trip because of that hip stiffness that showed up yesterday. He’s not going to do any drills today, only treatment. Seems to have been a nice bonus for Kyle Roller, who wasn’t on the list to come up from minor league camp but now finds himself in the lineup at DH.

· Nunez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira are all scheduled to stay behind in Tampa and got through regular batting practice. There were no bullpens or live BP sessions scheduled. Really light day today.

· Today’s second string: C Pete O’Brien, 1B Zach Wilson, 2B Rob Refsnyder, SS Cito Culver, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ben Gamel, CF Jake Cave, RF Taylor Dugas.

· Today’s scheduled relievers: Brian Gordon, Mark Montgomery, Danny Burawa, Diego Moreno and Joel De La Cruz (Shane Greene, Manny Barreda, Graham Stoneburner, Branden Pinder and Charlie Short are also making the trip)

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50 Responses to “Saturday morning notes: New hint about Tanaka’s regular-season debut”

  1. Yankee Trader March 15th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Great vivid photos that you just posted, MTU, on the last thread.

    The 5th starter, I believe gets Game #1 of the three game series vs the Red Sox.

  2. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Thanks YT. Glad you enjoyed.

    I’ll repost for those who may have missed them :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/SouthTeepeesAtCoyoteButtes?authkey=Gv1sRgCN-mguSL7OvkjwE#

    :)

  3. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    YT-

    Saw your commentary on returning from a 2nd TJS.

    Not very likely for a SP.

    A reliever maybe.

    I’d say the Braves are in deep sh*t.

  4. Yankee Trader March 15th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    April NYY Schedule

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....ar=DEFAULT

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  6. Yankee Trader March 15th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    It’s a four game series vs the RS

  7. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Cash-

    Some folks have trouble with the links due to it being part of Google +.

    Also the filters on some people’s computers can cause issues.

    Sorry if you didn’t get through.

    Nothing I can do on my end.

    :(

  8. Yankee Trader March 15th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    MTU
    Luckily the Braves are in a weak division. The Nationals should be the best competition. They signed Santana and Gavin Floyd, who himself had TJ will potentially be available in May.

    They however lost Venters to second TJ and didn’t resign O’Flaherty for once was the most dominant 3 late inning relievers in the game to go along with their closer, Kimbrel.

  9. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    YT-

    Medlen, Beachy, Venters.

    What are they doing to these guys ?

    And when I said they have trouble I meant for the future. Not only for this season.

  10. Yankee Trader March 15th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Yankees with 26 games in September, all but 3(Royals) are with AL East opponents,the last three in Boston.

  11. Cashmoney March 15th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    MTU, haunting photos… one can get little philosophical staring at those vastness…

  12. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Cash-

    I very much appreciate your comment.

    Out this way we call it miles and miles of miles and miles.

    ;)

  13. austinmac March 15th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Amazing photos. What a world we live in.

  14. Triple Short of a Cycle March 15th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    They are already talking about resting Tanaka early in the season? What is with this team and babying pitchers? This guy is a horse

  15. Yankee Trader March 15th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    After reading some articles on TJ, and how overuse is one of the causative factors, you wonder if a starter might have a better chance at pitching longevity if they returned after the first TJ,as a reliever. However the sample size is pretty small. The surgery hasn’t changed much since the first ones with Jobe, except maybe where they might choose to harvest the tendon.

  16. blake March 15th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Mac,
    It’s June for this draft but but I read somewhere that if he signed after opening say then he wouldn’t have the pick attached next offseason…..not sure if that’s true or not

  17. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Mac-

    I take it the photos made an impression ?

    Now you know why I always call it a privilege, and a gift from the good Lord.

    :)

  18. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Time to walk the Mopheads.

    I’ll check back.

  19. austinmac March 15th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Blake,

    Okay, I get it.

    MTU,

    You live in a unique area. Some day I will show up on your doorstep.

  20. blake March 15th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Triple Short of a Cycle says:
    March 15, 2014 at 10:36 am
    They are already talking about resting Tanaka early in the season? What is with this team and babying pitchers? This guy is a horse

    Well he’s used to pitching once a week….not every 5th day. Probbaly smart to ease him in to that transition

  21. austinmac March 15th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    MTU,

    Your photos do capture the sights. Nice!

  22. Triple Short of a Cycle March 15th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Well he’s used to pitching once a week….not every 5th day. Probbaly smart to ease him in to that transition

    ——————————–

    What other team does this? Boston f’d up Dice K when they started tinkering with his routine.

    Did Texas do this with Darvish?

  23. Madrugador March 15th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    MTU,
    Photos are breathtaking. How was the hike to get there? Looks hot and dry? Did you carry much water?

  24. TKR March 15th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    You know I never meant to see you again
    and I only passed by as a friend
    All this time I stayed out of sight
    I started wondering why

  25. Kelvin March 15th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Darn, those are really, really good photos MTU.

  26. Howler March 15th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Looks like you’ve been out hiking again…TV game today?

  27. Chip March 15th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    The Orioles are starting an outfield of Steve Pearce in LF, Delmon Young in RF and Nelson Cruz in CF…and their starting pitcher gets about 41% fly balls – should be fun

  28. bigdan22 March 15th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    austinmac March 15th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    “All winter I have said(not Dan :) ), they can only add via free agency since they have little to trade of real value. That hasn’t changed. Sign Drew for two years.”

    —-

    Haha. I had the Yanks opening day roster set more than a week ago. Of course I’ll be reminding you again when I’m right ;)

    Cito and Refs today as backups. The starting middle infield of 2016 and the new road to 189!!

  29. nicknowsky March 15th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Cabral is getting on the roster, I’ve followed him closely. He’s better then Thornton I think over time

  30. austinmac March 15th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Dan,

    On the rare occasion when I am correct, I will let you know.

  31. bigdan22 March 15th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    austinmac March 15th, 2014 at 11:33 am
    Dan,

    On the rare occasion when I am correct, I will let you know.

    —–

    Deal.

    I have Claiborne and Thornton on the opening 25. I’m not much of a fan of either. I think both Lewis and Cabral may outperform Thornton at some point. But I don’t think he can go anywhere since he has a two year deal right?

    Which brings me to the next thought–who will be the first 40 man casualty when they need to adjust the bullpen, which they certainly will in April? I think any changes they make to improve the bullpen (leaving out a trade or an injury someplace else) in April will require a 40 man move. Say they send Cabral down, anyone they replace him with, I believe, will not be on the 40 man, so someone will have to go. It could be Anna, or RP they replace such as Cabral or Claiborne. But I don’t think it can be Thornton.

  32. Cashmoney March 15th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    The Os are my dark horse to win AL East, Had Peter O okay another 20 mil for a roster that is ready to win this would a scary team. Trading J.J. made little sense baseball wise to me.

  33. austinmac March 15th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Thornton is going to be on the team with his two year contract. Not a fan since he stopped throwing 95.

  34. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for you for all the nice compliments.

    I really appreciate them.

    Glad to be able to show the unique beauty of the area.

    Mac-

    Just let me know.

    Mags-

    It was actually on the cooler side that day due to the overcast. High 40′s.

    But climbing round in the sand is a good workout and so plenty of water is still necessary.

    Howler-

    What else is new.

    :)

  35. Cashmoney March 15th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I would have prefer the Yanks to take a gamble on O’flaherty instead signing Thornton.

  36. Howler March 15th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Monster Mal two is on the way MTU…he was born yesterday…and I’ll go pick him up in end of May.

  37. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Howler-

    That’s great. They can wear each other out.

    Think he’ll fit on the back of your new KLR ?

    :)

  38. Howler March 15th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    He’ll want to drive…part of the Squirrel Marauder MC Club the other one is starting.

  39. Cashmoney March 15th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    random thoughts… be a big hit if NYY were to have a bat dog… wonder if he has to shave.

  40. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Howler-

    What did you think of the photos I posted ?

  41. Howler March 15th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Very nice…looks like you’ve been keeping yourself busy, I like the layers and textures you get out of the location. I like what you did with that portrait oriented one, pulls you in…I tried something dumb the other day…walking the dog and trying to take pictures..she almost knocked the tripod and camera into a very muddy bog.

  42. Hankflorida March 15th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Cashmoney March 15th, 2014 at 11:56 am
    The Os are my dark horse to win AL East, Had Peter O okay another 20 mil for a roster that is ready to win this would a scary team. Trading J.J. made little sense baseball wise to me.

    All the O’s need is pitching as their offense is tailored to their bandbox stadium unlike the Yankees who prefer to distance themselves from being The Bronx Bombers. As the era of the three run homer departed from the Yankees tradition last year and continued this year, the emphasis is on pitching and manufacturing runs. It will be an interesting matchup when the O’s play the Yanks of power versus pitching in parks that are made for the long ball.

  43. MTU March 15th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Howler-

    Thanks for the feedback. Just wondered since you also do Photography.

    That would have hurt. Sounds like you learned an important lesson.

    ;)

  44. Chad Jennings March 15th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle March 15th, 2014 at 10:52 am e

    Well he’s used to pitching once a week….not every 5th day. Probbaly smart to ease him in to that transition

    ——————————–

    What other team does this? Boston f’d up Dice K when they started tinkering with his routine.

    Did Texas do this with Darvish?

    Actually checked on this today. Four of Darvish’s first 11 starts came with an extra day of rest. I don’t think the Yankees are planning to give Tanaka a ton of extra rest — he’s been going every five days up to this point even in spring training; getting one extra day next time through — but if they can ease him in early in the season, that seems to make some sense. Difference between starting Game 3 and starting Game 4 is really, really minimal.

  45. Giuseppe Franco March 15th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    The Yanks may seem like they are distancing themselves from the Bronx Bombers label but this team has traditionally won championship after championship with offenses that had a lot of power and scored a lot of runs.

    They aren’t the St Louis Cardinals of the 1980s and never will be.

  46. Howler March 15th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I doubt they’re distancing themselves from Bronx Bombers tradition, but just trying to win with the type of players they’ve got available to them within the framework of the money they want to spend, with an eye toward building to the future and a more athletic team. Who doesn’t want power on their team, but it doesn’t always come along in the package you’re looking for. There aren’t a lot of Mantle or Trout type players that can do everything, the other type of power hitters usually come with a lot of holes and I think they’re just being judicious in the ones they look for without throwing the cash at them.

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