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Schedule notes: Tanaka’s next start, Ellsbury’s return, Ryan’s road trip

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 18, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka will make the Saturday road trip to Fort Myers to make his next start against the Twins. That same day, Hiroki Kuroda will go to the minor league complex to pitch in a minor league game. The Yankees have announced their next five starters — through Monday’s off day — and neither Adam Warren nor Vidal Nuno appears on the list.

Wednesday: Ivan Nova
Thursday: David Phelps
Friday: CC Sabathia
Saturday: Masahiro Tanaka
Hiroki Kuroda in a minor league game
Sunday: Michael Pineda

Jacoby Ellsbury will not make tomorrow’s road trip to Orlando, and it sounds unlikely that he’ll play Thursday night against the Red Sox. Ellsbury went through a workout today, but Girardi said he’s still feeling “a little bit” in his right calf.

“He’s still day-to-day,” Girardi said. “The one thing is, you want to make sure guys are completely healthy before they come back. I don’t really have a day (in mind for him to return). … Once he tells me he doesn’t feel anything, maybe it’s a day or two after that.”

Brendan Ryan went through a full workout today. The plan is for him to play his next game Thursday night in Fort Myers. In terms of travel, that has to be the worst game of the spring (long road trip, and it’s at night).

“That’s the way the ball bounces,” Girardi said.

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61 Responses to “Schedule notes: Tanaka’s next start, Ellsbury’s return, Ryan’s road trip”

  1. Jerkface March 18th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I think its a good idea to have Tanaka start long road trip games. The travel is obviously much less in the NPB and starters usually don’t even go if they aren’t going to start. Even though a 2 and a half hour bus ride isn’t exactly major league travel, better to have him be on the MLB schedule while coming off a long trip like that.

  2. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Tanaka is adorable.

  3. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    If we do the LoHud version of the Avengers I want to be Hulk.

    But instead of turning into a giant green monster when I’m raging out, I want to turn into it when I’m smoking weed.

  4. mick March 18th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    shame smokes weed how quaint.

  5. blake March 18th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I call Iron man

  6. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    @WheresKernan
    As for Jacoby Ellsbury, a calf strain takes a long time to heal. Just ask Ike.

    —————-

    Everyone is trolling us about Ellsbury! EVERYONE!

  7. Against All Odds March 18th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    But instead of turning into a giant green monster when I’m raging out, I want to turn into it when I’m smoking weed.

    ———————

    lol hahaha I’m dying over here.

    Weed heads don’t rage out though

  8. blake March 18th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    If Pineda keeps looking like he did today then he’s gonna be a mismatch for a lot of back end starters when they line up that way….

  9. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Who is gonna get stuck being Hawkeye…? The countdown has begun.

  10. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Weed heads don’t rage out though

    —————-

    I’d be the Of Mice and Men’s Lenny version of the Hulk where I’m just trying to pet stuff and accidentally kill it.

  11. blake March 18th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Slight calf strains usually take 2-3 weeks to heal. So for Ellsbury that’s about 3 months

  12. astrocityfan March 18th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    ill take the bullet and be hawkeye. sadly he is still cooler than me :)

  13. Pat M. March 18th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    After seeing Tanaka throw several times this spring, SJ44 tells me that Blake & Jerkface’s boy might indeed be the real deal. As for my fastball concerns up in the zone, SJ says ( as several here have mentioned ) that Tanaka can dial it up a tad but he cannot live or wonder often up in the zone. He does feel that by summer that The Yanks will have the best 4 & 5 starters in the game and will re-adjust their rotation after the break.. Needless to say he’s very proud about the nephew ( Tony Sanchez ) who is now a Big Leaguer. Shared some great stories about Russell Martin and AJ Burnett. Man the Pirates are a loaded organization….

  14. Against All Odds March 18th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 4:59 pm
    Weed heads don’t rage out though

    —————-

    I’d be the Of Mice and Men’s Lenny version of the Hulk where I’m just trying to pet stuff and accidentally kill it.

    ——————–

    lol :D

    http://img.rp.vhd.me/4098315_l2.jpg

  15. Against All Odds March 18th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I’ll be Thor

  16. blake March 18th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Against All Odds says:
    March 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    I’ll be Thor

    I think Thor would be the coolest one to actually be…..I mean he can fly and has that hammer

  17. blake March 18th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Pat M
    Appears your championing of Mr Pineda might be finally about to pay off as well…..he looked darn good today…..best he’s looked as a Yankee by far.

  18. MTU March 18th, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Pineda looked good.

    His slider is a ++ pitch.

    Only saw 1 or 2 93′s today.

    Guess we will see more as the season progresses.

    Another thing I liked was zero walks.

    :)

  19. MTU March 18th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    You can count me as one of Tanaka’s “boys” too. Have been since the beginning.

    Love having guys like Nova, Tanaka, and Pineda on our side.

    All w really big upsides.

    It’s enough to put a big fat grin on your face.

    :)

  20. bigdan22 March 18th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Well a much better game for Pineda today. More velocity on his FB (I’m going by the Yes gun to be consistent) and much much better command. Before today I didn’t think he had much of a chance of winning the 5th spot. Now I think the comp will come down to who pitches better the rest of the way. If would be nice to see Pineda against a real lineup tho. His FB is till pretty pedestrian but at least his control looks good.

    –About the FB. Like his last start I charted all his fastballs He had one at 94 and one at 93. That was his max. The vast majority were 89-92. The two extra base hits were off his fastball. It looks like it might be a pretty hittable pitch if he doesn’t locate it well. His great advantage is if he gets a man on base he can go strictly with his unhittable slider therefore limiting any possible damage. He did that in the first inning throwing three straight sliders for a strikeout.

    –So how much is a 28 year old starting catcher who can hit worth?

    –Zolio, two web gems today! He’s starting to shake his bad fielding rap. Just a shame he’s not a major league starting outfielder.

    –Well at least Jeter can laugh about it.

    –Brian Roberts looks 28.

    –Alfonso Soriano looks 18.

  21. mick March 18th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Tanaka was a no brainer.
    How could anyone doubt him?
    But if SJ said so , it must be true.

  22. mick March 18th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Love having guys like Nova, Tanaka, and Pineda on our side.
    =====================================
    Some think Warren, Phelps and Nuno deserve their shot though.
    Bring back Freddy Garcia…

  23. blake March 18th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Before today I didn’t think he had much of a chance of winning the 5th spot. Now I think the comp will come down to who pitches better the rest of the way.”

    It’s going to come down to if Pineda is healthy…..unless he gets hurt or takes a big nose dive he’s gonna be the 5th starter.

  24. Against All Odds March 18th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    blake March 18th, 2014 at 5:12 pm
    Against All Odds says:
    March 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    I’ll be Thor

    I think Thor would be the coolest one to actually be…..I mean he can fly and has that hammer

    —————————

    Can’t go wrong with that :D

  25. CountryClub March 18th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    ” Yankees shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo makes the cut after hitting .287/.378/.450 (145 wRC+) with a team-leading seven homers and a league-leading 49 steals in 64 games last season. The 18-year-old signed for $250k back in January 2012.
    “He’s a premium athlete who should be able to stay at shortstop, where he shows very good range, quick feet and a plus arm … He should have good power for a shortstop, with 15-20 home runs a very realistic possibility.”

    http://riveraveblues.com/2014/.....ts-100637/

  26. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I’m surprised no one has claimed Captain America yet.

  27. GregD March 18th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I saw my first ST game ever today! Pineda looked very good and Soriano was killing it…..

  28. blake March 18th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Maybe Mateo can help in like 5 years

  29. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Jorge Mateo

    ———————

    I don’t even recall if I’ve seen this name before but yes please.

  30. GregD March 18th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Saw my first ST game today! Pineda was very sharp and so was Soriano

  31. CountryClub March 18th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    blake March 18th, 2014 at 5:35 pm
    Maybe Mateo can help in like 5 years

    —————-

    The funny thing is that they have a couple other legit ss prospects that are only like a yr ahead of him. But whatever, it’ll be a good problem to have in 4 years.

    Regarding Mateo, 20 HR’s with 80 speed? Yes please.

  32. Howler March 18th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    So Shame, you don’t want to be the GreenGanjaer…subdue your rivals with a billowing cloud of smoke that makes them sit there and contemplate life and all the pretty things?

  33. stillstuckey March 18th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I’m choosing to keep an open mind about Cito Culver.

    Doesn’t cost me anything to do so.

    He projects to be a good glove. Maybe something really clicked last August.

  34. bigdan22 March 18th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I still believe that Tanaka will be the Yanks effective No. 1 starter this year (something I said before the Yanks even signed him), but I do see a couple possible cracks in the armor. If his FB sits 90-92 which we have seen it do, he will have to have impeccable command to use it effectively, especially because it seems like he refuses to pitch inside. Also, other that his splitter, he occasionally leaves his other pitches up in the zone (slider, fastball mostly) and major leaguers will hit those a long way.

    I still think his greatest asset is between his ears and in his chest. This guy is smart, tough and not afraid of the big stage.

  35. stillstuckey March 18th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    When exactly did ML starters all start sitting at ’93 and above?

    Some of you guys treat throwing 92 like you’re a soft tosser.

  36. blake March 18th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I’m choosing to keep an open mind about Cito Culver”

    I think there were some signs for optimism last year…..he can play defense….it’s always been about the bat. A .730 OPS SSs that can play great defense make a lot of money these days

  37. chicken_stanley March 18th, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Saw this article today about a study of pitchers’ performances before and after Tommy John Surgery… a little short on raw data, but may be of some interest:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/.....udy-n49771

  38. Against All Odds March 18th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Some of you guys treat throwing 92 like you’re a soft tosser.

    ————————

    Lol

    I think it just has to do with not having one size fits all. Yes pitchers can dominate at 92 but as we all know not everyone can. The explosive heat is what attracted heat is one of the main reasons the Yankees traded for him.

  39. blake March 18th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    All 92s aren’t created equal and the hitters this spring certainly haven’t been hitting Pineda’s so far……he’s really throwing downhill and everything is down…..he can create a great line as y’all as he is…..of he’s drivin the ball down in the zone it’s gonna be hard to hit even at 91/92

  40. ac1 March 18th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Blake you can’t be Iron Man. I have been told since I was 18 that i look exactly like RDJ. That was from many people in different places over a long time. Hence, I get to be him!!!!

  41. ac1 March 18th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    He projects to be a good glove. Maybe something really clicked last August.
    ___

    He gave up switch hitting no?
    Maybe that will get the bat going.

  42. Howler March 18th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Interesting study…but wouldn’t say definitive either…some of these pitchers are also ones getting older, and they’re going to see their performance go down anyway. The walks/hits inning stat is so minimal I don’t see why they bothered mentioning it. I couldn’t see why a younger pitcher would want to have surgery though if nothing is wrong.

  43. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Howler says:
    March 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    So Shame, you don’t want to be the GreenGanjaer…subdue your rivals with a billowing cloud of smoke that makes them sit there and contemplate life and all the pretty things?

    —————–

    Yes!!!!!

  44. ac1 March 18th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    It’s going to come down to if Pineda is healthy…..unless he gets hurt or takes a big nose dive he’s gonna be the 5th starter.
    ___

    I think Pineda is locked to be #5.
    I think Phelps will be long man
    I think Warren may end up as the set up man when it is all done. (Though I think he deserves a shot to start).
    Nuno also deserves a shot (but he is in a line behind the others).
    I wouldnt worry, all of them will start this year at some point.

  45. ac1 March 18th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    And if we are being real, I think Zoilo will get his shot too.
    There will be injuries.
    As good as our OF is, they are fragile.
    Once Ichiro is gone, a 4 of Ells, Gardy, Beltran and ZA can rotate, to give Beltran days off. (Probably 2015).

  46. ac1 March 18th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    And since I am catching up, my thoughts on Ellsbury already being hurt.
    It is spring training.
    I feel like if this were regular season, he wouldn’t be sitting.
    He knows how to play, he will be ready (he can afford to rest up now).

  47. blake March 18th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    There are zero pitchers in the HOF that have had TJS….. Smoltz will be the first

  48. blake March 18th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    ac1 says:
    March 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm
    Blake you can’t be Iron Man. I have been told since I was 18 that i look exactly like RDJ. That was from many people in different places over a long time. Hence, I get to be him!!!!

    Ok ….I look exactly like Thor so I can be him. Sorry against

  49. ac1 March 18th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Works for me Blake….

  50. exiledintampa March 18th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I’ll be Captain Sweatpants. He looks more comfortable than most super heroes.

  51. Pat M. March 18th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    MTU……Sorry about the omission from the Tanaka Fan Club. You’ve been campaigning for him for quite some time. Me, I still have concerns about a straight flattish fastball. If he can hit the lower corners in hitters count then his success in the Bigs will be that more likely…

  52. blake March 18th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I’m glad we hung on to Gardner to play CF when Jacoby has ouchies

  53. tomingeorgia March 18th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    What was the TV show that had a guy who could throw a grenade 200 yards and blow up a bridge with it? I’ll play him.

  54. chicken_stanley March 18th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    exiled – lol! sounds like just my kind of superhero!

  55. bigdan22 March 18th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    “All 92s aren’t created equal and the hitters this spring certainly haven’t been hitting Pineda’s so far……he’s really throwing downhill and everything is down…..he can create a great line as y’all as he is…..of he’s drivin the ball down in the zone it’s gonna be hard to hit even at 91/92″

    Two points. Pineda really hasn’t faced a true ML lineup yet. And today Bradley turned around a 92 on the inside half into the gap. The other double, I believe by a right-hander, was also driven into the gap off a FB but I’m not sure of the velocity. In Pineda’s last start they didn’t hit his FB because he didn’t throw it over the plate. He’s getting by right now almost exclusively on his slider. Which could work out for him so long as he keeps his FB away from the middle of the plate. But I still need to see him face better hitters.

  56. Against All Odds March 18th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Ok ….I look exactly like Thor so I can be him. Sorry against

    ——————————

    What??? just like that???

    Alright I’ll be Cap

    :)

    *whispers I wanted to be Captain America after I realized I chose Thor*

  57. blake March 18th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    He’s not getting by exclusively with his slider…… He’s getting ahead with fastballs and then using the slider to get the out. People forget that one of the reasons Pineda was so good was because of the command and control he had……sure 97 helps but the slider seems just as lethal and if he keeps pounding the bottom of the strike some and getting ahead of hitters so he can throw that slider then he will be ok.

    I don’t think it’s out of the question either that you’ll see some 95s and 96s either as the weather gets warmer and he builds arm strength. ….

  58. chicken_stanley March 18th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Question – Iron Man is a superhero due the indestructible suit he wears; if I buy a pair of Fire Hose work pants, will I qualify as a superhero? If so, could I join the Avengers and be called Beaver Man?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....38;index=6

  59. blake March 18th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Who is Scarlet Johanson?

  60. Hankflorida March 18th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Once Ichiro is gone, a 4 of Ells, Gardy, Beltran and ZA can rotate, to give Beltran days off. (Probably 2015).

    Ac1, by 2015 if this experiment of playing two table setters in the outfield, Ellsbury and Gardener, does not work, the Yankees will go back to the formula of having two power bats in the outfield. Right now, you have two outfielders who can turn their walks into doubles, and ground balls to the outfield can score them. This is a different style of play then waiting for the long bomb to put runs on the board.

  61. Shame Spencer March 18th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I like tom and exile’s super heroes let’s keep ruminating on this…

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