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Postgame notes: Cabral DFA; Daley promoted

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 19, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Cesar Cabral

After their first true bullpen meltdown of the year, the Yankees have wasted little time making a change.

Cesar Cabral was designated for assignment following tonight’s game, and Matt Daley will be added from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Daley pitched well after a late-season call-up last season. He had a strong spring, and he had 13 strikeouts with one walk through five innings in Triple-A this year. He should be here tomorrow. Yankees probably could have used him tonight.

For the first time this season, the Yankees blew a save tonight. The worst of it hung on Adam Warren’s shoulders after he consistently go ahead of hitters, but couldn’t put them away. When he didn’t bury a 1-2 slider, Desmond Jennings hit an RBI single to pull the Rays within in a run. When Evan Longoria worked the count back full, Warren issued a walk that loaded the bases. When Warren didn’t get a 1-2 fastball inside enough, James Loney delivered the go-ahead, two-run single.

“The whole time you’re thinking, you’re just one pitch away from getting out of it,” Warren said. “I was getting ahead of guys. Felt good about how I was throwing. Just one pitch away. Couldn’t quite make that pitch.”

Warren had pitched well this season. In fact, the entire bullpen had not allowed a run in seven straight games before coughing up eight runs tonight. David Phelps stranded two runners for Hiroki Kuroda in the sixth, then Phelps, Matt Thornton, Warren and Cabral were each charged with at least one run in the next inning and a third.

“We all know what we’re capable of,” Phelps said. “It stinks there are times you’re going to have a night like that. Nobody’s perfect, but we try as hard as we can to be. Things didn’t go our way tonight. You saw some of the swings those guys put on some of those two-strike pitches. It seemed like they were trying to fight balls off and they were just finding ways to drop in. I’m sure we’ll be out there tomorrow and start a new streak. I have faith in our guys and we have faith in ourselves. It’s just a matter of going out and making pitches. That’s what we’ve been saying the whole time.”

Jacoby Ellsbury· Joe Girardi was not pleased with home plate umpire Joe West, who ejected Cabral in the eighth inning after Cabral’s third hit batter of the inning. Cabral clearly had no command tonight, but he also didn’t seem to be trying to hit anyone. By ejecting Cabral, West forced the Yankees to use Shawn Kelley for the final out. Kelley threw just five pitches. “It’s unfortunate that we had to do it,” Girardi said. “But fortunately he came in and got a quick out and didn’t have to throw many pitches.”

· Cabral’s had a strange time on the Yankees roster. He was taken in the Rule 5 in 2011, missed all of 2012 because of elbow surgery, was outrighted last year, added back to the roster, sent to Triple-A to start this season, then he got a call-up when Dave Robertson was hurt. I believe that because this would be his second outright assignment, that Cabral would be able to refuse the assignment and become a free agent if he clears waivers, but I’m not entire sure that’s correct. For now, he’s off the roster and floating in DFA limbo.

· Daley should be with the Yankees in time for tomorrow’s game.

· Cabral on hitting three batters: “Today’s not a good day. I don’t try to hit anybody. I want to throw strikes, and that happens sometimes. … They know I don’t want to hit anybody. I was surprised (by the ejection) because they don’t tell me nothing.”

· Phelps said he’s fine after being hit by a comebacker “straight in the fat” just above his hip. “It’s not bad,” he said. “There’s one spot that’s a little tender to the touch. If I was going to get hit, either there or in the backside is probably the most ideal spot.”

· Yangervis Solarte also said he’s fine after fouling a ball off his shin. Solarte had his shin wrapped in ice after the game, but there’s no indication that he won’t be able to play tomorrow.

Jacoby Ellsbury, Yangervis Solarte· Hiroki Kuroda seemed to be rolling a long early in tonight’s game, then his night became a real grind in the fourth inning. “All of my breaking balls were not working so I had to depend on my fastball,” he said.

· Kuroda wanted to stay in for the final out of the sixth inning, but Girardi went to Phelps to get out of that jam. Kuroda said he felt that not being able to finish that inning himself hurt the bullpen and put them in a worse spot, but that seems a little hard to buy. Maybe letting Phelps come out of the pen for a clean seventh would have made a difference, but it’s hard to say that. The bullpen just wasn’t very good.

· The Yankees had allowed 12 runs in their previous six games. They allowed 11 runs tonight. This was their first blown lead of at least four runs since September 6, 2013.

· Since inning records are available beginning in 1984, the Yankees had only hit three batters in an inning once, which was on September 23, 2010 against the Rays at Yankee Stadium when five different pitchers combined to allow eight runs on nine hits, one walk and three hit batters in 2.1 innings.

· Scott Sizemore had a three-run double in the second inning, making this his eighth career big league game with three RBI and his first since September 27, 2011. His career high is four RBI.

· Final word goes to Girardi: “We had two strikes a number of times and we couldn’t put them away. If you look at Escobar’s first hit, they had about three or four more two-strike hits after that. We just weren’t able to put them away. They put on tough at-bats and it happens and you move on.”

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78 Responses to “Postgame notes: Cabral DFA; Daley promoted”

  1. chicken_stanley April 19th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Good night all… catch you for the Sox on Tuesday

  2. Patrick April 19th, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I feel terrible for cabral. Got owned by the rays, then thrown out, then dfa’d.

  3. bbb51 April 19th, 2014 at 12:50 am

    yankeefeminista April 18th, 2014 at 11:41 pm
    Cabral DFA.

    That didn’t take long.

    Cabral didn’t look at that good this year, so I think tonight was just the last straw, or crate of straws…

  4. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Big game tomorrow night going up against a tough pitcher, especially with the Yankees throwing out a replacement starter for the last game.

    If Cabral does not clear waivers this could actually be a good thing for him if he lands with a team willing to give him a shot at the 25 man. If not, big salary hit going from being on the 25 man to off the 40 man.

  5. jmills April 19th, 2014 at 12:58 am

  6. bbb51 April 19th, 2014 at 12:59 am

    · Hiroki Kuroda seemed to be rolling a long early in tonight’s game, then his night became a real grind in the fourth inning. “All of my breaking balls were not working so I had to depend on my fastball,” he said.

    Pine tar.

  7. jmills April 19th, 2014 at 1:07 am

  8. Jerkface April 19th, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Kuroda’s game also got derailed by infield defense, which made him throw a lot of extra pitches.

  9. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 1:17 am

    bbb51 April 19th, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Cabral didn’t look at that good this year, so I think tonight was just the last straw, or crate of straws…

    His last game was over a week ago when he faced Ortiz and walked him. No big crime in that. The day before he came in and faced 2 batters for 2 K’s. Might be some rust here that affected his command, much like Betances is prone to.

    Only 1 other appearance, so if this was the last straw, he drew a short one.

    I almost wonder if Girardi is worried about retaliation and they hope by DFA’ing Cabral this will appease the Rays

  10. bbb51 April 19th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I don’t think Cabral has looked all that good, I don’t care what the results were.

    Tonight had to be more than rust.

  11. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 1:25 am

    I thought they were making some pretty solid contact against Kuroda in the early innings, couple of balls hit right at fielders and a couple of nice defensive plays. His box score looked better than he pitched I thought. IF defense didn’t help much after that though.

    If you look past Tanaka and Pineda, the rest of the rotation has not been great with only 4 of 11 QS

    Nova 5.94 ERA
    CC 5.19 ERA
    Kuroda 4.07 ERA

    Obviously, you don’t expect that to continue. Look forward to seeing if Nova can pick it them tomorrow.

  12. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 1:29 am

    bbb51 April 19th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I don’t think Cabral has looked all that good, I don’t care what the results were.

    Tonight had to be more than rust.

    Yeah, his FB velocity is down about 3 mph. Might be an arm problem there which would explain the poor command and velo issues, which likely factored into the decision.

  13. pete2 April 19th, 2014 at 2:16 am

    ““I will be fully ready to play Sunday and disappointed if I don’t” said Teixeira, ”

    Reading this again makes me wonder if someone in the Yankee organization suggested he take more time in his rehab and Tex wants no part of that.

  14. UnKnown April 19th, 2014 at 3:00 am

    “Kuroda’s game also got derailed by infield defense, which made him throw a lot of extra pitches.”

    Surely you jest my good man. The Yankees infield defense is the ALL TIME GREATEST IN THE WORLD!! Nothing but Ozzie Smiths running around out there. Lohud says so. :lol:

  15. yankinvegas April 19th, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Bullpens are almost always a work in progress as the season goes on. The tapestry changes periodically.
    We have some good options down there. Aceves, even though he’s crazy, Andrew Bailey, Daley, Ramirez. Plus maybe Hanrahan.
    I think that two from among Warren, Nuno and Phelps should be down at AAA in reserve if needed in the rotation.
    Hopefully Joe will show some increased confidence in Betances soon. I know that that is hard to do because walks drive a manager nuts late in a close game, but the kid has so much talent that you have to bite the bullet at some point and give him an opportunity.
    I assume that Anna will go down on Sunday. Solarte looks like the real deal. He fell through the cracks and somebody in our front office deserves a lot of credit for signing him.
    It’s a long season and all losses are frustrating. But this team is good and I think that we will win the division comfortably.

  16. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 6:36 am


    I agree.

    Just one bad game.

    Pen was overdue.

    Kuroda battled w pretty much nothing.

    It happens.

    There are a lot of positives so far.

  17. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Could use a long, quality outing from Nova tonight.

  18. blake April 19th, 2014 at 6:53 am

    The biggest issue is that phelps is pitching out of his role….Girardi is using him a lot as the first guy he goes to when he takes the starter out and often he’s brining him in with men on base……Phelps isn’t a fireman… need a guy that can come in and snuff out a rally in those situations.

    Warren wasn’t locating last night and when he doesn’t he’s gonna get hit…..

    They should sign Hanrahan and give Betances a more important role

  19. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 7:03 am


    The Yankees watched Hanrahan’s workout.

    They might be in on him.

    I do not have confidence in Betances.

    He needs to work often and he isn’t getting that.

  20. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Can’t predict baseball.

    When we won w CC I was feeling really good knowing that Kuroda was up next.

    But Kuroda didn’t have it,and the Pen didn’t have it, and the Rays relievers stepped up.

    And instead of us being up 2-zip in the series it’s even and we have to face Archer.

    Maybe we’ll get another surprise.

    Anyway, I’ll settle for a split at this point.

  21. RadioKev April 19th, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Not that concerned about the pen right now. These things happen. We’ll if the team can rebound with Nova on the hill.

  22. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Yanks has done reasonably well in Drob’s absence. It basically demonstrated 2 things 1. in small sample, any pen can look aight 2. Yanks does have some talents in the pen. But what they don’t have in the absence of Drob is guy with premium stuff sans Betances. They could have just signed Balfour but that’s water under the bridge. I envision Burawa, Bentance and in eventuality , Bailey and maybe Hanrahan being possible backend candidate later… this pen has chance being very good if all works out or they could be mediocre.

  23. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:20 am

    very glad cabral was DFA’ed… the guy sux I feel no mercy toward that bum!

  24. RadioKev April 19th, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Not that keen on Hanrahan. If we sign him great, if not, who cares. Remember Aardsma?

  25. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Looking forward to getting Beltran back into our line up.

  26. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    wipe that bewilder look from your face, Cabral! For 3 years he was billed as some sort of hidden gem, good riddance bum! Hmm… i feel little feisty this morning :D

  27. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Would love to kick Archer’s a*s for a change.

  28. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    random thoughts for the morning, It just struck me my childhood favorite painter, Bob ‘smooth’ Ross could have combined disco grooving and painting on his PBS show, that would have been awesome cuz he basically has the look and get up for it.

  29. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Rays bats woke up last night.


  30. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 7:36 am


    Loved those happy little trees.


  31. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:38 am

    MTU, very likable human being. ” happy little trees and clouds…” :D

  32. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 7:40 am


    Darn good painter too.


  33. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    He had the touch MTU, do you favorite painter? There have been many maestros … but I am more inclined to Renaissance works of Caravaggio and Botticelli…not big on modern arts.

  34. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:49 am

    *do you have

  35. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 7:55 am


    I’m a fan of “Surrealist” artists in general.

    Dali, Magritte, Rousseau.

    Also “Impressionism”.

    Monet, etc.

    Two favorite unusual artists would be Escher and Seurat.

  36. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Well, If you ever visited Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam MTU, in which they have listed his work chronologically, you can see the his slow degradation into madness in paintings.

  37. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I can deal with Surrealist and Escher is a good one as well, just not fan of symbolism and abstract.

  38. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am


    Been to Amsterdam in my youth.

    But I was too busy chasing women, drinking Heineken and getting high to worry about VVG in those days.


  39. blake April 19th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    The bullpen has been very good so far overall but since DRob went down it’s felt like it was with smoke and mirrors to me… didn’t feel sustainable. Last night could have been just a hiccup but it also could have been a regression to what it is……

    Girardi and Cash are really good at figuring out bullpens but there is a limit to the amount of magic you can muster if you don’t have the talent…..

    Betances is the only big arm out there right he now…..

  40. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    wonderful endeavors Sir… completely understood the need to sate humanity’s primal needs, undoubtedly you have visited some menus in the cafes?

  41. austinmac April 19th, 2014 at 8:05 am


    No wonder you were sent to the mountains. Bad boy. Wish I had gone with you. I had to do such things domestically.

  42. blake April 19th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I hope we get good nova tonight…..I feel like they just have back the win vs Price last night

  43. blake April 19th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Did you see where 13 died on Everest this week

  44. Mottsx April 19th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Meanwhile the inning would have been over and cabral would still have a job if joe west was able to call strikes instead of dreaming of sandwiches that fat f*cker. Joey g is a p*ssy for not arguing a little more than his awe shucks from the dugout.

    Warrens pitch was a clear strike 3.

  45. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I glanced at it last night at the Casino. I meant I am not surprised blake. Let’s face it, mount Everest could do that to human beings, no?

  46. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 8:13 am


    It was readily available right as I drank my beer belly up to the bar.

    I had plenty of testosterone but lacked culture.

    Now I have more culture but lack the testosterone of my youth.

    Guess I’ll never get it right.



    Those were the days.

    We could have had a blast together.

    I had nary a care in the World then.

  47. RadioKev April 19th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I’m thinking last night was just a hiccup. We have some generally quality arms there. Kelley, Betances, and D-Rob are all for real. The rest are interchangeable parts, which is OK. If Warren can stick as a high leverage guy, that’s gravy in my opinion.

  48. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 8:17 am


    I hadn’t but there is a steady stream of Death on Everest.

  49. Cashmoney April 19th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Time to flirt with the Starbuck girl for 2 mins, brb.

  50. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Good morning.


    Was a fine arts minor in college, to go with my science.

    Ragnar Lothbrok is my hero-Cashman! :)

  51. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    You guys are just too funny.

    Turned off the game when I saw the BP couldn’t do anything right and watched my favorite movie of the year-American Hustle.

    Can someone explain why everyone was chipping in after very early 4-0 lead, to stop firing on all nine cylinders and just stop hitting as well as have every BP arm fail miserably?

  52. RadioKev April 19th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Well Bedard is washed up, and the Rays have been underachieving up to this point. Not really surprising to see them play well

  53. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Didn’t see Cabral hit those batters. Why didn’t someone from the Yankees dugout bring him some pine tar so that he had a better grip? :)

  54. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 8:28 am


    It’s a side effect of the Blood Moon.

  55. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Ah, the Blood moon.

    Maybe the Yankees were just hung over. Probably partied at Jeter’s home, Saint Jetersburg, on Davis Island in Tampa the night before.

  56. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Who goes, and why, when Tex, comes back tomorrow?

    Other one?

  57. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Like to turn the tables and shoot “Archer” w a Yankees crossbow.


  58. Doreen April 19th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I did not witness the BP implosion. I went to bed with them leading 4-2. But, I also didn’t feel like the game was going to ultimately be won, even at that point. First, Kuroda was a little off, and second, after that one greet inning, they cooled off. I felt like unless they were able to tack on a few more runs, the game was at risk. However, who could foresee this outcome, truly?

    But, even with that, it’s one game. They will certainly be helped with DRob back.

    It always strikes me though that even going back to last year, if one BP guy has a bad night, they all seem to have a bad night. Which is good in my mind. Get all the bad out at once. A bunch of good days followed by one mega bad day and then move on works for me. A loss is a loss. Doesn’t much matter if you lose big or small. I say get the bad over with all in one game.

  59. RadioKev April 19th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Trader, I imagine it will have to be Sizemore for now, unless Solarte can handle SS.

  60. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    If Nuno starts on Sunday, and Tex plays, can the Yankees wait till after he pitches to send him down, as he won’t be available to pitch anyway. They’ll still have to make room for Robertson on Tuesday.

  61. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Seems like Solarte can handle just about anything.


  62. Doreen April 19th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Oh, I did see Cabral pitch to two batters. Ouch. Looked like the guy never pitched before.

  63. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:43 am



    Scott Sizemore

    WHY HE’S STAYING: The 29-year-old utility infielder was summoned from Triple-A when backup catcher Francisco Cervelli was put on the 60-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. Sizemore’s been good, hitting .333 in 12 at-bats. He even played the first game of his professional career at first base Thursday when the Yankees needed him there.

    WHY HE’S GOING: Though he signed a major-league deal when he was called up, the Yankees have Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte who could force Sizemore back down. Anna and Solarte both play second and third, like Sizemore. But Anna is also the team’s primary backup shortstop with Brendan Ryan (back) still on the DL, and Solarte’s just been too good.

    Dean Anna

    WHY HE’S STAYING: The 27-year-old is backing up Derek Jeter, at least until Ryan comes back. Girardi likes him a lot. And Anna’s showed he deserved to make his first big-league club ever, despite his .158 average in 19 at-bats.

    WHY HE’S GOING: Girardi said Solarte could play shortstop in a pinch, and Ryan appears to be a little more than a week away from returning.

    Vidal Nuno

    WHY HE’S STAYING: He’s a lefty long man who earned the Yankees’ trust with a good spring. He’s even likely getting a spot start Sunday.

    WHY HE’S GOING: Because of that spot start. Say Nuno throws five or six innings. He’d need a few days to recover, and the Yankees wouldn’t want to keep an unavailable arm on their bench with one more game in Tampa and a series in Boston starting Tuesday. Maybe he gets sent down for a few days until he’s ready to get help out again.

    Matt Daley

    WHY HE’S STAYING: The reliever just got here after getting called up when the Yankees designated Cesar Cabral for assignment Friday night.

    WHY HE’S GOING: He has Cabral’s spot, and the Yankees are going to need to make room in the bullpen Tuesday when David Robertson is expected to return, anyway

  64. austinmac April 19th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’m guessing Sizemore stays and Solo is the emergency SS.

  65. RadioKev April 19th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Doubt the Yankees will carry 3 extra infielders…

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 19th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hey all. Only caught a little of last night’s game because of Good Friday Services, but I did watch the postgame (much later, via DVR) and read Chad’s lead-ins, so I know it was a definite page turner.

    DRob is coming back Monday or at least I think that’s what I read. I think order will be restored once that happens. I’m not worried about a hiccup, even a big hiccup.

    As an aside, I want to shoot myself over that Heartbleed bug. I have now spent over 7 hours that I will never get back going to every bleepin’ https site that I’ve ever used – and I’m not half done! Nice to know that , according to Norton, “If you visited a website that uses a vulnerable version of OpenSSL during the last two years, your personal information may be compromised”. And since I use different passwords, I’ve spent about half of the time having the sites email me the link to reset a password since I have been guessing wrong on most of the sites! GRRRR!

  67. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:47 am


    I’ve been very impressed by Solarte defensively. He has shown his cannon arm from third and watched him complete a double play last night, avoiding the sliding runner, throwing sidearm to get the runner going to first.

    This guy is a player, a breath of fresh air, on a team of offensive veteran players.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 19th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    And oh yeah. Electronic balls and strikes calling is the only acceptable way to have a game called – unless of course you want to get totally screwed over from time to time. And as people are wont to point out, a loss in April is the same thing as a loss in September.

  69. RadioKev April 19th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Nuno will be sent down after his start, it’s standard procedure.

  70. blake April 19th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I think is keep Sizemore up because he is hit and can hit a little

  71. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 8:54 am


    He is a joy to watch.

    I’m hoping that when he falls back to Earth he can still be good enough to stick around.

  72. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 8:54 am


    I think I know the answer to this and it’s No, but the article above seemed to indicate Nuno can still pitch Sunday even with Tex on the roster, and then be sent down as the player taken off the 25 man for Tex?

    The article was ” When Mark Teixeira returns, who goes?”

  73. Mottsx April 19th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Tex should just wait til Tuesday it’s not like he’s going to hit anyway .

  74. MTU April 19th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    The Mets finally unloaded Ike Davis.

  75. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Good idea. Who pitches tomorrow for Tampa. If it’s a righty, Tex is in there with his still recovering right wrist, trying to beat The Maddon Shift, from the left side.

    Maybe they should wait until after the game to activate him, as he is in Tampa already.

  76. Ys Guy April 19th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    major fail by the bullpen and the manager last night.

    turn the page…

  77. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    5:45pm: A long-awaited deal has finally been struck, as the Mets officially dealt first baseman Ike Davis to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. A deal involving the struggling Davis has long been rumored, with the Pirates long said to be a likely trade partner.

  78. Yankee Trader April 19th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Literally turn the page———>

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