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The first-half Yankees in 44 sentences

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 16, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have used 44 players this season. They’ve had two more — Bryan Mitchell and Jeff Francis — who have been on the roster without getting into a game. From all-stars to call-ups to disappointments to long forgotten part-timers, here’s one sentence about every player who’s gotten in a game with the Yankees this season.

Shane GreeneROTATION

Shane Greene: Either the flavor of the month or an emerging rotation mainstay.

Hiroki Kuroda: The 39-year-old is only still-healthy member of the Opening Day rotation.

Brandon McCarthy: Yankees infield might not be a great match for the team’s new ground ball specialist.

Ivan Nova: Potential for a huge year was lost to Tommy John surgery.

Vidal Nuno: Unreliable in New York, which made him easily expendable for a short-term rental.

David Phelps: He’s been the best of the first three rotation replacements.

Michael Pineda: It was good while it lasted.

CC Sabathia: This season is lost, and it’s worth wondering whether he’ll ever being a productive pitcher again.

Masahiro Tanaka: Exceeded expectations in the first half, but now trying to avoid Tommy John surgery in the second half.

Chase Whitley: Approaching career-high in innings, which could ideally leave him in the bullpen for the second half.

Dellin BetancesBULLPEN

Alfredo Aceves: Terrific return to Yankee Stadium, but it was downhill from there.

Dellin Betances: Had to win a job in spring training and wound up making the All-Star team.

Bruce Billings: Sometimes the Yankees need innings, and he’s had innings to give.

Cesar Cabral: Epically bad outing against Tampa Bay ended with him being designated for assignment.

Preston Claiborne: Seemed like a DFA candidate in spring training, but has been helpful as an occasional bullpen call-up.

Matt Daley: Riding the shuttle between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and New York.

David Huff: Has been a pretty good long man if you don’t count all the walks.

Shawn Kelley: Effective fill-in closer for a while, but a back injury took away some consistency.

Wade LeBlanc: Yankees long man for about four minutes, which was just long enough for one forgettable outing.

Chris Leroux: Pitching pretty well in the Triple-A rotation, which could make him a spot start candidate down the road.

Jim Miller: Rocked in Cleveland.

Jose Ramirez: Pretty good prospect who got about a month in the big leagues before landing on the Triple-A disabled list.

Dave Robertson: Replacing Mariano Rivera has looked remarkably easy.

Matt Thornton: Awful month of May followed by an excellent month of June.

Adam Warren: From rookie mopup man to trusted setup man, at the cost of being a rotation replacement.

McCannCATCHERS

Francisco Cervelli: Got hurt again — of course — but has played pretty well when healthy.

Brian McCann: Popular with the pitching staff, but a disappointing part of the lineup.

John Ryan Murphy: Numbers faded, but he still provided a boost while he was up.

Austin Romine: Brief call-up for a now overshadowed prospect.

Yankees Rays BaseballINFIELDERS

Dean Anna: Before he landed with the Pirates, he landed a spot on the Yankees Opening Day roster.

Derek Jeter: All-Star Game celebrated his career, not his season.

Kelly Johnson: Has provided some left-handed power, but playing time and production have been erratic.

Brian Roberts: A No. 9 hitter who’s occasionally been asked to bat second or fifth.

Brendan Ryan: Team’s best defensive infielder hardly sees any time on the field.

Scott Sizemore: Has hit lefties in Triple-A but hasn’t stuck in New York.

Yangervis Solarte: Feel-good story of the first half faces an uncertain role after the break.

Mark Teixeira: Yankees most reliable power hitter has dealt with multiple nagging injuries.

Zelous Wheeler: Minor league veteran; major league call-up; Hall of Fame name.

Jacoby Ellsbury, Ichiro SuzukiOUTFIELDERS

Zoilo Almonte: Potential for left-handed power if he can get into the big league lineup.

Carlos Beltran: A bone spur, a concussion, and a .671 OPS.

Jacoby Ellsbury: He’s been awfully good, but he’s not making anyone forget about Robinson Cano.

Brett Gardner: Spring training contract extension looking like a good deal for the Yankees.

Alfonso Soriano: Remarkable difference between last year’s second half and this year’s first half.

Ichiro Suzuki: So many singles.

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