New York Yankees News
4-20-16: The Yankees have had a difficult start to the 2016 season, victims of an anemic offense in the cold April weather. Aging stars Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have had slow starts, combining for just 14 hits in 79 at-bats on the year. Still, the team owns the most expensive ticket average in the A.L. East, with New York Yankees tickets averaging $134.96 over the remaining 74 games at Yankee Stadium this season.
9-28-15: Luis Severino threw six scoreless innings against the visiting Chicago White Sox on Sunday, as the Yankees won the four-game series. Dustin Ackley homered for the ninth time this season in the win. The Yankees host the Boston Red Sox for four contests before heading to Baltimore to finish the regular season.
9-25-15: The New York Yankees learned that Masahiro Tanaka would miss his next scheduled start after suffering a Grade 1 hamstring strain that he suffered in his last start. Tanaka did not suffer the injury pitching but did so as a batter as he tried to bunt in an at bat against the New York Mets inside Citi Field. Tanaka’s next scheduled start was against the Toronto Blue Jays but before his scheduled start the right-hander was working out and doing his normal routine preparing for his next start. Quickly the Yankees announced that Tanaka would likely make his next start and may not wait for his next turn leaving many to wonder if the Yankees are faking the injury or using the minor strain as a way to maneuver their rotation. As it stood before the injury Tanaka would have started the finale of the series against the team they are chasing in the American League East but would not have been available to start a potential one-game Wild Card playoff. With the injury and the ability to move Tanaka around they could conceivably get two more starts out of their ace during the regular season while lining him up perfectly for the one game Wild Card playoff game the team seems destined to see in 2015.
9-21-15: Multiple five-run innings by the Yankees helped the visiting pinstripes win the rubber game of their weekend series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. They did not score in the first five innings, but Joe Girardi’s squad took advantage of the Mets lifting Matt Harvey after just 77 pitches. Greg Bird and Dustin Ackley homered in the win.
9-18-15: The New York Yankees are still in the thick of the playoff hunt despite being beaten down by the Toronto Blue Jays at the beginning of the week. New York lost three games to the Blue Jays inside Yankee Stadium but clawed back to win the final game of the season and picked up ground later in the week to climb within striking distance of the American League East Division. The Yankees are in the driver’s seat in the first American League Wild Card spot despite losing Mark Teixeira for the remainder of the season with a fracture in his right leg and despite losing Nathan Eovaldi, the team’s leader in wins with 14, for at least the remainder of the regular season. Eovaldi’s injury could not have come at a worst time as Ivan Nova has also struggled for the entire month of September and at least half of August leading him to be moved into the Yankees bullpen. Coming out of the Yankees bullpen to replace Nova is Adam Warren who began the 2015 season in the starting rotation filling in for the team after a spring training injury to Chris Capuano derailed the beginning of his season.
9-14-15: Before the weekend began, the Yankees found out that Mark Teixeira will be out for the rest of the season due to a right leg fracture. Joe Girardi’s club sure missed its first baseman, as it dropped its fifth straight game on Saturday night after being swept in a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. However, the Yankees bounced back to win on Sunday.
9-11-15: The New York Yankees brought left-handed relief pitcher Chris Capuano for the 5th time this season when the team purchased his contract from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders. Jacob Lindgren, the team’s top relief pitching prospect and top overall pick from the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft, was placed on the 60-day disabled list to accommodate Capuano’s need for a 40 man roster spot. The Yankees could still decide to call up Lindgren by activating him and designating Capuano for assignment for a fifth time this season but Lindgren has not started facing live batters since undergoing left elbow surgery to remove bone chips. Speaking of Yankees pitchers with elbow injuries the team learned that Nathan Eovaldi’s regular season is likely over after suffering elbow inflammation in his right throwing elbow. Eovaldi got an injection in his elbow and will be completely shut down for two weeks before trying to be built back up in the final weeks of the season. The Yankees left the door open for Eovaldi to pitch in a potential playoff series but that is all dependent on whether Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Adam Warren, Bryan Mitchell, Ivan Nova and that bullpen can lead the team to the postseason.
9-7-15: Alex Rodriguez’s 28th home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, gave the Yankees their first lead of the day against the Tampa Bay Rays. The home run broke the 3-3 tie, and New York did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the contest, as the Yankees won the rubber game to move to 76-59 on the season.
9-4-15: The New York Yankees thought they started their week off taking advantage of the fact that the Chicago White Sox placed their closer David Robertson on revocable waivers before the end of the August 31st trade deadline and a familiar face claimed him in the New York Yankees. The speculation immediately began that the White Sox would either trade Robertson back to New York or simply let him go for the cost of his contract before the 2:00 pm ET deadline but at the end of the day Chicago pulled back Robertson off waivers with their eyes on the 2016 season. New York’s GM Brian Cashman later admitted that the team simply claimed Robertson to block the Toronto Blue Jays from making a run at the right-hander in an effort to bolster their weakest link, the Blue Jays bullpen. The team also called up eight players as September call ups on September 1st when the team called up Andrew Bailey, Robert Refsnyder, Caleb Cotham, Jose Pirela, Rico Noel, Austin Romine, James Pazos and Dustin Ackley. In order to make room on the active roster for Bailey, Noel and Pazos the team designated Cole Figueroa and Tyler Austin for assignment while Domingo German was activated and immediately placed on the 60 day disabled list.
8-31-15: Stephen Drew and Chase Headley headlined a 20-run day for the Yankees on Sunday. The team went 12-for-21 with runners in scoring position, as New York swept the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Drew, Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury all homered in the Yankees’ third straight win. New York next travels to Boston to take on the Red Sox.
8-28-15: The New York Yankees continued to open and close their revolving door to their bullpen this week when the team designated Chris Capuano for assignment for a third time in the same season. Branden Pinder seems to come up to the Major Leagues every 10 days to fill in for Capuano as New York continues to rely heavily on their young guys to fill out their pitching staff this season. Speaking of the Yankees pitching staff the team announced that Michael Pineda would return off the disabled list and return to the starting rotation this week. With the addition of Pineda to the rotation the team announced that they would go to a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season rather than remove one of Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova or Nathan Eovaldi from the starting rotation. Before the team could be progressive and implement the six-man rotation the club lost CC Sabathia to a knee injury that forced him onto the 15 day disabled list. Sabathia is going to attempt to come back in 2015 but that is no guarantee at this point.
8-24-15: Although CC Sabathia did not blow a lead on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, neither he nor his bullpen allowed the Yankees to lead in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, Sabathia is suffering from right knee discomfort and is expected to hit the disabled list. New York dropped three of four games to Cleveland, but on the bright side, the Yankees own a four-game lead over the second wild card team, the Texas Rangers.
8-21-15: The New York Yankees were criticized overall for standing pat at the July 31st trade deadline but the plan that Brian Cashman had is starting to come to fruition. First the team called up their top prospect Luis Severino and inserted him into the starting rotation without an innings limit and then the team called up their best first base prospect in Greg Bird, like Severino, made an immediate impact on the club as he has been in the middle of more than one late game rally while also collecting his first few home runs of his career. Bird has shown patience and poise beyond his years and looks more like a veteran right now than a rookie with about a week under his belt. With the help of Severino, Bird and a complete game from their ace Masahiro Tanaka the Yankees were able to chase down the Toronto Blue Jays and pass them in the American League East Division race. The Yankees climbed back into first place in the division where they sit as they prepare for the big weekend coming up where they retire not only the #20 jersey of Jorge Posada at Jorge Posada Day but the team will also retire the #46 jersey on Sunday when they honor Andy Pettitte at Andy Pettitte Day.
8-18-15: In Monday’s home run-heavy game against the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees emerged victorious in walk-off fashion. Although New York put together back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the 10th inning, Brian McCann could not drive in backup first baseman Greg Bird with the second of the two doubles. After a Carlos Beltran intentional walk, Chase Headley grounded out to bring in the winning run.
8-14-15: The New York Yankees have struggled for much of this week as the offense did their best impersonations of the 2013 and 2014 season. The offense disappeared for much of this week and so did their lead in the American League East Division as the Toronto Blue Jays have closed the gap. New York is desperate now to win games and have continued to showcase a revolving door in their bullpen from Scranton/Wilkes Barre to the Bronx. This week that was as evident as ever as the team brought Chris Capuano back to the Major Leagues while Garrett Jones was designated for assignment for the second time in less than two weeks with the Yankees. The Yankees held onto their prospects at the July 31st trade deadline with the hopes of using them as soon as 2015 and the team has done just that adding top pitching prospect Luis Severino to the starting rotation. Joining Severino was top first base prospect Greg Bird who made his Major League debut against the Cleveland Indians this week. The Yankees have had 15 different players make their Major League debuts this season with the team marking 2015 down as the year of the prospect in the Bronx.
8-7-15: On Tuesday, the Yankees placed Dustin Ackley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a right lumbar strain, but the Yankees offense stayed strong that evening against the visiting Boston Red Sox. New York won that game, 13-3, and after Wednesday’s loss, the Yankees took the series with a 2-1 Thursday victory after a go-ahead solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury.
8-3-15: Jacoby Ellsbury began the scoring for the Yankees on Sunday, as they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 12-3, on Sunday. Mark Teixeira also launched his 29th homer in the win. New York took two of three games in the weekend series, and Joe Girardi’s squad has yet to lose a series since the All-Star break. Last week, the Yankees acquired outfielder Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for two minor leaguers.
7-31-15: The New York Yankees came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time buyers in the market. The Yankees attempted to get one of the best starting pitchers on the market in Johnny Cuetp and even offered young right-handed starting pitcher Ivan Nova in a deal that Cincinnati ultimately rejected. The Reds ended up trading Cueto to the Kansas City Royals for Brandon Finnegan and two left-handed prospects with Kansas City taking on the remainder of Cueto’s salary. New York acquired Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for minor league outfielder Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez and immediately activated him before the trade deadline. Garrett Jones was designated for assignment to make room for Ackley on the active roster while Chris Capuano and Slade Heathcott were sent to Triple-A. Capuano was designated for assignment this week while Hetahcott worked his way back off the 60 day disabled list for the team. In the final roster move this week, since Brian Cashman acquired no one else at the trading deadline, the team gave Esmil Rogers his release so he could pursue an opportunity in Korea.
7-27-15: Although Alex Rodriguez had three home runs on Saturday in the Yankees’ 8-5 win, New York’s biggest inning of its series at Target Field was on Sunday. An inning after Chase Headley’s ninth home run of the season, Stephen Drew capped off a six-run top of the sixth with a two-run home run that scored Headley. That exciting inning gave the Yankees breathing room en route to their 7-2 victory in the rubber match.
7-24-15: The New York Yankees entered their first full week from the All-Star Break on a roll that carried them through a series with the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees swept Buck Showalter’s Orioles team to give them a huge seven game lead in the division over the second place team in the American League East Division race. New York is hot just at the right time and General Manager Brian Cashman may use this hot streak as an excuse to stand pat at the July 31st trading. Although Cashman has stated the Yankees will stand pat or make marginal improvements to the team going forward that has not stopped the rumor mill and the hot stove attaching New York to almost every single top trade target on the market. New York seems like a logical landing spot for rental starting pitchers in Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and David Price while the team still seems to be somewhat involved in the bidding for Cole Hamels’ services. New York will likely look to add a starting pitcher before the deadline if the deal is right and could also look to upgrade at second base after sending second base prospect Robert Refsnyder back down to Triple-A. Cashman states that Refsnyder could be back in August and could finally displace current second baseman Stephen Drew who has continued to struggle in Yankees pinstripes.
7-21-15: On Sunday, the Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners, 2-1, to win their fourth consecutive series. All three games of the series were one-run contests. Mark Teixeira’s solo home run in the eighth inning of the rubber game proved to be the difference. CC Sabathia threw six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts on Sunday.
7-17-15: The New York Yankees are at least discussing internally a reunion with former top prospect and relief pitcher Tyler Clippard. Clippard, currently a member of the Oakland Athletics, was once a top Yankees starting pitcher before being traded to the Washington Nationals for relief pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo. Clippard made his name in the Washington bullpen and could come back to the Yankees bullpen. The Yankees will not be without their competition for Clippard’s services as many teams including the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays could be interested as well but a bullpen with Clippard, Justin Wilson, Chasen Shreve, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller could be easily the best bullpen in all of Major League Baseball. Speaking of the best the team is finally playing the best second baseman the team has inside the organization as the team finally called up Robert Refsnyder before the All-Star break. Refsnyder started two games inside Fenway Park and collected his first hit and first home run in a pair of Yankees victories in the series.
7-13-15: On Sunday, the Yankees scored first for the fourth consecutive game. Although Nate Eovaldi allowed three runs in five innings in the contest, he won his ninth game of the season. In Rob Refsnyder’s second career game, the second baseman singled for his first career hit in the seventh inning, and he homered in the ninth.
7-8-15: Last Friday, the Yankees finally got their first walkoff win of the season, as Brian McCann hit a 400-foot three-run home run to win the game in the 12th inning. New York made it three straight victories with its 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, but the Yankees lost, 8-1, to the Rays on Sunday and lost, 4-3, to the Oakland Athletics in 10 innings on Tuesday.
7-3-15: The New York Yankees made the unpopular and tough decision of sending Adam Warren back to the bullpen this week while keeping struggling starters CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi in the rotation. Warren heads back to the Yankees bullpen that is still without closer Andrew Miller while Sabathia looks to turn things around in his first season as a starting pitcher since offseason knee surgery. Speaking of the Yankees bullpen and injuries the team was forced to outright Esmil Rogers to Triple-A to make room for Double-A outfielder Taylor Dugas. Dugas was called up out of necessity after Carlos Beltran left a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with an apparent rib cage injury. The injury caused the Yankees to place Beltran on the 15 day disabled list leaving Beltran, Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott and Jacoby Ellsbury as all the Yankees outfielders that are currently on the disabled list. Ellsbury was supposed to return to action this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays but was not able to come off the disabled list after having a tough time in a rehab series with the Tampa Yankees. Ellsbury had to miss two games to what the Yankees called “general fatigue” pushing his return to the Bronx to next week at the earliest. In the final bit of news for the Yankees Alex Rodriguez had a couple issues in his life worked out as Zack Hample gave his 3,000th hit ball back for a $150,000 donation to charity while the team and Rodriguez agreed to donate his bonus for tying Willie Mays to a few charities hand-picked by Rodriguez and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.
6-30-15: Brett Gardner, who was named the American League Player of the Week for the third time in his career, registered a game-high three hits, but he did not score or drive in a run, as the Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels, 4-1, on Monday. CC Sabathia allowed four runs in his 7.1 innings of pitching in the defeat.
6-16-15: Alex Rodriguez, who drove in his 2,000th run of his career over the weekend, could not inch himself closer to 3,000 hits on Monday. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning and flew out, as the Miami Marlins defeated the Yankees, 2-1. Masahiro Tanaka threw seven innings of two-run ball in the loss.
6-8-15: CC Sabathia had an interesting Sunday. In the fifth inning, he struck out Johnny Giavotella for his 25,000th career strikeout. However, he and Joe Girardi were ejected during the next inning for arguing balls and strikes. In spite of losing their starting pitcher and manager for the game, the Yankees homered three times and won their sixth straight contest.
6-5-15: The New York Yankees lost another player and another outfielder in rookie Slade Heathcott to start their week off forcing the team to call up fellow rookie outfielder Ramon Flores from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes Barre. While New York lost one player in Heathcott they gained another in Masahiro Tanaka who was activated off the disabled list for the first time in over a month. To make room on the roster for Tanaka the team designated David Carpenter for assignment while moving starting pitcher Chris Capuano to the bullpen to make room in the starting rotation. The team thought they may be without starting catcher Brian McCann as well after he left a game against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning with an apparent foot injury. McCann was sent back to New York for more tests and a precautionary MRI and X-rays all came back negative. McCann was listed as day to day with a sore right foot but seems to be avoiding a disabled list stint at least for now. The Yankees finished their week off by having GM Brian Cashman state that he was in the market for some right handed relief pitching help as the team’s bullpen currently sports five left handed relievers including Chasen Shreve, Jacob Lindgren, Justin Wilson, Chris Capuano and closer Andrew Miller.
6-1-15: The Yankees started their three-game series at Safeco Field on a strong note, as Mark Teixeira continued his success against Felix Hernandez. He launched a grand slam, which was his sixth career home run against the Seattle Mariners star. No other player has that many home runs off Hernandez. Michael Pineda threw six innings of two-run ball, and New York won, 7-2.
5-30-15: The New York Yankees started their week off by calling up their top prospect from the 2014 MLB First Year Player’s Draft Jacob Lindgren. The team needed a fresh arm in the bullpen after a blowout loss to the Texas Rangers and the team called up Lindgren after optioning Branden Pinder and transferring Brendan Ryan from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL. Joining Lindgren sooner rather than later will be Masahiro Tanaka who is working his way back from a mild forearm strain and some wrist tendinitis. Tanaka has been throwing in minor league games as recently as this week as he works his way back to the major league roster in the Bronx. Speaking of injured Yankees on the mend the team learned that they could be without center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury for possibly a month with his knee injury he suffered while batting around two weeks ago. Losing Ellsbury would presumably be a hard hit for the Yankees offense to take despite the strong starts from Chris Young and Slade Heathcott because of what Ellsbury adds both defensively and offensively, not to mention what he can do on the base paths for New York.
5-25-15: On the night that the Yankees honored Bernie Williams, retired his number and unveiled his plaque at Monument Park, New York lost to the Texas Rangers, 5-2, and dropped its 10th game in 11 tries. Carlos Beltran, who sat out Sunday’s game due to the flu, currently has a 13-game hitting streak after he hit a home run on Saturday.
5-18-15: The Yankees’ lead in the American League East is back down to one game, as they have dropped five of their last six games after Sunday’s 6-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals. New York has scored fewer than three runs in each of those five losses. Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs over the past week, and the Yankees are 6-1 in the last seven games he has homered, but they need some offense from his teammates.
5-11-15: On Sunday, Carlos Beltran homered for the first time this season and Brian McCann added his fourth home run of 2015, as the Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 6-2. However, Michael Pineda stole the show: he had a career-high 16 strikeouts in seven innings of one-run ball. In addition, Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays with his 661st home run last Thursday.
5-4-15: With the Yankees’ 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park, New York swept a series of three games or more in Boston for the first time in almost a decade. Alex Rodriguez’s 660th career home run, which tied him with Willie Mays for fourth all-time, came in the top of the eighth inning on Friday and turned out to be the game-winning run.
4-29-15: The Yankees won again last night, defeating the Rays 4-2 at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez had the night off, so A-Rod's quest for home run number 660 continues. The Yankees also got some bad news on the night, as Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained forearm. Yankees GM Brian Cashman estimates that the right-hander will miss a month.
4-28-15: Although American League Player of the Week Mark Teixeira went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, he hit five home runs last week, as New York lost just two contests. On Sunday, the Yankees took the rubber game of the Subway Series, as Alex Rodriguez hit the 659th home run of his career.
4-21-15: The Yankees moved to 6-6 on the year with a three game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend. Then on Monday CC Sabathia threw an eight-inning complete game on and gave up just two runs, but he was the tough-luck loser, as New York fell to the Detroit Tigers, 2-1 to drop below .500 to 6-7. They play three more with the Tigers before coming home to take on the crosstown rival New York Mets in the 2015 Subway Series.
4-14-15: After starting their season with six home games, the Yankees traveled to Baltimore for
Monday’s contest. Stephen Drew hit his third career grand slam as a part of a night that
included three New York home runs, as Joe Girardi’s squad won its second consecutive game: a 6-5 victory over the Orioles.
4-7-15: Hitting seventh in New York’s batting order in Monday’s Opening Day loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-2, giving him hits in all nine of his season
openers with the Yankees. The only New York run in the 6-1 loss came on a Brett Gardner home run.
3-31-15: On Friday, the Yankees named Masahiro Tanaka their Opening Day starter. However, Joe Girardi has yet to name a fifth starter. Earlier last week, Brain Cashman said that Adam Warren is the leading candidate for the spot. In addition, Forbes once again tabbed the Yankees as the most valuable Major League Baseball franchise.
3-24-15: In Friday’s 11-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers, Alex Rodriguez hit his second home run
of 2015 spring training. Unfortunately, a couple days before, the Yankees found out that
Jacoby Ellsbury will miss about a week with an oblique strain. However, the center
fielder expects to be ready for Opening Day.
3-18-15: Last Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox, Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of
2015 spring training. That same day, left-hander Chris Capuano suffered a Grade 2 strain
of his right quadriceps muscle and is likely to land on the disabled list. Last week, Joe
Girardi announced that Stephen Drew, who is still struggling at the plate, is the team’s full-time second baseman.
3-3-15: There continues to be a lot of talk surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s situation in spring training with the Yankees, as it was announced that he is making his 2015 Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday. Joe Girardi had the controversial star starting to practice first base last week. In the meantime, first baseman Mark Teixeira has added 13 pounds of muscle this past offseason.
2-24-15: A week after Alex Rodriguez officially made a handwritten apology to the Yankees, the fans and Major League Baseball, he arrived early to spring training in what seems like an attempt to show manager Joe Girardi that he wants to earn playing time. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia reported to spring training at 305 pounds, which is 30 pounds heavier than he was at this time last year.
2-17-15: Nathan Eovaldi, who recently turned 25 years old, seems to be excited for the 2015 season. The man who was acquired from the Miami Marlins in the Martin Prado trade arrived early at spring training in Tampa, Florida, and he is already working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild. In other team news, New York announced it will retire the numbers of Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte this upcoming season. The Yankees also signed Kyle Davies, who gave up Alex Rodriguez’s 500th home run, to a minor league contract.
2-9-15: The big news in the Big Apple last week was Brian Cashman saying that he would like to
meet with Alex Rodriguez before spring training to get on the same page with the team’s projected designated hitter in 2015. In addition, the Yankees signed catcher Juan Graterol and re-signed right-handed pitcher Wilking Rodriguez to minor league deals with invites to spring training.
2-5-15: Nobody knows for sure just how the 2015 season will go for the New York Yankees, considering they didn’t make the type of moves this offseason that could translate into some optimism for the upcoming season. The Yankees did re-sign a solid player in third baseman Chase Headley to a four year deal, but if the Yankees return to prominence this year it will be by a completely new cast with 13 new faces and a returning Alex Rodriquez, who will show up to Tampa later this month. According to TiqIQ, 2015 Yankees tickets at Yankee Stadium have a current average price of $307.32 on the secondary market. The home opening game on April 6 against the Blue Jays have tickets at an average price of $238.85, with a get-in price of $74.
0-1-14: For the second year in a row, the Yankees won't be taking part in October baseball. That's not a good look for a club that dished out massive contracts to Brian McCann, Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury in the offseason. Injuries to the starting rotation played a big role as to why the Yankees are going home early this season. One would expect them to be a player in the free agent crop this coming offseason.
9-30-14: The New York Yankees welcomed back starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka late last week and in a corresponding roster move designated relief pitcher Chaz Roe for assignment. Roe, 27, was acquired from the Miami Marlins at the August 31 trading deadline after posting a 3.66 ERA in Triple-A in Miami’s farm system. New York also claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the Washington Nationals this week. In a corresponding roster move the Yankees designated lefty specialist Josh Outman for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster for Perez. Derek Jeter played his final game in Yankee Stadium on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles and played his last game of his career in Boston on Sunday ending his 20 season major league career. Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda have likely played their last games as well in Yankee Stadium and in a Yankee uniform as both are free agents at the end of this season. Hiroki pitched a remarkable eight innings in his final start while Jeter hit a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to win his final game in the Bronx. Jeter played in the final two games of the season in Boston and left after an RBI single in Game 162 to conclude his great Hall of Fame 20 season career. #RE2PECT. New York finished the 2014 season with a 84-78 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: New York still has some life as they’re five games back of the No. 2 AL wild-card spot. Masahiro Tanaka took the mound Sunday for the first time since rehabbing from a partially torn UCL. He looked good, throwing 70 pitches and allowing five hits in 5.1 innings of work. That’s a positive sign for Yankees’ fans heading into next season. The Derek Jeter farewell tour wraps up this week. His final game in Yankee Stadium scheduled for this Thursday against the Orioles before the Yankees close out the season against the Red Sox at Fenway.
9-23-14: The New York Yankees finally got ace starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka back this week as he has been resting and rehabbing a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament since July 8 of this season. Tanaka faced off with the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. The Yankees line of thinking on bringing Tanaka back this season is to determine whether a Tommy John surgery is necessary. If Tanaka needs the surgery the Yankees would rather get it done in October and not March or April of 2015 essentially saving six or seven months of rest and rehab time. Tanaka was one of Brian Cashman’s best signings of the offseason but one signing that Cashman originally did not want to make was that of former Mets outfielder Chris Young. Cashman had initially passed on Young before being convinced by the Yankees statistical analyst team to make the signing and Young has responded well in pinstripes. Young has had multiple clutch hits and home runs in the month of September as a member of the Yankees.
9-18-14: The Yankees are six games back for the second AL wild-card spot with three teams to pass. It's fair to say their playoff hopes are slim at best with two weeks to go. New York has done a nice job of holding things together through all the injuries. However, missing the playoffs for a second straight season after spending nearly a half a billion dollars in the offseason will not cut it. They will shore up the starting rotation in the offseason with reliable arms.
9-16-14: The New York Yankees rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka was named the most impactful rookie for the 2015 season in a poll conducted by MLB.com, results that speak volumes to the importance of Tanaka since he won the vote and has missed two months while trying to avoid Tommy John surgery. Speaking of Tanaka he threw a minor league game this week and may be activated before next weekend’s games as he continues to rest and rehab his ulnar collateral ligament. The Yankees are close to getting Tanaka back and have gotten David Phelps back as a relief pitcher after he missed closed to two months with elbow inflammation in his right throwing elbow. New York would not have time to properly stretch Phelps out as a starter so the team is going to bring him back as a reliever for the rest of 2014. One player the Yankees are very likely to get back in 2015 is Alex Rodriguez and he may have to learn a new position. Many bloggers and insiders are wondering if the Yankees should ask Rodriguez to learn first base over the winter and join a rotation that could see him receiving playing time at first base, third base, and DH next season allowing the Yankees to retain Chase Headley’s services as well going forward.
9-12-14: The Yankees continue to be on the fringe of contention, as they have gone 12-13 in their last 25 games played and currently sit 5.5 games back for the second AL wild-card spot. For all the moves this team made last offseason, it’s been the acquisitions of Martin Prado and Brandon McCarthy that have been the two best additions to this roster, Their contributions have been a big reason the team has managed to stick around.
9-9-14: The New York Yankees acquired relief pitcher Chaz Roe from the Miami Marlins just before the August trading deadline passed but the team did not have to make a roster move to place the righty on the team’s 40 man roster until Tuesday when they Masahiro Tanaka was transferred to the 60 day DL. New York also designated outfielder Zoilo Almonte for assignment and released RHP Matt Daley while transferring Slade Heathcott to the 60 day DL making room for outfielders Antoan Richardson and Chris Young, and called up RHP Chase Whitley, Bryan Mitchell, and Preston Claiborne. Lefty Rich Hill was brought back to the team for the bullpen and John Ryan Murphy was called up to be the Yankees third catcher on the roster. These call ups along with acquisitions like Brandon McCarthy, Martin Prado, and Chase Headley may have ultimately saved Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s job as the team announced this week that they were interested in bringing Cashman back on a new contract for the 2015 season. None of this were even on the same playing field as when the Yankees held an amazingly fitting ceremony for Derek Jeter on Derek Jeter Day to end the week.
9-4-14: Series losses to the Tigers and Blue Jays on the road last week have hurt the Yankees playoff
chances a bit. New York finds themselves five games out of the second wild-card spot heading
into the final month of the season. Any thoughts of Masahiro Tanaka returning were put on hold
when he was shut down over the weekend due to arm soreness. The Yankees have been finding
ways to win as of late so I would not count this team out come the postseason.
9-2-14: The New York Yankees started this week by signing former New York Mets outfielder Chris Young to a minor league deal. This started a dominoes effect on the minor league roster as outfielder and potential September call up Adonis Garcia was also activated off the disabled list. The Yankees released RHP Alfredo Aceves and second baseman Corban Joseph as the corresponding roster moves for the Triple-A Scranton RailRiders. The Yankees are also hinging their playoff hopes on the right elbow of Masahiro Tanaka as he inches towards returning to the mound in the Bronx. Tanaka threw a 45 pitch simulated game this week and will need at least two or three more simulated games before returning to the majors according to manager Joe Girardi. This was announced before Tanaka was sent back to New York with general arm soreness and essentially shut down for a week by the team. The Yankees ended the week by acquiring relief pitcher Josh Outman from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Rich Hill was designated for assignment to make room for Outman on the active roster.
8-27-14: After losing a series to the Astros, the Yankees managed to salvage last week by sweeping the Chicago White Sox. They opened up a three game series with the Tigers Tuesday in which they were defeated 5-2. They are now 3.5 games back in the AL wild-card hunt. Brandon McCarthy had a tough start Tuesday against the Tigers. McCarthy allowed five runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He did strike out five and walk two during the outing. Prior to that, McCarthy has been brilliant and has made a strong case of being re-signed in the offseason.
8-26-14: The New York Yankees may be looking toward 2015 a little bit with this week’s signing of relief pitcher Wilking Rodriguez. Rodriguez was recently designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals after the Royals acquired Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins. Rodriguez is 24 years old and fresh off two scoreless innings in his major league debut with the Royals earlier this season. Rodriguez has split time between Double-A and Triple-A this season and has posted a 2.36 ERA with a 9.1 K/9 ratio in 26.2 innings in 2014. This comes after the Yankees lost yet another star to injury after Carlos Beltran felt another spike of pain go through his elbow after taking a swing against the Houston Astros this week. The Yankees are looking everywhere for replacements and upgrades and have been claiming everyone on revocable waivers but have not been able to work out a deal for any players as of yet.
8-20-14: Believe it or not, the Yankees are currently just four games out of the second wild-card spot in the NL. They lost to the lowly Houston Astros on Tuesday but finish off the week playing the Chicago White Sox. They have a great chance to erase some of that deficit this week. Masahiro Tanaka continues to make progress toward a possible September return, which is excellent news for Yankees’ fans.
8-19-14: The New York Yankees welcomes back Michael Pineda off the 60 day disabled list this week and he pitched well against the Baltimore Orioles before the bullpen imploded. The Yankees are getting closer and closer to getting Masahiro Tanaka back as well as he has progressed to throwing fastballs and throwing off a mound while trying to rehab a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right throwing elbow. Tanaka is not expected back before September but the Yankees are more worried about their 25 year old avoiding Tommy John surgery. Chris Leroux was designated for assignment to make room for Pineda on both the 25 man and 40 man rosters. Matt Daley was also designated for assignment for the third time this season by the Yankees and will once again be stashed down in Triple-A with the Scranton RailRiders.
8-13-14: The additions of Brandon McCarthy, Chris Capuano, Chase Headley, Martin Prado, Stephen Drew and Esmil Rogers may not have grabbed many headlines like the Tigers and A’s did, but the Yankees are a better team than they were a month or so ago. They currently sit just 2.5 games out of the second wildcard spot in the AL. Their game Tuesday versus Baltimore was postponed due to rain. The game will made up on Sept. 12 as part of a split doubleheader.
8-12-14: The New York Yankees had a mixed bag of news come their way this week as they lost yet another starting pitcher when David Phelps was placed on the 15 day DL with elbow inflammation. The Yankees are closer to getting Michael Pineda back as he has made two rehab starts for New York and expects to be in the Bronx next week to essentially replace Phelps in the rotation. The loss of Phelps has hurt the bullpen some but no more than the loss of Matt Thornton. Thornton was placed on revocable waivers and claimed by the Washington Nationals and New York allowed Washington to acquire the lefty for the price of his contract, roughly $4.5 million through this season and next. The Yankees immediately purchased the contract of Rich Hill to act as the LOOGY in the bullpen to replace Thornton. The Yankees also placed three other players on waivers and they all cleared waivers in Brett Gardner, Martin Prado, and Stephen Drew.
8-6-14: The Yankees are in the midst of facing Detroit's three CY Young Award winners. They edged Max Scherzer on Monday, fell to David Price Tuesday night and will next see Justin Verlander on Wednesday night. Brian McCann and Martin Prado each homered for New York, who saw their three game winning streak snapped Tuesday 4-3 in 12 innings. This was the Yankees' 16th straight game decided by two or fewer runs. They're 9-7 in that span and it's the longest such streak in the majors since a 16 game stretch by Baltimore in 1975. New York is six games back of AL East leading Baltimore and just one game back in the ultra-tight wildcard race.
8-5-14: The New York Yankees continued to make subtle improvements at this year’s trading deadline as the team made multiple moves before the 31st deadline. The Yankees started the day by trading Kelly Johnson to the Boston Red Sox for Stephen Drew in a straight swap of players. This was a rare occurrence as the Yankees and Red Sox have not gotten together on a trade since the Mike Stanley trade of 1997. New York also claimed right handed relief pitcher Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and released Triple-A infielder Scott Sizemore to make room on the 40 man roster. The Yankees snuck in one last trade before the deadline as they traded Peter O’Brien and either a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Martin Prado. Prado will bounce around the field for the Yankees but is likely to get the bulk of his playing time in the outfield for the pinstripes.
7-30-14: The New York Yankees started the week by acquiring Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for Yangervis Solarte and 23 year old right handed starting pitcher Rafael DePaula. Headley paid immediate dividends in the Bronx as he got a walk off single in his first game as a Yankee. The Yankees lost Kelly Johnson in that same game to a strained groin muscle and placed him on the 15 day DL. With the corresponding roster move the Yankees called up Chris Leroux for a fresh arm in the bullpen and designated Bruce Billings to clear the 40 man roster spot for Leroux. Leroux was not long for the team though as the Yankees acquired Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations and immediately designated Leroux for assignment. Capuano was immediately placed in the starting rotation and Chase Whitley was bumped to the bullpen.
7-28-14: The Yankees, who have been very active as they approach the July 31 trade deadline, have been one of the league’s best teams since the All-Star break. They acquired Chase Headley and Chris Capuano this past week, and they checked in on John Danks. Even without Mark Teixeira in the lineup, the Yankees moved their winning streak to four games with a 6-4 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
7-24-14: Chase Headley, who made his Yankees debut Tuesday, hit a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory against the lowly Texas Rangers. Texas’ J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yanks responded with Brett Gardner's leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury's tying single off Joakim Soria in the bottom half. Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's franchise record for doubles in the game as well. New York is four games back of Baltimore in AL East play.
7-21-14: The New York Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment last week and began this week by releasing the struggling outfielder. The Yankees are on the hook for the rest of the $5 million they owe him for this season and any team that signs him will only be on the hook for the prorated league minimum of $500K, or roughly $200K for the rest of the season. Soriano has speculated and contemplated retirement over the last week and may decide to hang up his spikes rather than try and latch on with another team. The Yankees watched their All Star shortstop play in his final All Star Game and collect two hits before being removed to a standing ovation in Target Field in Minnesota. To end the week the Yankees learned that CC Sabathia would not require microfracture knee surgery that would likely end his career but will require a minor clean up type knee surgery that will end his 2014 season.
7-19-14: After Major League Baseball celebrated Derek Jeter in his final All-Star Game, the Yankees got back to business as they moved back to above .500 with a 4-3 victory on Friday. Even before it was announced that CC Sabathia was having season-ending surgery, Brian Cashman said that the organization will have to find some more pitching to help the team compete soon.
7-17-14: The Yankees split a series with the Indians to kick off last week before dropping a series to the Orioles in Baltimore over the weekend. The big news from the week, however, was the loss of rookie phenom Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka was found to have a partial tear in his UCL, and while he has opted for six weeks of rehab in order to avoid Tommy John surgery, the odds are stacked against him. The Yanks have already acquired Brandon McCarthy from Arizona, and picked up left-hander Jeff Francis from Oakland, but there's no one on the market that can replace Tanaka.
7-17-14: A pair of walk-off wins against the Chicago White Sox and a series win against the Houston Astros over the weekend have the Red Sox entering the break on a positive note. They sit 9 ½ games out in the AL East, though, and have not had the look of a contender at any point. A.J. Pierzynski was designated for assignment, and more veteran pieces could be on the way out in the weeks to come. Right-hander Jake Peavy should be dealt, and the team could entertain offers for John Lackey and Jon Lester.
7-15-14: The New York Yankees got the worst news they could have imagined this week when Masahiro Tanaka gave up a career high 10 hits and a career high five earned runs in a loss to the Cleveland Indians. Tanaka was leading the league with 12 wins and still had a respectable 2.51 ERA before the Yankees placed him on the 15 day disabled list with what the team is calling right elbow inflammation. If any man deserves a “Most Valuable Player” award it is Tanaka because he has had the team on his right arm and shoulders all season long. The Yankees have already lost three of their original five starting pitchers this season and losing Tanaka for an extended period of time after getting the news of his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament may end up burying the Yankees. Four doctors, including Dr. James Andrews, have recommended rest and rehab over surgery so that is encouraging for the 25 year old and the Yankees.
7-14-14: Even with the Yankees falling back to .500 with a 3-2 extra-inning loss on Friday at Baltimore, New York has been hanging around in the American League East. Unfortunately, Joe Girardi’s rotation is going to be short-handed for more than a month as Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Yankees attempted to fill in their rotation as they acquired Brandon McCarthy and Jeff Francis.
7-10-14: Masahiro Tanaka's bid to become the major league's first 13-game winner failed Tuesday night in Cleveland as the rookie All-Star righty allowed season worsts of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings as the Yankees fell to the Indians 5-3. New York couldn’t get much offense going throughout the game as the Yankees were held to just four hits, none after Brian McCann's one-out single in the third. Brian McCarthy, who was acquired from Arizona on Sunday, will make his Yankees debut Wednesday.
7-7-14: The Yankees had a difficult time with the American League East the last couple of weeks, but they have been happy thus far in Minnesota. After being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays, Joe Girardi’s squad took the first two games from the Twins. On Thursday, Masahiro Tanaka earned his league-leading 12th win of the season. Then on Friday, Brian Roberts went 4-for-5 and led New York to the 6-5 victory.
7-3-14: David Price and James Loney were the difference as the Rays downed the Yankees 2-1 Tuesday night. New York has now dropped eighth of their last 10 games played. Loney hit a go-ahead home run off starter Hiroki Kuroda in the sixth inning. Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig's team record for doubles, but the loss equals the Yankees worst skid this year with four consecutive losses. Despite all that, New York is only 3 ½ games back of Toronto for the AL East lead.
7-2-14: The New York Yankees have battled the injury bug this season but a couple key components are either back or working their way back. CC Sabathia made his first rehab assignment start for the Tampa Yankees and threw 37 pitches allowing two runs. On the same day Michael Pineda started a throwing program in an effort to try to get back on the mound this season for the Yankees. Shawn Kelley is back after a back injury and has been inconsistent, although healthy. The Yankees are looking at upgrading the team in the trade market and are looking at the likes of Martin Prado for third base and the infield and Brandon McCarthy, Ian Kennedy, David Price, Cliff Lee, or a Jason Hammel on the pitching side. Also the Yankees are getting ready for the opening of the International signing period that begins this Wednesday.
6-30-14: June has been a month of streaks for the Yankees. With their two wins on Wednesday and Friday, they look to begin yet another winning streak. Before their most recent four-game losing streak, they had a couple four-game winning streaks. Both Hiroki Kuroda and Fidel Nuno pitched well for the Yankees, who have not had strong pitching this year.
6-26-14: Yangervis Solarte costly error as he threw away a bunt was all Toronto needed as they beat New York 7-6 Tuesday night. Solarte picked up the ball and threw it past second baseman Brian Roberts covering first. The ball went into foul territory down the right-field line and Jose Reyes practically walked home for the win. Credit New York for battling back though. The Yankees trailed 6-0 before tying it in the seventh inning. The Yankees sit 3 ½ games back of the Blue Jays for the AL East lead.
6-24-14: The New York Yankees have exclusively been asking about starting pitching in their preliminary trade discussions but have also reportedly sent scouts to watch the Phillies John Mayberry Jr. Mayberry is listed as an outfielder but has dabbled in the infield as well and could be a better option as a first basemen’s backup than Kelly Johnson at this point. The Yankees surprisingly have a lot to trade including Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, and recently demoted catcher John Ryan Murphy. Murphy has garnered a ton of trade interest from other teams and could be moved to bring in a key piece and clear the logjam that the Yankees have behind the plate now and in the future. In a bit of disappointing injury news Michael Pineda had an MRI on his throwing shoulder and still has some inflammation which will shut him down at least another week or so, delaying his return to the Bronx once again.
6-18-14: Mashiro Tanaka’s leadoff home run to Toronto’s Jose Reyes on the first pitch of the game was his only blemish of the night as he earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 this past Tuesday night. This was the Yankees 14th straight home win over their rivals to the north. Tanaka (11-1) struck out 10 batters in six innings of work and left with an AL-best 1.99 ERA. The Japanense right-hander has made 14 starts this season and has gone at least six innings in every outing. In those games he’s never permitted more than three earned runs. Safe to say, Tanaka is the early favorite to take home the AL CY Young Award.
6-17-14: The New York Yankees have had a revolving door in the bullpen this season and it continued this week. Wade LeBlanc was claimed from the Los Angeles Angels and only pitched one inning for the club before being designated for assignment again. LeBlanc was outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers and will now decide whether to accept his minor league assignment or elect free agency. The Yankees needed to DFA LeBlanc after acquiring David Huff from the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations. This is the second time Huff has been on the Yankees this season and was designated for assignment this winter to make room for early Cy Young Award favorite Masahiro Tanaka. The Yankees also finally got Shawn Kelley off the disabled list after spending over a month on the DL with a back injury. In the final bullpen moves of the week the Yankees released 35 year old Brian Gordon and signed second round pick Jacob Lindgren to a slot recommended deal.
6-10-14: The New York Yankees added some bullpen and Triple-A depth this week by claiming Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Wade LeBlanc off waiver. The Yankees transferred Michael Pineda to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster for LeBlanc. LeBlanc is only 29 years old and has pitched just 6.1 Innings this season after spending much of his time this season in Triple-A as a starting pitcher. LeBlanc will add a second left hander to the bullpen that the Yankees and manager Joe Girardi covet so much and an obvious upgrade over mop up man Alfredo Aceves. Aceves cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A while the Yankees look primed to get Shawn Kelley back in the fold after a back injury took over a month of his season. The Yankees also drafted Mississippi State’s ace relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren with their first pick, 55th overall, and is expected to sign him quickly. The Yankees also drafted Mariano Rivera III in the 29th round of the draft out of Iona College.
6-3-14: The New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is third overall in the American League in All Star Game voting and leads all shortstops in baseball in the voting. Jacoby Ellsbury is third among outfielders in the voting, Brian McCann is second among catchers, Carlos Beltran is fourth among outfielders, Mark Teixeira is fifth among first basemen, and Alfonso Soriano is fourth among DH’s in the American League. The Yankees injury big is still alive and well as Mark Teixeira continues to have trouble with his surgically repaired wrist and Michael Pineda had a setback after feeling some soreness and suffering from inflammation in his back and shoulder. There has been good news to come on that front though as relief pitcher Shawn Kelley is throwing off a mound as he tries to rehab a back injury and to date Carlos Beltran has avoided surgery on his elbow spur through rest and cortisone shots.
5-28-14: The New York Yankees missed out on the Stephen Drew sweepstakes as he came off the board and re-signed with the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees had some degree of interest in the Scott Boras client but seem content with the rotation of Yangervis Solarte, Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Brendan Ryan, and Kelly Johnson. Michael Pineda has been progressing in his rehab from his teres major muscle strain and will face live hitters in the coming days. If Pineda can come through this weekend pain free and trouble free he will move on to a minor league rehab assignment before coming back to the Bronx sometime in the middle of June. For every good injury update the Yankees get they get two not so good updates including the setback of Shawn Kelley while trying to rehab his back injury. CC Sabathia may also miss the rest of the season with a degenerative knee condition and Carlos Beltran may need in-season surgery to clean up a bone spur in his elbow that would keep him out at least two months.
5-21-14: The New York Yankees found out recently that they will be without their ace starting pitcher CC Sabathia until at least July with lingering degenerative knee conditions. Sabathia got stem cells injected into the knee to either try and reverse the condition or at least slow it down so he can continue to pitch. Even through all the injuries the Yankees still find themselves at the top of the American League East with huge contributions from rookies Dellin Betances, Adam Warren, Yangervis Solarte, and the undefeated Masahiro Tanaka. Including his time in Japan Tanaka has not lost a decision in his last 42 starts and is the only pitcher since 1900 to start his first eight starts of his major league career with six victories and 60 or more strikeouts.
5-15-14: The New York Yankees starting rotation is an absolute mess right now after CC Sabathia was placed on the 15 day DL with fluid buildup in his right knee. The Yankees hope that CC can get the knee drained, throw two bullpen sessions, and be back in 15 days. The Yankees definitely need CC back as two fellow starting pitchers are already on the disabled list and the rotation and bullpen is starting to look like a MASH unit. Despite the injuries the Yankees just keep winning and staying in the discussion for the American League East division and one of those Wild Card slots. The Yankees are still hoping to make the playoffs so they can send Derek Jeter off the way they hoped to have send Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera into retirement in 2013, with a World Series victory.
5-7-14: The New York Yankees injury bug is at it again as first Ivan Nova went under the knife with Tommy John surgery and now Michael Pineda has a strained teres major muscle in his back. Pineda was throwing a simulated game while on suspension for the use of illegal pine tar when the injury occurred and is now likely to miss at least a month with the injury. To make matters worse the Yankees offense is struggling, specifically Derek Jeter, leaving manager Joe Girardi with the tough decision of managing a farewell tour for the Yankee captain or managing a World Series contender. Right now for New York one does not look like it will lead to the other. The Yankees also welcomed Brendan Ryan back to the club as he is set to make his season debut after missing most of spring training and all of the first month with a back injury.
4-28-14: The New York Yankees may have had one of the most roller coaster beginnings to the 2014 season of any team across the league. New York lost both Mark Teixeira and David Robertson, both key components, to injury and enjoyed the unlikely emergences of Yangervis Solarte and Adam Warren to replace them. The Yankees pitching has been fabulous, especially Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, pine tar and all. Pineda has been suspended for ten games and will not appeal after using pine tar against the Boston Red Sox for the second time in less than two weeks against them. The suspension came at the worst possible time as the Yankees lost Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery after a partial tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament. The Yankees do not seem to miss a beat though and are leading the American League East division in the early goings of 2014. Vote for Derek Jeter and his teammates for the MLB All Star Game as voting opens up this week.
4-24-14: The Yankees will be one man down in their starting pitching rotation. Michael Pineda has been suspended for 10 games after being caught using pine tar to improve his grip on the bal during last night's game vs the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The two teams will conclude the series tonight.
4-22-14: After leaving last Saturday's start with soreness in his elbow Ivan Nova was placed on the 15-day DL. He was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and likely headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery. TJ Surgery comes with a 12-18 month rehab, so the Yankees likely won't see their sinker-ball throwing right-hander until the middle of the 2015 season. Vidal Nuno will take his place in the rotation, at least for now.