Sunday, September 28, 2008
Last night was the first night of the Hawaiian winter baseball league, the lesser of the two off-season development league. Brackman was unspectacular, but the important thing is that he pitched. In 2.1 IP, he gave up 6 earned on 7 hits and two walks, while striking out three. Brackman has an almost limitless ceiling, but he also has a very low floor. It will likely take him a few years to figure out his mechanics, due to his height. For this reason, I think he and Dellin Betances will have similar paths to the majors. Brackman is definitely capable of figuring out his mechanics becoming a great pitcher, as he is a great athlete, also playing basketball at NC State.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Today will be the first time that Joba Chamberlain will throw off a mound for the first time since he left a game in Texas on August 4 with rotator cuff tendinitis. Relatively soon, he will be activated from the disabled list, and will pitch not as a starter, but as a reliever. The reasoning behind this is that there is limited time left in the season, and the Yankees do not want Joba to spend time making rehab starts in the minors. So he will be stretched out in the bullpen, much like he was earlier in the year. I'm not sure I like this move, because I'm afraid another transition might be stressful on Joba's arm, and a minor league rehab stint would better. I would be fine with Joba being in the minors, becuase I don't think the Yankees are going anywhere, so why put unnesecary stress on Joba's arm?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
According to Carl Pavano's agent, he will be getting the start on Saturday vs. the Orioles. This is probably because of Phil Hughes' most recent start. If Pavano pitches well and (less likely) stays healthy, he could stay in the rotation, allowing Hughes to eventually replace either Rasner or Ponson. Carl has incentive to pitch well, as a good performance could net him a contract this offseason.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Tonight in Scranton: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, HR, 93 pitches (63 strikes). He will probably need at least one more start in the minors before being recalled to the majors, making Carl Pavano a candidate for a start sometime in the next week.
Friday, August 8, 2008
His line in Scranton last night: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2K, 9-3 GB-FB. Beyond that line, Hughes said that he felt "real good." Apparently he had good command of his fastball and cutter (!), and will throw 85 pitches in Scranton on Tuesday. If he pitches well and feels good, his next start could be in the big leagues.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Hideki Matsui will begin a running program today as he attempts to rehab his injured knee. Whether he will make it back this year is still uncertain, but if he could come back and be the regular DH, it would be a big boost to the lineup.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Tonight in Low-A Charleston: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 5 K, 2-4 GB/FB, 54 pitches (37 strikes)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
While we all try to forget about the game tonight, here is some rehab news courtesy of River Ave. Blues:
- Phil Hughes threw 28 pitches in three innings for Low-A Charleston. He allowed two hits, walked a batter and threw 20 of his pitches for strikes. Five of his outs were groundball outs.
- Carl Pavano started the game for Charleston and threw two innings, striking out four and allowing two baserunners.
- Chien-Ming Wang got his cast taken off today
- Andrew Brackman will throw off a mound on thursday
- Eric Milton threw 35 pitches in a simulated game
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
According to Pete Abraham, Phil Hughes says he does not feel any pain in his injured rib. However he will not be cleared to begin throwing again until his rib is completely healed, which will be confirmed by a bone scan. Considering he hasn't thrown in over a month, it will take Hughes a long time to get back, and even then his spot in the rotation is up in the air.
Monday, June 9, 2008
I.P.K. took a step in the right direction of getting healthy. Today he threw his first bullpen session since straining his right lat muscle last month. It lasted 30 pitches and only consisted of fastballs and change-ups. Later in the week he will be throwing more bullpen sessions and be mixing in breaking pitches. He said "It feels back to normal again." Which is a good sign for the Yankees. Even if I.P.K. is fully healed the Yankees might not have a spot for him. He had this to say about that: "I try not to think about it,because all I can do is get healthy," Kennedy said "Whatever happens, happens. Otherwise it will just drive you crazy.
I.P.K. Showing his stuff during one of his many grueling rehab exercises
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Three Short Points:
- David Aardsma of the Chicago White Sox has been DFA'd. I know, it's a stretch, but you never know with relievers. Good K rates, bad everything else, but he is young and he throws hard, so maybe he could be worth a non-roster invite.
- Don Mattingly is out as Dodger's hitting coach. He says it was for family reasons, but will remain with the team as a special assistant.
- Hideki Matsui's rehab on his right knee is not going as smoothly as expected. He is coming back to the states to get it checked out.