Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

Kuroda, Nova pitch well as Yankees sweep split squad 5-3 vs. Phillies & 6-4 vs. Twins

Today was a bit of a somber day for the Yankees. After hearing news that Joba Chamberlain might not come back this season due to a freak trampoline accident, the Yankees were a bit taken aback and worried. Nevertheless, Joe Girardi was able to send Ivan Nova & Hiroki Kuroda on the mound as the Yankees sweeped the split squad games 5-3 vs. the Phillies & 6-4 vs. the Twins.

Let’s start with the Phillies game. Hiroki Kuroda looked sharp throughout the game. He went 5.2 of an inning giving up 1 run on 6 hits, 1 BB & 3 K. David Phelps finished the game, going 3.1 IP with 2 runs on 3 hits. He had no strikeouts but allowed 1 HR. The 2 regulars Brett Gardner & Robinson Cano made the trip to Clearwater (which is 20 minutes from Tampa) and both did pretty well today. Gardner went 1 for 4 with a double & run scored while Robinson Cano went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s & 1 run scored. Francisco Cervelli (who will be the backup catcher to Russell Martin) went 2 for 4 today.

Let’s take a trip to Tampa where the Yankees played vs. the Twins. Ivan Nova was trying to come back from his last outing which we all had to admit wasn’t so good. Nova pitched 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 5 strikeouts. Mariano Rivera came in the 8th & Rafael Soriano came in the 9th and of course, two brilliant scoreless innings. Derek Jeter left the game in the 3rd inning, but there was nothing wrong. Girardi just wanted to slowly ease Jeter back into the game. Before today, Jeter had not played since March 14. Ramiro Pena hit a solo shot while Eduardo Nunez went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. It would be a wacky thought if Nunez didn’t throw anymore errors because of the HBP in the beginning of the Spring.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are slated for an ALDS rematch with the Detroit Tigers. The game will not be televised or on the radio. On Sunday the Yankees return to T.V to play once again, the Tigers. Coverage will be on YES Network & WCBS.

Taking A Look At Recent MLB Comebacks

We never thought it would happen, yet here we are. Andy Pettitte has come out of retirement and signed a $2.5 million deal with the Yankees, shocking baseball fans and the sports world in general. But this only adds to the long list of players who came out of retirement. Some have had success in doing so; and others haven’t. Here’s a look at a few legendary players who tried to come back, and well, you’ll see how they fared:

SP Roger Clemens (2004, 2006, 2007) – The king of comebacks (sorry Brett Favre), Clemens’ last start was supposed to be Game 5 of the 2003 World Series. His real last start was Game 3 of the 2007 ALDS. Un-retiring three times, pitching for the Astros from ’04-’06, and returning to baseball mid-season for the Yankees in 2007, Clemens would win 44 games and actually capture the 2005 N.L. Cy Young, posting a 1.87 ERA in 32 starts in his age 42 season. Of course he is an alleged PED-user (I personally think he’s guilty), so it’s unclear how natural and real those stats were.

2B Ryne Sandberg (1996) – Ryno was released by the Cubs right before a strike ended the 1994 season, and a divorce on top of it all made Sandberg walk away at the age of 34. Remarried, and baseball back on track with a new CBA, he would return in 1996 and hit 25 home runs and drive in 92 runs. He’d also play in 1997, hitting better average-wise but hitting just 12 home runs.

SP Jim Palmer (1991) – Retiring during the middle of the 1984 campaign, Palmer walked away from baseball with an impressive 268 wins. In fact elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990, Palmer seriously was attempting to return. More Pettitte-esque than the others, he would sign a non-guaranteed deal with the Orioles in 1991. After pitching in two games in the spring and topping out at 75 MPH, the 45-year old decided he just didn’t have it anymore and decided to stay retired.

Of course, these three players’ results are far different from each other and far different from Pettitte’s situation. But they are well-known names, that thought it wasn’t quite time to hang it up. But besides Clemens in 2005, a lot of the guys not listed never could get back to what they were, nor be a serviceable player. I’m hoping for the best for Andy, as he’s one of my favorite Yankees of all-time, and I’m pumped about his return. However, he’ll need to defy history and age to get back to (in my book) the standards he once held as a future Hall of Famer.

Joba Chamberlain dislocates ankle; 2012 season in jeopardy

Joba Chamberlain dislocates ankle; 2012 season in jeopardy

By Delia E.

The Yankees might want to add another one to the “Freak Accident Injuries” list. Joba Chamberlain, who was coming off of Tommy John surgery suffered a major setback in his road back to the bullpen. Chamberlain dislocated his ankle last night while jumping on a trampoline and had surgery late last night. This might mean that Chamberlain might be out for another season and this might potentially be a career ending injury. Joe Girardi went to visit Chamberlain in the hospital this morning while Brian Cashman talked about him to the media. Cashman said that losing Chamberlain to another injury is a big loss for the team.

Spring Training: 3/23/12 Lineups

Lineup vs. Twins:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Russell Martin C
Andruw Jones DH
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Bill Hall LF
Justin Maxwell RF

RHP Ivan Nova

Lineup vs. Phillies:

Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Robinson Cano 2B
Eric Chavez 1B
Brandon Laird 3B
Chris Dickerson RF
Dewayne Wise CF
Colin Curtis DH
Doug Bernier SS

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Pregame Notes

— As you all may have heard already, Joba Chamberlain suffered an “open dislocation” injury to his ankle last night while  jumping on a trampoline. It now looks as if Joba Chamberlain will miss the entire 2012 season as well and then some.

Andy Pettitte faced 6 hitters in live batting practice this morning. He love the way that his pitches were moving.

David Robertson threw a bullpen session today. He faced 7 batters while walking 1 and striking out 2. There was a little bit of an issue with his strikezone command.

— Andruw Jones is not surprised that Chipper Jones will retire after the 2012 season. He admits that Chipper had been thinking about it for the past couple of years.

Enjoy the games everyone!

Morning Bits: Rotation, Pettitte, Joba, Valentine, Warren

Good morning everyone.  It’s Friday and I couldn’t be any happier (well besides my march madness bracket being blown up from last night’s games).  Enjoy the weekend all. Let’s get right to the links…

* The New York Post reports that the Yankees are still uncertain who will fill the last three spots in the rotation.

* The Daily News mentions that Pettitte is on the fast track to return.  He also throws a bullpen today.

* Bradley from the Star Ledger writes about how the bullpen will get better once Joba returns.

* From the let’s look to start a feud department: Bobby Valentine said the Yankees were not courteous for walking off the field in a tie in last night’s game.

* From Mlb.com: Unheralded Warren held his own against the Red Sox.