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Phillies Have Interest in Ramiro Pena, Roster Moves

Phillies Have Interest in Ramiro Pena, Roster Moves

by Mike D.

 According to George King of the NY Post, the Phillies are interested in the Yankees’ utilityman Ramiro Pena. Chase Utley has suffered injuries with both knees and the Phillies are looking for infield help. Pena really doesn’t have a whole lot of value as a trade chip – so if he does get traded, don’t expect much in the way of return.

The Yankees have also made some roster moves, via Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News. Pena has been optioned to Triple-A, and Manny Delcarmen, Colin Curtis, Jose Gil, Kevin Whelan, and Cole Garner have all been reassigned to minor league camp. The Yankees active roster now sits at 31, so we’ll be seeing more roster moves in the coming days.

Pineda looks strong as Yankees and Tigers tie at 1 in 10 innings

The Opening Day lineup (minus Nick Swisher) took the field at George M. Steinbrenner Field as Michael Pineda took the mound. It wasn’t only a big day for Pineda, but it was a big day for David Robertson who returned after 2 and a half week since bruising his foot in a freak accident at his home.

Pineda looked strong as the game went on, going 5 innings with 1 run on 5 hits with 2 BB and 4 K’s.  Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless inning, but gave up a hit, Rafael Soriano had a scoreless inning, David Robertson had a scoreless inning with 1 hit, Manny Delcarmen had a perfect inning and Clay Rapada as well had a perfect inning with 1 strikeout.

The only offense for the Yankees came from Derek Jeter in the 1st inning on a lead-off homer. The Yankees had runners on almost all afternoon but the Yankees had trouble hitting with RISP.

Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch in the ribs during the 7th inning and was immediately taken out. Rodriguez is expected to be fine and tests will be done in the meantime.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow so there will be no baseball, but Phil Hughes will get his work in by pitching in the Minor League camp. The Yankees return to prime time on Tuesday as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The game will be on YES Network and first pitch will be at 7:05pm.

Morning Bits: Spring Training, Delcarmen, Hughes, Pineda

Good morning all the signing of Chavez is now official and the Yankees 40 man roster is almost set.  Let’s get right to the links….

* Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has a lot of nuggets about spring training in this article.

* The New York Times has an article about Delcarmen who was in the Red Sox organization for 10 years.

* The Daily News reports that Phil Hughes shows former form for Yankees.

* The New York Post says new pitcher Michael Pineda is trying to get a grip on off-speed pitch.

Spring Training Notes: 2/19/12

The Yankees have reported for Spring Training this morning and with the start of the season comes news.

— According to Mark Carig of The Star-Ledger some of the Yankees have been assigned numbers. New numbers are as follows:

#18 – Hiroki Kuroda
#22 – Andruw Jones
#35 – Michael Pineda
#38 – Dewayne Wise
#40 – Bill Hall
#43 – Manny Delcarmen
#45 – Russell Branyan 

Andruw Jones originally wore #18 in 2011. We were told the split was amicable. Pedro Feliciano is still slated to wear #31 but we doubt we will see Feliciano this season, thus eating all the money of his 2 year contract doing nothing. #20 (which was previously worn by Jorge Posada) has not been assigned and in my opinion should not be assigned.

— Joe Girardi was scheduled to have  a press conference this morning but unfortunately the press will have to wait until Girardi actually gets to Florida. Girardi’s 6am flight at Newark Airport was delayed.

— Only one pitcher didn’t show up for Pitchers and Catchers; Mariano Rivera. But don’t worry Yankee fans, Mo isn’t in trouble. He spoke with Cashman and Cashman gave him the thumbs up. “He said ‘Cash I wanted to give you a heads up, I might be a little late.’ Just tell me when you are coming. What am I going to do? It’s Mariano Rivera.”

— Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain had made progress and he can soon throw off the mound, but Brian Cashman said that they aren’t going to rush Chamberlain back. Cashman isn’t going to listen if Chamberlain says he can come back in April, May or possibly next week. At the earliest the Yankees can have Chamberlain back in June.

— Even though everyone is anticipating Michael Pineda to be #2 in the rotation, Brian Cashman said that Michael Pineda will not be the No #2 pitcher behind CC Sabathia. The reason? Pineda only knows 2 pitches & his change-up is under developed. With that, it means that most likely either Ivan Nova or Hiroki Kuroda will pitch before Pineda in the rotation.

— Brian Cashman addressed the issue about the vacant DH spot. Yankees fans know that Johnny Damon won’t be in the DH mix which leaves Raul Ibanez, Hideki Matsui, Vladmir Gurerro and possibly Eric Chavez.

Freddy Garcia told the press that he had no regrets signing with the Yankees last season and he claims how much he loves to play in New York. Well Freddy, we like having you here as well.

— via Jon Heyman, the A.J Burnett deal is DONE. A.J passed his physical and the MLB approved the trade which means that Burnett is a Pirate.