Beltran sits after flipping over right field wall

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When Carlos Beltran was asked if he’d think he’d be able to play tonight after flipping over the right field wall in last night’s 10-2 victory over the Rays, Beltran said he’d have to see how he felt in the morning. Almost 24 hours  since the incident happened, Beltran is out of the Yankees lineup and feeling sore. He had x-rays on his wrist and shoulder, which he said took majority of the blow when he fell into the security area, with both x-rays coming back negative. Beltran hopes to play in Saturday’s night game.

“I’m lucky. Honestly, I’m lucky,” Beltran said. “I laughed after because I was like, ‘You know what? This could’ve been real bad.’”

Beltran didn’t take batting practice with the rest of the team, and it seems the Yankees are going to play it safe with the 36-year old veteran. Ichiro will make the start in right field tonight.

The Yankees initially worried Beltran was hurt when he went over the wall last night, but they’re glad they were able to dodge a bullet with Beltran. They’d rather he only miss one game instead of 15.

“It’s really encouraging,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We don’t want him to be out for a long period of time. We’ve just got to get him to where he’s feeling a little bit better.”

Some Notes

– The pitchers took batting practice today (that’s not a typo) and the standout was Michael Pineda. He hit a towering home run into the left field bleachers that went about 15-20 rows back.

David Robertson did some PFP today and felt good. He’s still on track to come off the disabled list on Tuesday.

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Report: Yankees attend throwing session for former closer Joel Hanrahan

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The Yankees may be looking to upgrade their bullpen, and they could possibly consider former All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan.

According to the New York Daily News, the New York Yankees were among the 20 teams who watched Hanrahan throw at the University of Tampa on Thursday. Scouts say Hanrahan’s fastball was at 93-miles per hour and he “looked great”.

The Yankees might consider Hanrahan due to the injury of David Robertson, although Robertson is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday. The Yankees also see Hanrahan as a piece to strengthen the back of the Yankees bullpen.

Hanrahan saved 76 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012, making the All-Star team in both seasons. He pitched nine games with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 before undergoing Tommy John Surgery in mid-May, effectively ending his season.

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Could Yangervis Solarte be the real deal?

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It’s no question Yangervis Solarte had a great Spring Training; he was the one who took the backup infielder spot from Eduardo Nunez, who had an inside track on it coming into camp in February. However, ever since the actual season began, Solarte has never stopped hitting. He’s been an important piece to the Yankees since Mark Teixeira went on the disabled list, but you have to wonder if he could possibly be the real deal. He has power, he has a great glove (he started a triple play last night to further my point) and he seems to be a go-to guy in clutch situations. Regardless of the answer, everyone has been impressed with Solarte, including manager Joe Girardi.

“He’s done a lot in two weeks, hasn’t he?”  Girardi said. “I’m sure he’s probably hoping he doesn’t wake up, in a sense. The kid has been a big boost for us. Someone that found out he was making the team fairly late; not even early enough to take the plane to Houston. He has given us a big boost.”

It’s a sure thing Solarte is going to regress eventually, as every player does during a long season, but at the moment he’s one of the best hitters on the team with a .373 average and he has the most doubles. Solarte achieved his goal of getting to the Major Leagues and he’s gained a pretty big fan base in his short time with the club (myself included). But he knows his focus now is to stay in the Majors and to do his job to the best of his ability.

“All I do is work hard. Work hard, and everything is going to happen. ..read more

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Triple play backs CC as Yankees beat Rays 10-2

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CC Sabathia by far had his best start of the season, shutting down the Tampa Bay Rays on a night where Rays starter David Price struggled. Sabathia’s stellar start was made possible with some flashy defense by the Yankees infield, which included a triple play started by Yangervis Solarte in the second inning. The triple play and some extra base-hits propelled the Yankees to a 10-2 win at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.

Sabathia went seven innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out six. Sabathia was able to control a struggling Rays ball club, but he got into some trouble in the second when Evan Longoria doubled and Wil Meyers walked. Following the walk, Sean Rodriguez grounded the ball to Solarte who stepped on the third base bag, threw to second basemen Brian Roberts who threw to first basemen Scott Sizemore for a 5-4-3 triple play. This is the first time the Yankees made a triple play since April 12, 2013 at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles and their third since April 2010. CC Sabathia was on the mound for all three triple plays.

The Yankees offense was able to tag David Price with four runs on six hits in the first two innings with a single from Brian McCann in the first, triples by Brian Roberts and Jacoby Ellsbury in the third and a single by Jeter, also in the third. In the fifth inning, McCann and Alfonso Soriano hit back to back home runs, eventually chasing Price out of the game after ..read more

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Yankees turn to Sizemore to play first base

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On Sunday evening when Francisco Cervelli was injured, the Yankees turned to Carlos Beltran to play first base–despite the fact Beltan had no experience at first base. It’s the same story tonight–minus the part where someone gets injured. Scott Sizemore is seeing more playing time, and he’ll see at first base, a position he’s never played before in his career.

“I haven’t been over there enough to really get a feel for the position,” Sizemore said to the media before today’s game. “But I consider myself a pretty good athlete, a pretty good infielder, so I feel like the basics are there, it’s just a matter of knowing my responsibilities on bunt coverage, all that good stuff.”

Despite the fact Sizemore has never played first base in a Major League game, he’s done drills while in Scranton, and not only is he confident in his abilities, but manager Joe Girardi is confident as well.

“We’re pretty confident that he can do it,” Girardi said. “Obviously he has not been in a game and done it, but I’m pretty confident he can do it. … It’s not the most comfortable position to be in, but when you go through injuries sometimes you have to be a little bit creative. I didn’t really feel like putting Carlos back there, so I went with Sizemore.”

The Yankees warned Sizemore he’ll play anywhere and anywhere they need him, and he’s more than ready for the challenge. First base just happens to be the first challenge.

Some Notes:

– The Yankees don’t have a starter for Sunday’s game (notice the TBA in the pitching matchups post), but Girardi confirmed it will be one of the bullpen guys that will make the start. The decision ..read more

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Injury Report: Teixeira, Robertson, Roberts

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Here are a few updates on the injury front of things as the Yankees prepare for tonight’s game against the Rays:

Mark TeixeiraTeixeira played three innings in an extended Spring Training game. For those wondering about Teixeira’s stats during the game, he had two walks and a strikeout. Teixeira reported no problems with his hamstring after the game and should be ready to go when he’s slated to come off the disabled list on Sunday.

David RobertsonRobertson threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound today and reported no problems. He now plans to play in a minor league game on Saturday, take off Sunday and Monday and get activated on Tuesday when the Yankees play against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway.

Brian Roberts: Roberts is back in the Yankees lineup today after sitting out with back spasms. He received medication for his back spasms on the off day and said he felt fine on Wednesday. Apparently, he was able to convince Joe Girardi he was ready to get back on the field and help his teammates.

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Rumors: Yankees still not interested in Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales

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Mark Teixeira has missed all but four games so far this season, Brian Roberts is day-to-day with a sore back, Francisco Cervelli is on the 60-day disabled list, Brendan Ryan hasn’t played at all since early in Spring Training, and even Derek Jeter has missed three of the last four games.

None of that is expected to force the Yankees to upgrade their infield.

With infielder Stephen Drew and first baseman Kendrys Morales still free agents, the Yankees could easily upgrade too, but a source told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that there is “no way” that the Yankees will sign either player.

“Nobody’s signing Drew or Morales, not at the money they’re asking,” the source told Matthews.

The Yankees spent nearly $500 million to improve the team over the offseason and failed to reach their goal of getting payroll below $189 million as a result. Despite that, they still went cheap when it came to putting together the infield, an infield that had giant red flags that have already come back to bite them in the ass.

Morales has hit .275/.329/.457 over the last two seasons and could help keep Teixeira healthy. Teixeira is expected back as soon as Sunday, but has already been in steep decline and admitted that his seriously injured wrist will never be the same.

Drew would perhaps be a bigger help as he could fill in for Jeter, Roberts (who nobody expects to play even 100 games this year) and Kelly Johnson at third occasionally. Drew hit .256/.332/.422 since 2010 and plays solid defense.

Part of the issue is that the Yankees would need to give ..read more

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Yankees @ Rays pitching matchups

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Thursday, April 17 Yankees: CC Sabathia (1-2, 6.63 ERA) Rays: David Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Price: Derek Jeter (15-for-51, .294 AVG), Scott Sizemore & Brian McCann (1-for-2, .500)

Who’s Not vs. Price: Jacoby Ellsbury (7-for-33, .212 AVG), Brett Gardner (2-for-14, .143 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Alfonso Soriano (0-for-6, .000 AVG)

Friday, April 18 Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86 ERA) Rays: Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network and MLB Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Bedard: Ichiro Suzuki (6-for-15, .400 AVG), Brian McCann (3-for-4, .750 AVG), Kelly Johnson (3-for-5, .600 AVG), Alfonso Soriano (7-for-14, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Bedard: Derek Jeter (6-for-32, .188 AVG), Carlos Beltran (1-for-8, .125 AVG)

Saturday, April 19 Yankees: Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94 ERA) Rays: Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50 ERA) Time: 7:10 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Archer: Brett Gardner (4-for-8, .500 AVG), Jacoby Ellsbury (6-for-7, .857 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Archer: Alfonso Soriano (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Ichiro Suzuki (1-for-10, .100 AVG),

Sunday, April 20 Yankees: TBA Rays: Cesar Ramos (0-1, 7.50 ERA) Time: 1:40 p.m. T.V./Radio: YES Network and MLB Network/WFAN

Who’s Hot vs. Ramos: Mark Teixeira (2-for-6, .333 AVG), Derek Jeter (1-for-3, .333 AVG), Kelly Johnson (2-for-4, .500 AVG)

Who’s Not vs. Ramos: Jacoby Ellsbury (1-for-6, .167 AVG), Brett Gardner (0-for-4, .000 ..read more

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