Yankees Injury Notes: Ellsbury

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It’s been a relatively quiet off-day for the Yankees, so here’s a quick injury update on one of the Yankees hottest bats before he was benched with an ankle injury.

Jacoby Ellsbury: Ellsbury told the media last night he was going to have an MRI on his ankle when he got to Yankee Stadium. However, the Yankees haven’t announced the results of the MRI. I would imagine the MRI isn’t bad considering he had a fluoroscope on his ankle the day he injured it and the results came back negative. Ellsbury did batting practice yesterday before the game but he was unable to convince Joe Girardi to put him in the lineup. Fingers crossed Ellsbury is in the lineup tomorrow.

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Derek Jeter ends up on the cover of ‘The New Yorker’

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Throughout the years, Derek Jeter has been on the cover of multiple magazines, from GQ to Sports Illustrated. However, Jeter made it on the cover of The New Yorker and the fan-art was done by a Red Sox Fan!

Mark Ulriksen painted a portrait of Jeter tipping his cap to the crowd in Babe Ruth fashion, but he admitted that it wasn’t easy painting the portrait, considering he’s not a fan of the New York Yankees.

“Derek Jeter presents a conundrum for a Red Sox fan like me,” Ulriksen said on the New Yorker website. “I loathe the Yankees, but I appreciate and respect Jeter.

“He’s a classic — humble, consistently spectacular, both at bat and in the field,” Ulriksen added. “When he arrived 20 years ago, he helped to make the Yankees the best team in baseball (again!) for too many seasons. Commemorating his career with a farewell cover is something that I’m sure even the Red Sox Nation can forgive me for.”

Jeter is slated to retire following the 2014 season after a Hall-Of-Fame 20-year career, which includes Jeter joining the 3,000 hits club.

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With September here, Derek Jeter’s final game crawls closer

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September 1st is usually a bittersweet moment during a Major League Baseball season, especially for a team that faces uncertainty on whether they’ll enter the postseason or not. However, this year, September 1st will be more of a reality than a bittersweet moment.

But why is September 1st such a bittersweet moment?

Just like last year when Mariano Rivera retired, September 1st marks the beginning of the end of Derek Jeter‘s career. If the Yankees make the postseason, then there will be just a few more games in his career. If the Yankees don’t make the postseason, then Derek Jeter’s final game will be on September 29th at Fenway Park where the Yankees will face the Boston Red Sox in the final regular season series of 2014.

Like many Yankees fans, I was aware of Derek Jeter’s final season, but it didn’t hit me that Jeter’s final game was drawing near until the Yankees played their final game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto yesterday. I know Jeter has visited many stadiums for the last time, but this time it’s different. The Toronto Blue Jays are an American League East team, a team the Yankees spend majority of the season facing due to them being in the same division. When the Yankees face an American League East team and the Yankees visit them in their cities for a final time, it dawns on you that the season is drawing to a close.

There are only 27 games left in the 2014 season, but whether the Yankees make the postseason or not, the inevitable is going to happen: The fans are going to have to say goodbye to Derek ..read more

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Yankees acquire RHP Chaz Roe

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The New York Yankees have announced they have acquired RHP Chaz Roe from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations. Roe appears likely to join the ball club when rosters expand on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old spent the entire season with Triple-A New Orleans where he posted a 3.66 ERA in 64 relief appearances. His sole Major League experience was in 2013 when he pitched 22.1 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Gardner homers in 4-3 loss to Blue Jays

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The Yankees were cruising into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead and it appeared they were going to take the series from the Toronto Blue Jays. However, The Blue Jays scored four unanswered runs, giving the Yankees a 4-3 loss at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Yankees scored their first run on a lead-off home run by Brett Gardner, who was a single shy of hitting for the cycle once the game was completed. In the fourth inning, Francisco Cervelli hit a RBI single and in the fifth, Gardner tripled and scored on the same play due to the ball being thrown into the seats.

Brandon McCarthy was looking for a bounce back start, but instead gave the Yankees six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three home runs. Dellin Betances pitched two scoreless innings but he gave up an inherited runner in the seventh inning.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees are off tomorrow (Happy Labor Day!) but they’ll be back in the Bronx on Tuesday, facing the Boston Red Sox as they continue their trek for a second Wild Card Spot. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Jacoby Ellsbury takes BP

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Just yesterday it seemed Ellsbury’s ankle would keep him out of the lineup for a while. However, when he showed up to batting practice this morning, he wasn’t limping and he was trying every angle to get himself into the starting lineup for the series finale against the Blue Jays and that started with him taking batting practice.

Ellsbury took batting practice (by the way, he hit two batting practice home runs) and he did light jogging in the outfield before he deemed himself ready to play.

Before the game, Girardi wasn’t convinced Ellsbury would play today and for that reason he kept Ellsbury out of the lineup. He also wasn’t sure if Ellsbury was available to pinch hit. Right after batting practice, Ellsbury went to make a push by going to Girardi in order to talk his way into the lineup. Zelous Wheeler also had a surprising batting practice, so Girardi might not be in a hurry to change the lineup right before first pitch.

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This is the wrong time for bad news

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For the last few weeks, the Yankees hottest hitter has been Jacoby Ellsbury, but if there’s anything we learned this season is that nothing can really go right for the Yankees. Ellsbury suffered a sprained ankle and if it were earlier in the season, Joe Girardi would have placed him on the disabled list. The only thing stopping Girardi from placing Ellsbury on the disabled list is the rosters expand on Tuesday (Monday is an off-day for the Yankees).

With Ellsbury on the shelf for the next few days (the ankle injury is that serious), the Yankees can’t afford to lose anything else. They can’t afford to lose games, they can’t afford to lose their players and they can’t afford to fall further behind in the Wild Card Race. As of this morning, they’re tied with the Cleveland Indians and are 3.5 games back behind the Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.

This season has had hits high moments and it’s had it’s low points, and just when the Yankees were making the fans believers in a Wild Card chase, they’re beginning to lose almost everything they ever worked for. There are 28 games left and those are 28 games the Yankees need to win if they want to have a chance to win their 28th World Series Championship. At this point in the season, this is a bad time for the Yankees to toy with the emotions of the fans–whether it’s good or ..read more

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Yankees offense stifled in 2-0 loss to Blue Jays

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The Yankees didn’t help their chances in the Wild Card race today as they only mustered one hit in a 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre at Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Yankees only had one hit, which was a double by Mark Teixeira. The team was 0-for-1 with RISP and they left five men on base.

Michael Pineda pitched another good game, going six innings while giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out three. Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless inning and David Huff pitched a scoreless inning.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees will come back tomorrow and they will attempt to take the series finale against the Blue Jays. They will send Brandon McCarthy, who is coming off a rough outing, to the mound. First pitch is at 1:07 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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