Yankees activate Robertson from disabled list

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The Yankees made another roster move, but this time it involves getting their closer back.

The Yankees officially announced closer David Robertson has been activated from the disabled list. He’s been on the DL with a Grade 1 groin strain which he suffered on the last pitch of his second save on April 6th, the final game of a three game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Minor Roster Move:  Cesar Cabral has cleared waivers and has been sent to Triple-A Scranton. He was designated for assignment after Friday’s game, especially after hitting three Tampa Bay Rays hitters and subsequently getting ejected.

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Yankees make more roster moves

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Today’s roster moves aren’t as drastic as yesterday, but they were made. Here are a few of the moves the Yankees made on this off-day:

– The Yankees optioned RHP Bryan Mitchell to Double-A Trenton Thunder. I imagine this move is being done today since Yankees closer David Robertson is slated to come off the disabled list tomorrow.

– Good news, Matt Daley cleared waivers! He was optioned to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre since he took an assignment with the minor league team. He was DFA’d due to some wacky clause in his contract–not because the Yankees didn’t want him.

Finally, Ivan Nova had an appointment scheduled with the Yankees team physician seeking a second opinion on his elbow and to do further diagnostic testing. I’ll post the results when it becomes available but that could be either today or tomorrow. Regardless, stay tuned.

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Jacoby Ellsbury prepares for first trip to Fenway as a Yankee

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The last time Jacoby Ellsbury and the Yankees played against the Boston Red Sox, it was on home turf at Yankee Stadium for a four game set, ultimately ending with the Yankees winning three of them. Tomorrow, the Yankees will head to Boston and play the Red Sox (it’s Patriots Day in Boston so the Yankees are spending the off day in New York) and Jacoby Ellsbury will be in enemy territory for the first time since signing a seven-year, $153 Million contract with the Bronx Bombers.

“Every situation is different,” Ellsbury said. “I can’t compare it with other guys’ situations, but I’m definitely aware of it. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen how passionate they are. I think they’re all wondering what’s going to happen.

“I’m not going to think about it too much, because it’s out of my hands. I gave [that] organization everything I had every time I stepped on the field.”

Ellsbury has joined the club of Red Sox who have traded in their red and white uniforms for pinstripes in recent years, along with Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs. Despite being unsure of the reception he’ll receive, Ellsbury said he hasn’t given it much thought to be back in Boston as a member of the Yankees.

“You can’t think about what they’re going to do,” Ellsbury said. “In this game, you can really only focus on what you can do, not worry about all that other stuff that you can’t control.

“We’ll see what happens. I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life. Nine years in an organization — drafted by them, came up and won two World Series. I left it all on the field.”

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12th inning rally helps Yankees win 5-1 over Rays

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The Yankees aimed to gain some momentum in the pitching department after the pitching staff gave up 27 runs in two games against the Tampa Bay Rays. Today, Vidal Nuno and the Yankees bullpen were able to keep the Rays in check, with the Yankees rallying to win 5-1 in the 12th inning at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.

Nuno threw five shut out innings in a spot start after the Yankees rotation had shifted due to the rain out on Monday and the doubleheader on Tuesday. David Phelps followed him for a scoreless outing. Matt Thornton left two runners on base for Adam Warren, but unfortunately Matt Joyce hit a SAC Fly, tying the ball game at one. The Yankees interim closer Shawn Kelley entered the game in the ninth inning, going two innings while striking out four batters in a row. New Yankees call-up Preston Claiborne went two scoreless innings, striking out two and earning the win.

The Yankees scored their first run in the fourth inning on a play that was rather odd. With Alfonso Soriano on base, Brett Gardner hit a long fly ball to right field, clanking off the wall and going into Wil Meyers’s glove. Meyers attempted to fool the umpires into making them believe he made the catch, but the Yankees used their challenge with the ultimate ruling overturned. Soriano was allowed to score–but the umpires quizzically placed Gardner at second. The Yankees would remain scoreless until the 12th inning when the bases were loaded with two outs for Dean Anna. Anna was able to ..read more

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Yankees make multiple roster moves

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All right, you’re going to need a pen, a sheet of paper and possibly some white out for this one because there were multiple roster changes going into today’s game.

Let’s start with the obvious ones: Ivan Nova goes on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear in his UCL. He won’t be back when the 15 days are up due to the severity of his injury.  Mark Teixeira has been activated from the disabled list and is playing first base this afternoon in the series finale vs. the Rays.

Now, here are a few more roster moves:

Bryan Mitchell and Preston Claiborne were called up from Double-A Trenton and Scranton Wilkes-Barre respectively. Claiborne and Mitchell are here temporarily to help add arms into the bullpen, especially with one of the bullpen arms Vidal Nuno starting today. It’s worth noting Mitchell has experience as a starter, but Joe Girardi won’t think of him as an option for Nova’s spot. Mitchell’s a mop up man and Claiborne’s here to prove he belongs in the Major Leagues after a good start last season, which was followed by an awful Spring Training.

Scott Sizemore has been optioned to Triple-A, Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Yesterday, I predicted Dean Anna would be the one sent down, but instead Girardi went with Sizemore.

“We consider Dean Anna a shortstop more than the other two (Sizemore or Yangervis Solarte) and that’s why we stayed with the rotation that we have,” Girardi said. “… (Sizemore) did everything right. Obviously he has put himself back on the map.”

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Ivan Nova has partial tear in UCL; to go on the DL

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When Ivan Nova left last night’s game due to injury, it didn’t look good, since he was shaking his elbow and arm, trying to get it lose. As of this morning, the Yankees now have face the reality that they might not have Ivan Nova for the duration of the season.

An MRI revealed Nova had a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and will go on the DL. Injuries like those usually result in Tommy John Surgery, which could end Nova’s season. He’ll get checked out by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad tomorrow in New York for further examination.

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Nova has elbow injury in 16-1 loss to Rays

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Just a day after the Yankees lost 11-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays, it didn’t seem possible that the next 24 hours could get any worse. Instead the Yankees fell 16-1 to the Rays and possibly lost Ivan Nova for a significant amount of time, with the Yankees falling in danger of losing another series.

Nova had statistically his worst start of his career, giving up a career high four home runs, including two to the number nine hitter Ryan Hanigan. Nova later left the game in the fifth inning with right elbow soreness. Joe Girardi told the media following the game Nova would get “diagnostic testing.” Matt Daley was summoned to pitch just a day after being called up from Scranton Wilkes-Barre, but he had an absurd outing himself. The game was so bizarre, the Yankees were forced to use Dean Anna as a pitcher in the eighth inning. If there was an award for who pitched the best…Dean Anna would win…and he’s technically not even a pitcher.

Following the game, the Yankees announced they were calling up Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell for the Yankees pen. Expect more roster moves in the coming hours.

What’s Next?

Vidal Nuno will have pressure placed on him as the Yankees attempt to split the series against the Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch will be at 1:40 p.m. and the game will air on the YES ..read more

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Teixeira plans to play vs. the Rays tomorrow

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Mark Teixeira did what seemed to be his final rehab game, going 2-for-4 in the process. Manager Joe Girardi said he’s encouraged about Teixeira’s progress in extended Spring Training but he wants to speak with Teixeira before any official move is made before tomorrow’s game.

“Obviously we feel that he’s ready to go,” Girardi said. “We’ll talk about it tonight. I want to talk to him when he gets here, see how he’s feeling and then we’ll go from there.”

Teixeira’s slated to be at Tropicana Field tonight as an observer–and for a meeting with Girardi. However, he fully plans to come off the disabled list tomorrow and play first base for the Yankees for the first time since April 4th. Teixeira is ready to go–and in case you’re wondering, his wrist isn’t his biggest concern at this point. If anything, he believes it was a slightly good thing he was injured since he was able to strengthen the wrist in extended spring at-bats.

“I think it’s been good for the wrist, I do,” Teixeira said. “Spring training was long and grueling and I definitely didn’t want to take 15 days off, but I take a positive in everything that happens. And that’s the positive that I’ll take from this is that my wrist got stronger.”

Some Notes

Matt Daley arrived at Tropicana Field at around 2 p.m. and he’s scheduled to come out of the bullpen tonight if needed. Daley almost didn’t make the call-up, since he was begging for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders to let him pitch back to back days. He last pitched on Thursday but had four days of rest prior to that.

“He competes really well,” Girardi said. “He has good command. He throws ..read more

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