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.

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What potential roster moves could the Yankees make?

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With Mark Teixeira coming off the disabled list on Friday and David Robertson coming off  on Tuesday, the Yankees have to make some roster moves to put their players back on the field. The question lingering is, who would get sent down for Teixeira and Robertson?

Mark Teixeira: For the purpose of this exercise, Yangervis Solarte is not an option to send down–he’s played far too well for the Yankees. With Solarte off the board, it would come down between Dean Anna and Scott Sizemore. Anna offers defense and is a solid backup shortstop on days Derek Jeter needs a rest, but Sizemore has shown more offensively in just a few games (and he plays first base well for a guy who’s never played there before). My bet is Anna is sent down tomorrow when it’s time for the Yankees to activate Teixeira.

David Robertson: The roster move for Robertson is a little trickier. I would have said Cesar Cabral but Cabral was designated for assignment last night and Matt Daley was called up. It’s possible the Yankees could send Vidal Nuno to Triple AAA following tomorrow’s game, simply because he won’t be able to pitch for a few days. The Yankees could also send Matt Daley down but the move wouldn’t make much sense since Daley would only be here for two days. There’s no clear cut move for Robertson but in the end it could be between those two.

Brendan RyanRyan’s not coming back for another two weeks or so, meaning we don’t have to worry about Ryan just yet. However, ..read more

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Yankees Prospects: Who’s off to a hot start?

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Sorry I have been MIA for a while, life gets busy at this time of year for me and I have a lot of important things to catch up on. I’m getting married in less than a month and work has never been more busy for me.

Anyway, enough with the excuses. I will be continuing to try to keep up with my frequent BBDP updates going forward. One of the things I’ll be instituting this year is the “Who’s hot?” column. This will allow me to post every now and then about who is tearing it up in the minors. Here is the first of hopefully many articles.

Let’s start from Triple-A and work our way down. Here’s who’s hot so far for the Rail Riders:

Mark Montgomery – 6.1 IP, 6 K, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 H, 0.00 ERA. Word is his slider is back and his fastball velocity is better this year. If he keeps it up there’s no question he’ll see some time in the majors.

Danny Burawa – 6.2 IP, 12 K, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 H, 0.00 ERA. He’s looking pretty dominant in Triple-A. Another good relief option with excellent stuff.

Preston Claiborne – 6.0 IP, 7 K, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 H, 1.50 ERA. Got demoted this year because his stuff just isn’t the same as last year so far. Hopefully he starts to recapture some of that so he becomes another option for a relief corps that could end up needing him.

Onto Trenton who has a couple of hot players of their own.

Gary Sanchez- Batting .318/.423/.500/.923 with a homerun and five doubles. With improved defense if he keeps this up he’s gonna have a monster year, excellent trade value and possibly contribute in the majors as soon as next year.

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David Robertson plays in rehab game

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By this time tomorrow, the Yankees will have Mark Teixeira back at first base, but on Tuesday it will be David Robertson‘s turn to come off the disabled list. In the meantime, Robertson is rehabbing–and he’s doing quite well, might I add.

Robertson pitched an inning and a third in a simulated game this afternoon, giving up a single, getting three ground ball outs and striking out a batter. He threw 16 pitches in his simulated game, 12 of them for strikes.

Robertson will now take the day off on Sunday and Monday before joining his bullpen mates Tuesday in Boston as the Yankees prepare to face the Red Sox for three games.

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Cesar Cabral designated for assignment

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Well, it didn’t take long for the Yankees to make a roster move.

According to Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes, Cesar Cabral was called into the office following tonight’s 11-5 loss against the the Rays and was told he was designated for assignment. This just comes off a horrendous outing for Cabral where he hit three batters in one inning.

It’s expected the Yankees will bring up another arm for tomorrow’s game since the entire bullpen (minus Dellin Betances and Vidal Nuno) had been used tonight.

Update:

– The Yankees will bring up Matt Daley as the corresponding move for Cabral.

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Bullpen implodes as Yankees fall to Rays 11-5

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For the first few innings, it seemed the Yankees were heading towards their sixth straight win after scoring four runs in the second inning. Unfortunately, Kuroda gave up two runs in the sixth and the bullpen imploded in the seventh and eighth, causing the Yankees to fall 11-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.

Hiroki Kuroda had a shaky outing, only going 5.2 innings while giving up three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. However, Kuroda isn’t the story, considering he left the game with a lead. David Phelps and Matt Thornton each gave up a run before Thornton handed the ball to Adam Warren. Warren, who had been very impressive for the Yankees in his past few outings, gave up three runs on four hits, giving the Rays their first lead of the series. Cesar Cabral followed Warren and he gave up three runs–along with hitting three batters. The third hit batter forced umpire Joe West to eject Cabral from the game as a safety precaution. Girardi was forced to bring in closer Shawn Kelley who was by far the best bullpen pitcher of the night, getting his man and ending the nightmare inning.

The Yankees scored four of their five runs in the second inning when Scott Sizemore hit a two-out, three-run double, clearing the bases. Later in the inning, Brett Gardner grounded into a force out which scored Sizemore. In the seventh inning, Alfonso Soriano scored Jacoby Ellsbury from second for their final run of the game.

What’s Next?

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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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