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New York Yankees: Bartolo Colon Officially On 15-Day DL

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It is official, according Ben Shpigel of the New York Times, New York Yankee pitcher Bartolo Colon will be placed on the 15-day DL, following a misstep while running to first-base to get an out.

Whether Colon will have to be out longer has not been decided, but regardless it is another blow to the already injury riddled Yankees.

Colon has been the biggest surprise and a sure contender for the MLB Comeback Player of the Year, which not most likely pends on how long he is sidelined.

In his nine Yankee starts, Colon has a 4-3 record, posting a 3.39 ERA, with 66 strikeouts, one complete game shutout and has gone just shy of 72 innings total.

On Saturday, Colon was on his way to what could have been his second complete game of the season, as he held the Cleveland Indians scoreless through 6 2/3 innings.

As the saying goes, When It Rains, It Pours, but usually a rainbow follows, with a pot of good luck.

Okay, the was cheesy and ridiculous but better to think positive when you realize your team is in some serious trouble.


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New York Yankees: Injury Update On Bartolo Colon

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Ian Begley at ESPN New York is reporting that New York Yankees Bartolo Colon underwent an MRI Saturday afternoon at New York Presbyterian, but results are currently unavailable.

Indeed Colon looked as if he hurt his left hamstring in the seventh inning on Saturday afternoon. Colon was in the midst of another scoreless preformance, giving up just two hits to the Cleveland Indians.

The DL looks to be inevitable for Colon at this point, but another one bites the dust in the Bronx.

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MLB Trade Rumors: How The Yankees Bullpen Could Actually Get Better

New York Yankee trade rumors speculating whom GM Brian Cashman should go after to fix the team’s decrepit bullpen are keeping the sports media busy.

The suggestions that make sense to me are going with what has worked in the past; and the three foremost things that popped into my head were:

  1. Call Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry ASAP; first Hendry has to give a nod that the Cubs want to make a trade with the Yankees. If it is a go, start begging Kerry Wood to wave his no-trade clause and come back to the Bronx. Wood, better known as one-half of the infamous CHICAGO HEAT, was traded last season to Yankees, where he flourished as the bridge to Mariano Rivera. I thought the Yankees would keep Wood in 2011 season, but he was another causality overlooked during all the Cliff Lee drama. Still, if Cashman can somehow obtain Wood again things would straighten out really fast. In his short Yankee career, Wood went 2-0 posting a 0.69 ERA, allowing just one home-run, two earned runs, while striking out 31, in 26 innings pitched…translation go get him Cash!
  2. John Harper of the New York Daily News makes a valid argument that the Mets should trade closer K-Rod to the Yankees. The Mets need to dump the big contracts to free up some money and the Yankees need bullpen help, which they will trade and pay for. Could this possible deal work? Certainly, but the extenuating circumstances might prevent it, like the Mets fans. Mets fans have been dragged through the mud, so helping the Yankees would seem a tad ludicrous. Last time the New York teams made a deal was on December 3, 2004, it was one has-been given, and a never-was obtained, so not harm no foul. Getting Francisco Rodriguez off the Mets payroll takes $18.5 million for 2012 and K-Rod makes any bullpen lights-out.
  3. Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos and Andrew Brackman known, as the Killer B’s are the Yankee top three pitching prospects that Yankee fans might never see. The talk about the three has been endless; especially Banuelos who fans got a taste of in Spring Training and displays the stuff of an ace at just 19-years old. The babying of these guys is getting ridiculous. Cashman needs to look at how Hughes and Chamberlain were handled and where they are now. Enough with the “RULES” just let the guys pitch and learn. I know this is a pipedream but Cashman might be left with no other choice. Joel Sherman of the New York Post agrees that it is time to give the youngsters a chance.

Cashman, unlike the majority of GM’s in baseball has endless resources at his disposal, which certainly allows him more breathing room to get the right fit. I have faith this will get fixed and probably with back-ups just in case.

The Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians on Friday night wit a final score of 11-7, so maybe this whole not beating the Red Sox thing is mental and more like 2009 than I initially thought.

Regardless, I have not thrown this team under a bus just yet. There is more then half-a-season left to play and so much is going to happen all around baseball.

Believe me, throwing in the towel on the Bombers in the past has never done anything but make the Yankees hungrier to win it all.

Cashman has my utter support and confidence that he will plug these holes and the Yankees will be playing in October once again.

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New York Yankees: Falling Asleep Watching The Red Sox Sweep

Getting swept is not fun for any team that. Doing it at your home ballpark, in front of your fans makes it sting a lot more.

Add the above to the culprits are your team’s biggest rivals, and what is even worse…this is not the first time, but the second time it has happened in four weeks.

Now, picture you are a player on that losing team. The embarrassment and shame must be overwhelming; especially because of the disappointment you see all over the fans faces.

Well, the above is the New York Yankees reality. As I can only imagine the players must be beside themselves, as the Boston Red Sox made fools of them once again.

As a fan, after the first loss on Tuesday I kept the faith, only to watch things get worse on Wednesday night.

Following the second loss of this series, fifth in a row if you include the last sweep, it felt like the Yankee team was playing like they had lost the fight before the bell.

Unlike the Red Sox who came ready to battle. After starting their season 0-7, my hat is off to Boston for leaving New York two games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East standings.

So, what happened to the Yankees?

1.Sloppy throws and miscommunication on the bases can’t happen. First place teams, like the Yankees were just two days ago certainly are no exception. The Yankees just had to win one of the three games to keep them at least tied with Boston, but obviously they couldn’t even handle that.

2.Don’t blame the pitching, as the Yankees didn’t hit…. again! I don’t care how many runs scored with Burnett on the mound because the Bombers should have crushed Tim Wakefield, but instead they went flat. The line-up is a mess; Cano and A-rod have been useless for way to long. Tex is in a slump, and without Granderson the Yankees would be in serious trouble. It is nice to see Jeter hitting again, but the 3000th hit needs to come when the team is winning or else it will lose some of its luster, at least in the eyes of the Yankee fans. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Falling Asleep Watching The Red Sox Sweep’ »

New York Yankees: Joba Chamberlain Meet Tommy John

NJ Star Ledger’s Marc Craig is reporting that New York Yankee pitcher Joba Chamberlain elbow injury has escalated from the 15-day DL to having a torn elbow ligament that might require Tommy John surgery.

This is not good news for the Yankees bullpen, who had the most solid group of arms to start the season and now the majority of them are on the DL.

This is unfortunate but fixable, but the Yankees have keep to together through this rough patch long enough for GM Brian Cashman to make it better.

Phil Hughes is throwing to live batters and there is no reason to not put him in the bullpen when he returns in two weeks. If you remember back in 2009, Hughes dominated in the long-relief role and he was a major reason for the team turning it around mid-season.

I would love if Cashman looked internally, as Andrew Brackman, Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos have been killing it in the minors this season.

I am aware that this trio known as the ‘Killer B’s’ are still developing, but their talent is evident.

Brackman and Bentances have dealt with injuries and need more time to develop but have been noted as not being close to Major-League ready yet. Brackman has not been as effective this season either.

Without question the youngest of the three, 19-year-old Banuelos is by far the most talented. During Spring Training even the great Mariano Rivera took notice, as he told ESPN that Banuelos was “the best prospect I’ve ever seen.”

Cashman will exercise all other options before Banuelos is even a possibility. Cashman knows how special this kid is and the Yankees have messed up enough young arms being selfish already.
My bet is that Banuelos will make an appearance in the Bronx before the end of the 2011 season because there really are not many other solutions for the Yankee to go after. They need help in the bullpen or else the season could be in jeopardy.


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New York Yankees: Time To Send The Red Sox Back To Boston In Second Place

The Boston Red Sox have officially knocked the New York Yankees out of first place in the AL East, as they jump ahead by one game.

In order to get there, the Red Sox had to beat the Yankees seven out of the eight times they have played this season.

Wow, sounds like the Red Sox owe the Yankees a dinner?

Well that I can promise will not be happening anytime soon, but the last time Boston swept through the Bronx it was in the middle of a six-game losing streak for the Yankees, so it needs to end ASAP.

Certainly looks like it, but before that happens let me break down three facts that have bothered me, as all this was really avoidable:

  1. Just imagine if the Yankees had not dropped all seven games and pretend they lost six to Boston, would things be different? Yes because the two teams would be tied for first place, so losing six or five games not seven could have kept the Yankees in first, alone.
  2. Fact is neither team is better than the other this season that is until they face each other. and the Yankees looked shell-shocked. On paper, the Yankees have not gotten even close to their full potential with their bats just look at their .251 batting average. Cano and A-Rod are bound or more like have to get hot, when is the question. When they do add that to Granderson and Teixeira, better watch-out!
  3. Yes, looking at the past two games the Yankees pitching struggled, but so has the Red Sox. On Tuesday night, the 2010 CY Young candidate and Boston ace Jon Lester pitched horrifically. So did Freddy Garcia, but the difference is the Red Sox bats took advantage of the weakness instead of letting it set the tone. This is something the Yankees don’t do against any other team but Boston, so this is getting in the players heads. What worries me even more is that 44-year-old journeyman Tim Wakefield stayed in the game for six innings, as he got the best of the Yankee hitters and the win. No offense to Wakefield, but this iced the cake and losing this game is just unacceptable when the result is first or second place.

Huuummmmm…. does this whole scenario sound a tad familiar?

Yes, as this tune has played in Yankee Universe back in 2009, but is the above that kind of déjà vu?

Guess the best thing to do is hope it plays out the same way, but even with the odds against this theory there is no harm in having a little faith.

Thus far the only connection to two seasons ago is the look of distress on the Yankee players’ faces when they play the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Whether they can utilize the losses, add it to the utter embarrassment and translate it into anger is what needs to happen next. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Time To Send The Red Sox Back To Boston In Second Place’ »