April 20th, 2014 at 9:34 PM
By Mike Warsaw
Coming into Spring Training many eyes were on New York Yankees first baseman, Mark Teixeira. Teixeira was coming off season ending wrist surgery and there were many questions about his return this season. Teixeira admitted that his wrist might be a problem all season and he expected to feel tightness for most of the year. With his chronic wrist injury hanging a cloud over the state of the Yankees infield, it was his leg that ultimately put Big Tex on the DL. On April 5th, the Yankees put Teixeira on the 15 day DL with a strained right hamstring. Teixeira made his return to the Yankees lineup in stellar fashion, with a two hit performance as the Yankees defeated the Tampa Rays, 5-1.
Teixeira wasted no time as he swung at the second pitch he saw and singled in his first at bat on Sunday in Tampa. Teixeira singled again in the sixth inning and ended the day with a solid line of 2 for 6 and his average now stands at .278. Although it is relatively early, Teixera's has 5 hits in 5 games so far this season and after missing two weeks, he has seemed to pick up where he left off, early in the season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 20th, 2014 at 7:47 PM
By Michael Moraitis
Now that is looks as though Ivan Nova will be out for some time, the New York Yankees would be wise to go with Vidal Nuno in his place.
Nova left his last start on Saturday night early thanks to an elbow injury that has turned out to be a slight tear in his UCL that will land him on the 15-day disabled list at least.
Even worse for Nova is the possibility that he may need Tommy John surgery to repair his ailing elbow, which will keep him out for the rest of this season and some of next, per David Waldstein of The New York Times.
Nova had been off to a rough start to the 2014 campaign, as is normally the case with the 27-year-old during the first month of the season. He does historically rebound to have a strong rest of the season, so his injury is no doubt a blow to the Yanks' pitching staff.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 19th, 2014 at 11:41 PM
By Mike Warsaw
New York Yankees Ivan Nova had a rough start against the Tampa Rays on Saturday. Nova gave up a career high four home runs as the Yankees were thrashed by the Rays, 16-1. The game may not be the only loss for the Yanks. Nova was pulled from the game in the fifth inning after manager Joe Girardi noticed Nova shaking his arm. Nova was being tested after the game and if he is forced to miss anytime, the Yankees would have to scramble to replace their number four starter.
With an injury to Nova, the Yankees would most likely look to there own roster for answers. Vidal Nuno will pitch on Sunday as a spot starter in tomorrow's double header. Nuno battled for the fifth rotation spot in the spring and the start tomorrow could be an audition, if Nova is forced to miss time. Nuno has been solid out of the pen for the Yanks and with David Robertson due to return next week, the Yankees will have a little wiggle room.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 19th, 2014 at 10:31 PM
By Mike Warsaw
After spending eight seasons in the minor leagues, Yangervis Solarte has taken advantage of his time in the majors. The Yankees rookie is off to a great start in his initial Major League campaign. Hitting at over .350, Solarte is becoming a regular option at third for the Yankees. His stellar play this season has turned the heads of many, but Joe Girardi is taking it as it comes. "You know what? I'm not going to try and figure it out," Girardi said. "I'll just tell you, I like what I see. He's played extremely well and he's taken advantage of this opportunity. We'll keep running him out there."
Solarte has impressed ever since being signed by the Yankees as a minor league free agent last winter. "At the end, there were three teams and the Yankees were one of them," Solarte said through a translator. "It motivated me more that they were watching me and they were interested in having me since the beginning. They also offered me a lot of opportunity and it was close to my family and family is number one for me." Solartes' Uncle, former major leaguer, Roger Cedeno asked his agent to sign him as a favor, back in 2005. It took while, but it looks like Solarte is about to prove his Uncle right for believing in him.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 19th, 2014 at 6:20 PM
By Mike Warsaw
Dean Anna was drafted in the 26th round in the 2008 Amateur Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres. After posting a solid season for the Pods in 2013, Anna was all but assured of a call up to the big leagues. But that call never came and Anna spent his entire Padre career in their minor league system. With a good glove and solid bat, Anna didn't focus on "why" he didn't get promoted and just continued to improve on his game.
That all changed on November 20, 2013. Anna received the call he was looking for, but it wasn't from San Diego. It was the New York Yankees on the other end telling the 27 year old infielder that they had just acquired him in a trade with the Padres. The news continued to get better as Anna was told that he would receive his first invitation to a Major League training camp. Anna impressed the Yankees coaching staff throughout spring camp and was rewarded with a spot on the Yankees opening day roster.Read more... Join the Conversation...