Yankees notes: Joba, Robertson, A-Rod, Jeter, Wang and more
The Yankees placed right-hander Joba Chamberlain on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained right oblique, making Chamberlain the 10th player currently on the DL and the 11th overall this season (Phil Hughes started the year on the shelf before being activated).
Brian Cashman said on a conference call that the Yankees were still discussing who to promote, but according to Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, they’ve decided on right-hander Preston Claiborne, a power right-hander who had a 3.48 ERA and three saves in eight appearances at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yanks haven’t officially announced the move, but hey, we’re living in a Twitter world. Here’s what Claiborne tweeted last night:
Thank you for all the love everybody. Words can’t describe it.
— preston claiborne (@olroy57) May 3, 2013
And fellow Yanks Minor Leaguer Rob Segedin tweeted this:
— Rob Segedin (@RobSegedin) May 3, 2013
The Yankees should have Claiborne in uniform tonight against the Athletics, and they’ll also be finding a locker for infielder Chris Nelson, who was acquired from the Rockies late on Wednesday and replaces Corban Joseph on the active roster. Cashman said that he expects Nelson to be a useful piece for manager Joe Girardi.
“Ultimately, we’ve been running Jayson Nix out there every day, [Robinson] Cano out there every day,” Cashman said. “So he’s going to give us a chance to make sure we take the pedal off the metal on Nixy a little bit and maybe Cano a little bit.”
There was a lot of ground covered on the conference call, and here is a quick rundown of some of the other news and notes to get you up to speed:
- David Robertson had an MRI on his left knee and has “a little bit of crankiness” in the hamstring area. He was seen by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad but Cashman said this is not considered a DL situation.
- Alex Rodriguez will report to Tampa on May 6 to begin baseball activities. The Yankees are still keeping his timeline for return vague: “We’re just going to stick to sometime after the All-Star break,” Cashman said. Mark Teixeira is also heading to Tampa at the end of this homestand, and Curtis Granderson had a second day of at-bats in Extended Spring Training games yesterday.
- Cashman said that the Yankees weren’t considering promoting left-hander Clay Rapada to replace Chamberlain because he is thought of as more of a left-on-left specialist. Other names mentioned by Cashman in consideration were Mark Montgomery and Sam Demel.
- Chien-Ming Wang has posted some nice numbers thus far at Triple-A, but the Yankees aren’t convinced that they would translate in the big leagues. Cashman was candid on that, saying that Wang isn’t the same power sinker guy who won 19 games in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and ’07.”He’s becoming a different type of pitcher now because he can’t come up here and just sink that sinker every pitch,” Cashman said. “He needs to incorporate some of his pitches in there and mix and match because he’s that reduced in velocity. His lines have been very nice and good, but he’s working on all his weapons because what he’s doing down there wouldn’t represent necessarily what we think he could do up here right now.”
- Michael Pineda had “a good physical day” down at the Yankees’ complex. Cashman said he was sitting 93 mph on the radar gun and touched 95 mph. That velocity has to be encouraging, considering the nature of labrum injuries.
- Derek Jeter is in a removable boot and has been able to use a stationary bicycle and swim. The Yankees are also using laser therapy, hydro therapy and a bone stimulator on Jeter, who will be in the boot for four to eight weeks until his fractured left ankle heals.