The Orioles may have been surprised to see CC Sabathia listed instead of David Phelps on the lineup card for Friday’s game, but the Yankees said there was no switch made; just a clerical error.
Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Sabathia had always been scheduled to pitch on Friday against Baltimore, but he mistakenly gave the incorrect rotation to director of media relations Jason Zillo before the series.
Manager Joe Girardi said that both Sabathia and Phelps, who is pitching on Saturday night, were aware of their correct days to pitch.
“We felt like there was a good chance that [Sabathia] would pitch one of the three days, so it doesn’t change anything about what we’re doing,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I finally just called Joe and he said, ‘Yeah, there was a miscommunication.’ I said, ‘Fine, thanks.’ Short conversation.”
Sabathia is going for his 200th career victory tonight against Chris Davis and the potent Orioles lineup.
“I’m sure that thought has crossed his mind,” Girardi said. “Hopefully that won’t be his focus tonight. I think it will be the Baltimore Orioles. It’s a pretty big milestone, and I’m sure he’d like to get it out of the way.”
If Sabathia wins tonight, the milestone will come in his 400th career start. It will also be win No. 600 of Girardi’s managerial career.
BALTIMORE – The Yankees have adjusted their rotation, sending left-hander CC Sabathia to the mound on Friday against the Orioles in place of right-hander David Phelps.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Sabathia was always scheduled to pitch tonight, but the team gave the wrong probable pitchers to the PR staff.
Phelps will pitch Saturday, Rothschild said.
The Orioles are starting left-hander T.J. McFarland in the opener of a three-game series at Camden Yards.
Alex Rodriguez called Brian Cashman this evening at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET, according to Yankees director of media relations Jason Zillo. Cashman had Yankees team president Randy Levine patched onto the call, which lasted close to 30 minutes.
“It was constructive, healthy conversation,” Zillo said in a statement. “Everybody is on the same page. We’re all going to communicate and work together to get Alex back as quickly as possible. Everyone fully understands the protocols and processes in place. We are all back on track.”
The Yankees have announced that the partially torn tendon sheath in Mark Teixeira’s right wrist has not adequately healed, and team doctors are recommending surgery. The procedure is believed to be season-ending.
Here is the complete statement from the Yankees:
“After a recent MRI with dye contrast was performed on Mark Teixeira’s right wrist, New York Yankees Team Physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser and two other New York-based hand specialists (Dr. Michelle Carlson from the Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Keith Raskin from NYU) confirmed that the sheath has not adequately healed. Surgery has been recommended to repair the tear on the tendon sheath of his wrist.”
Teixeira spoke to the media here at Yankee Stadium this afternoon and was obviously disappointed by the news. He said that he has been told he will need four to five months of rehab and should be 100 percent after six months.
“It’s very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me,” Teixeira said. “We’ve had some really, really good teams the last few years and this year we have a great team, and I would love to be a part of this team. I really would’ve loved to be part of hopefully what’s a playoff run, but when you realize that it’s not going to happen it’s really difficult.
“The final point was this past Sunday when, after a week, the cortisone shot didn’t work. I usually respond very well to cortisone shots. I’ve had a dozen — more — in my career and have always responded pretty well. When it didn’t work and I wasn’t getting any better, I knew it was probably going to be bad news.”
The Yankees are bracing for the possibility of more bad news for injured first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was sent to have his right wrist evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday and could be facing season-ending surgery.
Teixeira has not responded well to a cortisone injection that was administered on June 16 to alleviate inflammation in his wrist, which has limited him to just 15 games this season.
“He’s not doing anything. He’s seeing the doctors today and we’ll go from there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I’m concerned. I said before that it’s tricky; what he had was a tricky injury. I’m concerned about it.”
After missing the first two months of the season, Teixeira returned to the Yankees’ lineup on May 31, batting .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games. Teixeira, a switch-hitter, has said that the injury affects him most from the left side of the plate.
“It’s tough not having him, but we were able to win the first month without him,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. “When we don’t have him, our goal is still to go out there and win.”
Here is a selection of the official game information for tonight’s contest between the Yankees and Rangers:
AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the first game of a three-game series vs. the Texas Rangers tonight… is their third opponent of a nine-game, 10-day homestand that began with a split in Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader vs. the Dodgers and a four-game series split with Tampa Bay… following this series, embark on a seven-game road trip to Baltimore (three games) and Minnesota (four games).
Ø Have gone 40-30 (.571) since 4/7 after starting the season 1-4, the third-best mark in the AL over the stretch behind Texas (41-30, .577) and Boston (42-31, .575).
SEEKING 600: Yankees Manager Joe Girardi is two wins shy of reaching 600 victories in his managerial career (78 w/FLA, 520 w/NYY)… will become the 15th current manager to reach the plateau.
STREEEEETCH: Tonight’s game begins a stretch in which the Yankees are scheduled to play 20 straight days with games and no off days heading into the All-Star break… is their longest stretch of the year.
SMALL BALL: The Yankees are 9-21 this year when they don’t hit a home run… is two more wins than their total amount from all of last season in games in which they didn’t homer (7-24 in 2012).
Ø The Yankees have been held homerless in each of their last two games and four of their last five contests…have homered just four times total over their last 15 contests since 6/7, with no multi-homer games.
AL BEAST: All five teams in the AL East will begin today above .500… the Yankees are 18-13 (.581) vs. the AL East this season, the second-best interdivision record in the AL East behind Boston (20-14, .588)… have gone 23-21 (.523) against the rest of Baseball.
Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
Tues., 6/25 vs. Texas
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-5, 2.78) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.84)
7:05 p.m. MY9 / MLB Net.
Wed., 6/26 vs. Texas
LHP Andy Pettitte (5-5, 4.20) vs. RHP Justin Grimm (6-5, 5.57)
7:05 p.m. YES / ESPN2
Thu., 6/27 vs. Texas
RHP Phil Hughes (3-6, 5.09) vs. LHP Derek Holland (5-4, 3.43)
1:05 p.m. YES / MLB Net.
Old-Timers Day is always one of my favorite events of the year at Yankee Stadium. It’s terrific to watch all of the players from yesteryear come together and put on the pinstripes to pretend it’s just like the old days, but part of what really makes it fun is that the guys genuinely enjoy each others’ company.
They all drifted in separate directions once their time on a big league roster ended, so it’s special that they get a chance to be teammates once more. Gray Line New York has passed along some photos from yesterdays events , as the Old-Timers rolled on a double decker bus from Manhattan to the Bronx for the festivities.
The roster for the bus trip included: Goose Gossage, David Wells, Rickey Henderson, Mickey Rivers, Oscar Gamble, Jeff Nelson, Gene Monahan, Todd Greene, Mike Torrez, Homer Bush, Brian Boehringer and Andy Phillips.
Here are the photos (credit: Simon Russell):
The Yankees placed first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with inflammation in his right wrist, and are hopeful that the minimum 15 days will be enough for Teixeira to calm his wrist down. He said that it affects him most when hitting left-handed, and that allowing it time to heal should help him regain his mechanics.
New York recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte and right-hander Adam Warren from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in corresponding moves, while designating right-hander Chris Bootcheck for assignment.
Additionally, the Yankees received an unfortunate report from Kevin Youkilis’ doctor visit in California. Dr. Robert Watkins will perform surgery on Thursday to repair a herniated disc in Youkilis’ back; he is expected to miss 10-12 weeks, according to general manager Brian Cashman.
Youkilis will stay in California, his home state, until he is able to get on a field in Tampa. He has played just 28 games this year.
After playing 18 innings in yesterday’s
game in Oakland, Kevin Youkilis was asked how he was feeling. His answer was essentially that he felt OK at the moment, but the real test would be how he felt in the morning.
Apparently, it wasn’t good. The Yankees have placed Youkilis back on the disabled list among a flurry of roster moves this afternoon, as his back issues have again knocked him out of commission.
Adam Warren’s reward for yesterday’s terrific relief outing was a trip to Triple-A, and we’ll get to see Chris Bootcheck and Thomas Neal in uniform for the Yanks this weekend.
Here is the full rundown from the Yankees’ announcement:
Today the Yankees signed RHP Chris Bootcheck and OF Thomas Neal to Major League contracts and selected them from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre…optioned RHP Adam Warren to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre…placed INF Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list with lumbar strain…transferred INF Eduardo Nunez to the 60-day disabled list (eligible for reinstatement on 7/5/13)…outrighted LHP Cesar Cabral to Double-A Trenton.
Bootcheck will wear No. 34 and Neal will wear No. 22.
The Yankees 40-man roster currently stands at 40.
OAKLAND — Mariano Rivera’s “Mo-ment of Thanks” tour has taken place behind the scenes at several ballparks around the Majors this season, bringing visits to areas that the Yankees closer normally doesn’t see.
Rivera discovered on Wednesday that gaining access to the less-traveled areas of a ballpark is much easier while carrying a piping hot pizza pie.
The retiring hurler surprised long-time Athletics employee Julie Vasconcellos before Wednesday’s game at the O.co Coliseum, delivering an early dinner to her mailroom office. They spent about 30 minutes together before Rivera took the field for batting practice with his teammates.
“This is my way to say thank you, thank you for what you do,” Rivera told Vasconcellos, according to The Associated Press. “Twenty-five years, Julie, that’s great! You’re special, Julie, that’s what it is. People here love you.”
Rivera has said that he wants to take the opportunity to thank diehard fans and long-time club employees at each of the Yankees’ road stops this season.
Vasconcellos, the A’s office services coordinator, has worked for the club since 1989 and is involved in aspects of the organization ranging from the front office to the mail needs of the home and visiting clubhouses.
“Oh, my heart’s going to town, oh my God,” Vasconcellos told the AP. “I’m shaking. … Oh, this is too funny, thank you.”