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“Good evening and welcome to Teepee Talk! Hey, in case you haven’t
noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t … the Indians have
managed to scrape together a few wins and are threatening to climb out
of the cellar!”
I can never pass up an opportunity to quote Bob Uecker or Major League. Here in Cleveland, the Yankees are a little bit reconfigured, having placed Brian Bruney on the 15-day disabled list with a potentially season-ending Lisfranc injury and adding pitchers Jonathan Albaladejo and Chris Britton. Catcher Chad Moeller has been sent out into baseball limbo, where he’ll reside for the next 72 hours to see if a team claims him. If not, he’ll report to Triple-A. In the meantime, Moeller gets to fly home to Arizona and see his 2-year-old and 4-year-old children for the first time in a month.
The Progressive Field (still getting used to that name) visiting clubhouse has to be one of the coolest in baseball. I walked in today around 3:30 p.m. ET and saw Kyle Farnsworth sitting in a chair, cocking a shotgun and blasting various woodland animals on the arcade version of Big Buck Hunter Pro. We all crowded around and watched Farnsworth really give it to all of these poor virtual animals. Joe Girardi checked in and said, “A four pointer? That’s not even worth it. That’s like shooting Bambi!”
For those not inclined to violent guns and ammo games, the Indians also provided an arcade standup of Golden Tee, the golf game. The high score belongs to “VER.” Could that be the Tigers’ Justin Verlander?
For me, though, the kicker was seeing the original Nintendo Entertainment System sitting on the floor below a flat-screen HDTV. The 8-bit Bases Loaded cartridge was there, begging to be played, but I guess the guys just aren’t that old school anymore.
Certainly not the way the Yankees wanted to finish up in Chicago. Joba Chamberlain took his first big league loss on a day that a promising start from Phil Hughes had to be wasted due to the rain, while Brian Bruney spent the day in a walking boot and Kyle Farnsworth slipped on the mound, tweaking his pitching elbow.
Bruney gets the award for worst day of all. Not only does it look like he’s headed to the disabled list, but his uncle was found not breathing after suffering a heart attack in Oregon and has been hospitalized with a coma. Bruney also got word that the tractor trailer hauling his truck to New York was in an accident, doing significant damage to his personal vehicle.
The Yankees are going to have to make some roster moves to get pitchers up on the big league squad for the weekend at Cleveland. Farnsworth appears to be sidelined and Bruney certainly is. Meanwhile, the Yankees used Ross Ohlendorf for 49 pitches over two innings Thursday, ruling him out from duty for a while.
One more day remaining in Kansas City and the Yankees are still looking for a masterpiece. Then again, the way things are going, they’d settle for an ugly victory. The Yankees will be back at it again tonight at Kauffman Stadium, sending Andy Pettitte to the mound in search of the sharpness that eluded him last time out. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s raining in Kansas City again.
It seems a pretty safe bet that Joe Girardi won’t try using his bullpen to start this game. You think he might have wanted a do-over on that idea? Actually, the plan worked pretty well through the first four innings with Brian Bruney and Billy Traber, and then they did get a scoreless frame from Kyle Farnsworth.
But John Buck’s home run leading off the fifth changed all that, and as Girardi would later say, it’s impossible to win when you don’t score. That’s another problem they need to rectify immediately if they want to avoid months like they had early last year.